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MBELR Online

The blog is a composite of academic, opinion, and news-related pieces submitted by Journal members. Blog entries are independent from the print edition of the Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review. Our most recent blog posts are below:

  • Two Years in Review: Are the Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance 2.0 a Reagent for Success or Just Feel-Good Platitudes?

    Just over two years ago, twenty-three prominent executives representing some of America’s largest corporations and investment firms, including J.P. Morgan, Berkshire-Hathaway, and IBM, published and endorsed the Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance 2.0. The 2.0 Principles were drafted to serve as a “basic framework for sound, long-term-oriented governance” that were flexible enough to accommodate the variance in “size, products and

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  • Guide to Transferring Title of Property

    This blog post is designed to assist in transferring title (ownership) of real property. Section one will discuss the three most commonly used deeds and their respective differences and benefits. Section two will go through the process (step by step) of filling out a deed and recording it with your county’s register of deeds (land records office). Section three will

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  • How COVID-19 May Affect Income Tax Deductions for Working from Home

    COVID-19 has forced many employees to work from home. This has presented new challenges, but also has introduced new opportunities, particularly relating to income tax deductions. This blog post will discuss how COVID-19 might affect potential deductions for employees working from home. It will do so in two parts. The first will summarize and explain the current state of income

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  • The Patchwork Legal Landscape on Enforcing Mandatory Arbitration Agreements on Gig-Economy Workers – Activities vs. Passengers and Goods in Interstate Commerce

    A primary labor strategy employed by gig economy companies is to include mandatory arbitration provisions in their contracts with workers.1 These provisions require workers for companies like Uber or Grubhub to pursue their claims individually in private arbitration, rather than collectively with other workers in a class-action lawsuit.2 Research shows that the arbitration processes that bind workers subject to mandatory

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  • TRIPS and an Equitable Fight Against COVID-19

    As the world woke up to the global threat posed by COVID-19, a race began to meet the demand for life-saving supplies: masks, personal protective equipment, medication, tests, and vaccines. While even the world’s wealthiest countries face equipment shortages, the issue is far worse for developing countries without the means to manufacture the products or compete with wealthier countries on

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  • The Paycheck Protection Program: Forgiveness May Come at a Lofty Price. Or Not at All.

    The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) fell short in keeping small businesses afloat during the pandemic.1 Congress made it a central provision to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act in a move to emphasize both the vulnerability and the importance of small business. Congress had a plan: provide small businesses with a source of payroll funding to prevent

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  • Citi, Jane Fraser, and Efforts at Greater Gender Diversity in American Corporate Leadership

    In September 2020, Citigroup announced that it had selected Jane Fraser to succeed Michael Corbat as the megabank’s CEO.1  Ms. Fraser, the first woman to lead a major U.S. bank, is a Harvard Business School graduate and former McKinsey & Company partner who has held leadership roles in Citi’s client strategy, strategy and M&A, private banking, home mortgage, Latin American,

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  • California-Mandated Diversity Measures – An Invalid or Necessary Regulation of Corporate Affairs?

    Diversity, equity and inclusion has gained substantial traction as a major business and social initiative in the past decade. Organizations committed to the goal of creating more diverse and inclusive workspaces range from private businesses to institutes of higher education to non-profit foundations and engage in a wide array of business activities such as technology, law and business.1 Despite advances

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  • Amending SEC 14a-8 and its Impact on Citizens United

    In September 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) amended the procedural requirements of Exchange Act Rule 14a-8 (“Rule 14a-8”), the shareholder-proposal rule.1  Rule 14a-8 outlines the substantive and procedural requirements “for a shareholder to have its proposal included in a company’s proxy statement for consideration by all of the company’s shareholders.”2  The Rule establishes requirements for the inclusion of

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  • Comprehensive Federal Data Privacy Law: Why it is Needed, What it Might Look Like, and What it Could Mean for American Residents and Businesses

    Introduction In September 2020, four Republican senators introduced the Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability Act (the “SAFE DATA Act”).1 However, their introduction of a bill that would attempt to address the federal government’s lack of comprehensive data privacy regulation was far from the first time Congress had tried to address this issue. In fact,

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