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A majority of the Justices on the increasingly unpopular Supreme Court disregards settled precedent -- again -- when eliminating privacy protections

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a majority of Supreme Court Justices cast aside 50 years of precedent that guaranteed women’s right to make their healthcare and family-planning decisions for themselves. For the past 5 decades, co… Read More

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

More retaliation plaintiffs have a right to a jury trial – of course, and it is about time!

Over a decade ago, and based on Article 1 of the Minnesota Constitution, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that whistleblowers have a right to a jury trial on their retaliation claims under Minnesota whistleblower law. Abraham v. Cnty. of Hennepin, 6… Read More

The revolution will not be televised

Although in slow motion, a revolution has come to light with the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). In Brown, a unanimous Supreme Court struck down the separate-but-equal doctr… Read More

Open season on democracy and the rule of law

The Supreme Court received intense criticism from many quarters after it decided Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010). In that 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court sharply reduced the restrictions on political campaign contr… Read More

Spymaster smack-down

In the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001, President George Bush instituted perhaps the largest and most aggressive expansion ever of domestic surveillance. It is especially noteworthy, then, that one of his judicial appointments has issued an… Read More

Access to the civil justice system increasingly at risk

An expanding campaign about legal technicalities, if successful, would have real consequences for plaintiffs and their counsel: further limitations on effective prosecution of, and meaningful damages recoveries in, employment law, civil rights, and c… Read More

Taking on the giant of giants

For decades, Walmart has dominated much of the retail market, often at the expense – literally and figuratively – of local communities. With the rapid growth of Walmart, everything from the proverbial mom-and-pop shop to community infrastructure… Read More