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Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo/ Weinstein Era

How has the #MeToo movement positively/negatively affected reporting of sexual harassment at work? Where are we headed? Will this era's impact supersede the harassment claims of by-gone years? Watch Monday, February 26th at 7:00 PM

 

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LAST WEEK: Are Opioids & Big Business Killing Workers' Comp?

Are state "failing injured workers" by allowing big business to control their legislatures? And what toll are opioid drugs having on the system? (29:52)


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SEXUAL HARASSMENT: WHAT DOES THE VICTIM WANT? (1:26)

ALIMONY DEDUCTIONS & NEW TAX BILL (0:58)

MEET THE AMERICAN LAW JOURNAL (1:30)


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SPOTLIGHT

ARBITRATION CLAUSES UNDER FIRE– AND REVIEW

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

Mandatory arbitration agreements– affecting everything from consumer agreements to employment contacts– is before SCOTUS this term. A former #MeToo Silence Breaker filed an amicus brief asking the hight court if arbitration agreement violated federal labor laws. (0:47)

BROADENING DEFINITION OF "WHO IS A PARENT?"

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

PA Superior Court has seen three cases of what is becoming the hottest topic of dispute in family court: in loco parentis. Grandparents rights, same-sex couples, and now boyfriends/girlfriends who helped raise the child are all asking the courts to step in and allow visitation.

TRUMP, NIXON & THE PENTAGON PAPERS

BY CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON

Where do Nixon, Trump and the Pentagon Papers intersect? In 1968, President Johnson was concerned that candidate Nixon had violated the Logan Act by contacting for foreign power before the election. Is U.S. repeating history? (4:44)


GAME-CHANGING PRODUCTS LIABILITY CASE TO BE RETRIED

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

The PA Superior Court has granted defendants a retrial in the 2014 landmark PA Supreme Court case Tincher v. Omega Flex which recalibrated product liability law. The court highlighted the importance of jury instructions that outlined the new definition of "defect."  (28:16)

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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.

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)


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FEATURED ATTORNEYS

WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT
PLANTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

TOM SPIGGLE ON WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

THE SPIGGLE LAW FIRM

Employment lawyer Tom Spiggle has words of advice for men who don't feel safe saying "Good morning" to female coworkers due to the recent attention the #MeToo movement has put on workplace sexual harassment. "As a lawyer, I'm here to tell you, you can say that still." Learn more: "Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era," airs Feb 19.

CIVIL RIGHTS
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

KEVIN MINCEY ON SEARCH AND SEIZURE

MINCEY & FITZPATRICK

In what may be one of the U.S. Supreme Court's most important decisions on the fourth amendment, Justices recently heard argument in Carpenter v. United States which questions whether the government can access an individual's cell phone location records without a warrant. Search and Seizure is discussed on "Search & Seizure / Car Stops: A 'New' Fourth Amendment for a New Generation?"

PRODUCT LIABILITY LAW
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

STEPHEN SHELLER ON PHARMACEUTICAL LIABILITY

SHELLER PC

Philadelphia's Law Department has enlisted the help of five private law firms in the city's suit against multiple opioid manufactures for the "public health nightmare" it has created. One of the expert firms, Sheller PC, has been a guest on ALJ speaking out against the false claims and misleading marketing tactics of pharmaceutical companies.

CRIMINAL LAW
EX-PROSECUTOR'S PERSPECTIVE

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%?"

LGBT RIGHTS
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

THOMAS UDE ON LGBT RIGHTS VS RELIGIOUS RIGHTS

THE MAZZONI CENTER

In a dual lawsuit against the University of Iowa, both conservative Christian students and the university are claiming discrimination after the student's group, Leaders of the Business Leaders in Christ, denied a gay student a leadership position, solely because he is gay. Religious rights vs. LGBTQ rights lawyers debate whose rights take precedence.

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Tick-tock ... or not: Supreme Court tells NC they don't have to redraw voting map. But in PA ...

BY Valerie

UPDATE: PA Supreme Court says Congressional voting maps are unconstitutional- change them. NC was told the same thing but the Supreme Court said not yet?

Trump, Nixon and the Pentagon Papers

BY Jennifer

Where do Richard Nixon, Donald Trump and the Pentagon Papers intersect? In 1968, President Johnson was concerned that candidate Nixon had violated the Logan Act by contacting a foreign power before the election. Is the United States repeating history?

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.

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Alimony reform hasn't yet taken the nation by storm, but here it comes.

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If you're over 50, is getting approved for disability more in your favor?

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