MAJOR EEOC VERDICT
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on May 1 won a $240 million award in a disability discrimination suit brought for 32 men with intellectual disabilities. A federal jury in Davenport, Iowa, found that Hill Country Farms subjected the men to verbal abuse and physical harassment. "The conduct that occurred here is intolerable," commission chairwoman Jacqueline Berrien said.
HEALTH CARE LAWSUIT
Objecting to what an "Obamacare power grab," a group of small business owners and ­individuals in six states filed suit on May 2 against the Internal Revenue Service over a rule that expands health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. They targeted health care exchanges — state-level clearinghouses that are supposed to make it easier for people to buy insurance.
BAR PASSAGE RATES
An American Bar Association committee is poised to recommend that least 80 percent of a school’s graduates must pass the bar within two years of graduation — an increase from 75 percent within five years. There is widespread support for clarifying and strengthening the existing "meaningless and empty" standard, said committee chairman Jeffrey Lewis, a professor at Saint Louis University School of Law.
The University of Pennsylvania Law School on April 30 won the Webby People’s Voice Award in the law category — meaning online voters thought its website was the best in the category. The formally juried Webby in law went to Philadelphia’s Juvenile Law Center, which works with Penn Law. The Webbys are widely considered the most prestigious Internet awards.
Facing his fourth trial, the man at the center of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ­ruling on GPS tracking pleaded guilty on May 1 to a drug conspiracy charge and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. Antoine Jones was found guilty during his second trial, but the justices ruled the government violated his Fourth Amendment rights through the warrantless use of a Global Positioning System tracking device.
A review of the federal prison system’s compassionate-release program revealed a lack of standards for evaluating whether an inmate qualifies for a reduction in sentence, according to a U.S. Justice Department report. Twenty-eight inmates out of 208 who were cleared for early release by a warden died in custody before the Bureau of Prisons director made a final decision, the report said.