Author Archives: Michael Gillis

Fantasy Sports, No Sure Bet

According to USA today, litigation around daily fantasy sports (DFS) now includes as defendants the NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS. Companies owned by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, New York Knicks owner James Dolan and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones were also included. Promoting illegal gambling “By virtue of financing, promoting and ...

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Giving Thanks

  I wish you all a wonderful, safe and joyful Thanksgiving filled with peace and gratitude. Gratitude I am grateful for so many things, not the least of which is my family and my faith. I am thankful that my mother, who will ...

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No-Fly List: Who Makes the List?

The parents of a New Jersey toddler pulled off a JetBlue plane in 2012 can go ahead with their lawsuit against a software company whose "computer glitch" was blamed for flagging the youngster as a potential security threat, a federal judge recently ...

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Volkswagen: Will Employee Amnesty Help Understand What Happened?

Volkswagen is trying to get to the bottom of its emissions-cheating scandal. To achieve this goal, it recently announced an amnesty program for employee informants. Amnesty will expire at the end of November. The company has yet to explain publicly who was responsible for installing ...

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Social Media: No Right to Privacy

The case of a possibly malingering plaintiff has led a Florida court to rule that Facebook users have no right of privacy in the photos they put online. There has been much debate lately, sparked by the trend of self-written “privacy disclaimers” popping up ...

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Product Warning: Transvaginal Surgical Mesh

A recent federal court judgment in West Virginia is holding medical manufacturer C.R. Bard Inc., responsible for $250,000.00 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages for manufacturing and promoting a transvaginal surgical mesh which it knew or should have known would cause ...

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Uber: Employees or Independent Contractors?

A U.S. District court judge does not seem fully convinced that Uber drivers are independent subcontractors and not employees, and may send the case to a jury to find out. In a San Francisco, CA. district court summary judgment hearing, district judge Edward Chen heard ...

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Carpools, Play Dates and Insurance

  As a parent, you can sometimes find yourself responsible for other people's children. Car pools, play dates, sporting events and birthday parties seem completely harmless, but you may be legally or financially liable if a child is injured on your property, in your car, ...

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Beware Social Media

  A recent case in Florida asks the interesting question: can a client “clean up” their social media pages before litigation is filed to remove embarrassing information? The case centered on four different scenarios. First, if pre-litigation, can a lawyer advise a client to remove posts, ...

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Road Trip: The Undoing of Volkswagen

  Volkswagen’s scandal was discovered in the most American of ways: the good old fashioned college road trip. In the spring of 2014, researchers from West Virginia, two professors and two students, were evaluating the tailpipe emissions of diesel cars made for the American market by European manufacturers, something never before studied in the academic realm. What ...

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