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Short Circuit: A roundup of recent federal court decisions

By Eugene Volokh April 3

(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)

 

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a New York law prohibiting merchants from telling customers that a small fee will be added to their bill if they pay by credit card — but not prohibiting charging the fee — implicates the First Amendment. We discussed the Second Circuit’s decision to the contrary on the podcast (starts at 8:05). Click here for iTunes. Or click here to read an IJ amicus brief on the topic.

 

  • Allegation: Supervisor at New York ad agency draws wildly inappropriate drawings of gay employee on whiteboard, makes wildly inappropriate comments. Lawful unguarded banter or unlawful harassment? Second Circuit: Title VII protects employees against harassment based on their sexual orientation, so the district court should have given plaintiff the opportunity to prove the latter.
  • Woman attacked in her home; she calls 911. It takes several minutes for dispatchers to receive her location; Dallas police arrive at her house nearly an hour later, leave without entering after no one responds to their knocks or picks up the phone. Her family finds her body in the house two days later. Scissors-32x32.png

· · https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/04/03/short-circuit-a-roundup-of-recent-federal-court-decisions-49/

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