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08
May
2017

Important victory in housing discrimination case

The Supreme Court has ruled that local governments have the right to sue banks for civil rights violations against, for example, city residents.  In Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami, the Supreme Court held that the City of Miami may continue t… Read More
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17
April
2017

Recent Minnesota Supreme Court rulings favor employees

Employees and other plaintiffs tended to have difficulty succeeding before the Minnesota Supreme Court in the past.  That trend appears to be changing, as reflected by two recent decisions that should have significance well beyond the cases themselv… Read More
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13
March
2017

Proposed “preemption” laws threaten local democracy and civil rights

Counties, cities, towns, and other local governmental units across the country have been leaders in developing public policies that expand civil rights and otherwise promote the public interest.  Minneapolis and St. Paul  have both exemplified this… Read More
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13
February
2017

Trump presidency triggers immediate legal and direct action

In a per curiam decision, State of Washington, et al. v. Trump, et al., a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently and unanimously affirmed a landmark ruling against the Trump Administration’s travel ban concerning people from certain n… Read More
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03
January
2017

Confirmed: whistleblowers make things better!

A new study from the University of Iowa undertook a sophisticated analysis to confirm something as simple as it is obvious.  In particular, the study found that whistleblowing reduces harmful conduct.  The study, which will be published in the late… Read More
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01
December
2016

Accountability for corporate gamesmanship

One of the most recognized corporate actors nationally and internationally, McDonald’s, Inc., has agreed to pay nearly $4 million to settle a class action wage case concerning the conduct of a McDonald’s, Inc. franchisee.  This result is groundb… Read More
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01
November
2016

Welcome to the surveillance state?!

The Center for Privacy & Technology at Georgetown University Law Center recently issued a report, “The Perpetual Line-Up,” which determined that half of the nation’s adults are in at least one facial-recognition database used by police or o… Read More
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17
October
2016

Some whistleblowers left in the lurch by agency delay

Many have heard about the recent disclosures regarding Wells Fargo & Co. opening unauthorized accounts for clients, which forced the bank’s Chief Executive Officer to resign abruptly under a cloud of controversy. As it turns out, however, enfor… Read More
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19
September
2016

Another tool to combat rampant employee misclassification

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has joined an array of enforcement agencies in cracking down on the misclassification of employees as purported independent contractors.  In a recently issued Advice Memorandum, the NLRB General Counse… Read More
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08
August
2016

Federal courts around the country reject State laws that suppress the vote

There has been an evident effort to restrict voting rights in recent years.  This development has been led largely by the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”).  As discussed previously here, ALEC consists of corporate executives and r… Read More
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