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    Congress Grills Former Equifax CEO about Data Breach

    Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testified in front of the House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection subcommittee on Tuesday to provide details about the massive data breach that put at risk the personal information of millions of consumers. Smith offered a few new details about the breach in a prepared statement before fielding questions from […]

    NFL Player Sues Former Team For Wrongful Termination

    Former NFL linebacker Erin Henderson is suing the New York Jets for wrongful termination after the two sides failed to reach a settlement agreement. Henderson was released from the Jets in February after the team declined to pick up the option on his contract for the 2017 season.  The suit claims that Henderson was let […]

    Equifax Data Breach Update: Company Announces Major Shakeup amid Public Backlash

    Equifax has announced that chairman and CEO Richard Smith will retire from the company effective immediately. Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr., President of Equifax’s Asia Pacific division, will act as interim CEO while the company searches for a permanent replacement.  In addition, Mark Fedler, a member of the Equifax board of directors, will take Smith’s […]

    Title IX Update: U.S. Department of Education Withdraws 2011 and 2014 Title IX Guidance and Issues New Interim Guidance

    On Friday, September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that it is rescinding the following documents: Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence, issued by the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, dated April 4, 2011 (“2011 Dear Colleague Letter”); and Questions and Answers on […]

    Governor Cuomo Announces Results of Article 129-B State Audit of New York Higher Education Institutions

    On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the results of the comprehensive review of all higher education institutions across the state to evaluate compliance with Article 129-B of the New York Education Law (also referred to as the “Enough is Enough” law). The Preliminary Report: Statewide Review of Compliance with Education Law Article 129-B, […]

    New York Appeals Court Bars Woman From Suing West Point After Alleged Rape

    Recently, the Second Circuit denied a woman the right to sue West Point after she brought claims of sexual misconduct on campus. In 2010, a woman identified as Jane Doe, was allegedly raped by a fellow cadet on the West Point campus. Doe was one of 200 women among 1,300 cadets in her class. She […]

    EQUIFAX DATA BREACH COULD IMPACT 143 MILLION CONSUMERS

    Equifax, one of the nation’s largest consumer credit reporting agencies, recently disclosed that it fell victim to a massive data breach. The company revealed on September 7 that hackers obtained the personal information of up to 143 million consumers during a cyber-attack that occurred from May through July.  The information revealed includes consumer’s names, addresses, […]

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Makes Major Announcement on Future of Title IX Policy

    Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered a major policy address on Title IX enforcement at George Mason University’s Law School in Arlington, Virginia at an event described as “centered around equal opportunity and equal protection of all.” Background Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal law that […]

    Jury Awards $41.5 Million Verdict for Study Abroad Student in Failure to Warn Case

    The Connecticut Supreme Court recently upheld a $41.5 million verdict in favor of a high school student who became ill during her school’s study abroad program. The Court’s decision is intended to promote stricter safety standards for study abroad programs. Although this case involved a high school, many higher education groups fear that the outcome […]

    Trump Administration to Investigate Affirmative Action in University Admission

    On August 1, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration will be redirecting Justice Department resources to investigate universities’ affirmative action admission policies. The report was made after the New York Times received a document stating the Department of Justice would be investigating “intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” The Times’ […]