UMBLR INSIGHTS

 

 

Musk’s Tweets: Harmless Wishful Thinking by an Enigmatic CEO or a Short Squeeze?

 

 

Theodore O’Brien – On August 7, 2018, Elon Musk, the talented, puzzling CEO of Tesla Motors, rocked the business world with two simple tweets. In his first message, Musk shared, “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” Later that day, he followed that tweet with another: “Investor support is confirmed. Only reason why […]

 

 

Law Firm Diversity: Yea or Nay?

 

 

A.J. Kim – When you open a law firm’s website, you will most likely encounter a section dedicated to “diversity.” These sections typically contain statements that discuss the firm’s diverse demographics and its efforts to promote inclusion, as firms strive to appear diverse and inclusive to its prospective clients and applicants. At first glance, you may […]

 

 

Scandalous College Admissions Scheme—Is The Current Tax Code To Thank?

 

 

Rode Carpio – From the outside, William Rick Singer, founder of The Edge College & Career Network (“The Key”), a self-identified consulting company for college admissions, appeared to have found his niche—and a lucrative one. The Key presented itself as “the nation’s largest private life coaching and college counseling company.” As part of the gig, parents […]

 

 

Florida Caps on Noneconomic Damages are Unconstitutional

 

 

Estefania Borrero – In 2017, the Supreme Court of Florida forever changed the lives of Plaintiffs and the deep pockets of insurance companies. In North Broward Hospital District v. Kalitan, the state’s highest appellate court ruled that medical malpractice and personal injury caps on non-economic damages are unconstitutional. In 2003, the Florida Legislature enacted Section […]

 

 

Push to Start: The Fight to Regulate Keyless Ignition Systems

 

 

Jessica Hernandez – On October 8, 2015, a bad dream roused Michael Sobik from his sleep. Sweet relief did not wash over him upon waking, though. On the contrary, Mr. Sobik immediately realized that he had fallen into a far worse nightmare. Something was wrong—terribly wrong. The smell of fumes prompted Mr. Sobik to bid […]

 

 

Are Medicare and Medicaid lacking policing?

 

 

Jordyn Hughes – Medicare and Medicaid are government run insurance programs that provide healthcare to different qualifying individuals. Medicare provides health coverage to people 65 years of age and older, or under 65 with a disability, while Medicaid is a state and federal program that provides health coverage to low-income individuals. Medicare is separated into […]

 

 

FINRA’s Self-Reporting Initiative: Will Broker-Dealers Accept Responsibility for Supervisory Failures?

 

 

Taylor Bandy – On January 28, 2019, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued Regulatory Notice 19-04 (“Regulatory Notice”) which encourages broker-dealers to self-report violations of FINRA Rules surrounding 529 savings plans (“529 plans”) recommendations. The 529 Plan Share Class Initiative (the “Initiative”) is aimed at increasing compliance with FINRA rules relating to supervision and […]

 

 

 

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The Wise Counselor: Review of Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law by Michele DeStefano

 

 

Honorable William G. Young, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

 

 

An Excerpt From Chapter 3 of Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law

 

 

Michelle DeStefano, University of Miami School of Law

 

 

“It’s Your Right…!”: A Legal History of the Bacardi Cocktail

 

 

Brian L. Frye, University of Kentucky School of Law