Islamic Finance is Gaining Momentum

By: Patrick Shaffer Islamic finance is establishing itself as a viable alternative financing option for businesses. Islamic finance is unique from more mainstream methods of finance in that it conforms to principles of Islamic law including the prohibition on interest, mandatory material backing of assets, and returns being proportional to risks.[1] The prohibition on interest […]

Private Prison Contracts and Minimum Occupancy Clauses

By Stephanie Leacock The private prison industry has become incredibly lucrative, with the two largest for-profit prison companies bringing in a combined $3.3 billion in annual revenue as of 2015.[1]  The federal government and state governments increasingly depend on private prisons to house inmates in the United States, with approximately seven percent of state prisoners […]

A Wine by Any Other Name: Protecting the Trademark in the NAFTA Renegotiations

By Adrienne Greenberg Regardless of whether wine is consumed by a refined palette or by the box, there have been recent advancements that suggest consumers are purchasing wine imitating well-known producers.  Wine producers, like others that wish to register their trademarks on the Principal Register, must proceed through a formal registration process with the United […]

Regulate the Short-Term Rental Market Like Hotels

By James Kim Peer-to-peer short-term rental services, such as Airbnb that offer hotel-like rental services at a fraction of the cost of a hotel have been at the forefront of debate as to their regulation.[1] Participants in these programs such as Airbnb can earn money by renting out empty rooms in their houses, apartments, condos, […]

HBO’s Game of Thrones Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Contract Fraud Dispute with Ex-Manager

  Source: Wikimedia Commons, By Kiarra Strocko Ever since the seventh season of the hit television show Game of Thrones was released, the topic of the Lannisters, Daenerys Targaryen, and the White Walkers has been on every viewers’ minds. .[1] The complaint involving  Coster-Waldau and Impression Entertainment, Inc. was filed on July 28, 2017 […]

Private Prisons Reaping The Benefits of Trump Administration’s Immigration Policies

By Rachel Dodd Before President Trump took office in January, private prisons were struggling to sustain profits and were losing a substantial number of investors.[1] Heading into the election, the future of the private prison industry looked grim.[2] The Justice Department even stated in August 2016 its intention to decrease the use of private prisons […]

Second Circuit Agrees: An Ordinance Against Road-Side Work Solicitation Violates First Amendment

  By Marie Claire O’Leary On a morning in September 2009 protestors with bilingual signs that said things like “Workers are not Criminals,” and “I Prefer to Feed my Family than Pay a Fine” filled the main street of Oyster Bay, NY. [1]  Several months before the town had enacted the “Solicitation from Streets and […]

RAISEing Immigration Barriers and Lowering Economic Output

By James Duffy Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act in February.[1]  The RAISE Act attempts to raise American wages, generate domestic jobs, and limit the immigration of low-skilled workers.[2]  It does this by lowering the amount of legal immigration allowed to 400,000 per […]