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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 …

Iran Crash Victims May Need Political Backing in Fight for Damages

Families of the 176 people killed when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner face a complicated legal battle where backing from the victims’ governments may be crucial as they seek damages, legal experts said. Lawyers say many relatives will automatically …

Supreme Court Says State Universities Not Immune to Patent Challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to shield state-run universities from having to appear before a federal administrative body to defend the validity of patents they own. The justices turned down an appeal by the University of Minnesota that argued it …

North Carolina High Court Keeps Blackbeard Ship Case Over Images Alive

A treasure hunter who accuses the state of North Carolina of misusing his images from Blackbeard’s flagship says he’ll ask for 10 times the damages he originally sought, now that a court ruling has come down in his favor. John …

Blackbeard Ship Recovery Firm Fights States’ Immunity for Copyright Piracy

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a case involving the wreckage of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship to decide whether states can be sued for copyright infringement. The case will test a series of high court rulings in recent decades …

Supreme Court Limits International Groups’ Immunity for Commercial Activity in U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court opened some American-based international organizations to lawsuits, ruling that a World Bank affiliate must defend against allegations it is responsible for environmental damage caused by a power plant in India. Voting 7-1 on Wednesday, the court …

Pennsylvania Can Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Guardrail in Crash

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s department of transportation (PennDOT) can be held liable for injuries caused by an allegedly dangerous guardrail on a Pennsylvania highway. The court found that under the state’s Sovereign Immunity Act, exemptions …

Congress Likely to Pass Bill Allowing 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia

The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote this week on Senate-passed legislation that would allow families of the Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for liability in the attacks. Rep. Peter King of New York, the House sponsor …

Supreme Court to Hear Eurail Case on Foreign Entity Liability

The new Supreme Court term will include high-level discussions of affirmative action, free association and religious liberty. But the first Monday in October is starting with a suit about a Eurail pass. Specifically, the court will consider whether selling a …

Florida Supreme Court: UCF Athletic Association Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

A private corporation that runs the University of Central Florida’s athletic program won’t have to pay $10 million to the family of a football player who died during practice, the Florida Supreme Court ruled May 28. The court ruled the …