Today in 1993: The Family and Medical Leave Act is signed into law

Feb 5, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 5, 1993, the Family Medical Leave Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, which allowed eligible employees 12 weeks of unpaid family leave.

Today in 1994: The U.S. House passes largest crime bill in history

Aug 21, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 21, 1994, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, the largest crime bull in U.S. history.

Today in 1996: The Supreme Court rules that copying software menus isn’t copyright infringement

Jan 16, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 16, 1996, the Supreme Court affirmed the First Circuit’s ruling in Lotus Development Corporation v. Borland International, Inc, finding that menu commands can’t be copyrighted.

Today in 1995: The Federal Government enters its most severe shutdown to date

Nov 14, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 14, 1995, the federal government entered its longest and most severe shutdown then to date, with the dispute being caused by budgetary issues.

Today in 1994: Supreme Court rules in landmark “fair use” case

Mar 7, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 7, 1994, the Supreme Court ruled in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, greatly expanding the protections afforded by the “fair use” doctrine, thereby helping the Internet’s explosive growth.

Today in 1994: SCOTUS applies RICO to antiabortion activists

Jan 24, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 24, 1994, the Supreme Court decided National Organization for Women v. Scheidler, holding that anti-racketeering law RICO could be applied to antiabortion protesters.

Today in 1990: David Souter is endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee

Sep 27, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 20, 1990, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve David Souter for a vacancy on the Supreme Court — the last nominee who had a different ideology than the president who nominated him.

Today in 1995: The House votes to repeal the national speed limit

Sep 20, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The National Highway System Designation Act (NHSDA), passed by the House on September 20, 1995, is such a law. It is almost singularly known for repealing the national speed limit.

Today in 1994: Anti-crime law enacts Violence Against Women Act and Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Sep 13, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

In our Today in Legal History series, we sometimes cover topics that have little bearing on current events.  On the other hand,

Today in 1993: President Clinton announces new “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy

Jul 19, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On July 19, 1993, President Bill Clinton announced the new “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military, much to the disappointment of LGBT supporters.

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