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Illinois Supreme Court to Tackle Election Law and Sovereign Immunity on Thursday

The Illinois Supreme Court just announced that on Thursday morning, it will hand down decisions in two civil cases: Bettis v. Marsaglia, No. 117050 – “Does a plaintiff’s failure to name the Electoral Board as a party...more

“Mind Your Own Business”- The Connecticut Supreme Court Limits Challenges to Licensing and Certification Decisions by Public...

In a much ballyhooed case, certain residents and taxpayers of the City of Bridgeport brought a “quo warranto” action in the courts, challenging the qualifications of the City’s Superintendent of Schools (Paul Vallas) to hold...more

Does The Victims Of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund Deny Due Process?

In notorious defiance of the California Constitution, the legislature in 2002 established the Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund. See Victims of Corporate Fraud. The purpose of the fund is to provide ”restitution to...more

Construction Newsletter -- November 2012: New California Law Reforms Disability Access Litigation

On September 19, 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1186, aiming to help California business owners guard against costly, predatory lawsuits filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and...more

Legal Alert: Congress Approves Legislation Expanding Federal Whistleblower Protection Act

Executive Summary: On November 14, 2012, the Senate passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) of 2012. The House previously approved the Act, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law. The Act...more

Florida Attorney General Announces Plan to Distribute $300,000,000 in Foreclosure Settlement Proceeds: News Release of the Week

A few weeks ago, we discussed the fight between Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Legislature over $334,000,000 that came to Florida as part of its settlement deal with the five Big Banks in the national...more

A Bad Bill Becomes Law When There Is More Interest In Enacting A Fix Than Fixing the Problem

In 2002, the Legislature enacted AB 55 creating the victims of corporate fraud fund. Since the fund was created, it has collected about $15 million and nearly 800 claims have been submitted. In a devastating article...more

Proposed Bill Would Provide Immunity for New Jersey Rescue Squads

Proposed Bill Would Provide Immunity for New Jersey Rescue Squads by CJ Griffin on August 28, 2012 A bill introduced in the New Jersey Senate would overrule a recent court ruling regarding the liability of New Jersey...more

Some Important Bills To Watch Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Assembly Judiciary Committee will hear several important bills that passed out of the Senate: - SB 323 (Vargas) - This bill would enact the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act to...more

Do The Taxpayers HAVE To Pay Elected Officials' Legal Fees?

Our second new grant of the May term at the Illinois Supreme Court is McFatridge v. Madigan. McFatridge involves a simple question: if an elected official gets sued for his or her official actions, who pays the lawyer? Turns...more

South Carolina Legislature Acts to Protect Businesses from Citizens Lawsuits

On June 6, 2012 South Carolina’s General Assembly ratified and Governor Nikki Halley signed into law a bill that repeals a 2011 ruling from the State Supreme Court. In Georgetown County League of Women Voters v. Smith Land...more

The New NRLB Rules: What is the Current Status?

On May 15, 2012, the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. enjoined effect of the new NLRB election rules, noting in the opinion that the the National Labor Relations Board did not have a legal quorum voting when the...more

Federal Court Invalidates NLRB’s ‘Ambush Election’ Rule

Finding that no quorum existed to allow the National Labor Relations Board to take administrative action, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has struck down the NLRB’s attempt to change the way it handled elections in the...more

Federal Court Enjoins NLRB’s "Ambush Election" Rule on Procedural Grounds; Reprieve for Employers May Prove Short-Lived

On Monday, May 14, 2012 a federal court in Washington, D.C. issued an Order invalidating the NLRB's controversial "ambush election" rules which took effect on April 30, 2012, on grounds that the rules were not properly...more

Judge Blocks NLRB's Union Election Rules

On Monday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. blocked the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial new rules concerning the union representation election process that had gone into effect at the end of April 2012. The...more

Act Now Advisory: Court Strikes Down NLRB "Quickie Election" Rules .

In a sharp setback for the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”), a federal district court in Washington, D.C. (the “Court”), struck down the Board’s election rules, which took effect on April 30, 2012, on technical...more

NLRB Notice Posting Requirement and New Representation Election Rules

On August 25, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a rule requiring essentially all private employers to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (the Act). ...more

Legal Alert: Court Invalidates Ambush Election Rule; Board Suspends Implementation

Executive Summary: A federal trial court in the District of Columbia has held that the "ambush election" procedures published by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in December 2011 are invalid. In response to the...more

Federal Judge Invalidates NLRB “Hurry Up” Election Rules

On Monday, May 15, 2012, a Washington, D.C. federal judge invalidated the so-called “Hurry-Up” Election Rules of the National Labor Relations Board that previously became effective on April 30, 2012. The judge based his...more

Judge Rules NLRB's Fast-Track Election Rule Invalid

On May 14, 2012, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, a 2011 Obama appointee to the Washington, D.C. District Court, found invalid the National Labor Relations Board's recent rule that would speed up union elections, because...more

NLRB Suspends New Election Rules After Court Ruling

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller Well, did you miss it? Just as people were settling down to the NLRB’s new speedy election rules this...more

Court Rejects the NLRB's Quickie Election Rule on Technical Grounds

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled yesterday that the NLRB’s “quickie election” rule is invalid because it was passed without a quorum of Board members being present. As you may recall, the rule was...more

Federal District Court Rules NLRB Too “Quick” In Voting On Election Rule Changes Allowing For Quickie Elections

On Monday, May 14, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia held that the National Labor Relations Board’s rule changes that went into effect on April 30, 2012, and that provided for “quickie” union...more

NLRB Suspends Implementation Of Representation Case Process Changes

According to a D.C. federal court, another regulation issued by the National Labor Relations Board (the "Board") is unlawful. This time, the Board's so-called "quickie election" rule, which would shorten the time period...more

Federal Court Invalidates Ambush Election Rules, Dealing NLRB Yet Another Setback

The NLRB's agenda for bringing about massive change despite severe opposition continues to be stalled by legal challenges. Last month, the Board's employee rights poster notice rule was invalidated. Now, a month later, a...more

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