Gerald Bostock says his sexual orientation led to his firing from his job as a children's advocate in the juvenile justice system of Georgia's Clayton County, and he will bring his discrimination case before the US Supreme Court next month. The court also will hear two similar cases regarding LGBT rights on Oct. 8, and the outcome is poised to have a major effect on workplace discrimination protections.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has requested that a federal judge delay a case over Florida's law on reinstating voting rights to felons who have satisfied their "legal financial obligations" after serving their sentences. DeSantis wants the state's high court to hand down a decision in a similar case first.
US District Judge Aleta Trauger has ruled against a Tennessee law designed to crack down on paid voter registration drives that submit deficient registration forms. Trauger said the state outlined "simply no basis" for the law.
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Uber is facing a federal class action in California alleging that the company improperly classifies drivers as contractors instead of employees. The company said it might not have to change its drivers' classification under a state bill that would establish protections for workers who must be classified as employees based on certain criteria.
Faced with antitrust accusations, Google Vice President of Product Management Sissie Hsiao made the case in a blog post that digital advertising is a highly competitive space, citing Facebook, Amazon, Adobe and "thousands of companies, large and small, working together and in competition with each other to power digital advertising across the web." Critics say that while Google may have competition, it remains the dominant player in the space, accounting for more than 20% of US ad spend this year.
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Measures in states including Arizona, California and Utah are designed to make legal services more accessible by easing restrictions on firm ownership by nonlawyers as well as fee-splitting and unauthorized legal practice, writes David Curle of Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute. "[W]e might soon reach a tipping point that will forever change how we think about the regulation and ultimately delivery of legal services," Curle writes.
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The future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is in question if a court rules that the single-director structure is unconstitutional. The ruling could eliminate a clause that says the director can be fired only for cause, leaving CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger vulnerable if a Democrat becomes president.
President Donald Trump has nominated Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck to the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The vacant seats were previously held by Judge Gerald Tjoflat and Judge Stanley Marcus.
Hoffman, right, is sworn in by D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby. (Patrice Gilbert Photography)
For a special look back at the 2019 D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership, check out the September issue of Washington Lawyer. This event on June 11 brought together members of the bench and bar to recognize outstanding service to the legal profession. Highlights included the final remarks of Esther H. Lim as D.C. Bar president and the swearing in of Susan Hoffman, the Bar's 48th president. Recipients of the Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service and the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Award gave their inspirational speeches as well.
For many Americans, immigration is just a current news topic or a political talking point on the 2020 presidential campaign trail. For D.C. Bar member Daniel Williamson, a partner with immigration firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, it's personal, and not just because it's his practice area. Find out more about Williamson's international background, and how he found his way to immigration law, in the latest issue of Washington Lawyer.