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September 2012 Archives

Chicago Board of Education Asks Court to Stop Teacher Strike

The Board of Education of the City of Chicago has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order blocking the teacher strike by the Chicago Teachers Union.  The Board argues that the strike is illegal under the terms of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, and that it creates a public safety hazard by blocking access to meals for children, exposing children to an increased risk of violence, and denying critical special education services.

Arizona's "Show Me Your Papers" Provision Allowed to Go Into Effect

In a case challenging provisions of Arizona's tough immigration law, SB 1070, a federal judge has denied the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction to stop enforcement of the portion of the law that requires police officers to determine an individual's immigration status during any lawful stop, detention, or arrest.  The judge determined that, given the United States Supreme Court's decision holding that the portion of the law was not unconstitutional on its face, the plaintiffs did not demonstrate that they were likely to succeed on their claims at trial.

Judge Rules That Airlines Must Go to Trial Over 9/11 Damages

A federal district judge in New York has denied a motion by the airline defendants to eliminate the potential damages owed to the leaseholders of the World Trade Center in a negligence suit arising out of the events of 9/11.  The defendants argued that the insurance payout to the plaintiff precluded any recovery based on the airlines' negligence.  The judge determined, however, that the overlap in the airlines' potential damages and the insurance payout was an issue of fact that required a trial.