Legal Headlines

Vaccination: What’s the Law?

With measles anxiety on the rise nationwide, the anti-vaccination movement has been subjected to increased (and, to my mind, well-deserved) scrutiny. Where does the law stand about vaccines? According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all fifty states require students to get vaccines. All of those states offer exemptions for medical reasons, and almost all […]

Supreme Same-Sex Marriage Showdown

The United States Supreme Court is likely to make civil rights history this spring, when it decides whether same sex couples have the right to marry across the United States. Currently, same sex marriage is permitted in 36 states; the other 14 states ban those marriages but those bans are under attack. Adam Liptak, who […]

Prepared For The Police

I cannot overemphasize the importance of preparing your teens, and yourself, for potential run-ins with authorities. In On Your Case, we talk about the wisdom of identifying a criminal defense lawyer you can call if your teen gets in trouble. Now comes the New York Civil Liberties Union with a wonderful idea: basic legal education […]

Can Chimps Claim Legal Rights?

The animal legal rights movement is flourishing, and cases now explore issues way beyond the custody battles I discuss in On Your Case. The results don’t always please animal advocates. As an example, an appeals court in New York has stopped short of allowing a chimpanzee the legal rights of a person. An attorney from […]

Pregnancy Discrimination: The Supremes Hear Arguments, A Manager Wins A Record Settlement

Pregnant workers and their bosses listened up on December 3, when the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case about a U.P.S. worker’s rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. (The driver, Peggy Young, sued when U.P.S. wouldn’t lighten her delivery load when she was pregnant.) However the Court decides, U.P.S. already has adjusted […]

Protecting Your Rights While Pregnant

Are you pregnant, and concerned about your rights at work? First: congratulations. Second: you have reason to pay attention. Recently, a pregnant woman in New York lost her job after telling her employer that her doctor said she shouldn’t work overtime – which suggests that workplace fairness for pregnant and parenting folks remains an open […]

Intern Pay Suit Yields Record Settlement

NBCUniversal has settled its lawsuit brought by former interns who claimed the company violated labor laws by denying them pay and other benefits.  $6.4 million will be paid to thousands of former interns of NBCUniversal, the largest settlement to former interns yet.  While a settlement means that lawsuit won’t set any legal precedent, we are […]

Elementary! U.S. Court Says Sherlock Holmes Isn’t Copyright Protected

The New York Times reports on a case covered in my book, On Your Case: a federal appeals court handed a big victory to Leslie Klinger, an author who sued the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle and not only won, but can get his legal fees reimbursed. Klinger sued to challenge the estate’s position that Holmes […]

Justin Bieber’s Guilty Plea

In On Your Case, I describe Justin Bieber’s self-inflicted legal woes to examine the (too) many ways teens get in trouble with the law. Sadly, the fresh-faced star could teach a master class in misbehavior, and his record (criminal, not musical) may prove to be his lasting legacy.  In Miami, the Associated Press reports, Justin […]