Lisa McElroy

Should Older Workers Have to Pay More for Their Pensions?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkYou’ve undoubtedly heard the advice again and again: If you are close to retirement age, you should max out your contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans. But requiring older employees to contribute more than younger ones to a pension fund is another matter entirely, a federal appeals court in Baltimore held last week. “Certain older Baltimore County employees were forced to pay more for their pensions than younger co-workers,” David Lopez, the general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said …

The Newest Challenge to Voting

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe right to vote. Seems like it was settled a long time ago, when we gave women the vote, did away with poll taxes and lowered the voting age to 18. But voter ID requirements, most recently proof-of-citizenship requirements, continue to raise new challenges to casting a ballot in many states — especially for minority, poor or older Americans. Last week, a federal trial court judge in Wichita, Kan., ruled that Kansas and Arizona could require voters to provide proof …

Ponzi Victims Can Sue, Supreme Court Says

Posted on 03/11/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn 2012, Robert Allen Stanford was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors to the tune of $7 billion. While that might be only a fraction of the $65 billion that Bernard Madoff got away with, it’s still about 10 percent of New York City’s budget for 2013. Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in prison, but his victims demanded more than just jail time. While they couldn’t sue Stanford directly, they could, they argued, sue the firms …

AARP Sues to Protect Widowed Homeowners With Reverse Mortgages

Posted on 03/4/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayAt the time AARP took up their cause, Robert Bennett of Annapolis, Md., and Leila Joseph of Brooklyn, N.Y., had several things in common. They were older Americans. They were widowed. They were homeowners. And they both faced foreclosure and eviction on reverse mortgage loans. So when AARP won a big lawsuit on their behalf against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) several months ago, it was great news. Now, AARP Foundation Litigation has filed a class-action …

An Unusual Challenge to an Actress’s Will

Posted on 02/11/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayImagine that you die after a long series of illnesses. Because you’ve been successful in your field and leave a considerable estate. You might expect a will challenge – sure. But from your former lawyer?  Now, that’s one weird situation. But that’s exactly what has happened with the estate of Julie Harris, the renowned actress who died late last summer. Back in 2009, Harris had fired long-time lawyer Herbert Nass, who was potentially the executor of her will.  Several months …

Can You Be Blocked From Jury Duty if You’re Gay?

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayImagine that you’re called for jury duty. Maybe you’re excited – you’ve always wanted to see the justice system from inside. Maybe you’re bummed out – you’ve already been through this routine more times than you can remember. Whatever you feel, you’re likely to trust in a system that is supposed to be fair to all – including prospective jurors. And because you’re over 50 years old, you’re more likely to be selected for a jury than others in the …