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JOE PICONE — One would be hard-pressed today to find an individual who is not an active Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn user.  With almost two billion active users, these are some of the most popular social networking websites throughout the world.  Currently, these networking websites are used for entertainment and outreach, but will they soon […]

 

 

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Prison Quotas Stall Policy Advancement

 

 

STEVEN VITALE – For more than a decade, the United States has had the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. In order to provide some perspective, the natural incarceration rate in comparable countries is 100 prisoners per 100,000 people in the population; the United States has an incarceration rate of 500 prisoners per […]

 

 

The Proposal to Increase Federal Minimum Wage

 

 

KRISTEN SUSIK – President Obama is actively involved in promoting the proposed legislation to increase the federal minimum wage, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.  At a State of the Union address, President Obama indicated that a full-time worker earning the current minimum-wage did not earn enough money to fall above the federal poverty line. […]

 

 

The Return of Internet Gambling

 

 

CHAD PASTERNACK – In 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (“UIGEA”) took the online gaming community by storm and made wagering on games of chance illegal. Subject to the definitions of the statute, which forbid games predominantly subject to chance, online poker ceased to exist legally in the United States, despite requiring skill. The UIGEA […]

 

 

Paying Back Student Loans is Easier Than You Think

 

 

JAKE SHONKWILER – Few student loan borrowers are aware of the repayment options available to them. The Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) programs went into effect in 2009 as part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.   Borrowers who enroll in one of these programs will have their monthly payments […]

 

 

Vacating an Award Under the Federal Arbitration Act

 

 

CARA BAROS — Dustex Corp., a Georgia-based company, recently asked a federal court in Iowa to vacate a $3.4 million arbitration award that was found in favor of an Iowa municipal facility. Dustex is seeking to vacate the award because it claims that its panel of three arbitrators was led by an arbitrator who was […]

 

 

Law School: A Worthwhile Investment?

 

 

JAMES J. DIAMOND – U.S. students are losing confidence in the value of a legal education. The ABA recently reported that first-year enrollment at U.S. law schools fell by a staggering 11%, 5,000 less students than 2012. According to the ABA, law school enrollment levels haven’t been this low since 1977. The Law School Admissions Council’s […]

 

 

Bullying in America’s Meanest Sport

 

 

BENJAMIN BURNS — Sunday. The Gridiron. The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field and the Monsters of the Midway. Every Sunday, the best football players in the country play the most violent sport in America for our entertainment. They play through rain, sleet, hail, and snow, delivering and receiving hits that would break a layperson’s ribs. […]

 

 

Sex Stereotyping NFL Cheerleaders

 

 

RAQUEL LORET DE MOLA – What’s the essence of a NFL cheerleader’s job?  Some may argue that they are meant to merely shake their hips, whip around their hair, and wear too much makeup.  Others may argue that cheerleading is a competitive team sport in it of itself.  Nevertheless, sex stereotyping is prevalent within NFL cheerleading […]

 

 

Chevron, Intra-Corporate Forum Selection Clauses, and the Forum Limitation Trend

 

 

KEN M. KANZAWA – Earlier this past October, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their appeal of Chancellor Strine’s decision in Boilermakers Local 154 Ret. Fund v. Chevron Corp., 73 A.3d 934 (Del. Ch. 2013).  In this June 25, 2013 decision, the Delaware Chancery Court upheld the facial validity of corporate boards’ unilateral implementation of mandatory forum selection […]

 

 

Florida Statute Chapter 501 Part II and Online Negative Option Features

 

 

ANDREW WILLARD — Florida Statutes Chapter 501, Part II, Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (“FDUTPA”) is the main weapon the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) wields when protecting consumers and businesses from fraud stemming out of commercial activities within the State of Florida. FDUTPA, in short, provides the OAG with the ability […]

 

 

 

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