America’s First Great Depression: Economic Crisis and Political Disorder after the Panic of 1837

Alasdair Roberts, Suffolk Law’s Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy, discusses his upcoming book and how it relates to the United States economy today. Learn more about Professor Roberts at http://bit.ly/zTKaZP.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/suffolk-law/2012/01/americas-first-great-depression-economic-crisis-and-political-disorder-after-the-panic-of-1837/

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BP executive, supervisors plead not guilty to criminal charges

[JURIST] Two well-site supervisors and one former executive of British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] pleaded not guilty in US federal court on Tuesday to criminal charges stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The two supervisors, Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, are each charged with manslaughter [Bloomberg report] in connection with the death of 11 workers during the spill. Federal investigators have alleged that Kaluza and Vidrine ignored warning signs leading up to the…

Source: http://jurist.org/paperchase/2012/11/bp-executive-supervisors-plead-not-guilty-to-criminal-charges.php

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ACLU Files Suit To Allow Women In Combat Positions

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit to eliminate remaining barriers to women in combat. The military has been opening more jobs to women, but they are still barred from being assigned to combat missions even though many continue to face fire in Afghanistan.

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Source: http://www.npr.org/2012/11/27/166023492/aclu-files-suit-to-allow-women-in-combat-positions?ft=1&f=1070

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America’s First Great Depression: Economic Crisis and Political Disorder after the Panic of 1837

Alasdair Roberts, Suffolk Law’s Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy, discusses his upcoming book and how it relates to the United States economy today. Learn more about Professor Roberts at http://bit.ly/zTKaZP.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/suffolk-law/2012/01/americas-first-great-depression-economic-crisis-and-political-disorder-after-the-panic-of-1837/

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EEOC can use Teamsters-style pattern-or-practice theory under Title VII § 706

Serrano sued in a class action claiming sex discrimination and the EEOC intervened. The trial court ruled for the employer on a number of issues; the 6th Circuit reversed. Serrano and EEOC v. Cintas Corp (6th Cir 11/09/2012).

The main issue was whether EEOC could pursue a pattern-or-practice style claim pursuant to § 706 of Title VII.

The employer argued that under § 706 the EEOC is limited to proving its allegations of discrimination pursuant to the McDonnell Douglas Corp v. Green, 411 US 792 (1973), burden-shifting framework, and cannot use the pattern-or-practice framework announced by the Supreme Court in Teamsters v. United States, 431 US 324 (1977). The court rejected that argument. Even though the Teamsters case arose under § 707, the theory of that case can be used under § 706.

The trial court erred in holding that the employer was entitled to judgment on the pleadings in light of the EEOC’s failure to plead its intent to rely on the Teamsters framework. Although the EEOC’s complaint “is not a model of good lawyering,” a plaintiff need not indicate at the pleading stage which circumstantial evidentiary framework it plans to use.

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Source: http://www.lawmemo.com/blog/2012/11/eeoc_can_use_te.html

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Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Center Sued Under Consumer Fraud Act

A novel lawsuit alleges that a group purporting to help turn gays straight is defrauding customers by selling a service that’s been scientifically debunked. The JONAH organization aims to foster male identity, allegedly by requiring participants to strip during sessions, spend more time with other nude men in health clubs and bath houses, and beat effigies of their mothers with tennis rackets.

Source: http://www.law.com/jsp/law/sign_me_in.jsp?article=http://www.law.com/jsp/nj/PubArticleNJ.jsp?id=1202579675739&rss=newswire

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