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598 ABA Journal Disability Law articles.

Britney Spears succeeds in move to hire own lawyer in conservatorship case

Britney Spears has won the right to hire her own lawyer after accusing her father of “conservatorship abuse.”

Appeals court rules against former BigLaw staffer who said work abuse led to disability

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Williams & Connolly staff member wasn’t entitled to collect disability insurance for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder that she largely blamed on her work environment.

Tax charges don’t deter ADA lawyer, who filed a thousand access complaints after indictment

Sacramento, California, lawyer Scott Johnson has filed more than a thousand disability access complaints in the San Francisco Bay Area since his May 2019 indictment on tax charges.

Afternoon Briefs: Judge compares AR-15 to Swiss Army knife; suit claims GC wasn’t rehired because of long-haul COVID-19

Federal judge strikes down ban on assault weapons

Citing the Second Amendment, U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California struck down California’s ban on assault weapons…

Afternoon Briefs: Trans worker fails to make discrimination case against employer; former DA’s husband gets community service

Transgender employee failed to show discrimination in case against T-Mobile, appeals court says

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans has dismissed claims brought by Elijah Anthony…

Ex-lawyer imprisoned for $550M disability fraud can’t pursue suits against former clients, judge rules

A Kentucky judge has ordered court officials to nix hundreds of small-claims cases filed by an imprisoned former lawyer who was captured outside a Pizza Hut in Honduras after fleeing the country.

2nd Circuit tosses Harvard Law grad’s Rehabilitation Act claim over bar exam accommodations

The New York State Board of Law Examiners has sovereign immunity from a lawsuit claim by a Harvard Law School graduate who sued over failure to accommodate her anxiety-related disability, a federal appeals court has ruled.

State supreme court justice confirms he has been working from outside the country for 3 months

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein has been working from Dubai and Israel for the last three months while he participates in a program to improve cultural understanding of people with disabilities.

11th Circuit decision ‘effectively closes the internet’s doors to the blind,’ plaintiff’s lawyers say

Websites are not public accommodations that must be accessible to blind customers unless they create an intangible barrier that excludes disabled people from accessing goods and services in a physical store, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Afternoon Briefs: Uber ordered to pay $1.1M to blind passenger; state supreme court overturns mask mandate

Uber must pay $1.1M after drivers discriminated against woman who is blind, arbitrator says

Uber has been ordered to pay a San Francisco woman—who is blind and uses a…

Afternoon Briefs: Senator airs suspicions of ‘fake’ Kavanaugh probe; prosecutors sue senior living chain

Senator wants to know whether FBI probe of Kavanaugh was ‘fake’

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland should help facilitate Senate oversight into whether the FBI conducted a “politically constrained and…

Navigating website ADA compliance: ‘If you have videos that are not captioned, you’re a sitting duck’

“If you’re not encoding your pictures so that the blind person using a screen reader can understand what the picture is describing, that is a problem,” lawyer Willam Goren said.

Law student using American Sign Language wins 4th Circuit appeal

ABA pushes for a federal guardianship court improvement program

Karen Murphy Jensen, a senior judge with Maryland’s Caroline County Circuit Court, has spent the past five years working to reform guardianship court practices. “Judges are really embracing wanting to know more about guardianship cases as well as the alternatives to guardianship,” says Jensen, the chair of the Guardianship and Vulnerable Adults Work Group of the Maryland Judicial Council’s Domestic Law Committee.

What types of lawsuits were filed over COVID-19 in 2020?

Despite predictions made in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, lawsuits alleging that COVID-19 caused physical or economic harm were limited in 2020.

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