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Migrants fleeing persecution from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia are streaming into Europe and have presented European policymakers with their biggest challenge since the debt crisis. The International Organization for Migration estimates that over 464,000 migrants have crossed into Europe during the first nine months of 2015. Syrians fleeing their [...]

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On October 6, the Office of Inspector General issued a Policy Reminder entitled “Information Blocking and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute.” The purpose of this reminder was to ensure the public understands how information blocking can affect safe harbor protection under the Federal anti-kickback statute (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)) and to encourage the public to report [...]

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For emerging tech companies like Uber or Lyft and established behemoths like Amazon alike, maintaining their classification of a subset of their workers as independent contractors is crucial. Such classification allows these corporations to keep their costs down and limit their liabilities. For the former, in fact, their business model virtually depends on this arrangement.

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Can You Copyright Apparel?

On October 27, 2015 By zcrane

On August 19th, 2015, an en banc panel on the Sixth Circuit ruled that cheerleading uniforms are eligible for copyright protection. This decision prompted the losing party, Star Athletica, to request that the panel overturn the decision, citing “immense practical implications” for the apparel industry. The split Sixth Circuit panel found that stripes, chevrons and [...]

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As Halloween approaches on October 31, so does the end of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Unfortunately, to the horror of many consumers nation-wide, October also appears to have been Corporate Cyber Theft Month, with no fewer than four large national corporations reporting data security breaches with the potential to compromise sensitive consumer information.

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With finite stores of fossil fuels and rapidly evolving alternative energy sources like solar panels and wind turbines, renewable energy figures to play an increased role in future electricity markets.  However, these renewable electricity sources lack the necessary consistency and efficiency to compete with traditional energy production.  In addition to problems like cloudy days and [...]

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Introduction

For more than sixty years, celebrities have used their right of publicity to prevent others from making unauthorized commercial uses of their personas, most commonly in the form of a celebrity’s portrait, photograph or signature. Despite its importance to celebrities seeking to tightly control the appropriation of their likeness, the right of publicity occupies [...]

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Does Yik Yak Facilitate Communities or Threats?

On October 15, 2015 By Sara Hunter

Yik Yak, the anonymous location-based social media app, has been under scrutiny since its inception. The start-up, which was launched in November 2013, allows users to make anonymous posts, or “yaks”, and permits others to comment upon those yaks. Yik Yak seeks to build communities by using GPS location-based technology, which shows users posts from [...]

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With the October 2nd release of The Martian and the September 28th confirmation that there is, in fact, water on Mars, outer space has been the subject of much conversation in recent months. But there is an aspect of space not being talked about, which may become far more important in the not-too-distant future: [...]

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As Brad Roberts noted in his post earlier this month, if you have turned on TV in the past month you have heard about daily fantasy sports operators. With DraftKings being the one you have most likely heard of after the over 100 million dollars they have poured into advertising this year alone. Brad covered [...]

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