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YouTube Shooting Raises Questions On Firearms In The Workplace

Following the April 3, 2018 YouTube workplace violence tragedy, many news sources reported that there were 500 workplace homicides in 2016, the most recent workplace homicide statistic from the Bureau of Labor...more

Employers Should Not Fear the So-Called "Take Your Guns to Work Act"

by FordHarrison on

On March 9, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the newly enacted Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, on March 9, the first gun control measure enacted in the state in over 20 years. While, that...more

In Fear of a Lobby – In sacrifice of our children

May our children NEVER AGAIN die unnecessarily - The Florida state legislature failed our students miserably. They faced a crisis that has been in the making since even before Columbine: a disturbed person, a former...more

Use the Features that Make the Fake News Fly

There is an old saying attributed to Mark Twain, that “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting its shoes on.” Based on a recent large-scale MIT study, that turns out to be pretty accurate....more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Legislative Council Considers After-Deadline Bill Requests on School Safety, Gun Control - The Legislative Council met on February 27 to consider after-deadline bill requests, including several on school safety and gun...more

Student activism after Parkland—Some First Amendment considerations for school district leaders

by Hogan Lovells on

After the tragic February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students across the country have taken to the streets. Students have met with lawmakers, engaged in protests, and staged...more

NSBA Releases Guidance on Student Walkouts and the First Amendment

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As we discussed in our previous alert, various actions and protests are being planned in the wake of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland Florida, including a National School Walkout planned for March 14. ...more

California’s “Red Flag” Laws Can Help Prevent Tragedies Like Stoneman Douglas

by Weintraub Tobin on

As we struggle to come to grips with the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many have bemoaned the lack of response by law enforcement prior to the attack. News outlets state that the shooter was reported...more

Should Employers Allow Concealed Weapon Permit Holders To Carry Guns At Work?

by Fisher Phillips on

As mass shootings have continued with regular frequency in the United States, our country remains deeply divided, not only with the cause of these tragic events, but also on how to stop them from occurring. Many have called...more

What School Districts Need to Know About Student Protests

by Barley Snyder on

We have received many questions over the past week in the wake of the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. As has been widely publicized, there are presently a number of protest events...more

National School Walkout Planned for March 14

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

We join with the education community in feeling shocked and saddened over recent events involving gun violence, including the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We have no doubt that you...more

Mass Shootings Demand “Stop the Bleed” Training for Workplaces.

by Fisher Phillips on

There is no easy solution to preventing and responding to mass shootings. We should debate legal changes and provide regular employee training and drills, such as Run-Hide-Flight. However, we need to take IMMEDIATE concrete...more

Parkland

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This is not a political outlet. So, I will confine my “political” comment to a single set of facts. 17 people killed yesterday. 32 school days so far this year. Time Magazine reports 18 school shootings. So a school...more

Re-Evaluating Liability Exposure And Security Needs In The Era Of Mass Shootings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

During the last five years, the United States has seen a drastic increase in mass shootings. On November 5, 2017, just after 11:00a.m., a gunman entered a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and opened fire. That Sunday...more

Media Coalition Gains Access to Sealed Warrant Materials in Las Vegas Mass Shooting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Las Vegas judge, at the urging of a coalition of news media organizations and over the objection of police, today ordered the release of sealed search warrant materials connected to the investigation of the largest mass...more

Frustratingly, 2016 Workplace Death Rates Increase the Most Since 2010.

by Fisher Phillips on

The newly reported 2016 fatalities occurred under the Obama Administration and their approach of often-punitive Enforcement efforts, so these numbers have nothing to do with the Trump Administration’s actions or lack thereof....more

A Reflection on Newtown, Five Years Later

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

I’ll never forget the day I drove into Newtown, Connecticut. As NBC 30’s Gerry Brooks tweeted this morning: How could you?...more

You Should Know - October 2017

We Will Get Through This Together - Americans are hurting. First it was Hurricane Harvey slamming into Texas and Louisiana. Then Hurricane Irma chased thousands from their homes in Florida. Puerto Rico is still reeling...more

HIPAA Disclosures During Mass Tragedies

by Burr & Forman on

In light of the recent incident in Las Vegas, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the government entity responsible for HIPAA Compliance, issued clarification guidance on the ability of a health care provider to share...more

Active Shooter Response - Developing an Effective Policy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Unfortunately, workplace violence is becoming an ever increasing liability in the workplace. Despite the presence of workplace violence prevention programs intended to avoid this hazard entirely within...more

Providing Grief Relief in the Age of Mass Shootings

by FordHarrison on

The headlines rang out early Monday morning as many of us were preparing to leave home for work: DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN US HISTORY. Coffee. IT WAS MADNESS. Toasted bagel. 50+ KILLED, MORE THAN 500 INJURED. Orange Juice....more

Airport Active Shooter Incident — What Can Happen in Just 15 Seconds, and What Business Needs to Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent active shooter incident at an international airport illustrates both how quickly an incident may be over, yet how ancillary impacts take much longer to resolve. While the shooter was apprehended in...more

Palin v. The New York Times Co.: Newspaper Wins, Palin Loses

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Bottom line: On August 29, 2017, Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff dismissed, with prejudice, Sarah Palin’s defamation complaint against the New York Times Company. The dispute arose from an editorial first...more

Palin v. The New York Times Co.: Newspaper Mounts Robust Defense to Defamation Lawsuit

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The New York Times is defending itself against a defamation lawsuit brought by former Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, as the newspaper asserted in a recent motion to dismiss that the...more

Sarah Palin’s Suit Against The New York Times Faces Some Key Challenges

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

On June 27, Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate, filed a complaint against The New York Times for defamation in the Southern District of New York. Palin alleges a Times editorial defamed her by...more

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