Category Archives: Insights

Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid: The Fight Against Unsolicited Robotexts

ALEX ENGLANDER—A multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit and its potential industry-altering effects now depend upon the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the placement of a single comma. The Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid on December 8, 2020. The case concerns arguably one of the most annoying modern-day nuisances: robocalling and […]

Tanzin v. Tanvir: Rethinking Relief under RFRA

MIRA HAQQANI—In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Tanzin v. Tanvir, a case involving statutory interpretation that could have a colossal impact on law enforcement accountability and religious liberty. The plaintiffs in the case, including Muhammad Tanvir, are either citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, and each is a […]

Criminalization of Homelessness: Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dissolution of Pottinger Agreement

ALYSSA SAMBERG—The homeless population in the City of Miami (the “City”) lived under the protection of the Pottinger Agreement (“Agreement”), a landmark federal consent decree hailed as “a gold standard” in civil litigation establishing protection for rights of the homeless, for 20 years until a federal judge dissolved the agreement in February 2019. On October […]

USPTO v. Booking.com – A Victory for Brand Owners in Trademark Law

While many businesses continue to struggle amidst a global pandemic, the Supreme Court recently provided brand owners a thin silver lining. In one of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s final opinions, the Court decided in U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”) v. Booking.com that a generic word combined with “.com” can be eligible for federal trademark […]

The Limited Liability of Mass Shootings in Florida

NICHOLAS RITORNATO—The victims and families of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that occurred on Valentine’s Day 2018 were recently dealt a severe blow by the Supreme Court of Florida. On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the Court handed down rulings in two cases, Barnett v. State and Guttenberg v. The School Board […]