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The Impact of U.S. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions on Colleges and Universities

At the core, a University holds most dear the ability for faculty and students to freely engage in research in an open environment, permitting unrestricted access to the University’s underlying research data, the research...more

The NLRB Recognizes Student-Employees: The Effect of Columbia University on Private Universities

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) held in a 3-1 decision that undergraduate and graduate student assistants at private colleges and universities are employees under Section 2(3) of the...more

OCR Decides Lack of Procedural Protections for Accused Students Violates Title IX

After years of decisions in which the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) criticized colleges' and universities' handling of claims filed by individuals alleging sexual assault on campus, OCR now...more

Sovereign Immunity of State Universities: Can It Shield Them from AIA Patent Challenges?

In what appears to be a case of first impression, the PTAB is poised to rule on the question of whether state sovereign immunity prevents an IPR challenge from being maintained against a University of Florida (“UF”) patent...more

University Of Denver Sued By EEOC for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

University Paid Female Full Law Professors Significantly Less Than Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER, Colo. - The University of Denver violated federal law by paying female employees lower wages than...more

False Claims Act Lawsuits Increasingly Target Universities

Research universities have increasingly become targets for False Claims Act actions, both by private plaintiffs and by the government. Because the FCA began as a statute focused on government procurement and has only more...more

Department of Education Releases Training Materials on Handling Sexual Misconduct

The Department of Education (DOE) recently released the Safe Place to Learn resource package, providing schools with a variety of materials aimed at eliminating student-on-student sexual harassment and sexual violence. The...more

NLRB Allows Student Assistants to Unionize, Signals Commitment to Expanding Its Reach

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “the Board”) reversed standing precedent and held that student assistants at private universities, including both graduate and undergraduate teaching and research...more

Dispute an expert's jurisdiction appointed to provide expert determination?

In the recent decision of Zvi Construction Co LLC v. Notre Dame University (USA) in England [2016] EWHC 1924, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) had to consider whether a party had expressly or impliedly accepted the...more

University of Minnesota Sues Gilead Sciences for Infringement of Hepatitis C Patents

On August 29, 2016, the Regents of the University of Minnesota (“the University”) filed suit against Gilead Sciences (“Gilead”) for patent infringement in the District Court for the District of Minnesota. According to the...more

Recent NLRB Decisions Affect Private Education

With summer over and school back in session, two recent National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decisions affecting the education industry ensure that students aren’t the only ones with homework to do this fall. On...more

Brock Turner Rape Case | Victims’ Rights Attorney

Brock Turner: The Stanford Rape Case and Victims’ Rights - As a victims’ rights attorney, I was surprised when the Stanford rape case sentence was announced, and Brock Turner received a sentence of only six months in the...more

NCAA Faces New Class-Action Concussion-Related Lawsuits

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) was hit with seven new concussion-related class action lawsuits on August 31, 2016. The new lawsuits increase the total number of lawsuits filed since May 2016 to 22...more

ITT Tech Closes Its Doors – What it Means for You and Your Student Loans

ITT Technical Institute announced on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 their plans to shut down all of their remaining campuses. The decision comes as the U.S. Education Department announced the previous week they would no...more

Top US Universities Hit with Retirement Plan Lawsuits: Lessons for Plan Sponsors

The recent wave of 403(b) lawsuits against more than a dozen prominent US universities could herald similar suits for other 403(b) plan sponsors. Plan sponsors can minimize their risk by reviewing their plan governance...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - White House pledges support for Salton Sea, geothermal energy - The Desert Sun - Sep 1 - The federal government is stepping up its commitment to the Salton Sea and exploring the...more

Absolutely no shock Universities being sued over their Plans

There has been an influx of participant lawsuits against private universities for the 401(k) and/or 403(b) plans they sponsor for their employees. That’s like shooting fish in a barrel....more

NLRB Considers Graduate Students “Employees” and Permits Union Organizing

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) reversed long-standing precedent in a recent decision involving graduate students, expanding the numbers of employees that may organize into unions. In Columbia University, the ...more

NLRB Raises Price of College Tuition

In yet another reversal of precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that students who perform work for a university for which they are compensated can form and join labor unions under the National Labor...more

National Labor Relations Board Grants Student Assistants the Right to Unionize at Private Colleges and Universities

In a setback to private colleges and universities, the National Labor Relations Board ruled on August 23, 2016 that student assistants have unionization and collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act....more

Dronsfield v University of Reading

The recent case of Dronsfield v. University of Reading UKEAT/0200/15 has prompted some fairly sensationalist headlines. Take the Evening Standard, for example: "University of Reading art lecturer who had sex with 'vulnerable'...more

The Trend Reverses: College Tuition Payments Shielded from Avoidance in Bankruptcy - Bankruptcy Court Rules in Favor of University...

It is the start of a new semester, and all across the country, parents are writing tuition checks to the colleges and universities that their children attend. Colleges accept the checks on behalf of the students, the tuitions...more

[Webinar] The Proposed Repayment Rate for Proprietary Schools (Proposed Borrower Defense Rule Series) - September 14th, 12:00pm...

Our final webinar will focus on the new repayment rate the Department proposes for proprietary institutions. We will examine in detail the methodology the Department suggests it would use, and the penalty associated with a...more

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a...more

NLRB issues two key decisions affecting higher ed

On August 23, the National Labor Relations Board issued several decisions affecting unionization rights at private universities. In the first of these, Columbia University, the Board held that graduate and undergraduate...more

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