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Uber’S Dilemma: How The Ada May End The On-Demand Economy, Bryan Casey 2017 University of Massachusetts School of Law

Uber’S Dilemma: How The Ada May End The On-Demand Economy, Bryan Casey

University of Massachusetts Law Review

This article is the first to point out that a few relatively low-profile lawsuits involving Uber’s liability under the ADA could have an outcome-determinative effect on O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc., the blockbuster employment misclassification case brought against the startup by its own drivers. Because both types of lawsuits hinge on the role that drivers play within Uber’s business model, a ruling in favor of ADA liability which compelled Uber to exert additional control over its drivers would also, in turn, jeopardize the drivers’ legal status as independent contractors. Such an outcome would be catastrophic to Uber ...


Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing: Why Shareholder Suits Are Ineffective To Promote Corporate Response To Climate Change, Eric J. Risley Jr. 2017 Boston College Law School

Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing: Why Shareholder Suits Are Ineffective To Promote Corporate Response To Climate Change, Eric J. Risley Jr.

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

Climate change has already impacted the planet in a number of ways. Perhaps most apparent, however, is climate change’s effects on the frequency and intensity of storms, droughts, and other major geologic and weather-related events. Such catastrophic events have also lead to significant loses by individuals and businesses alike. In particular, many corporations in areas most vulnerable to these sorts of catastrophes must adjust their corporate strategies to account and to prepare for the possibility of significant losses of property or business resulting from the effects of climate change. Some corporate boards, however, might be reluctant to take every ...


Food Deserts Are Ripe For Business, Ryelle Seymour 2017 Boston College Law School

Food Deserts Are Ripe For Business, Ryelle Seymour

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

People living in food deserts lack access to nutritious food. Although growing awareness of food deserts has prompted federal and state governments to allocate resources to combat the problem, many municipal and state governments lack the funding, personnel, and expertise necessary to develop and implement programs to address food deserts. The private sector can take advantage of federal and local governmental incentive programs to establish an enterprise to serve food desert areas. The successful food desert intiatives implemented around the country can serve as a model for future programs. Because these businesses have proved to be profitable but are created ...


Saving On Health Care While Protecting The Planet: An Examination Of Massachusetts’ Proposed Carbon Tax And Its Impact On The Hospital Industry, Alexandra Shalom 2017 Boston College Law School

Saving On Health Care While Protecting The Planet: An Examination Of Massachusetts’ Proposed Carbon Tax And Its Impact On The Hospital Industry, Alexandra Shalom

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

Climate change has negative implications not only for the environment, but also for human health. Human greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions are a major contributor to climate change and therefore we must curb our behavior to save the planet and ourselves. Following the economic principle of the First Law of Demand, a carbon tax incentivizes polluters to reduce emissions by increasing the cost of emission producing goods. British Columbia has demonstrated that carbon taxes are effective mechanisms to curb GHG emissions. Massachusetts, therefore, has proposed a carbon tax to help achieve its established GHG reduction goals. In addition, the Commonwealth’s ...


Bigger Than Blackfish: Lessons From Captive Orcas Demonstrate A Larger Problem With Animal Welfare Laws, Kaitlin Vigars 2017 Boston College Law School

Bigger Than Blackfish: Lessons From Captive Orcas Demonstrate A Larger Problem With Animal Welfare Laws, Kaitlin Vigars

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

Recently, increased attention to the care that captive orcas receive at marine life parks has sparked a call for reform of the public display industry. In the face of this public outcry the nation’s leading marine life park, SeaWorld, recently announced a shift in company policy that will eventually end the practice of holding orcas in captivity. This, though, does not signal the end of problem. Many other animals face problems that are analogous to the exact issues that sparked change for captive orcas. This note will argue that broad reform of captivity standards are necessary and should include ...


