E. Supp. 2016

“Slurring” the Lines Between Insensitivity and Hostility: Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp. and the Evaluation of Title VII Racial Harassment Claims

Abstract: On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, sitting en banc, held in favor of Reya C. Boyer-Liberto, an African American cocktail waitress employed by defendant Fontainebleau Corporation, who claimed racial harassment in violation of Title VII by fellow employee, Trudi Clubb. In Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp., the majority […]

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The Big Stink About Garbage: State v. McMurray and a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

Abstract: On March 11, 2015, the Supreme Court of Minnesota affirmed a lower court decision against David Ford McMurray, who was found guilty of third-degree possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to twenty-four months. McMurray was charged after Hutchinson, Minnesota police searched through his garbage and found evidence of methamphetamine. The majority held that […]

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A Tort Report: Christ v. Exxon Mobil and the Extension of the Discovery Rule to Third-Party Representatives of Decedents in Wrongful Death and Survival Suits

Abstract: On June 23, 2015, the Wisconsin Supreme Court allowed representatives of deceased employees of a tire manufacturing facility to use the “discovery rule” to extend the statute of limitations for their wrongful death and survival suits associated with the decedents’ forced benzene exposure at the facility, provided they could show the information necessary for […]

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No Fracknation Without Representation: Stripping Away a City’s Right to Regulate the Stripping Away of Its Natural Resources in State Ex Rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp.

Abstract: In 2011, the city of Munroe Falls, Ohio sought to prevent Beck Energy Corporation from drilling for gas or oil within its city limits until the company complied with the city’s relevant municipal ordinances. Pursuant cases sought to resolve whether Munroe Falls’ municipal ordinances were a valid exercise of the city’s home-rule power. The […]

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From Homicidal Youths to Reformed Adults: Parole Hearing Procedures for Juvenile Homicide Offenders in Diatchenko v. District Attorney for the Suffolk District

Abstract: In 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, following a United States Supreme Court case, Miller v. Alabama, held that all juvenile homicide offenders would have an opportunity for parole after serving fifteen years in prison. Subsequently, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, in Diatchenko v. District Attorney for the Suffolk District, held that […]

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