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New Jersey Township’s Recently Enacted Ordinances Alleged to Violate RLUIPA

Earlier this month, Agudath Israel of America Inc. (“Agudath Israel”) sued the Township of Jackson, New Jersey (“Jackson”), challenging Jackson’s recently-enacted land use ordinances restricting schools from all but three...more

Grant and cooperative-agreement recipients: Are your procurement standards compliant yet?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Local governments, Native American tribes, institutions of higher education, or non-profit organizations (including health care organizations) that receive grants or cooperative agreements (or part of either type of Federal...more

Is the NCAA Out of Bounds on Academics?

An ongoing controversy regarding fraud and academic dishonesty among student-athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) has brought to the forefront an important question: Who is responsible for...more

When Can a School Search a Student’s Bag?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Last week the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a school’s intrusive search of an unattended bag did not violate a student’s 4th Amendment right to be free from illegal search and seizures because the examination of...more

Department of Education Announces Overhaul of Federal Student Loan System

On Friday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a plan by the Department of Education to award its entire student loan servicing portfolio to a single company – down from its current roster of nine. The Department of...more

Navient Attacks CFPB UDAAP Enforcement Without Implementing Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the hallmarks of the CFPB’s enforcement actions has been its use of those actions to announce new legal standards. Navient attacks this enforcement strategy in its motion to dismiss a recent case brought against it by...more

110th Tennessee General Assembly Session Ends for 2017

The Tennessee Legislature completed its first session of the 110th General Assembly this Wednesday. The flag flying over the Capitol, signifying the body is in session, was taken down. The General Assembly will reconvene on...more

FOIA and Public Records: IHSA 3, BGA 0

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Better Government Association v. Illinois High School Association and High School District 230 IL Supreme Court No. 121124, the Illinois Supreme Court, on May 18, 2017, affirmed an appellate court's ruling that the...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #3

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am new to my position as principal of a small elementary school and, frankly, I am surprised at how low energy my teachers are. It seems to me that they do the absolute minimum whenever they...more

Medical Residents and Title IX - What Teaching Hospitals Need to Know

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Last month, Baker Donelson reported the surprise ruling out of the Third Circuit in Jane Doe v. Mercy Medical Center in which the court held that the discrimination and harassment prohibitions of Title IX apply to a private...more

Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance Allowed To Pursue Equal Access Claims

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Carver Middle Sch. Gay-Straight Alliance v. Sch. Bd. of Lake Cnty. Fla., 842 F.3d 1324 (11 Cir., Dec. 6, 2016): A Federal Appellate Court held that a Florida middle school met the definition of a secondary school under the...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 9

by Clark Hill PLC on

Agriculture - Lawmakers to Introduce Organic Research Funding Bill: A bipartisan trio of House lawmakers were set to introduce legislation late May 16 that would boost Department of Agriculture funding for research into...more

Special Education TIP – 5-Day Rule: MSDE Provides a New Interpretation – 49-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

5-Day Rule: MSDE Provides a New Interpretation - Section 8-405 of the Education Article provides that except when there are extenuating circumstances, at least 5 business days before an IEP team meeting, the school...more

Partial Victories to Two Universities in Their Motions to Dismiss Code Section 403(b) Fee Litigation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Multiple large, class action lawsuits have been filed against prominent higher education institutions claiming fiduciary breaches under their Code Section 403(b) plans as a result of insufficient oversight of plan...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman reports on handling of defaulted borrowers by servicers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman has released an update setting forth the CFPB’s “preliminary observations” based on the data it received in response to a voluntary request for information sent to several of the largest...more

SB 496 – New California Law Affecting Indemnification Duties for Design Professionals

SB 496, approved by Governor Jerry Brown on April 28, 2017, amends California Civil Code Section 2782.8 to apply to all design service contracts entered into by design professionals on or after January 1, 2018. The amendment...more

Update On University Section 403(B) Cases: Inconsistent Rulings

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As a result of rulings on motions to dismiss within a day of each other (May 10 and 11, 2017, respectively), Emory University and Duke University must continue to defend claims challenging aspects of their Section 403(b)...more

Special Education Tip – Say It Ain’t True – 49-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Do you have relatives or friends who have favorite stories they tell over and over, embellishing the stories over the years until the stories barely resemble the originals? You smile and nod as they do this, as you are...more

Play is Not Work: Judge Dismisses Former USC Linebacker’s Wage and Hour Lawsuit

by Baker Donelson on

Former University of Southern California football player Lamar Dawson’s attempt to be declared an “employee” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was soundly defeated in federal court. Dawson brought the lawsuit on...more

Did The Harvard Shareholder Rights Project Prove Itself Wrong?

by Allen Matkins on

In December 2014, Stanford Law School Professor Joseph A. Grundfest and Daniel M. Gallagher incited an academic titanomachy when they released a draft of an academic paper provocatively entitled “Did Harvard Violate Federal...more

Attorney General’s Office Finds School Board Held Improper Discussion in Closed Session

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Attorney General’s Office recently issued a non-binding opinion concluding that a board of education improperly discussed matters in closed session that were not within the scope of the exceptions on which the board...more

PAC Finds Library Board’s General Description of Action Item Complies with OMA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Government bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) sometimes struggle to strike the right balance between too much and too little detail contained in their published Board meeting agendas. A recent advisory opinion from...more

Appellate Court Holding Extends FOIA to College Foundation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently the Second District Appellate Court issued an opinion holding that the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applied to certain records in the possession of the College of DuPage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity...more

PAC Upholds Municipality’s Denial of Request for FOIA Fee Waiver

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor recently issued a non-binding opinion holding that public bodies have the discretion to decide whether to waive or reduce copying fees associated with the production of documents responsive to FOIA...more

The Expanding Definition of “News Media” Under FOIA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the age of Twitter and blogging, it is not always easy to tell who qualifies as a journalist or member of the media. But according to a recent advisory opinion from the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney...more

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