Author: Brynn Stylinski, Contributing Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review Discrimination and equal pay have been brought back into the public eye through recent celebrity revelations of huge disparities between the salaries of actors and actresses and the boycott of the Oscars by several stars. These issues have long been a part of our society,... Continue Reading →
The Seventh Circuit Revisits Standing for Data Breach Class Actions
By Zachariah DeMeola, Guest Editor, BakerHostetler. Link to original post: http://bit.ly/1pOpf9K One obstacle for named plaintiffs in proposed data breach class actions is the extent to which plaintiffs must allege an injury-in-fact to have standing. Disputes often arise about whether proactive efforts to mitigate against the potential misuse of stolen data, such as utilizing credit... Continue Reading →
Is geographic location relevant when “caring for” a family member under the Family Medical Leave Act?
Author: Stephanie Scott, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition. However, courts have struggled to interpret what “caring for” a family member must consist of under the... Continue Reading →
Defining “Public Disclosure” Under The False Claims Act: How Loud Must The Whistle Be Blown?
Author: Collin L. Ryan, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review The term “whistleblower,” in general, refers to someone who informs on another’s illegal activities. The False Claims Act (FCA), for example, is one of several federal statutes that encourage individuals to disclose to the government their knowledge of another’s illegal activities, i.e., to blow... Continue Reading →
The Formal Notice Requirement Behind Rule 11 Sanctions: Why an Informal Threat Should Not Be Treated as a Binding Promise
Author: Collin L. Ryan, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review Talk is cheap, put your money where your mouth is, et cetera—all idioms that reflect a common underlying theme that in order for one’s statements to be taken seriously, one must take a formal action threatening stern consequences. Anything less, and others will think... Continue Reading →
Restricting Content Without Restricting Content: Is Springfield’s Anti-Panhandling Ordinance Truly “Content-Neutral?”
Author: Collin L. Ryan, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review Springfield, Illinois enacted an ordinance that prohibits panhandling within the city’s downtown historical district—an area that comprises “less than 2% of the City’s area but contain[s] its principal shopping, entertainment, and governmental areas, including the Statehouse and many state-government buildings.” “The ordinance defines panhandling,... Continue Reading →