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University of Miami Law Review Mourns the Passing of Gail D. Serota

 

 

It is with profound sadness that we inform the passing of Gail D. Serota, JD ’79. Gail was an esteemed partner at the law firm Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, onetime councilwoman for the Village of Pinecrest and president of the Sisterhood at the Bet Shira Synagogue, as well as a Reid Scholar, and a […]

 

 

PDVSA US Litigation Trust v. Lukoil Pan Americas LLC

 

 

LAUREN ALVAREZ—On March 3, 2018, a litigation trust for Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (“PDVSA”), sued international oil companies Lukoil, Glencore, Trafigura AG, and Vitol, among others, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to bribe Venezuelan officials and corrupt oil company employees in exchange for advance information about crude oil prices. […]

 

 

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PDVSA US Litigation Trust v. Lukoil Pan Americas LLC

 

 

LAUREN ALVAREZ—On March 3, 2018, a litigation trust for Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (“PDVSA”), sued international oil companies Lukoil, Glencore, Trafigura AG, and Vitol, among others, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to bribe Venezuelan officials and corrupt oil company employees in exchange for advance information about crude oil prices. […]

 

 

The Rise of the Gig Economy: Can Labor Law Keep Up?

 

 

FRANCO PICCININI—The gig economy—the economic arrangement that connects short-term labor with immediate consumer demand via digital platforms—has become a hot topic in the past decade. Assessing the size of the gig economy has proven a difficult task, with estimates ranging from as low as 1% of the U.S. labor force to as high as 34%. […]

 

 

Can a luxury tax potentially solve Florida’s affordable housing crisis?

 

 

GISELLE SARDIÑAS—On October 11, 2018, Tony Prado, Developer in Residence for University of Miami School of Law’s Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development, presented during the program’s Affordable Housing class. Prado, who has extensive experience in the affordable housing sector in South Florida, expressed his frustration with the management of subsidies by government-run […]

 

 

Qualified Immunity Under Fire

 

 

CLAYTON SCHMITT—As policing remains a hot topic across America, reformers from both sides of the political spectrum have started to call for an end to the doctrine of qualified immunity. Essentially, these reformers make the same point: the doctrine ratifies police misconduct and prevents citizens whose rights have been violated by law enforcement officers from […]

 

 

The Aftermath of Murphy v. NCAA: New York’s Path to Legalized Sports Gambling

 

 

MICHAEL HARDER—In May 2018, the Supreme Court released the highly anticipated decision of Murphy v. NCAA, better known as “the sports gambling case.” Although the Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the 1992 federal statute prohibiting the states from authorizing sports gambling, most states have yet to capitalize on the […]

 

 

Immigrants, Gangs, and Due Process: Unconstitutional Vagueness in Immigration Law

 

 

HANNAH GORDON—Considering the manner in which President Donald J. Trump started off his campaign, it’s no surprise that immigration remains a constantly discussed topic in the news. This summer, we saw many headlines about the administration’s “zero tolerance policy” for people who cross the southern border without visas. Although crossing the border without a visa […]

 

 

The Battle for DIY Handguns

 

 

GABRIELA S. HERNANDEZ—On August 27, 2018, Judge Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for Western Washington issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from releasing blueprints for 3D-printed handguns. Judge Lasnik reasoned that States may suffer irreparable harm if the blueprints are released to the public. This decision extended previous blocks of the blueprints’ […]

 

 

 

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