NAFTA: Reviewed, Revised, Renamed

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Changes are on the rise for the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. These three countries met and negotiated a last-minute agreement, which revised and could ultimately replace, NAFTA. This new agreement would be called USMCA, standing for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and President Enrique Pena Nieto and are expected to sign the deal by the end of November, when it will then be passed to Congress to approve. Read below for a brief summary of USMCA negotiation terms.

New Negotiating Terms

Got Milk…

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Do Not Pass Go: Will Amazon’s Monopoly Be Subject to Regulations?

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Today there are more than 100 million Amazon Prime members worldwide. This American electronic commerce and cloud computing company was started in 1994 by Jeff Bezos in Seattle, Washington. Although it began as an online bookstore, it now sells video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, jewelry, and more. Users can stream Oscar-winning movies and music, as well as listen to audio books. Amazon’s low prices and fast delivery are raising the bar for competitors and keeping customers happy. This past month, Amazon reached $1 trillion in value, falling second only to Apple. But, should the changing economy be subject to new rules? Lina Khan thinks so…

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You Can Bet On It: The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act

Current Events, Navigating
Kaylyn Zurawski

Game Over

Recently, in a 6-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which was consolidated with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horse Men’s Association v. NCAA, to allow each of the 50 states to decide whether to permit sports betting. For the past 25 years, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) had limited legal sports betting to one state (plus 4 more that had been grandfathered in). Check out Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases’ write-up on New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association v. NCAA.

In the conclusion of the decision…

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The Supreme Court and Workers’ Rights

Current Events, Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Three cases were brought before the Supreme Court on May 21st, involving tens of thousands of nonunion employees. The cases were brought against Ernst & Young, LLP; Epic Systems Corporation; and Murphy Oil USA, Inc. to rule whether or not class action waivers were a violation of the National Labor Relations Act. The Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote that employers can use contracts with workers to ban them from joining class-action lawsuits, as well as mandating individual arbitration in the event of a dispute.

About the Cases

The three companies involved in the Supreme Court case required their employees to waive their rights to join a class-action suit…

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Racial Disparity and Lethal Force

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

A study published in February by the American Journal of Public Health was conducted to update previous examinations of racial/ethnic disparities in the use of lethal force by law enforcement in the United States. According to the study, black men are nearly three times as likely to be killed by legal intervention than white men. Additionally, American Indians or Alaska Natives are also nearly three times as likely and Hispanic men are nearly twice as likely to be killed. View the full report here.

Study Results

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Facebook Scandals and Internet Security

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

In March, it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based data-mining firm, used Facebook to collect demographic information on tens of millions of Americans. This firm has ties to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Reports state that the information was collected via an app which gave developers access to data such as photos, work histories, birthdays, and religious and political affiliations. This was all revealed after the indictment of 13 Russians and three companies which unveiled a network designed to manipulate the same campaign. These controversies have sparked a conversation about the ethics of data mining.

The Cambridge Affair

Facebook granted permission to University of Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan to collect information from users who downloaded his app in 2014…

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Climate Change, the Environment and the Law

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

The topic of climate change has been more prevalent in the past few years as global temperatures have risen. This challenging and complex issue affects everyone, everywhere. This blog discusses the definition of climate change, the current U.S. government administration’s policies on and responses to this change, and how users can research this topic in HeinOnline.

Climate Change

Climate change is defined as a change in global or regional climate patterns over an extended period of time. This change can include a shift in average weather conditions or a variation of weather within long-term conditions…

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Time’s Up, #MeToo, and the Equal Rights Amendment

Current Events, Women and the Law
Kaylyn Zurawski

Is the Future Female?

In many ways, 2017 was a historic year for women’s empowerment in the United States. First there was the Women’s March for human rights, and then came movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo, which began in response to a wave of allegations of sexual abuse against men in power, from Hollywood to the White House. And while these movements have dispelled silence, increased solidarity, and brought forth a call for change, many say there is still much work to be done, and that begins with passing legal protections for women.

More than 80% of Americans don’t know women are not guaranteed equal rights in the U.S…

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Do You Know How Much You’re Eating?

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

By May 7th, 2018, restaurants and food establishments in the United States will be required to comply with requirements to add calorie information labels to foods that are offered and served. In early February, the House passed legislation which would amend how restaurants would provide the calorie count. Although restaurant owners are in favor of the updated legislation, public health experts are raising concerns.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was enacted by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by former President Barack Obama on March 23…

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Citizens United and Its Impact on Campaign Financing: A Brief Overview

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline
Shannon Furtak

Money and politics have strolled hand-in-hand since the founding of the United States, when wealthy, well-connected candidates financed their own political campaigns and were essentially the only people who ran for office. In fact, George Washington spent about $8,000 in today’s currency on alcohol to “treat” voters on election day.

Andrew Jackson was the first presidential candidate who didn’t come from a wealthy background. He ran for office for the second time in 1828 and became the first organized campaigner.  While he didn’t seek financial support, he was an early practitioner of rewarding political loyalists with the only thing some find more valuable than money: power…

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