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Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, passed away on July 1st in a Texas hotel room while traveling with the team. The autopsy revealed that Skaggs’ death was caused by choking on his own vomit while under the influence of alcohol, oxycodone, oxymorphone, and fentanyl. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency initiated […]

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Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, may have sunk over 300 years ago, but the passage of three centuries isn’t stopping the vessel from causing coastal headaches. Last week, in Allen v. Cooper, the Supreme Court heard arguments from Frederick Allen, a researcher who obtained copyright protection of his documentation of the 1998 recovery of the […]

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The Homegrown Player Rules in the MLS

By On November 11, 2019 · Updated November 13, 2019 · Leave a Comment

The successful reception of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States led to the creation of Major League Soccer (“MLS”) in 1996.

In April 2003, the MLS Players Union (renamed the MLS Players Association in 2017) was recognized as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of–and the first labor organization formed by–all […]

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Why Data Portability Promotes Competition

By On November 11, 2019 · Updated November 11, 2019 · Leave a Comment

When 51 leading CEOs recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders to urge the adoption of a national consumer data privacy law, they indicated that one reason for its enactment would be to “enable continued innovation and growth in the data economy.” Now, a focused bipartisan Senate bill has emerged that promises to support greater […]

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A Hot Rod or Just a Fraud?

By On November 11, 2019 · Updated November 11, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Bucattis, oh my!

The style and status of supercars seem attainable to many only in the latest hit song. However, social media and hobbyist-friendly manufacturing technology have made modern kit cars more attainable. Kit cars (a.k.a. replica cars) are imitations of supercars, typically selling for at least half the price of […]

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Two recent Supreme Court cases abrogated § 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which prohibited the registration of trademarks that were disparaging, immoral, or scandalous. While the Supreme Court justified the death of § 2(a) on the grounds of free speech, it has also opened up a new problem for Native American communities. § 2(a) was […]

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Melissa Jefferson–the budding, body-positive, female singer and rapper assuming the stage name Lizzo–has skyrocketed in popularity in 2019. Her song “Truth Hurts” has just marked its seventh week at the top of Billboard’s charts, tying Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” for the longest reigning #1 hit by a female rapper. However, intellectual property claims made to […]

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Most people think of video games as being a complex, challenging, and creative source of entertainment that has become a major part of the entertainment industry over the past decade. However, this growth, which has led to major breakthroughs in video game technology, has brought with it the unforeseen evil of loot boxes.

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