While a staffing agency that had been sued over an alleged discriminatory firing argued the plaintiff was not its employee, a federal judge has ruled against dismissing the case, saying it was too soon.
From lawsuits alleging defamation to threats of physical violence from disgruntled employees, attorneys who conduct high-profile internal investigations face a bevy of risks as they delicately balance the needs of the client with what the public may come to learn.
Recently, news broke that not one but two former high-ranking Pennsylvania state officials—former Treasurer Rob McCord and John Estey, the one-time top aide to Gov. Ed Rendell—secretly recorded conversations, potentially thousands of them, with political and business leaders at the behest of federal law enforcement. These revelations bring focus on the regulations concerning electronic surveillance and wiretapping: Under what circumstances do they permit the interception of seemingly private conversations? Can law enforcement officers or cooperators record seemingly private conversations without permission? How about private citizens? And do persons who learn their communications have been intercepted without their permission have any recourse? What follows is a primer on this complex and highly technical area of the law.
In his Bankruptcy Update, Edward E. Neiger discusses filings in the teen apparel industry, which continues to decline as the shift in teen spending habits from fashion to technology becomes more pronounced and fast fashion companies that get new trends to the market quickly and cheaply draw sales over companies built on brand name logo appeal.