Pulling the Plug

On July 15 of this year I read with amusement that concert organizers pulled the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney after the pair violated the 10:30p.m. curfew at London’s Hyde Park.  Apparently, “The Boss” had already exceeded the curfew by half an hour when he welcomed Sir Paul, who joined him…

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NYC Required to Keep Street Alarm Boxes to Accommodate the Hearing Impaired: Part 2

The city candidly states it can save $6.3 million if it can deactivate the public boxes.  The use of these boxes, of whatever type, has declined substantially.  The increase in mobile phone usage is a significant factor in these trends. Emergencies are most often reported by phone, and the City has promoted calling 911 to…

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NYC Required to Keep Street Alarm Boxes to Accommodate the Hearing Impaired: Part 1

Sometimes I read a judicial decision and lean back uttering, “who knew!?” The Civic Association of the Deaf of NYC v. City of New York, 2011 WL 5995182 (S.D.N.Y.), is one such case. The class action case was filed in 1996 and its latest iteration was decided November 2011. So, what’s it all about and…

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Medical School Provides Necessary Accommodations to Hearing-Impaired Student

Argenyi v. Creighton University, 2011 WL 4431177 (D. Neb.), is a fascinating and complex case involving a medical student with a significant hearing loss and his battle with Creighton Medical School officials over what are reasonable or necessary accommodations for his impairment. Creighton officials knew of Argenyi’s impairment on admission and the record shows considerable…

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Indecent Speech and the Public Airways: Part 3

At last, you say, will you now tell us about this Supreme Court case that may cleanse the airways or allow foul speech to join with the generally putrid content on TV?  Yes. We are dealing with the apparently spontaneous and one-shot indecent utterances of Bono-Richie-Cher and not the prepared, 12-minute monologue by George Carlin. …

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