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Gerrymandering: 2018's "Hot Ticket" in the Courts

A federal court tells North Carolina they have two weeks to redraw their unconstitutional, gerrymandered map. Two cases are before the Supreme Court. A Pennsylvania judge's ruling is sending a case there to that state's high court. What does gerrymandering mean to the future of our democracy? ▶︎

 

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The American Law Journal was recently honored with five Emmy nominations and two wins for 2017 in the Mid-Atlantic region. This is ALJ’s fifth Emmy Award in three years and this is the third consecutive year the program has been recognized for outstanding broadcasting in the Interview Discussion categories. (:90)


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EMMY EXCERPTS: 'SLANTS GO TO THE SUPREMES' & 'GERRYMANDERING' (5:52)

THE AMERICAN LAW JOURNAL 2017 SIZZLE REEL (6:28)

EMMYS 2017: GERRYMANDERING: WHY WE'RE MAD AT WASHINGTON (28:11)


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SPOTLIGHT

2017 CONSUMER SAFETY YEAR IN REVIEW

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

ConsumerSafety.org released their Biggest 2017 Safety Concerns & Recalls list. Making the list were the Equifax Data Breach, Mass Litigation against J&J for the manufacturer's products Xarelto & Talcum Powder, and the Takata Airbag suit against Honda. Watch more "Ask Your Doctor... If Litigation is Right for You." (4:20)

REPORT: 1 IN 36 CHILDREN HAVE AUTISM

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

At an all-time high, children with autism spectrum disorder have increased from 1 in 45 in 2014 to 1 in 36 in 2016. The National Health Center for Health Statistics downplays findings as "not a statistically significant change." (4:31)

NURSING HOME FINES SCALED BACK

BY ANDREW SCHAEFFER

The Trump administration loosens CMS's ability to fine nursing homes for negligence. It’s a victory for the industry— but does it place nursing home residents in greater peril with less legal protection? (1:14)


TRANSGENDER LAWYER VS. CHRISTIAN LAWYER

BY CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON

Transgender lawyer Julie Chovanes debates Alliance Defending Freedom counsel Matt Sharp on litigation over LGBT access to locker rooms and bathrooms of their gender identity in this clip taken from the program "Pronoun Wars.” (2:32)

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WHYY TO PRESENT ALJ TO PBS STATIONS

BY VALERIE JONES

Following two additional Mid-Atlantic Emmy® awards for broadcasting excellence, ALJ is pleased to announce Philadelphia PBS station WHYY is presenting ALJ to public television stations. Read more, become a "Friend of ALJ" and DONATE here.

#METOO MOVEMENT GOES TO THE GOLDEN GLOBES

BY ANDREW SCHAEFFER

Hollywood stood in solidarity Sunday night against sexual harassment. Do high-profile cases affect claims from private citizens? (0:42)


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    Former Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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    National Advocate for Court Reform & Executive
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EMPLOYMENT LAW
EMPLOYEE'S PERSPECTIVE

GERALD WILLIAMS ON CHANGES IN WAGE & HOUR, OVERTIME

WILLIAMS CEDAR

Wage & hour litigation continues to be a hot topic. WAWA Assistant Managers sue the convenience store operator for unpaid overtime wages and Pennsylvania State Rep. Dom Casta (D) sponsored an amendment to define gratuity as an employee's sole property. These topics and more discussed on "Wage, Hour & Overtime: What's Fair Pay Today?"

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ANGELA GIAMPOLO ON LGBT RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE

GIAMPOLO LAW GROUP

Session's DOJ squares off against Obama's EECO with differing opinions on whether Title VII outlaws anti-gay discrimination in the workplace. Second Circuit justices heard arguments from both sides. The EEOC's policy was covered in ALJ's Emmy winning LGBT program "Transgender at Work: LGBT Rights on the Job," also watch "Sexual Orientation, LGBT, and the Workplace."

GENDER DISCRIMINATION
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DAVID SANFORD ON GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN LAW FIRMS

SANFORD HEISLER SHARP

On behalf of a female shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, Sanford has filed a $300 M lawsuit for gender discrimination. The complaint states: “Through these practices the firm systematically overlooks, devalues, or undermines female attorneys as business generators, which adversely impacts their pay and promotion.” Learn more about the gender pay gap on "Equal Pay for Women: Still Waiting?"

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PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

BRANDON SWARTZ ON CHANGES IN PRODUCT LIABILITY LAW

SWARTZ CULLETON

Plaintiff's attorneys are disappointed after PA Supreme Court declines to review a personal injury case reinstated after the game-changing Tincher decision. Watch Swartz to learn more about Tincher and how it will affect future personal injury law in "Injury and 'Unreasonably Dangerous' Products: How Juries Deliver Justice?"

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LINDA DALE HOFFA ON WHITE COLLAR CRIMES

DILWORTH PAXSON

The 2015 Yates Memo vowed to hold individuals responsible for white collar corporate crimes in response to criticism of the DOJ levying criminal fines against corporations, yet executives were not going to jail. The current administration is looking to revise this memo. Former prosecutor Hoffa is interviewed about the Yates Memo on "DOJ Targets CEOs: Jail Time for the 1%?"

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BLOG

Tick-tock: Court tells NC to redraw voting map by January 24

BY Jennifer

Unconstitutional said a three-judge panel ruling in a North Carolina gerrymandering case.

Will the Courts block the FCC ending Net Neutrality?

BY Jennifer

The FCC just reversed the Obama era Net Neutrality rule, December 14, 2017. Now that the FCC has passed the repeal of net neutrality with a 3-2 vote, what can be we expect?

Cake and Civil Rights at the Supreme Court

BY Valerie

ALJ Guest and law professor John Culhane says the court struggled to find middle ground between two sides in the Masterpiece Cakeshop argument.

Equifax breach: What did they know, when did they know it?

BY Valerie

The private, identifying information of 145.5 million consumers may have been compromised in what's called the biggest data breach in U.S. history.

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