Susan McGuire Smith

Susan McGuire Smith spent most of her federal legal career with NASA, serving as Chief Counsel at Marshall Space Flight Center for 14 years. Her expertise is in government contracts, ethics, and personnel law.

Postal Service Snafu Leads to Multi-Million Pay Day for Artist

By on July 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Postal Service Snafu Leads to Multi-Million Pay Day for Artist

The Postal Service made a costly mistake when it infringed an artist’s copyright by placing his depiction of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp without his agreement.

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Federal Appeals Court Limits Ability to Sue TSA and its Screeners

By on July 12, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Federal Appeals Court Limits Ability to Sue TSA and its Screeners

A federal appeals court has ruled that TSA screeners are not criminal law enforcement officers thus limiting the circumstances under which they may be sued.

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Supremes Strike Down Decision of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Who Was Not Constitutionally Appointed

By on June 21, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supremes Strike Down Decision of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Who Was Not Constitutionally Appointed

The Supreme Court has found that an ALJ of the Securities and Exchange Commission could not properly decide a case since he was not constitutionally appointed.

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Positive Drug Test Following Crane Accident Results in Removal

By on May 30, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Positive Drug Test Following Crane Accident Results in Removal

A Navy supervisor whose team caused an accident resulting in $30,000 damage to a building failed the subsequent drug test and was removed as a result.

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Indefinite Suspension of VA Firefighter for Stalking Is Upheld

By on May 23, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Indefinite Suspension of VA Firefighter for Stalking Is Upheld

An arbitrator, and now the appeals court, has upheld the indefinite suspension of a VA employee in connection with several incidents of his “stalking” of female coworkers.

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Menacing ‘Don’t Mess With Me’ Leads to Firing

By on April 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Menacing ‘Don’t Mess With Me’ Leads to Firing

A 22-year Army civil service employee was removed for making “menacing” remarks to her Army supervisor at Fort Gordon, Georgia. See how her appeal came out.

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VA Pharmacist Loses Bid To Overturn Her Removal

By on March 21, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
VA Pharmacist Loses Bid To Overturn Her Removal

The VA Medical Center in Washington, DC successfully defended its decision to fire one of its clinical pharmacists based on three charges.

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Postmaster Removed for Unacceptable Conduct

By on February 28, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Postmaster Removed for Unacceptable Conduct

An 18-year postal employee who had worked his way up to Postmaster Grade 21 tried unsuccessfully to have his firing overturned by the appeals court.

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50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

By on January 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

An Atlanta VA employee, indicted by a Federal grand jury on 50 counts of making false statements in connection with performing his official duties, was indefinitely suspended by the agency pending the outcome of the criminal case against him.

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Court Slaps Down AFGE on Its Efforts to Avoid Reinstatement of National Union Official

By on November 16, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Court Slaps Down AFGE on Its Efforts to Avoid Reinstatement of National Union Official

Following a court’s order to undo the removal of the National Secretary-Treasurer of AFGE, Eugene Hudson, the union tried to get the court to issue an emergency stay of its order so the union could have time to fire him again. The court declined to do so and its order to reinstate Hudson to his national office still stands.

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