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Thursday, 18 April 2019
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Stop Right There: The Eighth Circuit Decides Whether a Preliminary Injunction Should Prevent a Business from Hiring a Competitor’s Employees

When a plaintiff starts a lawsuit, he or she may wish to stop the defendant from performing some action during the lawsuit. In some instances, a court can grant the plaintiff’s wish in the form of a preliminary injunction. In…
Tuesday, 02 April 2019
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Fool Me Three Times: the Eighth Circuit Rules that an Employer Did Not Hold a Grudge Against a Thrice-Hired Plaintiff

In order to reach a jury in an employment discrimination lawsuit, a plaintiff-employee bears the burden of producing direct evidence of a discriminatory basis for his termination or that the defendant-employer’s legitimate reason for terminating the plaintiff is not credible.…
Tuesday, 05 March 2019
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Staging the Courtroom: The Eighth Circuit Rules on Who May Sue Whom

When deciding whether to file a lawsuit, it is imperative that it is filed against the appropriate party. Simply because a wrong is arguably attributable to a specific person or entity does not mean that is the appropriate person or…
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
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The Keys to the Courtroom: The South Dakota Supreme Court Explains the Necessity of Expert Witnesses

When it comes to litigation, everything must be properly supported. What document supports what fact? Who can testify to what occurrence? The South Dakota Supreme Court recently made one thing clearer in Cooper v. Brownell: you are not an expert…
Friday, 25 January 2019
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McKee v. Reuter: The First Amendment Does Not Permit Employment Termination Based on Political Affiliation

Jeanette McKee was a chief deputy clerk for the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Missouri. In 2014, she ran as a candidate to replace the outgoing clerk of court. Her opponent in the race, Michael Reuter, was ultimately elected. During…

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