0 Have your say THE DIFFERENCE that Jo Cox made to Yorkshire – and public service – is reflected by the tributes that continue to be made in memory of the Batley & Spen MP two and a half years after her senseless murder outside a library in her constituency. From the agenda-setting loneliness campaign that carries her name to the new sixth form centre at Heckmondwike Grammar School which now honours its one-time head girl, these will all bring comfort to the Cox family. And they’re also a reminder that people from all walks to life – Mrs Cox was always proud of her West Yorkshire roots – have it within their power to make a positive difference to society if they have clear goals and the foresight to work with others in the pursuit of changes. Yet, irrespective of their own outlook, students at the Jo Cox Centre will be able to draw inspiration from the example that she set as a mother, politician, campaigner, humanitarian … [Read more...] about The Yorkshire Post says: A Yorkshire lass – school’s new tribute to Jo Cox
While few might remember an early ’90s band known as Right Said Fred, many will remember its signature tune, titled “I’m Too Sexy,” wherein the singer asserts that he’s too sexy for his love, for his shirt and for his car, among other things. It’s intentionally ridiculous and campy, but really, are there situations in which one can be too sexy? How about school? Not a good idea, especially with all-too-frequent reports of “extracurricular” activity between faculty and students. Church? Also a definite no-no.In late December, the Iowa Supreme Court added to the list.Ruling unanimously, the all-male court gave the state’s bosses the go-ahead to fire any employee whom they view as an “irresistible attraction.” The ruling stemmed from a case brought by a woman who worked for a Fort Dodge dentist for 10 years before losing her job for being too attractive.Melissa Nelson was fresh out of community college in 1999 when Dr. … [Read more...] about Lovely lass learns that looks are litigable
Enough is enough!I recognize that reasonable minds can differ with respect to whether the Senate should override the CFPB arbitration rule. However, it is inexcusable when plaintiffs’ lawyers and consumer advocates blatantly distort the impact that the override of the arbitration rule will have on members of the military.In a recent article urging the Senate not to override the arbitration rule, Philadelphia plaintiffs’ lawyer James Francis argued that the override would “strip away our right of access to the courts – a right that is especially important for service members.” In an attempt to justify the rule, he claimed that “[m]ilitary consumers report identity theft at roughly double the rate of the general public” and linked that claim to the recent Equifax data breach. According to Mr. Francis, “[c]lass actions are uniquely suited to helping our military.”In a similar vein, consumer advocate Paul … [Read more...] about Impact on military of CRA override of CFPB arbitration rule continues to be distorted
Recently, in Melbourne City Investments Pty Ltd v. Treasury Wine Estates Limited (“Treasury Wine”), the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia considered a primary judge’s class closure order which broke new ground in group action practice in Australia. The Treasury Wine case is part of a growing trend in Australian securities litigation toward class proceedings similar to the U.S. model, where investors do not have to be a named plaintiff to participate in a recovery. Rather, in this case, prior to the issuer and the representative plaintiff mediating the case, investors needed to “register” by submitting their transaction data. When the case settled after mediation, those who registered could recover from the settlement fund, but those who did not register were shut out of the settlement. Registering was not without risks, however, as the mediation could have failed. Some investors may … [Read more...] about Treasury Wine Decision Confirms Shift in Class Action Closure Process
The Dilemma In what began as an innovative way to improve advertising efficiency, online behavioral advertising has spawned “Big Brother”-type fear among watch-dog groups worried about consumer privacy. According to the advertising industry’s “Self-Regulatory Principles For Online Behavioral Advertising,” online behavioral advertising is “the collection of data from a particular computer or device regarding Web viewing behaviors over time . . . for the purpose of using such data to predict user preferences or interests to deliver advertising to that computer or device based on the preferences or interests inferred from such Web viewing behaviors.” In a recent Annenberg study, 66 percent of American adults indicated they did not want websites or networks targeting advertisements to them. Representing the other side of the spectrum, a representative of the American Association of Advertising Agencies has explained, … [Read more...] about Efficiency v. Privacy: Is Online Behavioral Advertising Capable of Self-Regulation?