Monthly Archives: April 2011

Was it Unconstitutional for President Obama to Proclaim May 6 as a National Day of Prayer?

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said no. On April 30, the President issued a proclamation declaring May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. and six of its members (“Plaintiffs) sued … Continue reading

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Should a Lab Teacher Make a Deli Run While Students Are Working Away?

A New York Appellate Court said this week, I don’t think so. Two high school students were left in a science lab while their teacher went to buy food. One student caused an explosion injuring another student (the “Plaintiff”). The … Continue reading

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Can a Middle School Ban Its Students from Wearing the “I ❤ Boobies!” Bracelet?

Two students (a 7th and 8th grader) were suspended for part of one day and another full day at Easton Area Middle School in Pennsylvania after wearing their “I ❤ Boobies! (Keep A Breast)” bracelets to school. The bracelets were distributed … Continue reading

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Should Facebook Have to Return to the Settlement Table?

On April 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Winklevoss twins (plaintiffs) their request to set aside their settlement with Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg (defendants). The plaintiffs sued the defendants claiming they stole their idea … Continue reading

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Can Government Officials Terminate Employees Based on Their Political Affiliation?

Plaintiffs were maintenance and domestic workers at the governor’s mansion in Puerto Rico. After Governor Fortuno (President of the New Progressive Party) was elected, the plaintiffs (members of the Puerto Rican Popular Democratic Party) were fired. Plaintiffs sued claiming political … Continue reading

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How Far Does an Employer Have to go to Accommodate an Employee’s Religious Beliefs?

A postal service employee asked to have every Saturday off because working from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday conflicted with his religious beliefs as a Seventh-Day Adventist. The United States Postal Service (USPS) said that it couldn’t accommodate his request, … Continue reading

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