Reached the Burning Point: State and Federal Riot Laws

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Written By: Paul Sparkman
Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

          As of the writing of this post, protests against police brutality and the disproportionate policing of people of color—sparked by the death of George Floyd—are taking place around the country.[1]  In many of those cities, the demonstrations have turned into or in some way led to riots—the protest’s rowdier and generally disfavored cousin.[2]   Continue reading “Reached the Burning Point: State and Federal Riot Laws”

Consumer Fraud Epidemic: Price Gouging and Exploitation Amidst the COVID-19 Health Crisis

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By: Dylan Martin
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

          Growing concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the effort of the government and public health officials to “flatten the curve” has led to widespread lockdowns, resulting in shutdowns of businesses, layoffs for employees, and mandatory curfews.[i]  In addition to affecting the social and work lives of individual Americans, the novel COVID-19 is also causing a significantly strenuous impact on the U.S. healthcare system and economy. Continue reading “Consumer Fraud Epidemic: Price Gouging and Exploitation Amidst the COVID-19 Health Crisis”

Will You be Held Liable During the COVID-19 Pandemic for a Breach of Contract?

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By: Ryan Jones
Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Due to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, local, state, and federal governments are forcing businesses to close their doors and send employees home.  These unprecedented measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in businesses struggling to perform their contractual legal obligations.  As we continue to see the development of COVID-19 in the upcoming weeks, one thought that keeps lingering is whether or not businesses will be held liable for a failure to perform a contractual obligation due to the pandemic. Put simply, the “answer is, ‘maybe.’”[1]

Continue reading “Will You be Held Liable During the COVID-19 Pandemic for a Breach of Contract?”

Employees and the Gig Economy

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Written by: Alexa Wallace

Research and Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            For many of us, we hear the term “gig economy” and think it’s another millennial hashtag with absolutely zero meaning in our everyday life.  But really, the emergence of the gig economy has a direct impact on us all.  Put simply, the “gig economy” is a new way of saying independent contract or part-time work, and over 55 million people are now working this way.[1]   Continue reading “Employees and the Gig Economy”

The Calm After the Storm? How the Legal Implications of the #MeToo Movement Have Influenced Human Resources Departments to Restructure Sexual Harassment Policies

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Written By: Michelle Fleenor

Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            Prior to the inception of the #MeToo movement, which cast a spotlight on the prevalence of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, sexual harassment in the workplace was not as highly scrutinized and was often resolved without sufficient investigation from either human resources (“HR”) departments or the businesses themselves.[1]   Continue reading “The Calm After the Storm? How the Legal Implications of the #MeToo Movement Have Influenced Human Resources Departments to Restructure Sexual Harassment Policies”

Are We in a Jail Health Care Crisis?

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By: Savannah Pelfrey
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            Telemedicine is a phenomenon within the health care world that is presumed to have started within the last decade; however, its history within the prison industry started much earlier.[1] Continue reading “Are We in a Jail Health Care Crisis?”

Sign Here, and Swipe There: Potential Impact of Florida’s New Remote Online Notary Law

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By: David Newman
Junior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            In January 2020, Florida became one of the most recent states to pass a law allowing for remote online notaries.[1]  Florida is now one of 22 states that have passed laws allowing for remote online notaries.[2] Continue reading “Sign Here, and Swipe There: Potential Impact of Florida’s New Remote Online Notary Law”

Can a City Challenge the Constitutionality of State Monuments?

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By: Nicki Lawsen
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Background

          In November 2019, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the Memorial Preservation Act is constitutional and reversed the lower court’s decision.[1] Continue reading “Can a City Challenge the Constitutionality of State Monuments?”

Enough is Enough: Hotels and Motels Profiting from Sex Trafficking Must Stop Here

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By: Landon Whatley
Junior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

The United States enacted the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act of 2000 (“TPVA”) as its first major move to combat human trafficking both domestically and worldwide.[1]  Continue reading “Enough is Enough: Hotels and Motels Profiting from Sex Trafficking Must Stop Here”

It’s All in the Genes

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By: Savannah Stewart
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            Curating a personal family tree may reveal a lot about an individual’s origins, relationships, and whether a family member is a suspect in a criminal case.  When law enforcement identified and arrested the Golden Gate Killer through the use of genetic databases, genetic genealogy became a breakthrough tool for the police.[1] Continue reading “It’s All in the Genes”