Nautical Nonsense: SpongeBob’s Trademark Lawsuit to Save the Krusty Krab

[1] By Ian Robertson Viewers of Viacom’s hit children’s television series “SpongeBob SquarePants” (“SpongeBob”) know that the Krusty Krab is the home of the Krabby Patty.  One of the show’s antagonists, Plankton, spends his days trying to steal the Krabby Patty’s secret formula from SpongeBob, the fry cook, and Mr. Krabs, the stingy owner.  In […]

Smile for the Camera: Potential Regulation of Facial Recognition Technology

  By Divya Prasad In July 2018, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, called upon the U.S. government to regulate facial recognition technology.[1]  Acknowledging the increasing pervasiveness of this technology, this post will discuss the concerns and countervailing considerations of regulating facial recognition technology. Tech giants including Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., and Alphabet […]

ICOs Gone Wild: The SEC Finally Wins Federal Approval

By: Allen Kogan Since their dramatic rise in popularity, cryptocurrencies have taken center stage in a jurisdictional power-struggle between U.S. regulators.[1]  Faced with claims of cryptocurrency-related fraud, the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) have risen to the forefront of the fight to regulate virtual currency investments and derivatives.[2]  […]

Trump Releases a National Cyber Strategy: Praised by Some, Feared by Others

By: Marielena Reyes On September 20, 2018, the Trump Administration revealed the first cyber strategy report since 2003, according to the White House’s Federal Chief Information Security Officer.[1] The “National Cyber Strategy” (“report”) centers around governmental protection of federal networks and critical infrastructures against foreign actors.[2] The report outlines the White House’s prioritization of cybersecurity […]

Department of Justice Appeals AT&T-Time Warner Merger in the Name of Consumer Protection

  By: Monica Carranza On October 22, 2016, AT&T, Inc. (“AT&T”) announced its decision to merge with Time Warner Cable (“Time Warner”) for an enormous purchase price of $85.4 billion.[1] The two companies cited a “rapidly changing media landscape” for the decision to merge, stating that in order to survive competition with media titans, such […]

Obesity: A Largely Unprotected Workforce

By Jessica Johnson Despite the classification of nearly 40% of Americans as obese, the group has seen little legal protection.[1]  Recent studies showed that obese people systematically earn less, are promoted less, and face more discrimination than ethnicity-based discrimination.[2]  Additionally, the correlation between welfare benefits applications and obesity is at an all-time high at nearly […]

Do Employment Ads on Facebook that Target Only Men for Certain Positions Violate Federal Law?

By Jenna Russell Facebook is accused of violating federal law by enabling its third-party clients to target their help wanted ads by gender.[1]  With its rich data platforms, Facebook’s business model allows advertisers to customize their paid ads with high levels of specificity and sophistication, including controlling who can view it.[2]  In 2017, several employers […]

Will Your Company Gain or Lose an Employee Under the NLRB’s New Joint-Employer Standard?

By Jamie Salazer The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), a federal agency that protects employees’ rights and prevents unfair labor practices, proposed a new rule that could impact a company’s relationship with individuals who work for them, but are employed by a different company.[1]  The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the new joint-employer standard was […]