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    Former New York Islanders Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud

    On Friday, April 25, 2014, Stephen Walsh, former minority owner of the New York Islanders, and former chief executive officer of WG Trading Co., pled guilty to engaging in a massive fraudulent investment scam that spanned for over a decade. Prosecutors allege that from 1996 to 2009, Walsh and Paul Greenwood, the former chief operating […]

    U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action programs in higher education. In a 6-2 ruling, the Supreme Court reversed the lower court and held that Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions is constitutional. In the context of higher education, affirmative action refers to admission policies that […]

    First Department Case Development on the Federal and New York Common Law Spoliation Standards

    Spoliation, or “[t]he intentional destruction, mutilation, alteration, or concealment of evidence,”[1] is a sanctionable offense. However, precisely what constitutes spoliation has created some recent controversy. In October 2013, the First Department of the New York Appellate Division clarified the breadth and application of both the federal and New York common law spoliation standards. In Strong […]

    If A Student Is A Bully, The Parents May Be On The Hook

    In a case that may change the legal landscape of bullying litigations for schools, a New Jersey judge ruled that two school districts may implead the alleged bullies and their parents.  Judge Yolanda Ciccone denied a motion to dismiss third party-complaints against 13 students in a suit brought against the Hunterdon Central and Flemington-Raritan school […]

    When The Assistant Principal Is a Cyberbully

    These days we hear of students cyberbullying other students for all sorts of reasons:  race, weight, popularity, sexuality, familial economic status, etc.  Every day kids are not going to school because of comments made about them online by other students.  Kids should not have to deal with that and they certainly should not be cyberbulllied […]

    A Hairy Lawsuit: Freedom to Grow a Beard for Religious Reasons?

    From Abraham Lincoln to ZZ Top, there are already quite a number of notable beards. However, a newcomer may soon be entering this list: Siddiq Abu-Bakr. In October 2010, the Philadelphia School District (“District”) implemented a rule prohibiting school police officers and security guards from growing beards longer than a quarter of an inch. Siddiq […]