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THE TRY GUYS TRY RESPONDING TO A RELATIONSHIP AT WORK: THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF CONSENSUAL WORKPLACE RELATIONSHIPS

By: Mollie Clark Ahsan, Volume 107 Staff Member Over the past few months, famous YouTube creators The Try Guys have navigated a worldwide scandal surrounding one of the co-owners of their media company.[1] The scandal highlights the legal ambiguity that exists when workplace relationships take place between a supervisor and subordinate, even when relationships are…

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BACK FOR SECONDS: PREDICTING THE OUTCOME OF UNITED STATES v. TEXAS BASED ON BIDEN v. TEXAS

By: Maya Wells Hermerding, Volume 107 Staff Member In its second major immigration-related case of the term, the Supreme Court will weigh the executive branch’s authority to regulate immigration policy as conservative states contend that the Biden administration’s policies put them at a disadvantage.[1] In July 2022, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States…

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HOLLOW STATEMENT OR EMPTY PROMISE: OREGON’S “RIGHT TO HEALTHCARE” AMENDMENT IS NOT EQUIPPED TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS, WHATEVER THEY ARE

By: Patrick Ebeling, Volume 107 Staff Member In the November 8, 2022, election, Oregon voters narrowly approved Senate Joint Resolution 12 (SJR 12), the Right to Healthcare Amendment.[1] SJR 12 amends the Oregon state constitution to read: (1) It is the obligation of the state to ensure that every resident of Oregon has access to…

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READY FOR LANDING: AFTER CONCLUDING “PILOT PROGRAM,” MINNESOTA’S ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY BOARD DELIBERATES LONG AWAITED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW CLIMATE CONSIDERATION REQUIREMENTS

By: Giuseppe Tumminello, Volume 107 Staff Member On October 19, 2022, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) hosted a public Environmental Review Implementation Subcommittee (ERIS) meeting. The ERIS reviewed the results from a Pilot Program it organized in order to incorporate climate change considerations on an updated EQB’s Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) form.[1] Long in…

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HOW COMPELLING DOES COMPELLING HAVE TO BE?: A MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO REFRAME A COMPELLING GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST IN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN THE STUDENTS FOR FAIR ADMISSIONS CASES

By: Chad Nowlan, Volume 107 Staff Member This fall the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases brought by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a self-described “nonprofit membership group of . . . students, parents, and others who believe that racial classifications and preferences in college admissions are unfair, unnecessary, and unconstitutional.”[1] The two…

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THE ONUS OF TRANSPARENCY: STATE OF WASHINGTON v. META PLATFORMS, INC. ILLUSTRATES THE FIGHT OVER REASONABLE CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURE LAW AND FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTED SPEECH VIOLATIONS

By: Lindsay Maher, Volume 107 Staff Member Campaign finance disclosure laws are being questioned and limited in states across the country. In many states, legislatures have passed laws to prevent future requests for disclosure to non-profit organizations that donate to political candidates or parties.[1] In others, disclosure laws already in place are being challenged.[2] The…

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UN(PrEP)ARED: HOW BRAIDWOOD v. BECERRA COULD LEAVE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SCRAMBLING

By: Tyler Blackmon, Volume 107 Staff Member On September 7, 2022, a federal district court granted summary judgment to an employer who refused to cover an anti-HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis drug (PrEP) because doing so would make that employer “complicit in facilitating homosexual behavior.”[1] The judge, Reed O’Connor (N.D. Tex.), previously tried to overturn the entire…

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NO REASSURANCE FROM INSURANCE: INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE TRYING TO AVOID BIPA LITIGATION BY USING ROBUST EXCLUSION CLAUSES AND COURTS ARE UNIMPRESSED

By: Katherine Vu, Volume 107 Staff Member Insurance companies are the new plaintiffs taking center stage in recent litigation under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).[1] Enacted in 2008, BIPA aims to protect individuals by regulating the collection and dissemination of their biometric data by private entities.[2] BIPA also includes a private right of…

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