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How Florida Is Protecting the DNA Privacy Rights You Didn’t Know Need Protection

FAY SHAULSON—On October 1, 2021, H.B. 833, also known as the Protecting DNA Privacy Act, went into effect in Florida. The Act heightens current protections of genetic information by clarifying the extent to which individuals own their genetic information and establishing separate criminal penalties for each instance of intentional collection, retention, maintenance, disclosure, submission, analysis, […]

Death Struck on “Rust” Film Set: Who Will Be Held Liable?

BAYLA SANDMAN—On October 21, 2021, Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of “Rust,”  killing Halyna Hutchins, the film’s director of photography, and  injuring Joel Souza, the film’s director. Presently, it is unclear who from the film will be charged and what they will be charged with. There is no doubt that there […]

Whose History? Our History! California’s Ethnic Studies Requirements

MYLES CRANDALL—1968 was a year of protest and innovation. Coalitions in California, led by students of color, organized with demands including admitting more students of color to colleges, hiring more diverse faculties, and funding scholarly programs centered on the contributions and needs of minority communities. Following months of protests, San Francisco State University and UC […]

Is the End Near for Pharmaceutical Pay-for-Delay Deals?

CHELSEA OLIVERA—The legal and policy momentum to curb pharmaceutical pay-for-delay deals is ramping up. On September 22, 2021, Humana and Centene, two health insurance companies, individually filed lawsuits in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey against Merck, a pharmaceutical manufacturer. The health insurance companies alleged that Merck engaged in anticompetitive “pay-for-delay” practices that caused […]

Diaz v. Tesla: Straight from the Jim Crow Era?

NINA GRISCELLI—In October 2021, a San Francisco federal court ordered Tesla to pay $137 million in damages to Owen Diaz, a Black former worker who accused the company of turning a blind eye to discrimination and racial abuse at the company’s plant in Fremont, California. As a former contract elevator operator at one of Tesla’s […]