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Distinguishing Between Bullying and Protected First Amendment Speech: Lessons Learned from One School's Constitutional Blunder Over Anonymous Sticky Notes
Category: Appellate Law, Education, Litigation
Schools sometimes find themselves needing to walk a fine but complicated line, whereby they curtail bullying but also balance the right to free speech. One recent case illustrates this point. A high school sophomore anonymously posted a sticky note on a bathroom mirror referencing her school’s…
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Arkansas School's Restriction on Student Speech Found "Unreasonable" by Eighth Circuit
Category: Appellate Law, Education, Eighth Circuit Appellate , Litigation
An Arkansas school had an unwritten policy of restricting tabling to registered student organizations and school departments. At least generally, there was no problem with this policy. However, as applied to one particular group, the Eighth Circuit recently held that the policy’s distinction…
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May the "Force" Majeure Be With You: Is COVID-19 a Force Majeure Event?
Category: Appellate Law, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Eighth Circuit Appellate , Litigation
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of our daily interactions. And, its effect on many businesses’ ability to function cannot be overstated. It has been devastating. As you are well aware, the pandemic has also added a number of new words and phrases to our vocabulary—“social…
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Lenders Should Use COVID-19 Extensions And Forbearances To Review Loan Documents To Identify and Address Potential Security and Collateral Issues
Category: Appellate Law, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Litigation
As lenders are undoubtedly aware, the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak has or will cause significant issues with payments from their borrowers as the pandemic sends shockwaves through the economy. Extensions on current, distressed, and past due loans will be the norm for the next few months at least…
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When Minor Classroom Misbehavior Escalates to a Federal Court Lawsuit
Category: Appellate Law, Education, Litigation
In a recent case, a seventh grade boy was written up by his teacher because she saw him selling candy in class. The student told an assistant principal that he had hidden the candy in the bottom of a garbage can, and a later search uncovered candy right where the student said it would be. A search…
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