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Court Finds Board Of Education And District Employees Immune From Liability For Claims Related To District’s Response To Bullying

The Illinois Appellate Court recently held that a superintendent, principal, and board of education were immune from liability for a parent’s claims regarding the alleged bullying of her daughter. In Hascall v. Williams,...more

Professor’s Public Criticism of University Department “Direction and Focus” Was a Protected Matter of Public Concern

A university professor’s “broad proposals to change the direction and focus” of the university’s School of Communications were matters of public concern protected by the First Amendment. Despite the professor’s public...more

School Board Liability for Sexual Abuse of Students by Staff - An Area to be Watched

In the last year, there have been two Ontario trial decisions dealing with sexual abuse of students by teachers. While we are still awaiting the full decision in the second case, it appears these cases may have yielded...more

Education Update, No. 2 - April 2013: Keeping Your Students Safe From Child Abductions

A loud, beeping Amber Alert and accompanying visual banner filled the homes and screens of area television viewers on the evening of January 14, 2013, announcing the abduction of a five-year-old student from a Philadelphia...more

Potential District Liability for Negligence of Supervisory Employees

The California Supreme Court concluded that a public school district may be held vicariously liable for the negligence of its administrative and supervisory employees for hiring, supervising and retaining an employee who...more

School District and Individual Administrators May Be Held Liable For Failure To Protect Student From Sexual Misconduct By School...

The California Supreme Court this year concluded that a public school district may be held vicariously liable for the negligence of its administrative and supervisory employees for hiring, supervising and retaining an...more

Another Lawsuit Alleging Misleading Law School Job Statistics Dismissed

The lawsuit alleging that the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago misled prospective students by disseminating incomplete and misleading job placement data was dismissed this week in its entirety. ...more

Potential Liability for Verification of Employment Forms?

This morning, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its decision in Doe v. White. Doe arises from a teacher sexual abuse case. As explained in detail here, a grade school teacher was disciplined for sexual misconduct by...more

$60 Million and Counting – Lessons from Penn State

On July 23, the NCAA imposed severe monetary and participation sanctions on the Penn State football program with the purpose of bringing about a cultural change at the school. NCAA President Mark Emmert stated “the...more

Constitutional exceptions in religous employment

Religious entities and communities of faith and their insurance carriers can take heart in pursuing defense judgments after the U.S. Supreme Court acted swiftly and unanimously in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and...more

Weekly Law Resume - March 15, 2012: Vicarious Liability of a Public Entity Defendant—School Districts Can Be Liable for Negligent...

C.A., a Minor, etc. v. William S. Hart Union High School District, et al. Supreme Court of California (March 8, 2012) Last week, the California Supreme Court significantly expanded public entity liability by recognizing...more

Legal Alert: Jury Finds Virginia Tech Negligent in School Shootings

The recent $8 million jury award to the families of two students killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre illustrates the importance of responding quickly and appropriately to incidents of violence, whether in the workplace...more

The Student-Teacher Bond: How Close Is Too Close?

A recent court ruling in Texas shines a spotlight on the student-teacher boundary issues in schools. Recent headlines involving instances of teachers having allegedly inappropriate relationships with students always take our...more

Education Update - January 2012, No. 1

In This Issue: - The Student-Teacher Bond: How Close Is Too Close? By Dianna Bowen (Dallas) A recent court ruling in Texas shines a spotlight on the student-teacher boundary issues in schools. Recent headlines...more

School District Not Liable For School Employees’ Statements About Bus Driver

A recent Illinois Appellate Court decision highlights the protections that courts recognize for statements by public employees about coworker misconduct. The case should reassure school district employees who in good faith...more

Oh, The Tangled Web: Avoiding Liability for Employees' Off-Campus Activities With School Students

You've just received a phone call advising that one of the school's employees is being sued for engaging in inappropriate activity with students attending the birthday party for the employee's child. The parent tells you that...more

Weekly Law Resume - November 11, 2010: School District Not Liable for Employee's Sexual Misconduct

C.A., a minor et al., v. William S. Hart Union High School District, et al. Court of Appeal, Second District, Division One (November 5, 2010) This case addresses the pleading requirements for proceeding with a...more

Stuart v. TUSD

Appeal from Denial of SLAPP

Appeal from denial of SLAPP motion. Court of Appeal opinion....more

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