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When Can Private Security Stop and Detain?

Today we begin a new feature for Appellate Strategist -- detailed previews of civil cases just granted review in the latest term of the Illinois Supreme Court. This week we will review the late May grants, and the feature...more

"U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Only Natural Persons Can be Sued Under the Torture Victim Protection Act"

On April 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority, No. 11-88, that parties may bring suit under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA) only against human beings — not...more

"Supreme Court Broadens Its Review of Alien Tort Statute – May Limit Corporate Liability in Human Rights Lawsuits"

On March 5, 2012, only days after hearing oral argument in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., the U.S. Supreme Court ordered additional briefings to be filed and for the case to be reargued. This somewhat unusual move...more

Aiding Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse: What’s a Good Samaritan to Do?

The provision of financial assistance to victims of clergy sexual abuse seeking to obtain mental health counseling and treatment may result in civil liability for religious and other organizations undertaking such aid if...more

Developer Lawsuit Prevents Sale

In the first few years of a newly created condominium corporation the owner elected board will try to resolve issues dealing with building deficiencies, the developer's warranties and representations made in disclosure...more

Leaking Balcony Enclosures- Who is Responsible?

In Kelowna B.C., Lloyd Guenther, who purchased a condo with his wife in 2003, was so frustrated with the Strata Council's inaction in addressing water leaks on the owners enclosed balconies and the building envelope issues...more

California Supreme Court Establishes Economic Injury Threshold for Unfair Competition and False Advertising Claims

The California Supreme Court has declared that “labels matter,” and that under California’s Unfair Competition Law, a consumer’s subjective sense of feeling duped translates to a cognizable economic injury. The Court’s...more

Construction Accident Leads to Important OSHRC Ruling

The Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission, which hears appeals of OSHA citations and penalties, has ruled that employers cannot escape liability for repeat safety violations by reorganizing. The case was an appeal of...more

Workplace Accidents in Condos

Heenan Blaikie’s national OHS & Workers’ Compensation practice group regularly advises business owners and management when they have had a workplace accident. According to Cheryl A. Edwards and Jeremy Warning, both former...more

Alter Ego/Piercing the Corporate Veil - Trial Brief

In many trials there are issues that you know are going to come up before the trial even starts. This is one of those issues. My clients were sued and an attempt was made by the plaintiff to convince the court that my...more

Business Crimes Perspectives - November 2010

In This Issue: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act provides whistleblower protection to certain employees who report wrongdoing by a publicly-traded company; A federal district court in Massachusetts has held that Sarbanes-Oxley...more

Condo Owner Defamation - Emails and the Internet

For some reason, condo people feel that there are different standards for making statements on-line versus written communication. Never before have we had so many cases of board members and unit owners alleging defamation...more

Directors Subject to Personal Liability for Alleged Securities Fraud

The principals of a pharmaceutical company could be held personally liable for securities fraud based on allegations that the defendants misled investors and used the firm as an alter ego for their own interests. Please...more

Special Liability Risks For Director Appointees To Banking Organizations

This article describes potential sources of personal liability for directors of banking organizations that arise from federal banking laws and regulations, including as a result of common law causes of action, enforcement...more

Massachusetts and Federal Statutory Limitations on Liability for Charitable Organizations and their Directors or Trustees,...

This memorandum provides a summary analysis of the extent to which charitable organizations, their officers, directors or trustees, employees, and volunteers are exposed to liability under Massachusetts and federal law....more

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