Social media has become one part of the life of millions of Americans. We see Facebook, Twitter, Instagram pages everywhere. But, how will that work in court? How does a lawyer or person use that sort of evidence in court? With photos, a witness can testify about who took the picture and where the picture

The President has done it, again. He has said things that were later used against him in court. He issued an Executive Order a few weeks ago threatening to cut off funding to cities and communities that supposedly provide “sanctuary” to unlawful immigrants. The city of San Fransisco and other communities filed suit to stop

In Willis v. CLECO Corp., No. 13-30217, (5th Cir. 4/8/14), the Fifth Circuit panel reverses summary judgment regarding a disciplinary write-up, but affirms summary judgment regarding the termination of an African-American worker. Gregory Willis’ lawyer did not do him any favors in failing to point to specific pages from Mr. Willis’ deposition. Those pages

A recent decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates one of the many challenges in showing discrimination.  In Lawson v. Graphic Packaging International, Inc., No. 13-30205 (5th Cir. 12/13/13), the plaintiff (a Human Resources manager at a paper mill) attempted to show a pattern and practice of discrimination by testifying about other

I wrote previously about Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott engaging in frivolous defenses and frivolous lawsuits.  See my posts here and here.  Well, now a Travis County Judge has found AG Abbott’s opinion about the VIA Transit center to also "border on the frivolous."  See San Antonio Express News report.  The issue concerns

Online research has become ubiquitous.  It has reached the point where a judge in one criminal trial issued individual written orders to members of a jury not to conduct any research regarding the defendant.  The defendant was charged with murder.  The judge had already been burned by a prior trial in which jurors discussed the

District courts and appellate courts frequently parse evidence in discrimination cases.  There is ample precedent saying they should not.  But, they do.  Workplace Prof blog discusses a case in which the Eighth Circuit picked and chose which evidence it would consider and found for the employer.  See Workplace Prof blog post. Courts are supposed

So many clients or potential clients have come to see me or discussed their problems with me on the phone.  Invariably, the pattern goes like this:  They are so scared about their job and nervous about seeing me.  Many are so frightened that I will tell them they do not have a case or that