Have you ever posted a Facebook status that you later regretted? Or shamefully uploaded a photograph from a party only to wake up to many comments and “likes” from your friends on Facebook? If so, you may soon be able to demand the removal of this content from the Internet.Read more.
Earlier this year, The New York Times reported on Georgia’s Wilcox County High School and its segregated prom. The article recounted the story of four female high school students—two black and two white—who fought to end decades of racial segregation in their town. Their goal was simple: to host Wilcox County’s first integrated prom.Read more.
On October 7th, combat in the Afghani Theatre reached its 12th anniversary. As the Global War on Terror enters another year, America finds itself sinking deeper and deeper into a legal and international black hole from which the prospect of restoring peacetime normalcy is becoming ever more bleak.Read more.
Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code provides that property owners do not recognize gain on the exchange of certain like-kind property. To be more precise, section 1031(a) provides that a property owner will recognize no gain or loss on the exchange of property held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment for like-kind property to be held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment. The opportunity to avoid gain recognition makes section 1031 exchanges popular, especially among owners of real property.Read more.
As the world globalizes, U.S. courts are presented with more foreign legal issues than ever before. For example, the amount of securities related cases filed in U.S. courts against international companies has increased tenfold, from six cases in 1996 to 61 cases in 2011.However, judges have been resistant to the application of foreign law. A key factor behind American judicial rejection of foreign law is that it depends on expert testimony. This is problematic, given that American judges may be unfamiliar with the subject matter. However, some U.S. judges have identified techniques to overcome any discomfort from using expert testimony to apply foreign law.Read more.
On November 1, 2013, The District of Columbia Circuit court heard Gilardi v. Dep't of Health & Human Servs., a case challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s mandate that requires large employers to cover employee’s birth control costs as part of their health insurance plans. Similar to several previous challenges to the mandate heard in other circuits, the employers objected to the requirement on religious grounds. In Gilardi, the employers, who owned produce businesses in Ohio, argued that their Catholic beliefs were burdened by the contraceptive mandate.Read more.