02/27/2009 - A company did not discriminate against an employee when it refused to let him perform a dangerous job as long as he was taking narcotics for pain, ruled a federal appeals court, because it did not consider the employee incapable of performing less dangerous jobs.
02/27/2009 - When issuing a national security letter under the Patriot Act, the government must justify the gag order that prevents the recipient from speaking out, according to a federal appeals court.
02/23/2009 - Federal authorities last week arrested and charged four animal rights activists under a never before used federal law which protects industries and individuals that use animals in their work.
02/19/2009 - Fiery Islamist preacher Abu Qatada has experienced the highs and lows of competing European legal systems over the last day when the United Kingdom's Law Lords ruled he could be deported to Jordan while the European Court of Human Rights ruled he should receive £2500 for his illegal detention without trial after the events of 9-11.
01/27/2009 - A theological seminary is not guilty of subjecting two female students to a hostile work environment, according to the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The students claimed that the school failed to reign in a 60-year-old seminary resident who romantically pursued the two women. The resident asked the students out for dates but did not touch them or make inappropriate comments.
01/27/2009 - A man, Alshafi Tate, who was fired after ending a consensual sexual relationship with his boss cannot sue for retaliation stemming from sexual harassment, according to a federal appeals court. The retaliation claim is invalid, ruled the court, because Tate did not believe he was being sexually harassed.
12/18/2008 - A property management company is not liable for the death of a man who was shot and killed in a mall parking lot. The Texas Supreme Court ruled the event was not foreseeable and that the company had no duty to protect the man.
12/18/2008 - An employee who was fired for illegally taping private conversations between her supervisors cannot pursue a retaliation claim against her employer, ruled a federal appeals court. The employee taped the conversations to learn more about a sexual harassment claim she had filed.
12/18/2008 - Violating standard accounting practices is insufficient to invoke whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a federal appeals court ruled. The plaintiff in the case was fired after complaining about unorthodox accounting practices at his company.
10/28/2008 - An employee attacked in a parking lot cannot hold the lot owner liable for failing to protect him from an unforeseen attack, according to the California Court of Appeal. (Ericson v. Federal Express, California Court of Appeal, No. D049934, 2008)