Its a remarkable thing for a sitting U.S. district judge to say about the Attorney General of the United States: Comparing the public statements by AG Barr about the Mueller report, at a time when the public did not have access to the report, to the actual redacted Mueller report, portions of which conflict with

Pres. Trump has attacked judges since 2016. His broadside against a sitting U.S. District Judge was remarkable, saying Judge Amy Berman Jackson was biased in some unspecified way against Roger Stone. He also attacked the foreperson of the Stone trial jury. He accused Tomeka Hart of being biased because she had previously run as a

The Fifth Circuit has again applied a “pretext plus” formula to affirm a grant of summary judgment. In Harville v. City of Houston, Mississippi, No. 18-60117 (5th Cir. 8/16/2019), the City fired a deputy clerk. The City Clerk, Margaret Futral, testified that Mary Harville was an essential deputy clerk who worked on taxes.

What happens when an employee files suit, perhaps unaware of the existence of a forced arbitration agreement? How long might a lawsuit progress before the employer mentions the supposed arbitration agreement? In Vectra Infosys v. Adema, No. 05-18-01371 (Tex.App. Dallas 8/28/2019), the employer responded to the lawsuit and conducted extensive discovery. The employer filed

A court in New Jersey struck the entire closing argument made by the defense attorney in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. Several plaintiffs are suing Johnson and Johnson on the basis that asbestos in talcum powder decades ago caused them to contract mesothelioma in the plaintiffs’ stomach linings. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer.

Many veterans have returned from the two wars with some degree of PTSD. I myself have some low level PTSD in limited situations. But, that does not mean we cannot perform our jobs. In Alviar v. Macy’s Inc., No. 17-1130 (5th Cir. 8/15/2019), the Fifth Circuit reversed an award of summary judgment. Plaintiff Alviar

The Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998 was passed to cover persons in the intelligence community, as the name suggests.  It applies to the 17 various federal intelligence agencies.  It defines an “urgent” concern as one that represents a “serious or flagrant problem, abuse, violation of law or executive order, or deficiency relating to

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has the mission of investigating employment discrimination. They also educate employers and others about the nation’s discrimination laws. They issue guidance to employers (and employees) on what discrimination looks like. The EEOC actually issues some very good, well-supported legal guidance. See this site for excellent articles on every aspect of