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HTMLFourth Circuit Affirms Lower Court’s Dismissal of Complaint to Permit Arbitration on Grounds of Equitable Estoppel
Jhanelle A. Graham; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
In Keanna Lomax v. Weinstock, Friedman & Friedman, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit was asked to determine whether the district court erred in dismissing, without prejudice, Plaintiff Keanna Lomax’s amended complaint to permit arbitration. Lomax’s complaint...

 

HTMLEavesdropping In Illinois: You Can Do What Now?
Keith Fruehling; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
On March 20th, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down Illinois' eavesdropping statute (720 ILCS 5/14-2) ruling it unconstitutional. In two separate cases (People v. Clark and People v. Melongo), the court found that much of the language of the present eavesdropping statute was overly broad under...

 

HTMLDistrict of Columbia Recognizes Economic Loss Doctrine in Negligence Case for First Time
Colleen K. O'Brien; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
In Aguilar v. RP MRP Washington Harbour, LLC, No. 13-CV-329 (District of Columbia Court of Appeals, September 4, 2014), and in a case of first impression, the District of Columbia high court recognized the economic loss doctrine in a negligence case. The economic loss doctrine prohibits claims of...

 

HTMLPark District Board Settles Open Meetings Act Lawsuit
Shawnnell Brown, Chrissie Peterson; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
The adoption and implementation of public comment rules may avoid litigation for public bodies. Recently, the Clark County Park District Board ("Park") settled an Open Meetings Act lawsuit for $415.50. The settlement amount represented the fees incurred by Kirk Allen ("Allen")...

 

HTMLCorporation Does Not Have Protected Interest in Documents Thrown in Common Area Dumpster
Gregory S. Emrick; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
Between 1998 and 2000, Greenpeace, an environmental lobbying group, investigated and lobbied against Dow Chemical Co. and Sasol North America, Inc. for their chemical manufacturing operations at Lake Charles, Louisiana. In response, both companies retained lobbying firms to assist in combating...

 

HTMLThe Cost-Only Rule Applies To FOIA Fees For Property Tax Records
Alisha Biesinger, Chrissie Peterson; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
A recent Illinois appellate court decision should remind government entities that charging a fee for a FOIA request should not be assessed without due care. In Sage Information Services v. Suhr, 2014 IL App (2d) 130708, the plaintiffs requested "a copy, on CD or similar electronic media, of...

 

HTMLWhy A School's Unconstitutional Hair Length Policy Matters For All Governmental Entities
Stacy Crabtree; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
A school's hair length policy was the subject of a recent lawsuit, and the federal appellate court's opinion on the matter serves as a reminder for all schools and other governmental entities to be wary because, in the words of Bob Dylan, "the times they are a-changin'." As the facts are...

 

HTMLCourt Denies Extraterritorial Application of the Dodd-Frank Act's Whistleblowing Provisions
Celia M. Joseph; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014
On August 14, 2014, in Liu Meng-Lin v. Siemens AG, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held that the whistleblowing provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“the Dodd-Frank Act”), does not...

 

HTMLSEC Issues Warning to All Mid-Sized Companies
Frantz Ward LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 9, 2014
In what may be a signal that the United States is not willing to turn a blind eye to what many may characterize as “petty” or small-scale bribery, Smith & Wesson, was recently fined $2 million for $11,000 in bribes which resulted in approximately $100,000 in profit. “This is a...

 

HTMLWalking the Line: Tort Immunity And Pedestrians Outside The Crosswalk
Wade Blumenshine, Chrissie Peterson; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
Recently, the First District Appellate Court determined that a pedestrian who "walked the line" and was injured while partially inside and partially outside of a crosswalk was barred from recovering for those injuries from the City of Chicago. In Swain v. City of Chicago, the plaintiff...

 


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