It used to be that if your nanny or maid was fired, all you had to worry about was them gossiping about your habits or stealing the silverware on the way out. Not so anymore – now you may get hit with a Federal or State wage and hour claim. That’s what happened to Robert… Continue reading Folks with Nannies and Housekeepers Need to Know Fair Wages Law
After 21 years in jail for a murder he didn’t commit, Jacques Rivera walked out a free man to the shouts of family and supporters. Rivera’s freedom was won by Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. The Center has an incredible track record of success on cases like this – ones that DNA cannot help.… Continue reading Northwestern Wins Release of Man Wrongfully Jailed for 21 Years!
Often in Federal litigation and state commercial litigation, certain documents are marked “confidential” so that the parties know that while they have to be exchanged through the course of the case, they are not to be given to third parties or used outsider the litigation in any way. In some cases, an entire court file… Continue reading Lawyer’s Failure to Safeguard Documents Brings Hefty Penalty
Too many articles have been written about the harsh, unforgiving Federal sentencing system for me to chime in at this point. But a recent decision in the case US v. Harris by Judge Joanna Seybert shows how fragile the future of those accused of federal crimes can be due to the system. The defendant Elvin… Continue reading Reversal of 33 Year Sentence Shows Danger of Ineffective Lawyering and Federal System
OK, this blog post is not about whether Barbara Sheehan should have been convicted of murder for using two guns to shoot her husband 11 times. Her jury decided that she should be found not guilty and they did so today after being deadlocked for awhile. We can argue till we’re blue in the face… Continue reading Acquittal of Queens Woman Who Murdered Her Husband Shows Value of Creative Effective Lawyering
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the Federal Agency entrusted to policing claims of discrimination in the workplace. Last week, the EEOC filed a Federal discrimination lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois against Source One Staffing, claiming the Source One repeatedly sent female workers to job assignments even though two prior temps had… Continue reading EEOC Files Suit Against Employment Agency For Sending Women Into “Hostile Work Environment”
Getty Images, the world’s largest licensor of digital images, got a taste of its own medicine last week, when Federal District Court Judge Glenn Suddaby, of the Northern District of New York, denied Getty’s motion to dismiss a claim of trademark infringement brought against the company by Car-Freshener, Inc., the company that brings you those… Continue reading Makers of Pine-Tree Deodorizers Allowed to Proceed With Lawsuit Against Getty Images
In a stunning reversal of a conviction of Washington University student Amanda Knox, an Italian Appeals court, comprised of a jury and two judges, voted to overturn her murder conviction and immediately release her. She should be back home in Seattle very soon. If you’re not familiar with the case, I wrote about it when… Continue reading Knox Verdict Overturned by Italian Appeals Court