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Discrimination in the workplace

Discrimination in the workplace was in focus this past summer at the European Court of Justice. The Court ruled that discrimination by association is unlawful and also held that a racist public statement can constitute direct discrimination. The landmark verdict…

Friendlier Skies

In its quest to rid Europe of discrimination, the EU does not feel constrained by terrestrial borders. The skies have now been made handicap-friendly by EC Regulation 1107/2006: Rights of Disabled Persons and Persons with Reduced Mobility when Traveling by…

Damages for lost sales

The Court of Appeal issued a judgment on 10 September 2008 stating that a manufacturer and seller of goods who lost the goods through the fault of a third party before being able to deliver and sell the goods was…

The tax burden on the Burden sisters

Were the Burden sisters victims of discrimination when they were denied the inheritance tax exemption available to married couples and civil partners? No, said the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, in April 2008, the fact that…

Standing for assignees

An assignee of legal title who has no beneficial interest in a claim, and has not suffered any actual injury traceable to the defendant’s conduct has standing to bring that claim in federal court, ruled the United States Supreme Court…

Federal Ruling Helps California

A federal court helps the state of California in its efforts to reduce emissions from automobiles. One of the primary procedural issues addressed in American law is whether a question presented is governed by federal law or by state law.…

Fox Hunting and Human Rights

What does one have to do with the other? The tradition of fox hunting is very strong in the United Kingdom and when the government introduced a bill which would make foxhunting with hounds illegal, there was an uproar by…

DuPont Found Negligent in Toxic Waste Case

Company must provide medical monitoring for residents of town. A jury has found that a chemical company must provide medical monitoring for 7,000 residents of a West Virginia town who were exposed to heavy metal contamination emanating from a waste…