Individual rights and the pandemic

To combat the COVID-19 pandemic raging across the country, 34 states now require face masks in public. These mandates join social distancing measures such as mandatory business closures and limitations on the number of people allowed to congregate in an area. Public response to these health regulations has been mixed.... Read More »

Right to protest

Seventy-four days after George Floyd was killed by a police officer kneeling on his neck, demonstrations continue to erupt in cities across the U.S. The turbulence brings police officers, lawmakers, and protesters into conflict. What right, if any, does the government have to regulate civil dissent? The First Amendment protects... Read More »

COVID-19 Liability for Businesses

Are business owners liable to employees or customers who get COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, if the business was not complying with government requirements or best safety practices? The short answer is yes. Every state has different rules, but the general rule is that a business can be... Read More »

Felon voting rights

In 2018, Florida voted by a significant majority to allow convicted felons to vote once their sentence was completed. The law went into effect, but with restrictions on the voting rights of Floridian felons. The new law states that felons may vote, but only once they have paid all fines... Read More »

Mandatory arbitration

Mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts have long been a topic of controversy. Private employers often include such provisions, and estimates suggest that around 60 million people in the United States have signed these clauses. California recently banned mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts. However, rather than going into effect... Read More »

Minimum wage

As of July 1, 2020, the new minimum wage in Los Angeles County is now $14.25 per hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $15.00 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Steady increases have been taking place every year since July 1, 2016. By July... Read More »

Sanctuary cities

From the beginning of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s tough immigration stance was a pillar of his candidacy and later, his presidency. The Republican nominee highlighted tragedies caused by illegal immigrants who broke the law and left Americans dead in their wake. The villains, according to then-candidate and now... Read More »

Abortion ruling

In a recent Supreme Court decision, Chief Justice Roberts cast the deciding vote in a 5-4 decision striking down a law requiring Louisiana abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. In 2016, the Chief Justice had cast a dissenting vote when the Court struck down a nearly... Read More »

DACA Dreamers Act

In its ruling in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California in June, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's bid to remove the protections shielding more than 650,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation. The court determined in a 5-4 vote that the White House failed... Read More »

LGBT Rights

Nearly 60 years ago, the U.S. Congress passed a monumental bill that had been championed by figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and President John F. Kennedy. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 invokes comprehensive anti-bias law at the federal level, addressing voter equality and nondiscrimination. Based on the... Read More »

Marijuana Law

Public opinion on marijuana use and legalization has undergone a seismic shift over the past few decades. According to the Pew Research Center, about two out of three Americans now support the legalization of marijuana. In contrast, as recently as 1989, 81 percent of the population favored laws prohibiting the... Read More »

Gianelli & Morris, Los Angeles, California Insurance Law Firm

Gianelli & Morris files class-action lawsuit against Anthem alleging unlawful blanket denials of coverage for percutaneous neuromodulation therapy (PNT) device. On June 4, 2020, the California insurance law firm Gianelli & Morris filed a class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The case... Read More »

UHealth provides more than 90 percent of the physicians at Jackson, which is the training hospital for UM’s Miller School of Medicine.

The University of Miami has agreed to pay $22 million to settle three lawsuits claiming the University’s hospital system administered medically unnecessary lab tests, knowingly took advantage of the Medicare program and forced one of their hospitals to inflate reimbursement claims. The lawsuits outlined three illegal activities by the University’s... Read More »

Texas Cannabis Law

Hazy days These days, it seems like marijuana laws are ever-changing. With an increasing number of states legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, decriminalizing its possession, and even some governors pardoning past convictions, it's becoming hard to keep up. Recent changes to Texas State law are not only becoming hard... Read More »

Bankruptcy Law

It's not just the presence of unmanageable debt that sends people into bankruptcy; it's the constant harassment and collection efforts of creditors. Companies and bill collectors go to great lengths to get what they owe, including harassing phone calls, visits to your home or workplace, wage garnishment, property repossession, home... Read More »