More Minimum Wage Musings

The situation is somewhat similar down in Arkansas, where a ballot question is slated to be on the state November ballot. Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed in the Arkansas Supreme Court by a coalition of business interests challenging the initiative and asking the court to order the initiative removed from the November ballot.…

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Miami Beach Minimum Wage Goes to Court

The appeal by Miami Beach of lower court rulings that blocked implementation of a separate local minimum wage has been accepted for review by the Florida Supreme Judicial Court. You may recall that Miami Beach passed an ordinance back in 2016 increasing the minimum wage within the city to $13.31 by 2021. The ordinance passed…

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More Right to Work Challenges/Opportunities

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a challenge to the state right to work law. Kentucky labor leaders sued Governor Matt Brevin after he signed right to work into law in January 2017.  The state legislature adopted it in response to a number of counties throughout the Bluegrass State passing their…

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A New “Drive-by” Lawsuit

It can’t even be called a “drive-by” lawsuit, but metaphorically speaking, that is the perfect description. A lawsuit against Dunkin’ has been revived and remanded by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Dennis Haynes v. Dunkin’ Donuts, LLC stems from allegations by a Haynes, a blind Florida man that he was being discriminated against in…

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Philly Soda Tax Upheld by Court

In a 4-2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Philadelphia soda tax, rejecting a major challenge brought by the beverage and food merchant industries. Philadelphia passed the new tax back in 2016 assessing distributors and dealers 1.5 cents per ounce on sugary beverages. The city cleverly drafted the tax to apply…

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But, There’s Still Texas

Over the past few years, it seems as though the last bastion of protection of rights for Americans has come from one court or another in the state of Texas and perhaps that will ring true again on the aforementioned issue of plastic bag bans. . Notwithstanding the polystyrene foam bans, plastic bag bans and…

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California Supreme Backs Yelp on Reviews

Speaking of state supreme courts, the California Supreme Court last week issued a ruling that online review site Yelp.com cannot be forced to remove posts from a third party against a business. In the case of Hassell v Bird, San Francisco personal injury lawyer Dawn Hassell objected to negative reviews she received from former client…

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Soda Tax Argued Before Supreme Court

The constitutionality of the controversial Philadelphia soda tax was argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Harrisburg earlier this week. The tax became effective almost a year and a half ago, but was immediately challenged by the beverage industry. In the absence of an injunction while the challenge made its way through the courts, Philadelphia…

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California Judge Orders Coffee Cancer Warnings

It’s the ultimate nanny-state after all, but a California judge has ordered coffee retailers throughout the state to post cancer warnings on coffee sold in the Golden State. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle issued the order in a lawsuit initiated in 2010 by a non-profit group that alleged the companies were violating California…

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SCOTUS To Hear Right to Work

Speaking of upcoming court hearings and precedential decisions, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear oral arguments in the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) on February 26 according to the court’s February hearings calendar, just released on Wednesday. The Janus case, coming out of Illinois, presents…

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