Charles Franklin, professor of law, commented on Gov. Scott Walker's fourth State of the State address, saying Gov. Walker has plenty of good news to talk about, with a growing budget surplus that now tops $900 million. Franklin expected an upbeat tone for the speech before a joint session of the Legislature, which will help set the stage for Walker's formal re-election announcement later this spring.
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Paul Secunda, professor of law, discussed a complaint issued by the National Labor Relations Board on Jan. 15, which accused Wal-Mart of violating labor laws by firing or disciplining workers in 14 states for strikes over wages. Secunda said, "This is part of a drive by the NLRB to further police employees' labor rights in the non-unionized workforce."
Alison Barnes, professor of law, discussed the three main groups of aging Americans that will be affected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Paul Secunda, professor of law, commented on Detroit's recent bankruptcy decision, where a federal judge ruled that Detroit could cut pensions as part of its restructuring. Secunda discussed who should get priority and whose benefits are at risk.
"It's a blessing," he said, adding that the bus will help provide a sense of community in the area.
"People will see it and wonder what this is all about," he said.
Connie Hardwick came for advice on unemployment issues.
"I did have some legal questions," she said. "They guide you in the right direction and help you figure out where you need to go. I never experienced anything like this before."
In the fall, the Mobile Legal Clinic is expected to stop once a month in a parking lot at The Woodlands. In the spring, more places could be added, Gonring said.
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Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone, who specializes in immigration law, said he's becoming more pessimistic.
"These legislative overhauls, especially big bills, need a sense of momentum behind them," he said. "And any bill that will require bipartisanship has to happen at the right time on the calendar, so that it's not too close to the next election cycle. I do think we're starting to get close to the end of that window."
Charles Franklin, professor of law, commented on Mary Burke's recent announcement to run as a Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin. "Now with the announcement, that clears the picture for other potential candidates; as well as kicks off the race over a year ahead of time, making this one of the longest running gubernatorial campaigns in a while," Franklin said.
The agency's tactic is likely a response to the 2011 Supreme Court decision in Dukes v. Wal-Mart, which made it much harder for employees to file larger, multi-plaintiff cases against their employers, says Paul Secunda, a professor of employment law at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisc.
The EEOC may be trying to fill the void the ruling created by taking a more prominent role in filing class action lawsuits on behalf of multiple employees, Secunda says. Indeed, in 2012, 20% of the EEOC's active lawsuit docket targeted systemic practices, the highest proportion since 2006. The EEOC stated in an enforcement plan that it expects that figure to reach as high as 24% by 2016.
Mathew Parlow, associate dean and professor of law at Marquette University Law School, has researched sports arenas for more than a decade. His research in this area has led him to the conclusion that successful arena deals feature specific characteristics - characteristics that he says Sacramento's arena financing plan has.
Paul Secunda, associate professor of law, commented on Michigan's Attorney General Bill Scheutte's fight to protect the pensions of Detroit retirees from being downsized in bankruptcy court. "There's not a lot of previous case law that tells us what's going to happen here," Secunda claimed.