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HTMLFlorida’s Apparent Increase on Caps for Damages Recoverable in Cases Against Providers of Foster Care Services Is Misleading
Andrea L. Diederich; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 12, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
Effective July 1, 2014, the statutory caps on damages recoverable in cases involving providers of foster care and related services were amended. See § 409.993, Fla. Stat. (2014). As before, the new statute provides caps on both economic damages and noneconomic damages in such cases. However,...


HTMLIllinois’ Cook County Ordinance Restricts Credit History Use
Kathryn Montgomery Moran, Jason A. Selvey; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 8, 2015, previously published on June 2, 2015
An amendment to Cook County’s Human Rights Ordinance, with certain exceptions, broadly prohibits employers from using credit histories or reports in making employment decisions. Cook County is the most populous county in Illinois and the one in which Chicago is situated.


HTMLGarcia v. Google Inc.
Loeb Loeb LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 26, 2015, previously published on May 18, 2015
Ninth Circuit sitting en banc reverses 2-1 panel decision that required Google to remove anti-Islam video from YouTube based on actor’s claim of copyright in her five-second appearance, holding that “a weak copyright claim cannot justify censorship in the guise of authorship.”


HTML"Full and final settlement of any and all claims" - not so, says the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal
Kelsey Dick; Field Law;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2015, previously published on April 29, 2015
The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) released a decision this month that considered whether the terms of a Release Agreement constituted a valid and enforceable settlement of an employee’s allegations of human rights discrimination arising from employment.


HTMLSupreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Fracking "Crusader"
Michael C. Barbero, Gavin S. Fitch; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015
Earlier this week the Supreme Court of Canada granted Jessica Ernst leave to appeal a ruling of the Alberta Court of Appeal. The ruling confirmed a lower court decision to strike out portions of Ernst's claim for not disclosing a reasonable cause of action. The Court of Appeal decision upheld a...


HTMLNew Legislation Promises More Investigations by the New York City Commission on Human Rights
Aaron Warshaw; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015
On April 20, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed two new bills into law that authorize the New York City Commission on Human Rights to increase the number of employment discrimination investigations.


HTMLReview of Changes in the Russian Civil Code. New Provisions in Law of Obligations
Igor Gorokhov; Capital Legal Services;
Legal Alert/Article
May 1, 2015
Deep reform of civil law reached another landmark on March 8, 2015, when the Russian President signed another set of changes to the general provisions of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, which are to become effective starting from June 1, 2015.


HTMLDubai's New Registry for Non-Muslim Wills to be Launched on 30 April
Paul Hewitt; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on April 23, 2015
A new succession regime for non-Muslim owners of assets in Dubai has received official approval and will launch on 30 April.


HTMLSupreme Court Delivers New Life to Pregnancy Discrimination Claim
Nicole Bermel Dunlap, Leanne C. Mehrman; Bernstein Shur;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2015, previously published on March 26, 2015
Executive Summary: On March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion that redefines the standard for disparate treatment claims under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). In Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the Court applied the McDonnell Douglas burden-shifting standard...


HTMLRecent Amendments to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act
Karrie A. Zeits; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 15, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015
Most public bodies are aware by now that the legislature passed significant amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at the close of their 2014 legislative session. These amendments are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2015. The primary goals of the amendments were to put in place...


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