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HTMLIllinois Schools Face Tough Decisions in Combating Cyber-bullying
Jonathan E. Meer, Melissa K. Ventrone; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 9, 2015
Illinois, like most states, has a law that addresses school districts’ responsibilities for addressing bullying in schools. With the growing presence of cyber-bullying, as of January 1, 2015, Illinois modified section 27-23.7 of the School Code, Bullying Prevention, to include specific...


HTMLCourt Rules School District Should Have Done More to Accommodate Teacher Battling Cancer
William/ E. Weiner; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 31, 2015, previously published on February 3, 2015
In December 2014, the California Court of Appeal (“Court”) found that Morongo Unified School District’s (“School District”) failure to reassign a disabled teacher to her preferred position raised a triable issue of fact. Swanson v. Morongo Unified School Dist. (Cal....


HTMLNew Employment Standards Act, 2000 Amendments Expand School Boards’ Obligations
Maria Gergin; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015
In 2014, the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000, S.O. 2000 C. 41 (the “ESA”), which applies to most employees of all provincially-regulated employers in the province, including Ontario school boards, received some significant amendments. The most notable changes came in the form of...


HTMLTeacher Awarded Damages for Defamatory Statements Made Against Her
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015
In Jacqueline Catherine May v Rebecca Elizabeth Guzzo1 a teacher was awarded damages for defamatory statements made against her. The statements were made by Ms. Guzzo, the defendant, to the principal at the school where Ms. May was a teacher. Ms. Guzzo alleged that Ms. May was involved in criminal...


HTMLCongress Has Spoken Mr. President - No Quickies
Lori Armstrong Halber; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015
In the words of House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), “Today, Congress voted to stop an unelected board of bureaucrats from trampling on the rights of America’s workers and job creators.” The House voted today to join the Senate and send a...


HTMLSupreme Court of Canada Creates New Test for Police to Search Cell Phones Without a Warrant
Kate Dearden; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015
On December 11, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released R. v. Fearon, a decision that addresses when police can search a cell phone in the course of a criminal arrest, without a warrant. Although Fearon does not directly address cell phone searches in schools, it provides significant insight...


HTMLBullying Can Cost Your School - And Your Students, And Their Parents
Kathleen McLeod Caminiti, David J. Treibman; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
School bullying is one of the most pressing social, health, and educational concerns facing public and private schools alike. Long-term bullying, left unaddressed by schools or parents, can cause lasting physical and emotional harm to students. Bullying has been linked both to deadly school...


HTMLNew Source Review Update: Courts Limit Aggregation for Major Source Determination and Challenges to NSR Pre-Project Emissions Analysis
Jay Holloway, Emily L. Seidman, Liz Williamson; Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015
In February, the Middle District of Pennsylvania struck down an environmental group’s challenge that Ultra Resources should have aggregated eight compressor stations into a single source. Ultra Resources individually permitted each of its eight stations that are located at gas fracking wells...


HTMLAdministration Touts Tax, Healthcare, and Education Proposals
Michael Caputo, Rebecca M. Kuhns, Aaron M. Ockerman, Todd A. Snitchler; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 13, 2015
The House Finance Committee continued hearings on Gov. Kasich's budget proposal this week. House Bill 64, a nearly 3,000 page bill, includes details on the governor’s spending proposal for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.


HTMLFighters Take on UFC in Antitrust Bout
Joseph M. Hanna; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on December 30, 2014
On Wednesday, December 24, a third antitrust lawsuit was filed against the UFC by fighters claiming the organization is a monopoly and illegally restrains trade.


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