SCOTUS’ ‘Epic’ Decision is an Epic Loss for Employees

By Elizabeth Farley In May 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 decision that an employer may include in employment contracts a provision that requires employees to arbitrate their disputes on an individual basis, thus waiving the right to arbitrate disputes with other employees.[1]  This judgement decided three cases that […]

Is the CVS-Aetna Deal A Healthy Merger For Consumers?

By Christian Rojas In December, CVS announced its proffer to purchase Aetna for nearly $69 billion in cash and stock.[1] CVS seeks to consolidate its drugstores and pharmacies with Aetna’s insurance business in the hopes of bringing costs down.[2]  Both companies recently held special meetings for shareholders to vote on the deal.[3] CVS and Aetna […]

Taking Down a Giant: Why Antitrust Law Won’t Derail Amazon

By: Eli Sulkin “Amazon is taking over the world.”  If you’re one of the millions of people who order from Amazon.com (“Amazon”) almost daily, you’ve probably uttered those words.  Amazon’s rapid growth has sparked concerns that the company has grown too large.[1]  For example, in an effort to attack Amazon, President Trump stated that Amazon […]

Is Cuomo’s MWBE Bill the Chance Minorities Need or an Impossible Dream?

By James Duffy Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York is working to overhaul the state’s regulations regarding minority-and-women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) in contracting.[1]  New York’s MWBE program aims to use state resources to aid minority-owned businesses in bidding for state contracts and to improve the participation rate of minorities in the economy.[2]  Since 2011, […]

Savvy or Stupid? Exxon’s Climate Change Countersuits

By: Amy D’Avella Exxon is no stranger to litigation. As the leader in a high-risk industry, high-stakes lawsuits are a part of Exxon’s ordinary business operations. However, accusing the New York, Massachusetts, and California attorneys general of conspiracy is far from ordinary.[1] This bold step follows lawsuits from the three states which each seek damages […]

Wall Street Whistleblowers Take a Hit

By: Maximilian Raileanu Congress passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Act”) in 2010 to improve accountability within the U.S. financial system and to protect consumers from corrupt business practices. [1]  The passage of the Act was in response to the 2008 financial crisis and the widespread mentality of “too big to fail”.  […]

Facebook Braces for Europe’s New Privacy Regime

By Marielena Reyes Advertisers have historically used consumer data to target ads by analyzing and tracking the online behavior of users, which has created international tension.[1] For example, social media networks’ ability to capture user data and sell it to third parties has grown significantly in the last decade, which has compelled advocates around the […]

Will Christian Louboutin Lose His Sole?

By Pritika Ramesh Christian Louboutin, the world renowned designer known for his famous “red bottom” shoes, is fighting to keep his trademark for “the colour red (Pantone 18 1663TP) applied to the sole of a shoe.”[1] According to a non-binding opinion from an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), […]