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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.

  • Social Media Guidance for Employers: Hiring, Firing, and Everything in Between.

    While the definition of social media is nebulous, the impact of social media is not.  Social media has changed the game; while social media is great for personal interactions, relationships, and browsing, it is equally effective for business activities.  Everyone has a story of how they were approached by a friend about a business opportunity on social media, whether on

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  • Breaking Down GDPR and its Influence on U.S. Entities and U.S. Privacy Laws

    The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) became effective on May 25, 2018. GDPR regulates personal information, particularly personal information gathered from individuals in the European Union (“E.U.”) or stored in the E.U. GDPR is a vaguely-written, 99 article document. Lacking interpretive jurisprudential guidance, entities had to implement GDPR compliance procedures without fully understanding GDPR’s extent and impact. Understandably,

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  • Will Big Blue’s New Red Hat be a Good Fit?

    On October 28, 2018, IBM announced its plan to acquire software developer Red Hat for $34 billion in cash. If the deal goes through, it will be the second largest in industry history1 and the largest deal in IBM’s 107 years of operation.2 This announcement continues a tremendous winning streak for mergers and acquisitions. The value of 2018’s software M&A

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  • TCJA’s Impact on S-Corps and LLCs

    In 2017, approximately 81% of all businesses in the US were organized as pass-through entities, with S-corporations (“S-corps”) and Limited Liability Companies (“LLCs”) comprising approximately 68% of all businesses. 1 The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) on December 22, 2017, presented many changes for pass-through entities to consider when determining the most efficient business structure for federal

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  • Bankruptcy’s Automatic Stay: The Fine Line Between Passive Action and Inaction

    Cases in the Seventh and Tenth Circuits are primed for Supreme Court review of the most recent circuit clash between debtors and creditors. Florence + The Machine sums up the classic conflict between debtors and creditors well: “And every demon wants his pound of flesh But I like to keep some things to myself” – Florence + The Machine, Shake

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  • Insurance! What Is It Good For? Misplaced Liability for California’s Wildfires

    It is no secret that California has consistently suffered some of the worst wildfires in United States history.1  Blazes in 2017 caused more than $10 billion in damages, the most in the state’s history.2  The fires, which exist everywhere from Santa Barbara and Malibu to Napa and, most recently, the City of Paradise, destroy houses, businesses, and lives.3  The large-scale

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