Commentary and analysis of current events that have legal implications.  We often pick up stories from Reuters news sources, or there may be a new court filing on Westlaw that catches our attention.

School Choice Open Enrollment—A Variety of State Programs

Dec 11, 2014 By: Nia Doherty

Recent constitutional challenges to Wisconsin’s open enrollment school choice program highlight the fact that potential problems remain in the system.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Dec 10, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Some highlights from the past week’s litigation news headlines over at the Westlaw Journals blog include a $650,000 award to a double

Jury Finds Police Used Excessive Force When Street Preacher Tried to Retrieve His Shoes; Estate Receives $4.6M for Wrongful Death/Civil Rights Action

Dec 9, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Jury Finds Police Used Excessive Force When  Street Preacher Tried to Retrieve  His Shoes;  Estate  Receives $4.6M for Wrongful Death/Civil Rights  Action Booker

SCOTUS poised to reverse in pregnancy discrimination case, but the details are up in the air

Dec 4, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the pregnancy discrimination case Young v. UPS. It appears that a majority supports Young’s case, but there’s no clear rule for broader application.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Dec 3, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Sorry that we missed you last week. This week we’re back with a few litigation news highlights from the Westlaw Journals blog,

Young vs. UPS: Must employers make accommodations for pregnant employees?

Dec 3, 2014 By: Kellie Pantekoek

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Young vs. United Parcel Service, a case that examines the scope of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Court Awards $453 Million to Injured/Estates for Iran’s Support of Terrorism in 1983 Bombing of Marine Barracks in Beirut

Dec 2, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Spencer v. Islamic Republic of Iran (D.D.C.) Court Awards $453 Million to Injured/Estates for Iran’s Support of Terrorism in 1983 Bombing of Marine Barracks in Beirut

Constitutional Challenges to Wisconsin Open Enrollment Program

Nov 25, 2014 By: Nia Doherty

On Nov. 18, 2014, a group representing three families of children with disabilities filed a challenge against Wisconsin’s open enrollment program

Former Mayor’s Estate Receives $97M for Police Officer’s Excessive Use of Force/Unnecessary Seizure and City’s Hiring/Retention Practices

Nov 25, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Former Mayor’s  Estate Receives $97M for Police Officer’s Excessive Use of Force/Unnecessary Seizure and City’s Hiring/Retention Practices Reeves, as personal representative for

News in Brief: Home-sharing website challenges San Francisco rental law

Nov 21, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

A Texas-based home-sharing website has sued the city and county of San Francisco in California federal court to overturn an ordinance prohibiting