Office of Civil Rights Releases “Dear Colleague” Letter on Transgender Students | Higher Education Report–BS&K

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) addressing a school’s Title IX obligations regarding transgender students, and explaining how the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will evaluate a school’s compliance with those obligations.  This DCL comes on the heels of a recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision discussing whether Title IX requires schools to allow transgender students to have access to restrooms consistent with their gender identities.

Read entire BS&K “Higher Education Report” analysis and commentary here.

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Thieves Ransack Queens Bank Vault, Leaving Many Deposit Boxes on Roof – The New York Times

 

Workers arrived at Maspeth Federal Savings Bank on Monday only to discover that several dozen safe deposit boxes were missing.

They did not have to look far to find them.

When the police arrived at the bank branch in Rego Park, Queens, they found the boxes piled on the roof, next to a wide hole through which, it appeared, thieves had broken into the vault over the weekend.

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Read entire report here.

FAQ and Resource Page for Maspeth Federal Savings– Rego Park branch–Safe Deposit Box Burglary

https://www.maspethfederal.com/assets/1464356741-MaspethFAQandResourceCenterpage.pdf

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Firefox users left feeling vulnerable as judge keeps Tor hack under wraps – Naked Security

Millions of users of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser may be at risk, thanks to a ruling handed out by a federal judge on Monday

US District Court Judge Robert J. Bryan rejected Mozilla’s request to force the government to reveal a vulnerability that, the company believes, the FBI exploited as part of its investigation into child pornography.

Read entire report here.

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BMW’s i3 Electric Car Slammed by Lawsuit Over Sudden Power Loss

According to the suit, the i3’s speed can plunge without warning

A U.S. owner of a BMW i3 has filed a lawsuit claiming that the German automaker’s electric vehicle can experience a sudden loss of power when a feature designed to nearly double its driving range is deployed.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court, seeks damages for i3 drivers nationwide and in California alone, or to force BMW to buy the vehicles back.

It focuses on “Range Extender,” an optional i3 feature in which a 34-horsepower, two-cylinder gas engine switches on when the vehicle’s battery runs low, boosting the advertised range to 150 miles (241 km) per charge from 81 miles.

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Read entire report by Reuters in Fortune.

Class Action Complaint

May 17, 2016

Tsoar v. BMW  

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Law Day 2016 Highlights Miranda Rights | United States Courts

Law Day 2016 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision, focusing on its critical importance to the rights of individuals in custody, and how the ruling is applied to juveniles.

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Schoenefeld v. State of New York

Full Text of Decision.

The court upheld N.Y. Judiciary Law § 470, requiring nonresident attorneys to maintain offices in New York State. Noting that more than 20,000 NYSBA members reside or practice outside the state, President David P. Miranda formed a working group to review the decision.

NFL v. NFL Players Association, 15-2801 (L)

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“Our role is not to determine for ourselves whether Brady participated in a scheme to deflate footballs or whether the suspension imposed by the Commissioner should have been for three games or five games or none at all,” Parker said in NFL v. NFL Players Association, 15-2801 (L). “Nor is it our role to second-guess the arbitrator’s procedural rulings. Our obligation is limited to determining whether the arbitration proceedings and award met the minimum legal standards established by the Labor Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. §141 et seq.

“Our review of the record yields the firm conclusion that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion to resolve an intramural controversy between the League and a player,” he continued.

In dissent, Judge Robert Katzmann said “the lack of any meaningful explanation in the commissioner’s final written decision convinces me that the commissioner was doling out his own brand of industrial justice.

“It is ironic that a process designed to ensure fairness to all players has been used unfairly against one player,” he added.

Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202755885437/Circuit-Reinstates-Bradys-Deflategate-Suspension#ixzz46xNhN8f8

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