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Pronoun Wars: The Law and Transgender in America

From schools to businesses, to locker rooms and public restrooms, transgender rights controversies are on the rise in America. The laws across the nation are struggling to keep up. (29:50)

 

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Gerrymandering: Why We're Mad at Washington

Gerrymandering continues to be a hot, contentious topic across the nation as cases of political redistricting are heard by state Supreme Courts and even the U.S. Supreme Court. Last year, Justices found racial redistricting to be unconstitutional. Will they strike down political gerrymandering as well? The nation awaits a decision. In 2017  ALJ won two Emmys for it's program on how redistricting is killing our democracy. (28:11)


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

IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TRUST: ELDER ABUSE (3:05)


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SPOTLIGHT

$7.5M VERDICT IN NURSING HOME SEXUAL ABUSE

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

A Pennsylvania nursing home had shown reckless indifference in failing to prevent the sexual assault of an 82 year old female resident, according to a unanimous jury verdict finding the home to be 85% at fault for the assault . (1:15)

SENATOR ORDERED TO PAY ATTORNEY FEES

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

Sen. Joseph Scarnati has been ordered by a federal judge to personally pay the legal fees of the League of Women Voters after he improperly removed the group's challenge over Pennsylvania's congressional map to federal court. Scarnati will have to pay $29,000 to the Public Interest Law Center. (3:28)

WILL OPIOID EXECS GO TO JAIL?

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will introduce a bill that imposes a minimum 10-year prison sentence and individual fines for opioid executives whose company is found to have illegally contributed to the opioid crisis. Manufacturers would no longer be allowed to direct market opioid products without adequate warning of their addictive properties. (1:36)


"YOU CAN'T FIGHT THE FACTS"

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

“Women doing the same work still earn less than men. You can’t fight the facts. Pay equality is one of the biggest issues our nation faces," says Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor when asked about the greatest challenges facing women during an appearance at Brown University. (4:54)

#METOO IN COSBY'S TRIAL

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

During the retrial of the sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby, one of his accusers alluded to the #MeToo movement when asked why she decided to finally come forward after three decades. Cosby's defense is attempting to portray Andrea Constand, the first accuser, as a money-hungry "con artist."  (4:25)

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)


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KEVIN MINCEY ON SEARCH AND SEIZURE

MINCEY & FITZPATRICK

Are roadside saliva tests for marijuana legal? Probably not. These test, at best, determine whether a driver has marijuana in their system and not whether they are intoxicated, which may result in serious violations of due process and equal protection. For more on the 4th Amendment watch "Search and Seizure / Car Stops: A 'New' Forth Ammendment For a New Generation?"

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ALLEY COLL STEELE ON THE #METOO MOVEMENT

THE PURPLE CAMPAIGN

The Associated Press reported the law firm Boise Schiller, known for representing Harvey Weinstein, attempted to keep reporters from investigating the story of Trump having a child with a former employee. Watch former Boies Schiller lawyer turned #MeToo activist on "Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo/Weinstein Era."

EMPLOYMENT LAW
CORPORATE PERSPECTIVE

JASON REISMAN ON THE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR

BLANK ROME

A Pennsylvania court ruled in favor of Uber with an employer-friendly decision on how Uber classifies it's workers as 'independent contractors.' Employers and attorneys will be watching to see whether this decision impacts misclassification lawsuits across the country. Watch Reisman on "The 'Virtual' Employee in the 'Gig' Economy."

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
EMPLOYEE'S PERSPECTIVE

ANGELA GIAMPOLO ON THE MILITARY TRANSGENDER BAN

GIAMPOLO LAW GROUP

Advocates call the newest iteration of the military transgender ban worse than the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell policy, according to LGBT rights lawyer Angela Giampolo. The policy requires transgender troops to live as their biological sex and receive therapy if unable to prove they do not suffer from gender dysphoria. Watch "Transgender at Work: LGBT Rights on the Job."

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.

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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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