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Woman’s negligence suit against Baylor clears hurdle

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 7:05am
WACO, Texas — A federal judge ruled Friday that allegations can proceed to trial that Baylor University violated Title IX by disregarding women’s rape claims against a football player, leaving another female student prey to sexual assault by him. In a 27-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Waco denied arguments by attorneys for ...

Changes sought in college sex assault investigations

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 7:05am
BALTIMORE — What happens on college campuses after a sexual assault has been reported has become increasingly scrutinized beyond the universities’ boundaries. The American College of Trial Lawyers is trying to bring some clarity by recommending new standards for campus sexual assault investigations, with a focus on ensuring fairness and due process for both the ...

Dayton vows ‘fight’ for judiciary budget

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 7:02am
Governor also sides with Hortman in comment flap

Wells Fargo board to lawyers: Pay attention

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:51am
Corporate counsels need to keep their eyes open and focused on the big picture

Spare the bar exam, spoil the lawyer?

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:26am
Affinity bars join push to relax rules for out-of-state lawyers

Capitol Retort: Going nuclear; GOP backs privacy; Twins magic

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:23am
Our review of issues in state and national news, with a rotating cast of political people in the know.

Centrist Supreme Court endures with Gorsuch

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:17am
By Noah Feldman With the swearing-in Monday of Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court’s configuration shifts to … a 4-4 balance with a single centrist justice as the swing vote. If that sounds familiar, it should. It’s been the normal state of affairs since 1986, when Justice Antonin Scalia joined, and on some issues ...

Sessions heralds ‘Trump era’ during border visit

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:13am
NOGALES, Ariz. — Attorney General Jeff Sessions toured the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday and unveiled what he described as a new get-tough approach to immigration prosecutions under President Donald Trump. The nation’s top law enforcement official outlined a series of changes that he said mark the start of a new era to rid American cities and ...

Florida prosecutor fights Scott over death cases

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:07am
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida prosecutor is firing a double-barreled response to Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to take almost two-dozen criminal cases away from her after she said her office would no longer seek the death penalty. State Attorney Aramis Ayala filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court, and was filing another one with Florida’s ...

Transgender UW employees sue over insurance

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:06am
MADISON, Wis. — Two transgender University of Wisconsin employees are suing the state’s insurance board and the UW System after it stopped covering sex reassignment procedures. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Wisconsin on Friday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of anthropology graduate student Alina Boyden and cancer researcher Shannon Andrews. ...

Court remands pregnancy-discrimination case

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 7:02am
A plaintiff establishes sex discrimination under a disparate treatment theory if she shows that pregnancy “actually motivated” the challenged employment decision

Senate OKs Real ID as privacy, sovereignty fears linger

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 7:40am
Longtime opponent Limmer says state was ‘clubbed into submission’

Restraining order brings free-speech challenge

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 7:09am
Charles M. Bolton wrote about his ex-girlfriend on his Wordpress blog, Men for Justice.

Quandaries and Quagmires: Board forbids lawyer self-defense in public forum

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 7:02am
Board Opinion 24 advises that a lawyer may not disclose client information to defend against the client’s accusation of wrongful conduct.

Finalists announced for First Judicial District

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 2:12pm
Four finalists have been announced by the Commission on Judicial  Selection for the current vacancies in Minnesota’s First Judicial District. These vacancies are created upon the retirements of Judge Terrence E. Conkel and Judge Michael R. Savre, and will both be chambered at Glencoe in McLeod County. Jessica Maher: Ms. Maher is a shareholder at Berg, ...

Senate confirms Trump pick Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 11:28am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump’s nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court. Vice President Mike Pence was presiding as the Senate voted 54-45 in favor of Gorsuch, a ...

Gorsuch may be decisive vote in divisive Supreme Court cases

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:41am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation as the 113th Supreme Court justice expected on Friday, it won’t be long before he starts revealing what he really thinks about a range of hot topics he repeatedly sidestepped during his confirmation hearing. In less than two weeks, the justices will take up a Missouri church’s claim ...

In the Hopper: Railroad liability; internet privacy; student press

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:15am
The GOP House is poised to cap at $3 million the damages freight railroad operators would face should a disaster take place along a corridor it shares with light-rail commuter trains.

Law revoking beneficiary status not retroactive

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:35am
Remember the law that says divorces revoke life insurance beneficiary designations that leave the policy proceeds to the now-ex-spouse? Check the date.

OFP reversal shows dimensions of trial record

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:02am
District Court had next to nothing to work with in petition for protection