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July 24, 2013

NO SNOOPING

One of the moment’s political hot potatoes involves the disclosure that the NSA had received warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (nicknamed the FISA Court) […]
July 21, 2013

“A” FOR EFFORT

Witnesses saw the defendant take between 10 and 15 refrigerators, 15 and 20 microwave ovens, and 15 to 25 sets of pots and pans to private […]
July 19, 2013

LAW MATH

Between plaintiffs who think their case is worth more than the law contemplates, and  defendants who believe exactly the opposite, the measure of damages is often […]
July 16, 2013

ARBITRATE NOT

There is a fad these days in favor of arbitration.  I call it a fad because it appears everywhere, even where it should not. I certainly […]
July 14, 2013

ARGH, MATEY

It is common-sense and the rule of law (yes, for once, the two match) that the owner of a vehicle who gives another permission to use […]
July 11, 2013

NOT KNOWING WHICH WAY TO TURN

Employers may be forgiven for scratching their head when trying to figure out whether they may be liable for an employee’s alleged unlawful discrimination.  The state […]
July 8, 2013

AFTER THE DELUGE

The Supreme Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage have generated a deluge of commentary by many people on both sides of the issue.  Long after the rhetoric […]
July 7, 2013

FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS

Adding to the collection of frivolous lawsuits we occasionally bring you…. … A student sitting in the school’s hallway stood up and bumped her head on […]
July 4, 2013

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

Happy Fourth of July from the Roth Law Firm! This is the most patriotic and uncontroversial Holiday and not the stuff of litigation.  This is not […]
June 30, 2013

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL ROBOTS

A recent blog talked about the notion of corporate personhood and what rights corporations as such do or do not have, compared to an individual.  That […]
June 28, 2013

UNIONS’ SHADOWS

The National Labor Relations Act is typically thought to apply only to relationships between unions and corporations.  (It also imposes a duty on unions to deal […]
June 26, 2013

ACTIONS AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES

Three years ago, the Supreme Court considered the case of José Padilla.  Mr. Padilla was born in Honduras in 1950, immigrated to the United States at […]
June 23, 2013

THE HARD LIFE OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Making an apology and writing an essay on the life of Andrew Jackson is cruel and unusual punishment.  Really. Or so high school students required to […]
June 21, 2013

POWER TO THE STATE!

That administrative agencies have a pervasive presence in our lives is undeniable.  That is a reason why our firm offers to represent businesses and professionals facing  […]
June 18, 2013

A LITTLE BIT OF RATIONAL THOUGHT

Last Monday’s opinions from the Supreme Court did not make much headlines because no case was decided that includes the names Fisher, Windsor or Perry, the […]
June 18, 2013

TORT REFORM PART II

I recently posted a blog that explained the limits that have arisen against asserting or receiving punitive damages.  Those limits remain controversial on both sides of […]
June 16, 2013

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

America’s funniest videos and its various spinoffs are proof that animals can be funny.  That remains true even in law. Or maybe their owners’ stubbornness is […]
June 12, 2013

WHAT RIGHTS FOR CORPORATE PERSONS?

When a group of people gather to form or work for a corporate entity, the group itself (ie the corporation) does not have the same constitutional […]
June 9, 2013

THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN

According to the old nursery rhyme, there was an old lady who lived in a shoe with so many children she did not know what to […]
June 6, 2013

DNA SCRAMBLE

I am not immune to commenting on those Supreme Court cases that garner more than their fair share of attention from the mainstream media.  Nor, I […]
June 2, 2013

TEMPEST IN A TOY CAR

Jurors are supposed to return their verdict based on the evidence heard in court and nothing else.  They weigh what each witness said and the evidence […]
May 31, 2013

PUNISH ‘EM

Every attorney who represents plaintiffs, whether they do so occasionally or as a matter of course, and whether they have in their office an individual or […]
May 28, 2013

MORE AND MORE APPEALS

Many Supreme Court cases matter greatly.  Some matter to most of us (what students can or cannot say in school under the First Amendment, the right […]
May 26, 2013

LAWYERS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS

Attorneys have it in their head to try and probe every answer with follow-up questions.  The result can sometimes lead to ridicule.  These examples are from […]
May 23, 2013

APPEALS FROM THE GRAVE

Do not worry, this post is not as ghoulish as its title might imply.  But it does involve caskets.  To be precise, it involves a group […]
May 21, 2013

TOUGH CLASS

Times are tough for class actions.  In the span of a couple of weeks in April, three decisions came down from the Federal and Florida Supreme […]
May 19, 2013

MILLION DOLLAR CASES

Lawyer lawyer in the hall, Who is the richest of them all? I have case, a case I say, Represent me, you will make my day. […]
May 15, 2013

LEAVES LABYRINTH

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employees of some companies are entitled to unpaid leave following the birth of a child, or for […]
May 12, 2013

GOTTA WATCH TV

Color televisions were still a novelty in 1965.  They were expensive, too.  One bought in Maryland cost over $7,000 in today’s dollars, after adjusting for inflation.  […]
May 10, 2013

ARE SOME PEOPLE FREER TO SPEAK THAN OTHERS?

The rise of blogging and 24/7 commentators, whose commentary is often much more political, controversial, or personal than those on this blog, has coincided with a […]