- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 30, 2001

The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to review this term a college professor's claim that he was damaged by an unproven sexual-harassment charge, a pharmacy regulation issue and the plea of a man denied an oil refinery job because of his disability.
The college professor argued that Kennesaw State University in Georgia defamed him in investigating a student's complaint, while the state claimed it was immune from this type of lawsuit.
The pharmacy case, which pits the Food and Drug Administration against Western States Medical Center, involves FDA regulation of compounding by pharmacists, who argue that the practice of diluting or altering prescription drugs can make it easier for children or those with allergies to take some medicines.
In the Americans with Disabilities Act case, Mario Echazabal, who has chronic hepatitis C, sued Chevron for refusing to hire him when his own doctor said exposure to refinery chemicals would increase liver damage and could kill him.
The high court refused to hear the following appeals:
An attempt by Indianapolis city officials to revive a municipal law requiring parents to accompany children younger than 18 who play violent arcade games and formally give their consent before the children use the machines.
An effort by law school students to keep volunteering their services in cases involving the poor despite restrictions imposed by the Louisiana Supreme Court and appealed in a case called Southern Christian Leadership Conference v. Louisiana Supreme Court.
A constitutional challenge to congressional cost-of-living increases in salary dating back 10 years, which Rep. Bob Schaffer, Colorado Republican, contended in a lawsuit violated the 27th Amendment. That constitutional amendment barred members of Congress from putting into effect a salary increase before facing re-election.
A lawsuit by 91 white firefighters and their union to overturn a 1987 affirmative-action plan to promote minorities into the top ranks of the Chicago Fire Department.
A challenge by born-again Christian Kenneth Weiss to his firing by REN Laboratories of Florida Inc., a medical laboratory that dismissed him because he gave Bibles to a Muslim co-worker and told a lesbian colleague that the Bible labeled homosexuality as "vile" and "unseemly."



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