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Wonder of Wonders – Supreme Court Opens Door for More Litigation in Cases Involving 504 and the ADA

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools et al. A school district had prohibited a student from bringing her service dog, Wonder, to school with her. So the family filed...more

PTAB Finds Sovereign Immunity Applies to IPRs for State Universities

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) dismissed three inter partes review (IPR) proceedings involving the University of Florida based on sovereign immunity. As background, the University of Florida Research Foundation...more

Supreme Court Rules Title II and Section 504 Claims Can Proceed to Court Without Exhausting IDEA’s Administrative Processes In...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Fry v. Napoleon Comm. Schools limits IDEA’s exhaustion requirement to those cases which seek relief for a denial of FAPE allowing for some claims brought under Title II...more

Supreme Court Rules That Parents Need Not Exhaust IDEA Due Process Procedures for Non-FAPE Disability Discrimination Claims

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, No. 15-487 (2017), which addressed the issue of when a parent who brings a claim against a school district...more

SCOTUS Service Dog Decision Could Spell Bad News For Schools

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a disabled child’s parents were not legally required to jump through certain additional hoops and exhaust administrative remedies in a service animal dispute...more

Liquidated Damages: A Tool for Teacher Retention?

A common struggle for school districts across Wisconsin is how to attract and retain quality teachers and administrative staff. In a post-Act 10 world where districts are free to recruit the best and the brightest from their...more

UVA Administrator Opposes Rolling Stone’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law

On December 27, 2016, University of Virginia Associate Dean of Students Nicole P. Eramo opposed Rolling Stone’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law. On November 7, 2016, following a two-week trial, a jury sitting in U.S....more

Seventh Circuit Confirms Student-Athletes Not Entitled to Minimum Wage under FLSA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence’s dismissal of the student-athlete litigation against the NCAA and over 120 NCAA Division I member schools alleging that...more

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds That Individuals Have A Constitutional Right To Privacy In Their Home Addresses And Other...

Pennsylvania State Education Association v. Commonwealth, 2016 Pa. LEXIS 2337, 2016 WL 6087684, (Pa. Oct. 18, 2016) (“PSEA”). The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently held that individuals have a constitutional right to...more

No Winners in Rolling Stone Verdict

A verdict was announced November 4, in Nicole P. Eramo v. Rolling Stone, LLC, et al., Civil Action No. 3:15-CV-00023, striking a legal and financial blow for the publication and its journalist, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. A...more

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Enforces Parties’ Stipulation to Remedies and Waiver of Judicial Review in Administrative Proceeding

While many of us spent this past Halloween gorging on a variety of candies and sweets, Wisconsin’s court of appeals was busy rendering an opinion that likely left Travis Technology High School (“Travis Tech”) with a decidedly...more

Likelihood of “Initial Interest” Confusion Powers The University of Houston to Preliminary Injunction Win in Law School Name...

On June 22, 2016, the South Texas College of Law announced that it was changing its name to Houston College of Law. This seems like a natural choice, as the school is based in Houston and is a stand-alone institution not...more

CFPB Flunks For-Profit Education Company, Orders $31M Payment

Continuing its recent focus on student lending, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a for-profit college company to provide loan forgiveness and refunds of more than $23 million, adding an $8 million civil...more

Ocean, NJ ordered to allow Yeshiva boarding school

In January of this year, Yeshiva Gedola Na’os Yaakov, Inc. (the “Yeshiva”) filed a 79-page complaint in federal court against the Township of Ocean, New Jersey, and the Township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment (the “Township)...more

Prevailing RLUIPA Defendant Denied Attorneys’ Fees

This summer, we reported that Genoa Charter Township prevailed in a lawsuit filed by Livingston Christian Schools (LSC), which claimed that the Township violated RLUIPA’s substantial burden provision, the First Amendment to...more

First Circuit Adopts “Arm of the State” Test to Affirm Dismissal of FCA Complaint

In January 2016 in a matter of first impression, the First Circuit held that the University of Massachusetts Medical School is a state agency, and therefore not a “person” subject to liability in a False Claims Act (“FCA”)...more

Connecticut Unaffected by Federal Court Order Forbidding Enforcement of Transgender Guidance

Recently, a federal district court in Texas sided with Texas and several other states that challenged federal guidance instructing schools to accommodate transgender students under federal anti-discrimination laws. The...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Pro-Employer and Pro-Union Ruling Against Worker With a Long History of Harassing Comments

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants in a case involving the discharge of a union employee following his alleged...more

Bad Teacher Reinstated Because District Did Not Follow Proper Termination Procedures

School Dist. of Philadelphia v. Jones, 139 A.3d 358 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2016). In order to terminate a teacher, a school district must strictly follow procedural requirements under the Pennsylvania School Code. In Jones, a...more

Texas District Court Enjoins Federal Gender Identity Protection Of Students

Seyfarth Synopsis: In State of Texas v. United States, a District Court issued a nationwide injunction to enjoin the Department of Education and Department of Justice from enforcing their guidelines on accommodations for...more

Third Circuit Rejects Class Certification for Widener Law Grads

A panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow class certification for a group of Widener University School of Law Graduates who allege that the law school inflated postgraduate employment rate statistics in...more

A look at the legal issues in the transgender bathrooms debate

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court signaled that it may take up the question of whether and to what extent educational institutions are required to permit transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds to...more

Higher ed faces ADA challenges over accessibility of university websites

Websites are vitally important to institutions of higher education for a variety of reasons. They serve as a real-time brochure for prospective students, provide important academic and administrative resources to students and...more

Defamation Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone by Former UVA Fraternity Brothers Dismissed

This week, a judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone by three former Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers from the University of Virginia. The case resulted from a Rolling Stone article published in 2014,...more

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2015 - 2016 Term

Last week, the Supreme Court ended its 2015-2016 session under a cloud of uncertainty. On February 22, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the stalwart of the Court’s conservative wing for 30 years, passed away. Justice Scalia’s...more

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