Hfc Smuggling: Preventing The Illicit (And Lucrative) Sale Of Greenhouse Gases, Graham Donnelly Welch 2017 Boston College Law School

Hfc Smuggling: Preventing The Illicit (And Lucrative) Sale Of Greenhouse Gases, Graham Donnelly Welch

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is a pivotal development in global cooperation to stem climate change. Through incorporating hydrofluorocarbons into the Montreal Protocol, the international community will be able to combat the deleterious effects of a common, yet potent, chemical. Nonetheless, the United States and its fellow parties will likely have to combat an illicit trade in these banned substances in the immediate future. Through lessons learned from the original Montreal Protocol, the United States can effectively combat smuggling and ensure the Kigali Amendment’s success.


Crowdfunding Without The Crowd, Darian M. Ibrahim 2017 William & Mary Law School

Crowdfunding Without The Crowd, Darian M. Ibrahim

Faculty Publications

The final crowdfunding rules took three years for the Securites and Exchange Commission to pass, but crowdfunding—the offering of securities over the Internet—is now a reality. But now that crowdfunding is legal, will it be successful? Will crowdfunding be a regular means by which new companies raise money, or will it be relegated to a wasteland of the worst startups and foolish investors? This Article argues that crowdfunding has a greater chance of success if regulators abandon the idea that the practice does (and should) employ “crowd-based wisdom.” Instead, I argue that crowdfunding needs intermediation by experts that ...


E Pluribus Unum – Out Of Many, One Common European Sales Law?, Viktor Előd Cserép 2017 Pace University

E Pluribus Unum – Out Of Many, One Common European Sales Law?, Viktor Előd Cserép

Pace International Law Review

In light of the fragmentation due to the nationalization of civil and commercial law and the growing intensity of cross-border trade in manufactured goods, arguments for the unification of private law surfaced already from the early 20th century. Such attempts resulted in, among others, the CISG, the UPICC or the PECL. In line with this pattern, as an attempt to make Out of Many, One Common European Sales Law, a Proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law (CESL) was published in 2011. The aim of the present contribution is to explore the background of the Proposal and ...


Base Erosion And Profit Shifting: How Corporations Use Transfer Pricing To Avoid Taxation, Gregory Pun 2017 Boston College Law School

Base Erosion And Profit Shifting: How Corporations Use Transfer Pricing To Avoid Taxation, Gregory Pun

Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

In an increasingly global economy, base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) has allowed multinational corporations to utilize their subsidiaries to move assets and profits. As a result, corporations are able to lower their tax bills, but also deprive governments of integral tax funds, while leaving smaller competitors who pay their fair share of taxes at a disadvantage. To combat the effects of BEPS, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has collaborated with the Group of 20 (G20) major economies for the first time to implement an action plan. The BEPS Project seeks to ensure all corporations pay proper ...


Earthquakes In The Oilpatch: The Regulatory And Legal Issues Arising Out Of Oil And Gas Operation Induced Seismicity, Monika U. Ehrman 2017 University of Oklahoma College of Law

Earthquakes In The Oilpatch: The Regulatory And Legal Issues Arising Out Of Oil And Gas Operation Induced Seismicity, Monika U. Ehrman

Georgia State University Law Review

This article reviews the scientific theories and studies regarding induced seismicity, in addition to examining the current regulatory framework and litigation arising out of these seismic events. Lastly, it provides strategies to aid stakeholders and identifies challenges likely to arise in the future.

Part I of this Article provides a review of the geoscience theories regarding natural and induced seismicity. Part II reviews the current scientific literature regarding a possible relationship between certain oil and gas operations and induced seismicity. Part III reviews the existing regulatory structure addressing seismicity in affected states, including possible applicable environmental legislation. Part IV discusses ...


Violence Taxes: New Way To Recoup And Prevent The Costs Of Gun Violence? Or New Method To Destroy Business And Competitiveness?, Joseph R. Buoscio Jr. 2017 DePaul University

Violence Taxes: New Way To Recoup And Prevent The Costs Of Gun Violence? Or New Method To Destroy Business And Competitiveness?, Joseph R. Buoscio Jr.

DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal

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In Retrospect Of 40 Years, Another Look At Andrews' Personal Deductions Argument: A Comparison Of Charitable Contributions And Child-Care Expenses, Limor Riza 2017 University of Haifa, Israel

In Retrospect Of 40 Years, Another Look At Andrews' Personal Deductions Argument: A Comparison Of Charitable Contributions And Child-Care Expenses, Limor Riza

DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal

No abstract provided.


The Centralization Of The Banking Industry: Dodd-Frank's Impact On Community Banks And The Need For Both Regulatory Relief And An Overhaul Of The Current Framework, Bryce W. Newell 2017 DePaul University

The Centralization Of The Banking Industry: Dodd-Frank's Impact On Community Banks And The Need For Both Regulatory Relief And An Overhaul Of The Current Framework, Bryce W. Newell

DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Halliburton Ii: A Missed Opportunity To Right The Wrong In Rule 10b-5 Based Class Actions, Erich L. Schmitz 2017 DePaul University

Halliburton Ii: A Missed Opportunity To Right The Wrong In Rule 10b-5 Based Class Actions, Erich L. Schmitz

DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Continuing Conundrum Of Mistakes: Where The Dodd-Frank Act Went Wrong, Shipra Mehta 2017 DePaul University

Continuing Conundrum Of Mistakes: Where The Dodd-Frank Act Went Wrong, Shipra Mehta

DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Three Cheers For Three Tiers: Why The Three-Tier System Maintains Its Legal Validity And Social Benefits After Granholm, Roni Elias 2017 DePaul University

Three Cheers For Three Tiers: Why The Three-Tier System Maintains Its Legal Validity And Social Benefits After Granholm, Roni Elias

DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Investment-Environment Disputes: Challenges And Proposals, Mohamed F. Sweify 2017 DePaul University

Investment-Environment Disputes: Challenges And Proposals, Mohamed F. Sweify

DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Trending @ Rwu Law: Dean Yelnosky's Post: The Path To Commencement: Maria Viveiros '17 05-08-2017, Michael Yelnosky 2017 Roger Williams University School of Law

Trending @ Rwu Law: Dean Yelnosky's Post: The Path To Commencement: Maria Viveiros '17 05-08-2017, Michael Yelnosky

Law School Blogs

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Who Needs To Know? The Seventh Circuit Accepts Information Sent To Government As Publicly Disclosed In Cause Of Action V. Chicago Transit Authority, Kurtis Brown 2017 Boston College Law School

Who Needs To Know? The Seventh Circuit Accepts Information Sent To Government As Publicly Disclosed In Cause Of Action V. Chicago Transit Authority, Kurtis Brown

Boston College Law Review

On February 29, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Cause of Action v. Chicago Transit Authority held that information disclosed to a government official and acted upon by that official has been publicly disclosed, barring a qui tam action from being brought under the False Claims Act. Several other circuits, including the First, Fourth, and Sixth, in contrast, have all interpreted the public disclosure bar within the False Claims Act to require a disclosure of information beyond the government. This Comment argues that the majority of circuit courts have correctly interpreted the False Claims ...


Thinking Outside The Box: Reforming Commercial Discrimination Doctrine To Combat The Negative Consequences Of Ban-The-Box Legislation, Nina Kucharczyk 2017 Fordham University School of Law

Thinking Outside The Box: Reforming Commercial Discrimination Doctrine To Combat The Negative Consequences Of Ban-The-Box Legislation, Nina Kucharczyk

Fordham Law Review

This Note suggests a new approach to address the unintended consequences of ban-the-box legislation. The solution to combat unconscious discrimination during the hiring process is not to eliminate ban- the-box laws entirely; instead, lawmakers must modernize and strengthen Commercial discrimination doctrine to empower racial minorities who suspect discrimination and to ensure employers are critically analyzing their hiring processes.


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