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Privacy ruling forces lawyers to handle DMV data with care

Four of South Carolina’s most prominent trial lawyers are facing potential liability for millions of dollars in damages in the wake of Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to broaden the protections afforded personal information compiled by state departments ...

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FAIR HOUSING ACT

Are disparate impact claims cognizable under the Fair Housing Act? See “Does Fair Housing Act permit disparate impact claims?” Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, No. 11-1507. Certiorari granted: June 17, 2013. Ruling below: 658 F.3d 375 ...

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Can airline be sued for employee’s statement about dangerous pilot?

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Air Wisconsin could be sued for defamation after a manager reported that a disgruntled pilot had just been fired and might be armed, mentally unstable and traveling as a passenger on ...

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BANKRUPTCY

Can a bankruptcy court surcharge a debtor’s constitutionally-protected homestead exemption? See “Can bankruptcy court surcharge debtor’s homestead?” Law v. Siegel, No. 12-5196. Certiorari granted: June 17, 2013. Ruling below: 435 Fed.Appx. 697 (9th Cir. 2011).    

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Court nixes Ariz. proof of citizenship law

WASHINGTON – In the first of two widely-anticipated voting rights decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court this month, the justices struck down a voter imposed Arizona law requiring residents to show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote ...

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