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December 2013

Injured By a Chemical? You’re Not as Screwed

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney     Last week, a unanimous DC federal appellate court upheld an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulation clarifying that its regulations about labeling used for chemicals in the workplace do not preempt state-law failure-to-warn claims. In other words, companies can’t…

Gagging Watchdogs in Agriculture Abuse Endangers More than just Animals

By Jessica Culpepper, Food Safety & Health Attorney As an organization that stands up for transparency and calling an industry on its wrongful practices, Public Justice has been 100% behind the fight against ag-gag laws.  Ag-gag laws, in case you haven’t heard, are laws that…

“Unimportant” Case Yet Another Way SCOTUS Taking Away Your Rights

By Matt Wessler, Staff Attorney Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance Co., a case that has generated less attention than almost any other this term. That’s probably because the case combined two of the least exciting areas of the law—statutes…

Heisman Money Might Stymie FSU’s Title IX-Required Rape Investigation

By Sarah Belton, Cartwright-Baron Attorney A 2013 Heisman trophy win for Jameis Winston was always going to be historic.  On Saturday, when 19-year-old Winston received the 79th Heisman trophy, he became the youngest player ever to win the award.  But Winston’s win and his ongoing…