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Data Breach Victims and the Uncertainty of Standing

 

 

Joey Rafaeli – During summer of 2017 more than 143 million Americans’ personal information, including names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers were stolen from Equifax, one of America’s largest consumer reporting agencies, by computer hackers. The hackers were able to access this information due to an online security flaw that Equifax knew about […]

 

 

The Emoluments Clause—A Presidential Violation

 

 

Nicole Langesfeld – When Donald J. Trump became the forty-fifth president of the United States on January 20, 2017, constitutional questions immediately arose. The Emoluments Clause made headlines from the outset of the Trump Presidency. However, prior to Trump’s presidency the Emoluments Clause was an arcane concept to many, only coming to light as Trump […]

 

 

Should There Be A Tax On Junk Food?

 

 

Amit Neuman- It is no secret, the United States has the highest obesity rates in the world. Obesity, without a doubt, imposes great costs on society. Obese people have a shorter life expectancy and impose a significant burden on health systems—costing more, on average, than smokers. Increased weight is associated with an array of fatal […]

 

 

The Florida Non-Homesteaded Real Property Tax Assessment Increase Cap and the Form DR-430: When to File?

 

 

Nicholas Gangemi – Florida homeowners are familiar with the homestead property tax exemption. This includes protection provided by the “Save Our Homes” amendment passed in 1995, which provides homesteaded residences with a cap on annual tax assessed value increases. In 2008 Florida extended this protection to non-homesteaded/commercial real property with Amendment 1, which provides a 10% […]

 

 

The Loophole Allowing Corporations to Finance Gubernatorial Elections

 

 

Tyler Rauh – In most states, corporations are prohibited from or limited in direct donations to gubernatorial candidates. These rules, however, have created loopholes where an interested third-party acts as a strawman to channel contributions to a desired candidate. In recent years, various corporations have funneled money through the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) or the […]

 

 

AT&T and Time Warner: The Merger That May Not Happen

 

 

Jake Altobello – The future of major media mergers, conglomerates and corporate power will be decided in the showdown between the Department of Justice and AT&T. The case, filed by the DOJ as U.S v. AT&T Inc., seeks to block the $85.4 billion bid submitted by AT&T to purchase Time Warner. The DOJ contends that […]

 

 

Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Field: Will AI Replace the Future Lawyer?

 

 

Jordan M. Zim – Lawyers and law students alike know the importance of understanding a client’s needs, as well as their goals in any legal situation. In a time where artificial intelligence (“AI”) is becoming increasingly popular in almost every employment field, it is not surprising that the concept of AI has now entered the […]

 

 

 

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Cuba: Déjà Vu or New Beginnings

 

 

Ryan Forrest, Hunter W. Phillips, & Magena Rodriguez – That the United States has long had a strained relationship with Cuba is no secret to the international community. Most recently, this strain has been embodied in a commercial, economic and financial embargo that has been enforced by the United States since 1962. That said, focusing only […]

 

 

Whatever Happened To Quick Look?

 

 

Edward D. Cavanagh – In California Dental Ass’n v. F.T.C. (hereafter “Cal Dental”), the Supreme Court observed that there is no sharp divide separating conduct that can be summarily condemned under section one of the Sherman Act as per se unlawful from conduct that warrants a more searching factual assessment to ascertain any anticompetitive effect and hence its […]

 

 

Rethinking Article III Standing in Class Action Consumer Protection Cases Following Spokeo v. Robins

 

 

Joshua Scott Olin – The Supreme Court recently handed down the landmark decision of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, holding that a “bare procedural violation” of a federal consumer protection statute—namely, the Fair Credit Reporting Act—was not enough to satisfy Article III standing because the injury alleged was particularized but not concrete. AfterSpokeo, those wishing to bring suit […]