July 15, 2020 | News
Last week, the Supreme Court issued a decision in a very important case for business owners regarding trademark protection for business names. In summary, business owners can gain trademark protection over websites using generic names by showing the domain name with its .com extension is distinctive to consumers.
Bostock v. Clayton County – Sexual Orientation Anti-Discrimination Ruling – important parts of the ruling that don’t make the headlines
June 15, 2020 | News
While headlines from today’s Supreme Court ruling on employment discrimination against LGBTQ workers – Bostock v. Clayton County – have focused on the main holding, there are important parts of the opinion that protect employees in other contexts, while ruling that organizations with core religious functions – churches, synagogues, mosques – are not affected by this ruling, while leaving for another day the effect on religiously motivated private employers.
Where there’s no consequence, there is no change: Qualified Immunity and Respondeat Superior in Police excessive force cases
June 11, 2020 | News
After the murder of George Floyd, people are asking how to reform the system. For corporations, tort liability has been main driving force for change, both in fighting discrimination and in improving safety. However, for cities and local governments, legal doctrines have arisen that block accountability. If Congress truly wants change, it needs to reform the doctrine of Qualified Immunity for police and hold local governments liable for dangerous and abusive officers through respondeat superior. Specifically, Congress needs to correct a Catch-22 created by the United States Supreme Court that blocks new types of litigation after 2011.