Legal Headlines

Missouri Same Sex Divorce Case Continues

Readers of On Your Case know that the legality of same-sex marriage in the United States is in transition, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue this spring and rules later this year. In the meantime, states are grappling with the implications of differences in state law in this important area. In […]

Twitter Takes Aim At Revenge Porn Tweets

In On Your Case, I take a look at the legal challenge of fighting revenge porn, the heinous act of posting someone’s explicit photos without their consent. The law doesn’t offer a lot of help, but companies that can house these abusive posts can try to discourage the practice. To that end, Twitter announced new […]

New York City Can Expect More Girls’ Sports Teams

Readers of On Your Case know my love for Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, including school sports. I love Title IX in part because I grew up in the barren years before its passage, and therefore never really developed my inner jock, and in part because I see the benefits […]

Better Data For A Big Decision

In On Your Case, I outline some of the resources you can consult as your prepare to move a loved one into a nursing home. One of them, the federal government’s nursing home rating system called Nursing Home Compare, has been revamped to grade homes on a tougher curve, so the results are more meaningful to […]

“American Sniper” Trial Continues

I joined Erica Hill on TODAY to discuss the prosecution’s case against Eddie Ray Routh, the veteran accused of killing “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and a friend, and the possibility of an acquittal on the grounds of insanity. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

“American Sniper” Trial

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall and I discussed the Texas trial of Eddie Ray Routh, charged with the muder of ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (of “American Sniper” fame) and his friend, Chad Littlefield.

Your Digital Legacy

Your Digital Legacy: Facebook has introduced the “legacy contact,” a person who can manage some of your account after you die. While the contact cannot log in as you or change your settings, that person can update photos, respond to requests and download archives. You can identify your legacy on Facebook, or as a digital […]

Divorce Economics

The Wall Street Journal (sub. required) reports on a potentially useful tool for divorcing couples who can keep cool heads and focus on the numbers (which, along with children, is one of the two key issues splitting couples must address). Economist Laurence Kotlikoff, who the Journal reports is finalizing his own divorce, offers a planning […]

FERPA Follies

In On Your Case, we take a look at FERPA, the clumsily-named but important law that governs student privacy, often at parents’ expense. The New York Times reports that clever Stanford students deduced that the law grants them access to one of the most secretive files college keep: admission records. Students, prompted by a group called […]

Flexible Workers, Few Rights?

This terrific Wall Street Journal (sub. required) article explains the growing legal controversy over “on-demand” workers, the Uber drivers and Task Rabbit-ers who may fall between the two categories of workers we review in On Your Case: employees who are entitled to a raft of benefits, and freelancers entitled to none.