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The Americans with Disabilities Act has been hotly contested at the Supreme Court in recent years, and on Tuesday the Court ruled on another unsettled aspect of the 1990 law. Justice John Paul Stevens led a 7-2 majority in holding that doctors in a small Oregon clinic are not “employees,” knocking out an ADA claim brought by bookkeeper Deborah Wells. Wells, represented by Portland’s Craig Crispin, alleged she was the victim of workplace discrimination. The clinic, represented by Portland’s Steven Seymour, countered that the ADA’s exemption of companies with fewer than 15 employees applied because four doctors among the 19 people there were “shareholders” rather than employees. The case is Clackamas Gastroenterolgy Associates v. Wells.The First Amendment is designed to protect those who like to blow their horns, but it turns out there are limits. On Tuesday the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that a Woburn, Mass., police officer did not enjoy constitutional protection. The conduct at issue: As a union demonstration was winding down, cop Paul Meaney borrowed a fuel truck and drove around town blasting an air horn outside the mayor’s inauguration. Police officials suspended Meaney for two days. After fighting that, he filed a civil rights claim. Appeals Judge Jeffrey Howard noted that Meaney was mad at the mayor over a private matter, as well as stalled union negotiations, and that Meaney’s unjoyful noise was not clearly about a matter of public concern. … Former Coudert Brothers Chairman Steven Beharrell has resigned from the firm’s executive board, according to The Lawyer in the U.K. The move comes soon after London’s Beharrell, the firm’s first-ever non-U.S. leader, was succeeded as chairman by New York partner David Huebner. And in a sign of the ongoing jostling between American and U.K. firms, Linklaters has lost a partner to an American rival. Transactional partner and 19-year Linklaters attorney Roberto Cristofolini has joined Latham & Watkins and its 90-plus lawyers in Paris. – Bill Kisliuk Related links: Clackamas Gastroenterology Associates, P.C. v. Deborah Wells Paul J. Meaney, et al., v. Robert M. Dever, et al. Coudert U.S. Partners Stage Boardroom Coup Latham & Watkins in Fresh Raids on Linklaters and Simmons

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