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The Potential for COVID-19 Immunity Passports in the United States

HELENA MASIELLO—The economic and physical impact of COVID-19 has led government officials and industry leaders to consider novel safety measures, such as requiring employees to take regular COVID-19 tests and requiring employees to show immunity passports to enter their jobs. The proposed testing protocols would require workers to test negative for the virus before they […]

GameStop: What the Actions of a Group of Redditors and the Robinhood Trading Platform Can Tell Us About the State of Securities Trading

IVAN SMERZNAK—The trading value of several stocks, most notably GameStop, has skyrocketed in recent months after members of a Reddit discussion board actively encouraged users to buy the stock to push prices higher. However, as investors rushed to participate in this upward trend, some trading platforms including Robinhood, Investment Brokers, and Charles Schwab temporarily restricted […]

The Future of the Affordable Care Act: California v. Texas

MADISON HAUSER—The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) yet again appears before the United States Supreme Court. In California v. Texas, Texas and several other states (“the plaintiff states”), and individual plaintiffs, allege that the ACA violates the Constitution. This case frightens many. Should the Court hold the ACA unconstitutional, the decision would upend […]

The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020: Clearing the Dead Wood and Reinstating a Presumption of Irreparable Harm

KELLY MALLOY—On December 27, 2020, the Trademark Modernization Act (“TMA”) was signed into law as part of a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package. Amending the administrative procedure and law surrounding trademarks, the TMA provides for third-party submission of evidence relating to applications, establishes expungement and ex-parte proceedings relating to the validity of marks, and, importantly, reinstates […]

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo: The New Supreme Court Revives the Freedom to Exercise Religion Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

AMANDA LOPEZ-CARDET—On November 25, 2020, the United States Supreme Court decided Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo. It marks the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that the Court has granted an application for injunctive relief by a house of worship, invoking the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause against executive orders […]