Constructive Discharge

A former fire department’s chief of operations, who resigned after he was charged for domestic violence for “at least” the eighth time in his career, may pursue his due process and breach of contract claims against the city of Montgomery, a federal court in Alabama ruled. The plaintiff argues he was constructively discharged and not compensated for accrued annual leave or sick leave.

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Prison Transfers

A federal court denied a request by prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, to stop the Department of Corrections from transferring Covid-19 “carriers” to maximum-security prison, finding that the request is based on “speculation and conjecture” about what the department “‘might’ do with respect to transferring inmates.”

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Closed Captioning

A federal court in Massachusetts certified, for settlement purposes, a class of deaf and hard of hearing individuals who claim that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology violated their rights because there was not closed captioning, or there was unintelligible captioning, of videos and audio tracks made publicly available by the university.

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Veterans’ Records

A federal court in New York granted summary judgment to a genealogical activist group, ordering the release of death files from the Department of Veterans Affairs database in a dispute brought after Ancestry.com posted information provided to it by the Veterans Health Administration, which had erroneously included 5,223 living veterans among the 14.4 million records of purportedly deceased veterans.

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Police Shooting

The admission of testimony from a police officer who fatally shot Feras Morad, an unarmed college student, was not prejudicial, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The officer testified that he could hear Morad making threatening statements on an eyewitness video and also testified that he had written in his police report that he had heard the student say, “I’m coming to get you.”

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Political T-Shirt

A student who claims he was required to wear a T-shirt with a state representative’s name on it while on a field trip to the Tennessee State Capitol in violation of his constitutional right not to engage in political speech may pursue his claims against the Wayne County School System, his high school principal and the representative, a federal court in the state ruled.

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Union Leader

A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled that a trial court improperly denied Philadelphia electrical union leader John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty’s motion to stay a civil action brought by an electric contractor who alleges Dougherty engaged in battery, intentional interference with contractual relations and civil conspiracy while attempting to persuade him to join the union.

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