Contracts: The Importance of Distinguishing a Contracting Party from a Stranger

Although the law generally does not allow a contracting party to bring a tort claim against another party to the same contract, this protection does not extend to persons or entities that are classified as “strangers” to the contract. Thus, a contracting party may maintain a viable claim for tortious interference with contractual relations against … Continue reading Contracts: The Importance of Distinguishing a Contracting Party from a Stranger

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Estates: The Inheritability of Digital Music Files

The average layperson might assume that digital music files (i.e., songs purchased from┬áservices such as iTunes and Amazon) can be passed by will or intestate succession. This is certainly true for music recorded onto physical media, such as CDs. However, the law currently treats digital files differently, given (a) the manner in which digital music … Continue reading Estates: The Inheritability of Digital Music Files

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Long Term Leave Not a Reasonable Accommodation

On September 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by a district court, holding that the failure to provide an employee with long-term medical leave is not a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The decision, Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc.,_ F.3d _, 2017 WL 4160849 (7th Cir. Sept. … Continue reading Long Term Leave Not a Reasonable Accommodation

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Are Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Employees Protected from Discrimination Under Title VII?

In interpreting the coverage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. ┬ž 2000e, appellate courts held that the prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass discrimination based on sexual orientation. E.g., Simonton v. Runyon, 232 F.3d 33 (2d Cir. 2000); Blum v. Gulf Oil Corp., 597 F.2d 936 … Continue reading Are Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Employees Protected from Discrimination Under Title VII?

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