Two Become One: The Biggest (Potential) Corporate Marriages of 2018

April 24, 2018 by Bevan Phillips

Introduction Walt Disney made headlines back in 2012 when it bought Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion. This mega-deal brought the Star Wars franchise into a Disney library that already included the vast majority of the Marvel universe, excluding the X-Men and Spiderman, which are currently licensed to Fox and Sony, respectively. The Lucasfilm acquisition also included Industrial Light and Magic, a powerhouse in cinematic effects. It seems obvious that such a big-dollar deal with huge consumer impacts would be a matter of public interest. However, there are some mergers on the horizon for 2018 that are much larger than the Disney/Lucasfilm acquisition, … Read More

Are You Ready for Some Football?

September 19, 2018 by Ryan Rousseau

As fans head back to the stadiums, the NFL is headed back to court after the 9th Circuit reversed and remanded a Northern District of California decision from December 17, 2014 dismissing a class action suit against the NFL. The September 6, 2018 decision re-opened the case after finding that the class claims were not preempted by the Labor Management Relations Act regarding collective bargaining agreements. The 9th Circuit did not make a ruling on the underlying claims, which if accepted as true are quite alarming. The district court’s ruling to dismiss was based, in part, on section 301 of the … Read More

Fatal Shooting Tests State’s “Stand Your Ground” Law

September 20, 2017 by Jean Sica

This past June, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an amended “stand your ground” legislation that supporters say bolster civilian rights to protect themselves. According to a Reuters news article, opponents contend the amended law emboldens gun owners to shoot first and ask later. The following is a case summary of a 2014 Palm Beach fatal shooting, by a homeowner against a trespasser, that reached jury trial in Circuit Court last month. BAYLES, AS PARENT OF BAYLISS, DECEASED v. DELCIAMPO A wrongful death claim was made by Scott Bayliss, as parent of 31-year-old male Aaron Bayliss, who suffered fatal gunshot injuries after he … Read More


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Designer Babies: Delivering Soon in the United States


According to an article published by American Health Line earlier this week, a team of biologists in Oregon have conducted the first known experiment in the United States using the gene-editing technique CRISPR to genetically modify viable human embryos. Officials at the Oregon Health and Science University said results are pending publication in a journal.CRISPR is a technology that can modify genes quickly and efficiently by working as a type of molecular scissors that can trim away unwanted parts of the genome, and replace it with new DNA. According to MIT’s Technology Review, the study recently conducted centered on a

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