Articles by Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg Opinion

Carter is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is a professor of law at Yale University and was a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. His novels include "The Emperor of Ocean Park" and "Back Channel," and his nonfiction includes "Civility" and "Integrity."

Opinion: What If Public Employees Could Sue Government Over Covid-19?

Suppose you’re working in an essential industry and your employer hasn’t provided you with adequate personal protective equipment. Maybe you say to yourself, “Okay, there’s a shortage, they’re trying.” Then you discover that just a couple of years ago, your …

Must Gift Cards Be Available in Braille to Comply with ADA?

In this season of giving, nothing says I-waited-until-the-last-minute-and-didn’t-have-time-to-think-seriously-about-what-to-get like a gift card. In both their solid and virtual forms, the cards have become a ubiquitous sign of the holiday season. But does the law require that they be available in …

Vegan Suing Burger King Over Its ‘Impossible Whopper’ Has a Real Beef: Viewpoint

Is it really true that Burger King’s new Impossible Whopper is, as the ads claim, “100% Whopper, 0% beef”? A lawsuit just filed in federal court in Florida insists that the answer is no. The answer matters. The Impossible Whopper, …

Sometimes Bad Things Happen in Sports That Lawsuits Can’t Remedy: Viewpoint

Oh, but we live in sour times. Next month’s Super Bowl will feature the Most Hated Team in Football against an opponent who got there because of the Worst Call in Playoff History. Of the hatred I have nothing at …

Here’s Some Litigation to Go with That Christmas Cheer

Christmas is right around the corner, meaning that the time has come for the usual passel of lawsuits and threats of lawsuits, of bitter division over words and symbols — in short, of all the usual trimmings of the season. …