Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

August 19, 2013
  • The Southern District of NY finds that the NYPD’s use of “stop and frisk” violates constitutional rights.  (SDNY)
  • New California law allows transgender students to use bathrooms and join sports teams according to the gender they identify with.  (The Economist)
  • The Third Circuit holds that a school policy prohibiting students from wearing “I heart boobies” bracelets violates the First Amendment.  (Slate)
  • Critics of the Facebook class action settlement, in which class members received no monetary award, appeal to the Supreme Court.  (NY Times)
  • Judge changes baby’s name from Messiah to Martin, holding that the former is a title that can only be held by one person.  (BBC News)
  • Former beauty queen is currently the the only foreign litigator in all of Afghanistan.  (Vanity Fair)
  • Attorney General Eric Holder announces that the Department of Justice will start “fundamentally rethinking the notion of mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related crimes.”  (Department of Justice)
  • Racial discrimination claims dismissed in the Paula Deen suit.  (CNN)
  • Unpaid interns may have a tough time bringing sexual harassment claims.  (ProPublica)
  • The Department of Justice files an antitrust lawsuit, seeking to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines.  (Washington Post)
  • The ACLU and NAACP file lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s new voter ID law.  (Los Angeles Times)
  • Mississippi Supreme Court will review legislation that, opponents claim, creates a loophole for requiring a concealed-carry permit.  (Wall Street Journal)