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March 18, 2014

ABOARD SHIP

Federal law tends to treat employees of airlines and railroads, and those working aboard ships, differently than others.  And so, who is a seaman and who […]
March 16, 2014

ANIMALS BITE

Las Vegas once boasted the daring duo of Siegfried & Roy and their tiger.  Until one day the tiger bit Roy and the show came to […]
March 12, 2014

AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE’S STEPS

Courts have paid lip service on more than one occasion to the proposition that public school students do not shed their rights at the school’s doors.  […]
March 9, 2014

CHILDREN CHILDREN

The stock market crash that accompanied the recession of 2008 brought an avalanche of lawsuits with it.  Small wonder.  Companies that put out rosy forecasts and […]
March 7, 2014

TELLING THE TSA

When Congress created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the months following 9/11, it anticipated that a great variety of people and entities, from airlines to […]
March 4, 2014

LEGAL FICTIONS: A REAL DISEASE

Statutes of limitation, which prescribe the time that may elapse before one loses the right to file suit, are harsh but often necessary things.  They are […]
March 2, 2014

BREAKING AND ENTERING WITH DENTAL FLOSS

Money-changing machines are simple things – put a dollar in, get four quarters out.  A defendant was caught trying to game that simplicity.  He attached a […]
February 27, 2014

EXCEPTION TO THE EXCEPTION

Companies of a certain size are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and must pay overtime to most employees who work more than 40 hours […]
February 20, 2014

CHOOSE CAREFULLY – OR, WHEN GEEKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS

In Florida, be it downtown Jacksonville, ritzy Ponte Vedra, old St. Augustine or anywhere else in the state, you cannot be convicted of both dealing in stolen […]
February 16, 2014

YOUR TAX MONEY AT WORK – OR NOT

Government attorneys are taking a taxpayer’s deposition in a tax controversy that escalated to the courts.  Four hours into it, with many questions left to ask, […]
February 12, 2014

TESTING SPEECH

Freedom of speech means protecting speech we disagree with – even speech we hate.  The Supreme Court reminded us of that, for example, when it upheld […]
February 10, 2014

WHEN IS AN ERROR NOT AN ERROR?

The short answer is, when it is a harmless error, meaning one where the result would have been the same even if the error had not been […]