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Iran Sanctions Look to Snap Back

By now you’ve heard the news, and it’s pretty much what it sounds like. Following a wind-down period of 90 or 180 days, the U.S. government will restore the economic sanctions that it lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. These sanctions generally affect foreign businesses who do business with Iran. After the wind-down periods, they Read More

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Careful Whom You Call An Independent Contractor

We’re talking employment law again because the California Supreme Court issued a big decision this week. The Court unanimously declared a new test for classifying workers as employees versus independent contractors under the state’s wage orders. Those are the laws and regulations that say you have to pay a minimum wage; you have to pay Read More

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The California Equal Pay Act

We talked about the federal Equal Pay Act last week, but California’s had its own law since 1949. You’ll find it in Labor Code section 1197.5. Importantly, since 2017, California’s law covers not just sex but race and ethnicity. So if there’s a difference in pay between employees along those lines, an employer must explain Read More

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You Can’t Rely on Prior Wages or Salary to Pay Women Less

One of the last cases of Judge Reinhardt’s life had to do with the Equal Pay Act of 1963. He wrote the decision, which was published last week, and it begins with these words: “The Equal Pay Act stands for a principle as simple as it is just: men and women should receive equal pay for equal work Read More

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The Truth About Facebook

Ask this expert on data science what Congress should have asked Mark Zuckerberg last week, and she’ll say, nothing. If that surprises you, please understand that these hearings are not designed to deliver the truth. They’re designed to tell the public that, if there’s a problem, the government is doing something about it. So you’re not gonna Read More

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The Microsoft-Ireland Case is Moot

We covered this before here and here. But the high-profile case of United States v. Microsoft Corporation is now over. The question was whether the government could force Microsoft to turn over data that it stored on servers in other countries. The problem was that federal law didn’t allow the government to do that, or at least Read More

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Farewell to the Great Liberal Lion

Stephen Reinhardt, one of the most influential federal judges of the past half century, died suddenly yesterday. Here’s the news from the L.A. Times. We called him the liberal lion if we liked him and other names if we didn’t. He didn’t care. Like the late, great Harry Pregerson, he cared about which outcome was right Read More

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A New Day in the City of Brotherly Love

If you haven’t heard, the new district attorney of Philadelphia is a lifelong defense lawyer who used to sue the government for violating people’s civil rights. He even ran on a campaign against overcriminalization. It’s a pretty amazing thing. Now the city’s top prosecutor has put his money where his mouth was during the campaign. Read More

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The End of Absolute Immunity for Prosecutors

Another outstanding feature by The Marshall Project. It’s written by a senior federal trial judge in New York. For 23 years, he’s sentenced the likes of murderers, rapists, gangsters, and fraudsters—some to prison for the rest of their lives. But he says it’s time to put an end to absolute immunity for prosecutors. Absolute immunity is what Read More

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When You Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

You may never serve on a jury, but suppose you did. How would you feel—how would any of us feel—if we voted to convict someone innocent? This person knows. In 2009, she voted to convict a 17-year-old boy for murder based on the testimony of one eyewitness. The witness and victim were friends, and they were Read More

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