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- A student sued a community college when he was injured while learning arrest and control measures in a peace officer training class.

Premises Liability

- The California Supreme Court has ruled that a restaurant patron who was assaulted in the parking lot can sue the restaurant for negligence.

Court Strikes Down Patriot Act Provision

- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has declared a provision of the USA PATRIOT Act unconstitutional.

When Faith and Work Clash

- In a work force of increasing religious diversity, managers must understand what the law says about individual rights and religious expression on the job.

Legal Report

- Rulings on a zero tolerance policy for workplace violence and sexual harassment; federal guidance on avoiding family-obligation discrimination; plus legislation on gun control, courthouse security, and privacy.


- 14 The number of European countries that have admitted to allowing the CIA to operate secret prisons or conduct extraordinary rendition in their countries, according to a recent report issued by the European Parliament. The CIA flew more than 1,000 secret flights into European airports from 2001 to 2005, the report states.

Are Cities Sapping Immigration Laws?

- Critics of sanctuary cities argue that such policies provide cover for terrorists. Law enforcement officials disagree.


- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a female employee missed the chance to sue her employer for paying her less than her male counterparts over a nine-year period because she did not file her case within 180 days of the offense. The court said the clock started ticking from the day she got the job, rather than being reset with each new paycheck. This is a departure from years of discrimination case law. The only way to have a current claim against years of discriminatory pay would be for the plaintiff to show that recent decisions, such as raises or promotions, were discriminatory. (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Inc., U.S. Supreme Court, No. 05-1074, 2007)

Workplace Violence

- The California Court of Appeal has ruled that an employee who was fired after making a workplace violence complaint against a coworker may sue his employer for a violation of public policy. The court ruled that the employer’ s actions violated public policy when it failed to take steps to address credible workplace violence threats. (Franklin v. The Monadnock Company, California Court of Appeal, No. B191267, 2007)

Background Screening

- To be found guilty of willfully violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a company must commit an illegal act knowingly and recklessly, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.


- An arbitration program put in place by a law firm was ruled unlawful by a federal appeals court because its conditions were too restrictive.

Legal Report

- Rulings on negligence stemming from an employee's injury during a bank robbery and malicious prosecution, plus legislation covering data mining and RFID.

Legal Report

- Judicial decisions on false imprisonment and discrimination, and legislation on healthcare, genetic discrimination, rail, healthcare, and courthouse security.

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