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    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 […]

    United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to Consider Misrepresentation in Food Labeling

    On May 26, 2016, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (the “MDL”) will consider whether to consolidate dozens of cases from federal courts across the country involving food mislabeling for pretrial hearings and related proceedings. The panel will hear oral argument regarding whether clusters of cases, with defendants such as Kraft Heinz Foods, […]

    Article 129-B Deadlines Are Approaching

    As you may already be aware, institutions must file a certificate of compliance with the provisions of Article 129-B with the New York State Education Department, by July 1, 2016. In addition, by July 1, 2016, and once every ten years thereafter, coinciding with the filing required by Article 129-A of the New York Education […]

    Recent Cases Suggest Colleges and Universities Should Review Their Employee-On-Employee Sexual Harassment Policies

    Just this past month, another Title IX lawsuit was filed against Columbia University (“Columbia”). This time, however, it involved the sexual harassment of an untenured professor by her mentor, a tenured professor. Enrichetta Ravina is one of a handful of academics professionally analyzing how individuals handle their retirement savings. In 2008, she joined Columbia’s business […]

    EEOC Plans to Target Gender Pay Gap by Collecting Pay Data from Large Employers

    On January 29, 2016, nearly seven years after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was enacted into law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) announced a proposed revision to the Employer Information Report, EEO-1, otherwise known as the EEO-1 Report, to include pay data from large employers and federal contractors. By way of […]

    New York Jets Settle Cheerleaders’ Wage Lawsuit

    Last week, a New Jersey state judge approved a $324,000 settlement between the New York Jets (the “Jets”) and 52 female cheerleaders stemming from a class action lawsuit seeking unpaid wages and reimbursement of work-related expenses. A former Jets cheerleader filed the class action lawsuit in New Jersey state court in Bergen County in 2014 […]

    Florida State University Pays $950,000 to Settle Title IX Lawsuit

    Today, James Ryan, a Partner at Cullen and Dykman LLP was featured in an Associated Press article regarding the highly publicized settlement between Florida State University (“FSU” or the “University”) and Erica Kinsman, a former FSU student who filed a Title IX lawsuit against the University over one year ago.  The article was published in […]