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Faculty Can Unionize Absent Actual Managerial Control, NLRB Decides

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) revised its standard for determining when faculty members can unionize. Although the decision is expected to be appealed, it undoubtedly will open the door to a...more

The National Labor Relations Board Strikes Again – How Managerial Are Your Faculty and How Religious Is Your Institution?

In the latest example of dramatic changes to well-developed principles of federal labor law and policy, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) issued its long awaited decision in Pacific Lutheran University,...more

Department of Justice Releases Report on Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Women

Late last week, a Special Report on Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females (“Report”), for the period 1995-2013, was issued. The results are based on information taken from the U.S. Department of...more

Michigan Passes Student-Athlete Union Ban

Michigan is poised to officially ban student-athletes at public colleges and universities from forming or joining a labor union. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the recently passed bill into law by the end of the year. ...more

CFPB report highlights inadequate disclosure of campus financial products

In its fifth annual report on college credit card agreements, the CFPB takes financial institutions as well as colleges and universities to task for failing to adequately disclose their marketing agreements for campus...more

Make Sure You Own the Patent You Think You Do.

The biotechnology industry has a long history of successfully licensing and litigating university technology. That trend looks to be continuing, even as other industries have taken aim at limiting patent enforcement. Ten U.S....more

Commissioner Gallagher Posits SEC Would Prevail Against Harvard University

Just this week, Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher and former Commissioner Joseph A. Grundfest issued a draft of a paper that takes on the Harvard Shareholder Rights Project. The Harvard SRP describes itself as “a clinical...more

Cambridge University Press v. Patton: Who Really Won?

Cambridge University Press v. Patton is a recent opinion from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals regarding fair use. In a nutshell, the case involved the nation’s premier text-book publishers Cambridge University Press,...more

The Market for Law School Applicants -- A Milestone to Remember

In early 2013, Michael Moffitt, the dean of Oregon Law, was interviewed by the New York Times about the tumult affecting law schools. Moffitt, who is a very thoughtful guy, reponded, "I feel like I am living a business school...more

University of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities Amid Report of Sexual Assault Allegations

Just days after Rolling Stone published an article detailing the alleged sexual assault of a freshman student by seven men inside a fraternity house, the President of the University of Virginia, Teresa A. Sullivan, in a...more

The President’s immigration orders: 5 measures that will impact higher ed

As employers and educators of hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals each year, U.S. colleges and universities will be uniquely impacted by President Obama’s new actions targeting the U.S. immigration system....more

NCAA Appeals Ruling on Compensation for Student-Athletes

On November 14, 2014, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) submitted its initial brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Northern District of California’s August decision that the NCAA’s...more

Ninth Circuit Enforces Waiver of Subrogation Clause in Design/Build Agreement Against Post-Construction Property Insurer

Travelers Indem. Co. v. Crown Corr, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 21101 (9th Cir. 2014) - This action arose out of the construction of the University of Phoenix Stadium (the “Stadium”), home of the Arizona Cardinals. ...more

Division I Athlete Commences Collective Action Seeking Pay For Play

A complaint recently filed in the Southern District of Indiana alleges that the NCAA and its Division I Member Schools have jointly agreed and conspired to engage in a widespread pattern, policy, and practice of failing to...more

A former physician assistant student at Lock Haven University sued eight individual defendants (but not the university) after his...

A former physician assistant student at Lock Haven University sued eight individual defendants (but not the university) after his dismissal from the program, alleging civil rights violations. In Weil v. White,...more

Player Eligibility Above Academic Integrity? Ways to Avoid UNC-Chapel Hill’s Academic Scandal

An independent investigation of the African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that this prestigious institution placed player eligibility above academic...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Scope of Court Authority Over Academic Investigations

During its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court debated the scope of courts’ authority to intervene in academic investigations at the University of Illinois in order to require University officials to follow their own...more

Phishing Attacks Target University Employee Payroll Information

In a recent advisory, the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) warned higher education institutions about sophisticated phishing attacks that target faculty and staff...more

Amended Clery Act Regulations Mandate New Disclosures and Procedures

The Department of Education has published new regulations interpreting and applying the newly modified Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The rules include a...more

A Cautionary Tale for Universities about Patent Ownership Rights from the Lone Star State

A recent decline in patent litigation has been attributed to the evolving patent eligibility standard, as well as to an increase in post-grant review proceedings at the Patent Office, now reported to be “the second-biggest...more

Former College Athlete Claiming Temporary Employee Status Sues NCAA Because She Wasn’t Paid Minimum Wage

A former soccer player from the University of Houston, Samantha Sackos, has filed a putative class action in the Southern District of Indiana against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and all NCAA Division I...more

Health Care Reform Challenges for Educational Institutions

Educational institutions will face some unique challenges as the Affordable Care Act's “employer shared responsibility” requirement becomes effective next year. Beginning January 1, 2015, large employers that do not offer...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Old-School Investigative Sports Reporting: Still Relevant After All These Years

As a young lawyer in 1985, a case came my way that combined several passions: college football, newspaper journalism and the First Amendment. I was the associate attorney assigned to help apply legal muscle in support of our...more

MIT 2014 Community Attitudes on Sexual Assault

More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students responded, or about 35% of the institution’s total student population. (This 35% consisted of 46% of surveyed undergraduate females, 35% of undergraduate males, 37% of...more

Private University Professor Was Properly Fired For Exhibiting Frightening Behavior

The University of San Francisco terminated a tenured professor after the employee exhibited angry and frightening behavior with other employees over a substantial period of time. In Kao v. University of San Francisco (August...more

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