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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.

  • I, Lawyer: Is Artificial Intelligence the Attorney of the Future?

    It’s no secret that technology is advancing rapidly. Driverless cars have already hit the roads, drones are flying across the sky, and if the latest cell phone isn’t in your pocket right now, it’s probably on your wrist. This era of technological innovation has prompted the rise of artificial intelligence (“AI”), paving the way for computers and robots to complete

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  • Something to Like about the Tax Cut and Jobs Act: Preserving Like-kind Exchanges for Real Property

    Leading up to the release of the House Ways and Means Committee’s tax reform bill, called the Tax Cut and Jobs act, very little was known about which provisions were to be affected. While it would not have taken an astute commentator to posit the bill was going to reduce corporate tax rates, the method by which the House was

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  • The Electronic Communications Privacy Act: A Law Past its Prime   

    In 1986, Congress passed the Stored Communications Act within the broader Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”).1 In that year, Ronald Reagan was President, the U.S.S.R. suffered the Chernobyl disaster, and the price of gas was about 89 cents. Neither the internet nor the e-mail system existed. Obviously, a lot has changed since 1986, yet the ECPA remains frozen in time.

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  • Unpredictability in a Carbon Tax

    This past September, Lindsay Graham called for a carbon tax.1 The Senator from South Carolina has discussed climate change openly, but has shifted his focus for the solution towards a carbon tax. A carbon tax is one of two currently proposed forms of carbon pricing, the other being cap-and-trade. The two are market-driven solutions which correct the market failure of

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  • Binding but Not Final: Appealing Arbitration Awards

    Arbitration agreements are quickly becoming a staple of commercial contracts as contracting parties hope to avoid litigation in the event of a dispute. Broadly, these agreements can be divided into two categories: (1) arbitration agreements between consumers and corporate sellers of goods or services; and (2) arbitration agreements between sophisticated corporate actors. This discussion will focus on the latter sort

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  • Differences between the Bitcoin System and the U.S. Monetary System

      The Bitcoin system provides rules and features that have a divergent effect from those of the U.S. monetary system. Although the Bitcoin system provides some advantages, it does not provide a solution to every deficiency of the U.S. monetary system. Following are some differences, advantages, and disadvantages between the Bitcoin system and the U.S. monetary system. I. Decentralized v.

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