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William A. Ruskin: Genetically Modified Food Can Feed The Planet

By William A. Ruskin The publication of " Diet for a Small Planet " in 1971 by Francis Moore Lappé was a conscious-raising event for many Americans. The book makes the case that grain-fed meat production is wasteful and a contributor to global food scarcity. The author argues that...

Wife Not Liable for Husband’s Circumvention of Ignition Interlock Device

A wife was not liable in a wrongful death case after her husband, who was required to have an interlock device on his car, drove her car which did not have such a device, and killed another driver. The Court of Appeals of Louisiana had to determine whether the parents of Dr. Kristofor Toups, a veterinarian...

No FLMA Retaliation Due to Facebook Postings

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division c onsidered whether an employee was properly fired due to his Facebook postings while on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA). The employee had shoulder surgery and was on leave under the FLMA; he also...

Biting at the Apple East Coast Style

On February 29, 2016, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York denied the federal government’s application for an order requiring Apple, Inc. to bypass the passcode security of a criminal defendant’s iPhone 5s. The case is separate...

No Remedy for Man Attacked by Police K-9

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a man detained in a vehicle during a traffic stop had no remedy for personal injuries he sustained when he was attacked by a police dog. Plaintiff was a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle and complied with police orders to place his hands in the air. However...

UPS Sent Packing

The Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act, 49 U.S.C.S. § 11706 et seq., did not preempt the state-law claims of an artist who saw red when her oil paintings were auctioned off after the men in brown allegedly removed them from their packaging. In Mlinar v. United Parcel Service , 2016...