Author Archives: Stern, Justin M

Can Consumers Ever Get Back Their Right to Sue?

JESSICA SPARHAWK—A citizen’s private right to sue is not only a guarantee under the Bill of Rights, it is also a means of protecting a citizen’s other Constitutional rights. Yet, so many things we sign in life force us to sign away our right to sue in court via mandatory arbitration clauses. Consider, for instance, […]

It’ll Be Our Little Secret: A Look into the Legality & Enforceability of Nondisclosure Agreements in Sexual Assault and Harassment Cases

ALEXANDER DUDLEY—While 2017 proved to be quite the tumultuous year, two of the biggest shocks included the revelation of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein as well as the criminal charges brought against Larry Nassar, which included seven felony counts of criminal sexual conduct and three counts of criminal sexual conduct. The behavior […]

Could Fake Comments Cause the Department of Labor to Reconsider Its Fiduciary Rule?

DANIEL GUERNSEY—On April 8, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) that “would treat persons who provide investment advice or recommendations to an employee benefit plan, plan fiduciary, plan participant or beneficiary, [individual retirement account], or IRA owner as fiduciaries.” Previously, only financial professionals that gave advice surrounding employer-sponsored retirement […]

Debt Forever

BRANDON SIMON—Our parents instructed us to go to school and get a job. They said it was a wise investment that would pay off at the end of the day. They told us we need a college degree to get a job. An even heavier proposition is what our parents failed to tell us: our […]

“More Bark than Bite”? A.G. Sessions’ Promise to Return to Marijuana Enforcement

FILIP GRZELAK—As of January 2018, use of marijuana—either medical or recreational—is legal in 29 states and in the District of Columbia. However, under the federal law, possession of marijuana remains illegal and punishable by jail and monetary fines. In 2009, the Obama Administration decided it would not interfere with state marijuana laws, thereby limiting the […]