Daily Archives: January 17, 2012 - 3 results

Posted 5 years ago in Criminal Law by Keith Ecker  
Nearly 1 in 3 Young People Will Be Arrested by Age 23

A recently released study claims that nearly 1 in 3 U.S. youths will be arrested for a non-traffic offense by age 23. Zero-tolerance policies and a broadened definition of alcohol offenses are the cause of the trend. The report, which was published on the site Pediatrics in December of last year, says that as many as 41 percent of youth have been arrested or taken into police custody. This data marks a sharp increase in arrests from a similar study conducted …

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Posted 5 years ago in Personal Injury by Staff Editor   
Hidden Conflict by Judge Overturns Oil Worker’s $322 Million Asbestos Verdict

Thomas Brown, Jr. labored on oil rigs for three decades unloading raw asbestos; he now suffers from lung disease as a result and requires oxygen 24 hours a day in order to breathe. Last month he saw his record $322 million verdict wiped away by an appeals court and will have to go to trial for a second time. Asbestos was commonly used in all kinds of products in the 1960s and 1970s but cancer caused by the toxin typically …

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Posted 5 years ago in Labor and Employment by Deborah Graham  
Religious Organizations Can Discriminate in Hiring — They’re Above the Law Protecting Workers

Ruling that religious organizations have the right to hire and fire employees who perform religious duties based on any criteria they choose, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld an appellate court decision in a case involving Cheryl Perich, a teacher at Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Redford, MI, who was fired after she received a narcolepsy diagnosis. Perich, who taught religious as well as secular classes and periodically led chapel services, argued that the church’s action …

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