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Available only to AAJ members, Trial News is the online supplement to TRIAL. This award-winning e-newsletter includes stories on court rulings and emerging litigations from around the country; recent verdicts and settlements; and a new special coverage section featuring time-sensitive legal developments.

SCOTUS rules emotional distress damages not available in discrimination case

By Kate Halloran
Emotional distress damages are not an available remedy under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Because these statutes are enacted under the spending clause of the U.S. Constitution, they operate under traditional principles of contract law, and parties must be on notice that they could be liable for a particular type of damages.

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Excessive force claim allowed when bodycam evidence is not blatantly contradictory

By Maureen Leddy
In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit held that when not blatantly contradicted by police bodycam footage or audio recordings, the facts surrounding an escaped inmate plaintiff’s claims of excessive force on capture must be viewed in the light most favorable to the plaintiff.

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