Category Archives: Insights

City of Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton: The Supreme Court Shifts the Burden to Debtors to Reacquire Their Vehicles

CHRISTIAN DE LA OSA—On January 14, 2021, the United States Supreme Court decided City of Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that “mere retention” of property of the estate after a bankruptcy petition has been filed does not violate the Bankruptcy Code’s “automatic stay.” At first glance, this decision […]

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 […]