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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...


HTMLBalancing Life's Responsibilities: Canadian Human Rights Developments in the Accommodation of Family Status
Barbara B. Johnston, Chelsea K. Ritchie; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 15, 2015, previously published on February 12, 2015
With an increase in the number of dual-income households in Canada, it is not surprising that employers are facing growing demands from workers for flexible work regimes that allow for the fulfillment of childcare obligations. As many parents struggle to meet both work and family obligations,...


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...


HTMLSupreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Case
Ruth A. Horvatich; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
Legal Alert/Article
April 13, 2015, previously published on 1st Quarter, 2015
“[W]hy, when the employer accommodated so many, could it not accommodate pregnant women as well?” This is the question the United States Supreme Court posed to the Fourth Circuit in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., as it voted 6-3 to revive a pregnancy discrimination case where a...


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