Category Archives: Insights

First Amendment Implications Following the Megan Thee Stallion-Tory Lanes Trial

DARA DURDIC—In late December of 2022, Daystar Peterson (“Peterson”)–better known as Tory Lanez–was found guilty on three charges for shooting Megan Thee Stallion (“Megan”) in July of 2020. Megan testified that she and Peterson got into an argument while riding together in a vehicle after a party, and Peterson shot her in the foot after she left the car. […]

Airline Crackdown: No, Emotional Support Animals Are Not Service Animals

LEAH PESSO—In the last few years, there has been an increase in reports of unconventional and exotic pets such as peacocks, squirrels, pigs, and ducks flying aboard aircrafts under the guise of emotional support animals. Because airlines charge passengers for transporting pets but are prohibited by law from charging passengers traveling with service animals, passengers have been incentivized […]

Matsko v. Tesla: Too Much Trust in Tesla?

ALLISON SIMON—Who is responsible for accidents caused by self-driving cars? More importantly, are self-driving cars even “self-driving” at all? The recent proposed class action, Mastko v. Tesla, sheds light on these issues. The named plaintiff, Tesla owner Briggs Matsko, claims that Tesla has been misleading the public since 2016 by advertising its Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, and Full Self-Driving […]

A Game-Changing Merger: Sony’s Objections to Microsoft’s Pending Acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Inc.

GAVIN STEINBERG—In January 2022, Microsoft Corporation announced its plan to acquire video-game developer Activision Blizzard, Inc. in a deal valued at $68.7B. Activision Blizzard is home to some of the largest gaming franchises including “World of Warcraft,” “Call of Duty,” and “Candy Crush.” Unsurprisingly, Microsoft, the owner of Xbox, was met with immediate pushback from its […]

Who Owns What: Intellectual Property Implications from Adidas Terminating Ye Partnership

ANNICK RUNYON—After a string of antisemitic remarks, numerous companies cut ties with the artist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West. Some of the companies include Gap, JPMorgan Chase, Balenciaga, Creative Artists Agency, and MRC Entertainment. However, the sportwear company most strongly associated with Ye and his brand remained silent. The rapper proclaimed, “I can say antisemitic things and […]