June 16, 2020

Today, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against or firing employees for being gay or transgender. [1]  Today's ruling is a major victory for the LGBTQ+ community, for LGBTQ+ allies, and for equality.

Briefly, Title VII makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee "because of such individual’s race, color, religi...

April 25, 2019

The below article provides insight into a recent Supreme Court oral argument regarding Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") Exemption 4. Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media (No. 18-481).

Under FOIA, Exemption 4 protects from disclosure "trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person [that is] privileged or confidential.” Though Food Marketing involves the confidentiality of sales figures from SNAP-participating[1] grocery stores, it is also a noteworthy ca...

March 29, 2019

On March 27, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in a veteran's disability benefits case, the outcome of which will likely impact the government contracting community (agency deference).  Kisor v. Wilkie (No. 18-15).

Specifically, the question in Kisor is whether the Court should overrule Auer and Seminole Rock. See Auer v. Robbins, 519 U.S. 452 (1997), and Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co., 325 U.S. 410 (1945).

In Seminole Rock, the Supreme Court concluded that an ag...

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