Oops She Did It Again: Britney Spears’ Continued Court Challenges to Remove Her Father as Conservator May Have Potential Lasting Legal Ramifications

By: Claire Kretschmer Britney Spears, a pop music icon, and a person of interest to the public for almost the entirety of her career, is back in the news in an unexpected way.[1] Spears is once again taking to the courts to attempt to remove her father, James ‘Jamie’ Spears, as her conservator.[2] Conservatorship law, […]

Do Monopolists Have an Obligation to Contract With Competitors? The Seventh Circuit Seems to Think So

By: Paul Zajde Generally, antitrust law assumes that competition between companies is a good thing, but there are notable exceptions to this axiom in Sherman Antitrust Act (“Sherman Act”) interpretation.[1] Viamedia, Inc. v. Comcast Corp., pending petition with the Supreme Court, is the latest civil case where a company is pleading that it is entitled […]

Tougher than Nails on Investigation Procedures under Section 232? The CIT Says Yes

By: Monica Fritsch On April 5, 2021, the U.S. Court of International Trade (“the CIT”) determined Trump-era expansions to tariffs on certain steel and aluminum imports violated procedural requirements of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962; therefore, the government must revoke these duties and refund the importers.[1]  Section 232 of the Trade Expansion […]

Is Public Funding the Antidote to Campaign Dark Money? How H.R. 1 Could Curb the Influence of Corporate Donations in U.S. Elections

By: Amy Rhoades In March 2021, the House passed the H.R. 1 For the People Act,[1] a sweeping voting rights bill designed to increase access to voting, amend campaign finance laws, and reform ethic rules.[2]  Within the bill is a series of public spending provisions intended to counter the rise of corporate and special interest […]

Somewhere Over the Rainbow of Credit: Potential Impacts of CFPB’s Interpretive Rule on ECOA and Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Discrimination

By: Cyrus Mostaghim DISCLAIMER: While the author is an employee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), this article’s contents reflect the author’s thoughts as a private citizen, not as an employee or representative of the CFPB.  The author wrote this article using only publicly available information and without the use of any CFPB resources.  […]

Whatever.com: The Implications of the Supreme Court Overruling the USPTO’s Per Se Generic.com Rule

By: Demitri Dawson In the world of trademark protection, one rule has remained a constant—generic terms do not qualify for trademark protection.  Trademarks are “any word, name, symbol, or design, or any combination thereof, used in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from those of another and to indicate the […]