The Path to Fast, Reliable, and Widespread COVID-19 Testing

By: James Hughes

 

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As COVID-19 infections have spiked over the past few months, we have greater reason to focus on accurate, fast, and widespread COVID-19 testing. As of July 30th, the CDC has reported over 52 million tests with a positivity rate of 10%. However, in recent weeks, heightened demand for testing has caused increases in waiting times. On July 27th, Quest Diagnostics reported that the average wait time for non-priority tests has increased from 2-3 days to 7 days; the company’s average turnaround time for top-priority patients is just over 2 days.

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Entertaining Emergencies: How Hollywood is Casting a Hard Light on Force Majeure During COVID-19

By: Jordan Peterson

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At the outset of COVID-19, the entertainment industry came to a screeching halt. New York and California’s governments mandated that live theaters and production studios close and placed them late in their reopening plans—phase 4 in New York and stage 4 in California. Recently, entertainment unions have led efforts to safely open Broadway and recommence filming.

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What China’s New National Security Law Means for the Special Trade Relationship between the U.S. and Hong Kong

By: Arya Koneru

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Hong Kong offers several international trade benefits that elevated the city to a prosperous financial and commercial hub. Over 1,300 American companies operate in Hong Kong, with more than 800 having a central office in the city. Companies are attracted to Hong Kong for a multitude of reasons, all stemming from its semiautonomous system of governance.

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The Legal Implications of 3D Printing in the Fight Against COVID-19

By: Alyssa Valdes

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical equipment and other essentials have run out of supply, paving the way for 3D printing to alleviate these supply shortages. The increased need for certain products, such as masks, face shields, and ventilator valves, has led to a gap in supply and demand. Owners of 3D printing technology have stepped in to produce more of these products and prevent further spread of COVID-19, but their acts of kindness come with some potential risks.

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COVID-19, Compulsory Licensing, and the Battle Between Health and Economy

By: John Stevelinck, Jr.

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At present, there have been over 2.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 100,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the United States. As a result, efforts to develop a vaccine are in full swing, placing the U.S. Government in a unique situation when it comes to patent rights.

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A Tug of War Over Record Books: How a Coffee Shop Scandal Could End a Decade-Long Deadlock Between the SEC and Chinese Regulators

By: Haodi Dong

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In 2002, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”), setting a series of new regulations and penalties for all U.S. public companies. SOX aimed to protect investors from fraudulent financial activities by requiring companies to certify the accuracy of their financial information. Specifically, Title I of SOX established the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) under the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The PCAOB “oversee[s] the audit of public companies . . . ; establish[s] audit report standards and rules; and inspect[s], investigate[s], and enforce[s] compliance . . . of registered public accounting firms.”  Continue reading »

Pandemic Playbook: What Games Without Fans Means for Financing Football

By: Ashley Willard

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In March, after a long year of negotiations with the NFL, the NFL Players Association (“NFLPA”) ratified the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”), which governs through 2030. Neither side could have anticipated that a pandemic would ravage the country and potentially bring them back to the bargaining table just months later. Since the NFL does not have a “force majeure” clause in its CBA that could terminate the season, the show must go on. However, the NFL and the NFLPA will need to work together to address both safety issues and the looming prospect of a shrinking salary cap in 2021. Continue reading »

College Football in 2020: The NCAA’s No-Good-Alternatives Dilemma

By: Kyle Tatich

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When it comes to the decisions to suspend, amend, or fully continue fall sports in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the echoes of history are too loud for the NCAA and its member schools to ignore. Those who advocate for games to happen are not only tossing aside the final vestiges of the NCAA’s founding purpose—enhancing the safety of college sports—but also possibly tearing down many protections collegiate athletics has earned in the court of law over the past 70 years. Continue reading »

Unions are Disappearing. Do We Care?

By: Hannah Weiss

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Unionization is declining.

A recent report from the Brookings Institute demonstrates that membership in US labor unions has declined since the middle of the twentieth century.  Union membership was at its highest in the 1940s and 1950s when almost thirty-five percent of workers belonged to unions.  Unionization has declined most in the private sector, with only a little over six percent of private-sector workers belonging to unions in 2018.  In contrast, membership in public-sector unions has consistently been about one-third of employees since the 1970s.

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Who’s Afraid of TikTok?

By: Hannah Weiss

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US officials are conducting a national security review of TikTok, a popular app that allows users to share short videos and video clips.  This is part of a growing trend of high-profile transactions being reviewed for national security conflicts as foreign companies seeking to invest in the United States are facing increasing scrutiny.   Evincing this, in 2018, President Trump signed off on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). Continue reading »