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    University of Chicago Prevails in Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

    A federal jury in Illinois recently returned a verdict in favor of the University of Chicago Medical Center (“UCMC”) in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. A former UCMC resident, Dr. Maria Artunduaga (“Artunduaga”), sued the University of Chicago in 2012, claiming she experienced discrimination (hostile work environment) while employed by the UCMC. Artunduaga began her […]

    Transgender Students Find Success in Pennsylvania Federal Court

    Three transgender high school students in Pittsburgh recently prevailed in federal court in temporarily halting a school district policy requiring the students to use restrooms that do not conform with their gender identities. The Pennsylvania court’s decision comes just a week after the Trump administration announced that it would rescind guidance issued by the Obama […]

    State AGs Intervene in For-Profit College Accreditor Lawsuit

    The attorneys general from five states and Washington, D.C. recently filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”), which is pursuing a case against the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) following the DOE’s decision to terminate the national accreditor in December 2016. ACICS, founded […]

    Governor Cuomo Announces Tuition-Free College in New York

    Last Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Governor Cuomo, with the support of Vermont Senator and one time presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, introduced a robust plan to offer tuition-free college educations to eligible New Yorkers. Cuomo’s proposed program, the Excelsior Scholarship (the “Program”), will apply only to full-time students enrolling at a SUNY or CUNY two- or […]

    Ohio Judge Upholds Federal Guidelines for Transgender Students

    The landscape of transgender law impacting students is quickly evolving, in large part due to the increasing national debate over restroom access for transgender students. By way of background, under Title IX, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex. Both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department […]

    Uber Victory in Ninth Circuit Regarding Dispute Over Enforceability of Arbitration

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) recently ruled that the majority of Uber’s contract drivers must resolve their disputes through individual arbitration and cannot pursue their labor claims as a class. This decision serves as a major setback for Uber drivers seeking recognition as employees and is a […]

    Colleges Placed at the Mercy of the States They Are In: How State Laws Can Strip Host Cities of NCAA Tournament Games and Affect Athletic Programs

    Every year colleges and universities bid to host National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) tournament games. Hosting these games attracts incoming students, boosts school pride, increases alumni contributions, and provides free marketing and advertising for the host college on a national scale. A recent NCAA decision, however, should put colleges on notice that the laws of […]

    U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Order Allowing Transgender Restroom Choice

    On August 3, 2016, amidst national debate over transgender rights, the United States Supreme Court temporarily blocked a court order that had allowed a transgender student to use the boys’ restrooms in a Virginia high school. Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as a male, is scheduled to commence his senior year at […]

    Federal Judge Dismisses Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone After Discredited University of Virginia Profile

    A New York federal judge recently granted a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher Wenner Media, and journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Three former University of Virginia (“UVA”) fraternity members, George Elias, IV, Stephen Hadford, and Ross Fowler brought the lawsuit alleging that Rolling Stone’s publication of an article titled […]

    Former Yale Basketball Captain Sues University Over Sexual Misconduct Expulsion

    Jack Montague, who was expelled from Yale University earlier this year following his involvement in an alleged sexual assault, recently filed a lawsuit against the University for allegedly mishandling the investigation and his expulsion. The lawsuit names Yale, Angela Gleason, then-Deputy Title IX Coordinator in the Office of the Provost, and Jason Killheffer, then-senior deputy […]