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Volume 76, Issue 3


Private Equity and the Corporatization of Health Care

by  Erin C. Fuse Brown & Mark A. Hall

Private equity has rapidly enlarged its presence in the health care sector, expanding its investment targets from hospitals and nursing facilities to physician practices. The incursion of private equity is the latest manifestation of a long trend toward the corporatization and financialization of medicine. Private equity pools investments from large private investors to buy controlling…


Disrupting Utility Law for Water Justice

by  Sharmila L. Murthy

Water is essential for survival, yet this critical resource is increasingly unaffordable for many Americans. Utilities have raised water rates to maintain degraded infrastructure and comply with environmental standards. As water rates rise faster than inflation, low-income households are forced to make difficult trade-offs involving social, economic, and health ramifications. Utility-level customer assistance programs only…


Tribal Trademark Law

by  Anthony Hernandez

Native American tribes are increasingly creating their own intellectual and cultural property statutes. Of all the new legislation, tribal trademark law in particular is an engaging yet understudied area. By studying tribal trademark law, it becomes possible to evaluate the nature and scope of tribal sovereignty. And studying tribal trademark law provides an opportunity to…

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The Criminally Complicated Copyright Questions about Trump’s Mugshot

The mugshot taken of Donald Trump in connection with his Georgia criminal prosecution has become one of the defining political images of the time. In this Essay, Cathay Y. N. Smith discusses who owns the copyright to this iconic photo.

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Too Late: Why Most Abortion Pill Administrative Procedure Challenges Are Untimely

In this response piece to the Abortion Pills piece in the Stanford Law Review, Prof. Susan Morse and Leah Butterfield of the University of Texas explain why most administrative challenges to abortion pill regulations are untimely.

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Abortion, Blocking Laws, and the Full Faith and Credit Clause

In recent months, California and Washington have enacted statutes forbidding private corporations in their states from cooperating with other states’ efforts to enforce abortion bans. In this Essay, Haley Amster argues that such “blocking laws” do not violate the Full Faith and Credit Clause, and are constitutionally permissible.

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Interpreting Obstruction: The Capitol Riot & Donald Trump

The statute governing obstruction of an official proceeding—one of the charges brought against January 6 defendants and then-President Trump—faces a moment of reckoning. This Essay by Stanford J.D. candidate Jennifer L. Portis identifies a novel interpretation: § 1512(c)(2) reaches only direct obstruction, not those individuals who obstruct the official proceeding through another person's conduct.

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Long-Term Immunity: Protecting Drug Developers from Liability for Late–Occurring Serious Reactions to Emergency Vaccines

In this Essay, Aliya Sternstein of Georgetown University Law Center argues that an international body must set a standard, five-year window, after an emergency vaccine is administered and when the recipient can seek compensation for an injury. Sternstein further argues that emergency vaccine developers should receive immunity against liabilities except for willful misconduct.

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