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Employer liable for off-duty murder?

by McAfee & Taft on

Companies often assume they are not responsible for interactions between employees that happen off-site after hours and that are unrelated to their jobs. However, if a supervisor and a subordinate are involved and the...more

The New England Compounding Center: The CEO of a Massachusetts Drug Company on Trial for Murder

by DLA Piper on

This was really a public health tragedy . . . I re- member feeling very scared.’’ This is how Dr. Benjamin Park, a division chief at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (‘‘CDC’’), described the deadly...more

Court Upholds Murder-for-Hire Conviction, Rejects Fourth Amendment Challenges

The murder-for-hire statute makes it a crime to agree to commit murder in exchange for “anything of pecuniary value.” 18 U.S.C. § 1958. The Second Circuit has understood this language to require that, at the time of the...more

Employer Potentially Liable for Supervisor's Off-Duty Murder of Employee

Most employers know that they can be held liable in some situations based on negligent hiring or retention of an employee who harms a third party. A new decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals cautions employers...more

Violence Against Women

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The facts alleged are horrific. A supervisor had a history of screaming obscenities and throwing things at women who worked for him. The employer sent him to anger management classes. His preferred victim was seven months...more

“Alexa, Are My Questions to You Discoverable?”

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

The Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker controlled with your voice. It features a personal assistant, “Alexa,” who will perform various tasks for the user in response to the “wake word,” Alexa. Over the holidays, I observed...more

Amazon’s Echo May Possess Evidence in a Murder Case

Police in Bentonville, Arkansas are seeking records from an Amazon Echo device (for the second time) which may contain records in connection with a murder investigation in the home of James Andrew Bates where Victor Collins...more

Unlike Friendships, Policy Exclusions Are Not Severable In West Virginia

by Carlton Fields on

A homeowners insurance policy often covers every member of a family, and many policies state that the insurance applies separately to each insured. The same policies usually exclude coverage for intentional acts. But what...more

Oregon State Court of Appeals Recognizes Federal Slayer Law

Oregon, like many states, has on its books a “slayer statute,” which generally prohibits a slayer or abuser of a decedent from obtaining benefits by virtue of the death of the decedent. The parents of Julianne Herinckx...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

Florida Jury Finds Former Pinochet Lieutenant Living in Deltona Liable for Murder and Torture of Chilean Folksinger, Víctor Jara

Forty three long and painful years have passed since Víctor Jara, the famous Chilean folk singer whom Rolling Stone Magazine called one of the top 15 protest artists of all time, was found dead covered with dozens of bullet...more

Court Discusses Slayer Rule in Texas And Affirms Judgment For Bank That Froze Account

by Winstead PC on

Preface to Case: The Texas Constitution states that “[n]o conviction shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture of estate.” Tex. Const. Art. I § 21 (emphasis added). The Texas Estates Code also states as much. Tex. Est....more

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #4

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on May 31, 2016: Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes, No. 15-290: Three mining companies sought a permit under the Clean Water Act seeking to...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #2

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today - Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 14-1382: Plaintiff corporations, including respondent ConAgra Foods, Inc., brought suit...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19253 - RBC Nice Bearings, Inc. v. SKF USA, Inc. [An important decision on contract waiver but one all attorneys should recall from the UCC or Contracts course we took...more

The On-Air Shootings At WDBJ-TV: When Bad Things Happen To Good Employees

What could WDBJ7-TV have done to prevent Wednesday morning’s tragic on-air murders? Unfortunately, probably not a thing. I’m a second-guesser, and I have spent much of the last 48 hours racking my brain about what the...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #4

Leading the News - South Sudan: On August 25th, a panel of United Nations (U.N.) experts monitoring U.N. sanctions on South Sudan released a report disclosing evidence that South Sudanese solders raped children,...more

Africa Update - August 2015

Leading the News - Egypt: On July 30th-31st, the U.S. Embassy in Egypt announced plans to deliver eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt approved as part of a military package that was unfrozen earlier this year....more

RICO Indictment of NECC Executives for Acts of Second-Degree Murder

by Foley Hoag LLP on

An Unprecedented Approach to Regulatory Violations - In December 2014, the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts obtained a sweeping indictment that charges business executives of the New England...more

Disclosing a Murder Under PA Disclosure Law Not Required Says the PA Supreme Court

by Barley Snyder on

In the last couple editions of our Real Estate Law Update (March 2013 and June 2012), we had been reporting on the case of Milliken v. Jacono, which contemplated whether a murder/suicide at a home was a “material defect”...more

Jodi Arias: Bordering on Death?

by Michael Volkov on

Just when we thought Jodi Arias had receded into the shadows of notorious sociopathic killers, she has returned for yet another drama-filled narcissistic replay of her depraved indifference to life and humanity....more

Connecticut Home Invasion Killer/Death Row Inmate Sues Under RLUIPA for Kosher Food

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

In 2007, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky invaded a home in Cheshire, Connecticut, where they horrifically murdered a mother and her two children. Hayes and Komisarjevsky were sentenced to death for their crimes. ...more

The Illusion of No Victims: The Final Component of “Rationalizing Bribery.”

As Andy Spalding, Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog stated in a recent guest post on The Global Anticorruption Blog, “Most of us would agree that overseas...more

Pot Shop Fatal Robbery Illustrates Need for Crime Consideration in Marijuana Legalization Discussion

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

This May 29, 2014 article in the Los Angeles Times illustrates the growing trend of violent crimes centered on operating marijuana dispensaries. With the potential for large amounts of cash on hand and high street prices for...more

The Role Of Alleged Trade Secret Forensic Evidence In The Amanda Knox Murder Case

Last week, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Adam Smith, both Washington Democrats, convened a Congressional briefing to discuss the ongoing murder case against Amanda Knox, the 26-year-old University of Washington foreign...more

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