Category Archives: UMLR Posts

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 […]