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Accused Student Sues Columbia University Over Mattress Case

It looks like the “mattress case” will not be going to bed anytime soon. On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Paul Nungesser, the accused student at the center of the internationally renowned “mattress case” (“Nungesser”) filed a Title IX lawsuit against Columbia University (the “University”), alleging that the school failed to properly respond to Emma Sulkowicz’s […]

Former Harvard Professor Files Title IX Lawsuit After Being Denied Tenure

Over the past year, an exceptional number of colleges and universities have been accused by both complainants and accused students of mishandling complaints of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX. Now, in a somewhat unconventional case, Harvard University is also facing a Title IX lawsuit recently filed by an ousted employee. Specifically, former Harvard […]

Federal Court Dismisses Accused Student’s Title IX Lawsuit Against Vassar College

Last week, a federal judge in New York (Abrams, J.) dismissed an accused student’s lawsuit against Vassar College alleging that the institution discriminated against him by failing to conduct an equitable investigation into a claim of sexual misconduct and employing a “presumption of male guilt” in violation of Title IX. By way of brief background, […]

U.S. Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Transgender Discrimination

Last week, in a rather bold move, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (“Southeastern”), alleging that the school discriminated against a transgender professor in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). This is the first time the Justice Department has sued […]

Protecting Your Trademark from “.sucks” and “.porn”

Thousands of new generic top-level Internet domains (“gTLDs”) are opening up for registration. While many of these new gTLDs provide marketing opportunities for companies and other entities—for example, financial institutions soon will be able to purchase a “.bank” domain—some of these gTLDs open the door to brand tarnishment. Of major concern is the new “.sucks” […]

“.school” Domains now Available

The “.school” top-level Internet domain is currently available. Educational institutions with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.school” domain as soon as possible. The Sunrise period runs from March 24, 2015 to May 23, 2015. However, to register for a “.school” domain during the Sunrise Period, the […]

Registration with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse a Necessity for Securing a “.college” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.college” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to institutions of higher education (“IHEs”). IHEs with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.college” domain as soon as possible. The Sunrise period runs from March 17, 2015 to April 17, 2015. However, to register for a “.college” […]

Securing a “.bank” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.bank” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to verified financial institutions, offering specialized URLs and enhanced security features to members of the banking community that act quickly to secure their trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”). Action is needed to ensure a financial […]

Federal Judge Finds Michigan School District Liable for Failure to Train Staff on Title IX

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney held that the Forest Hills School District, located near Grand Rapids, Michigan, can and will be held liable for its failure to provide Title IX training to staff on proper measures for addressing allegations of sexual violence. By way of brief background, pursuant to Title IX, upon […]

Former UVA Student’s Title IX Lawsuit Against Federal Agencies Dismissed

Over the past year, colleges and universities, state and federal governments, and lawmakers alike have continued a discussion about sexual misconduct and how to properly address complaints of campus sexual violence and sexual harassment. This discussion was indeed heightened by the publication (and the later retraction) of a Rolling Stone article, titled “A Rape on […]