Cullen and Dykman LLP

Former Harvard Professor Files Title IX Lawsuit After Being Denied Tenure

Over the past year, an exceptional number of colleges and universities have been accused by both complainants and accused students of mishandling complaints of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX. Now, in a somewhat…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Federal Court Dismisses Accused Student’s Title IX Lawsuit Against Vassar College

Last week, a federal judge in New York (Abrams, J.) dismissed an accused student’s lawsuit against Vassar College alleging that the institution discriminated against him by failing to conduct an equitable investigation into a…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Education

U.S. Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Transgender Discrimination

Last week, in a rather bold move, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (“Southeastern”), alleging that the school discriminated against a transgender professor in…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Exemption Amount under New York State Law for Statutorily Exempt Payments in Deposit Accounts Increases to $2,750

Under New York’s Exempt Income Protection Act (“EIPA”), certain funds in deposit accounts are exempt from most restraining notices and levies. One exemption under the EIPA is for statutorily exempt payments made electronically…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Federal Judge Finds Michigan School District Liable for Failure to Train Staff on Title IX

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney held that the Forest Hills School District, located near Grand Rapids, Michigan, can and will be held liable for its failure to provide Title IX training to staff on proper…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education

“.school” Domains Now Available

The “.school” top-level Internet domain is currently available. Educational institutions with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.school” domain as soon as…more
| Communications & Media Law, Education, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court to Hear Case Deciding the Rights of Spousal Loan Guarantors under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The United States Supreme Court will soon hear a case that will determine the rights of spousal guarantors under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”), and ultimately whether creditors may require spousal guarantors on…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Registration with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse a Necessity for Securing a “.college” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.college” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to institutions of higher education (“IHEs”). IHEs with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their…more
| Communications & Media Law, Education, Intellectual Property

New York State DFS Issues Guidelines to Financial Institutions on the Prevention of Elder Financial Exploitation

On February 26, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued guidance to financial institutions doing business in New York State on the prevention of elder financial exploitation. The guidance…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

New Record Retention Requirements under the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule

As the August 1,2015 effective date for the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule approaches, we would like to alert you to an important aspect of the new rule that has not received much attention: record retention…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Federal and State Governments Respond to Recent Data Breaches and Propose New Cybersecurity Laws

Over the past few months, major retailers and Internet content providers, like Target and Sony, have been victims of massive cyber-attacks resulting in the release of customer credit card data, private corporate e-mails, and…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

New FLSA Regulations Set to be Released in First Quarter of 2015 Likely to Change America’s Overtime Pay Landscape

In March 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Labor to “update and modernize” the overtime exemption rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), (the “Act”), 29 U.S.C. 201 et seq., a…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Rule that Mortgage Loan Officers Are Not Exempt From Overtime Laws

On March 9, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided an important case for financial institutions concerning the treatment of Mortgage Loan Officers ("MLO's") under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The general rule…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

New FMLA Regulations Expand the Definition of Spouse to Include Same-Sex Marriages

Rules governing family medical leave for gay couples will soon reflect the rapid changes sweeping the nation. Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S.Ct. 2675 (2013) courts across the nation…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Federal Agencies Issue Guidance on Youth Savings Programs

Federal banking agencies have issued guidance encouraging financial institutions to develop and implement programs to expand the financial capability of youth and build opportunities for financial inclusion for more families…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking
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