Social Media and Privacy Are Now in a Relationship, and “It’s Complicated”

Of the 7.2 billion people on this planet, just over 3 billion are active internet users, and 2.1 billion people have social media accounts, including everything from the social networks of Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn, to the ‘quasi’ social networks of Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter, and many others. As social media has grown, it has adapted to the market, becoming truly… Read more →

Does the Supreme Court Welcome Amicus Briefs?

In the wake of many significant and historical decisions being released by the United States Supreme Court, I began to research the Court’s history, specifically it’s decision making procedures. The Court’s familiar appeal procedures have remained essentially the same for the last 100 years. We see the same brief format for the parties, oral arguments in front of a nine-member… Read more →

Fear and Loathing in Colorado: Care for a Brownie?

Though slow to embrace it, our country is facing a rapidly growing marijuana industry. Whether for medicinal or recreational purposes, the sale and use of marijuana is increasing dramatically; and Colorado seems to be leading the pack when it comes to addressing the numerous expected, and unexpected, legal issues associated with this industry. Colorado has been forced to confront a new cannabis… Read more →

Drones Boldly Go Where No Regulations Have Gone Before

Did you get a drone for Christmas this year? Perhaps you have been considering getting a drone to assist you in your roofing business or your tree-trimming business? Or maybe you are just an amateur nature photographer who wants to get one? Before you do though, you will have to learn how to navigate the various confusing and overlapping restrictions… Read more →

What’s in a Guaranty? – Supreme Court to Determine Whether the ECOA Provides a Cause of Action for Guarantors

Each year the Supreme Court must decide what issues they will address by determining what cases will be granted a writ of certiorari. One of the three compelling reasons for granting a writ of certiorari is a circuit split, which occurs when two or more circuits in the U.S. court of appeals system have entered conflicting decisions on the same… Read more →

Balancing the Fourth Amendment: Supreme Court Muzzles Police Dog Sniff after “Mission” of Traffic Stop is Finished

I recently wrote about the difficult task police and courts are faced with when determining the limitations of search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. This is especially true in light of the recent string of cases seen by the United States Supreme Court to seemingly reinvigorate the constitutional protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment: (1) United States v. Jones, 2012 (finding… Read more →

Balancing the Fourth Amendment: Expectations of Privacy

The United States Constitution provides many freedoms and protections, but each has necessary burdens, limitations, and exceptions in order to ensure that society can properly function (e.g., we cannot falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater, a permit is sometimes needed when people are gathering in order to ensure public safety, etc.). The difficulty of determining how extensive these exceptions… Read more →

The High Cost of Celebrity Trademarks and Other Expanding Intellectual Property Rights

Part 3 of a 3-Part Series on Celebrity Trademarks: As the number of trademark applications continues to increase, whether for celebrities, craft beer names, or anything else, the market for commercial creativity decreases. This may initially seem like a small matter; however, it is truly a growing concern. Unlike copyright or patent protection, trademark rights are granted in perpetuity –… Read more →

Celebrity Trademark Owners – The Bullies of the Intellectual Property World

Part 2 of a 3-Part Series on Celebrity Trademarks: Receiving a dreaded “cease and desist” letter from a large firm can cause anyone to shiver in fear at the prospect of costly litigation. This is especially true for small and family or individually owned businesses. These small operations may not have the money to hire attorneys to defend against claims… Read more →

Wrangling in “the Left Shark” – What is Happening in the World of Celebrity Trademarks?

Part 1 of a 3-Part Series on Celebrity Trademarks: In recent months we have seen a lot of headlines regarding celebrity trademarks. While performers have been trademarking their name for years – it may surprise you to learn that Frank Sinatra obtained trademark protection in 1935 based on his first performance as a singer – it is a relatively new… Read more →

How Would Parental Rights and Citizenship be Impacted by Approval of Mitochondrial Transfer, i.e. “Three-Parent Babies”?

Part 3 of a 3-Part Series on 3-Parent Babies: Continuing my discussion on mitochondrial transfer, i.e., “three-parent babies,” there are two very interesting and under-appreciated issues to consider: How would U.S. approval of mitochondrial transfer impact parental rights and U.S. citizenship? While most of the current debate surrounding this treatment has revolved around ethical considerations, the laws regarding both parental… Read more →

A Patchwork of Regulation: Does the FDA have the Authority to Regulate Mitochondrial Transfer, i.e., “Three-Parent Babies”?

Part 2 of a 3-Part Series on 3-Parent Babies: I recently wrote why the US should follow Britain’s historic decision to approve mitochondrial transfer, i.e., “three-parent babies,” in order to assist women suffering from mitochondrial diseases. However, the approval process in the US would be very different from that in Britain, mainly due to the chaos surrounding regulation of assisted… Read more →

Why the US Should Follow Britain’s Historic Decision to Approve Mitochondrial Transfer, i.e., “Three-Parent Babies”

Part 1 of a 3-Part Series on 3-Parent Babies: In the summer of 2011 I took Professor June Carbone’s International Bioethics and Assisted Reproduction class where I first learned about an innovative in-vitro fertilization (IVF) technique known as mitochondrial transfer, or what is colloquially referred to as “three-parent babies” – much to the chagrin of many scientists. Since then, I… Read more →