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  • Advice for Employers - Words Matter!

    Posted by: Wendy Bryant Becker on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

    Advice for Employers - Words Matter! In a recent case decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, an employer found out the hard way that a managerial employee’s ill-chosen words transformed a “slam-dunk” dismissal of an age discrimination case into an uncertain march toward trial. Case Background The case arose when the Tecumsch Public ...
     
  • 5 Steps for Prudent Employers When Discharging Employees, Part One: Before Termination

    Posted by: Philip C. Eschels on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm

    5 Steps for Prudent Employers When Discharging Employees, Part One: Before Termination The process of discharging employees can be chaotic and emotional. However, if employers are proactive and prepared when the time comes, many hassles can be avoided down the road. Following are five prudent steps to take before discharging employees. Step #1: Review Documents Employers should review all relevant ...
     
  • SCOTUS Declines Opportunity to Clarify Irreparable Harm in Trademark Injunctions

    Posted by: Daniel J. Donnellon on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 2:30:00 pm

    SCOTUS Declines Opportunity to Clarify Irreparable Harm in Trademark Injunctions Apparently, “the smoke gets in your eyes” when a court is asked to determine irreparable harm in a trademark injunction. Last year, the Ninth Circuit vacated an injunction granted in favor of the owner of “The Platters” trademark in Herb Reed Enterprises, LLC v. Florida Entertainment Management, ...
     
  • U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage in Indiana

    Posted by: Michael Kohlhaas on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

    U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage in Indiana On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of all five pending same-sex marriage cases, in effect allowing marriages to proceed in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. This decision signals that the justices will likely not soon intercede in the decisions being made across the country ...
     
  • Dis-Orderly Conduct: Hospital Security Guard Fired After Incident with Psychiatric Patient Cannot Advance Discrimination Claims

    Posted by: Alexis B. Kasacavage on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 1:30:00 pm

    Dis-Orderly Conduct: Hospital Security Guard Fired After Incident with Psychiatric Patient Cannot Advance Discrimination Claims In Loyd v. Saint Joseph Mercy Oakland, et al., the Sixth Circuit recently upheld a Michigan district court's decision to dismiss a 52-year-old African-American female security guard's age, race and sex discrimination claims arising from her discharge following an incident with a combative psychiatric patient at the ...
     
  • The Beer Battle Continues: Challenge to Indiana’s Restrictions on the Sale of Cold Beer Goes to the Next Level

    Posted by: Phillip Fowler on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9:00:00 am

    The Beer Battle Continues: Challenge to Indiana’s Restrictions on the Sale of Cold Beer Goes to the Next Level Earlier this year, I wrote an article discussing how both consumers and business owners often have to deal with confusing laws and regulations in Indiana regarding the sale of cold beer. Having its genesis in the era of Prohibition, Indiana’s Liquor Control Act has been amended at numerous times and in various ways ...
     
  • Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege for Internal Investigations

    Posted by: Carmin D. Grandinetti on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:00:00 am

    Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege for Internal Investigations The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently clarified the formulation of the “primary purpose” test for determining whether the attorney-client privilege applies to communications made to in-house attorneys during internal investigations. This clarification will likely have a direct ...
     
  • 7th Circuit Upholds Indiana Right-to-Work Law

    Posted by: Katherine G. Erdel on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:00:00 am

    7th Circuit Upholds Indiana Right-to-Work Law Soon after Indiana’s right-to-work law took effect on March 14, 2012, the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, AFL-CIO challenged the law in federal and state court. The Union’s suit challenged the law’s requirement that unions provide non-members with services without receiving ...
     
  • Citizens Negatively Affected by Annexations Testify Before Interim Study Committee of Government

    Posted by: J. Sebastian Smelko on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 9:00:00 am

    Citizens Negatively Affected by Annexations Testify Before Interim Study Committee of Government The Interim Study Committee on Government met through almost four hours of testimony revolving around annexation on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2014. A vast majority of the testimony came from citizens who have been negatively affected by annexations. Economic Development, services from/to utilities and annexation are inherently ...
     
  • Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Increase – Can the Metro Council Really Do That?

    Posted by: Brent R. Baughman on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:00:00 am

    Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Increase – Can the Metro Council Really Do That? We’ve all heard about the Metro Louisville Council’s proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage to over $10 an hour. Aside from the relative merits of that proposal, can the Metro Council legally do that? Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell thinks it can, concluding that “a local government ...
     
 
 
 

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