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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.

  • Foreign-listed Chinese Tech Giants May Come Back to Home Stock Market Soon

    A securities regulation reform is taking place in China. The Chinese regulators are trying to entice its foreign-listed tech giants back to the home stock exchanges—the Shanghai Stock Exchange and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Many Chinese tech companies, such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu, have earned a place alongside the most powerful tech giants in the world. But most of these

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  • Carpenter v. United States Raises Important Privacy Concerns

    In November 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Carpenter v. United States. Carpenter was charged and convicted for his role in a string of armed robberies occurring mostly in the Detroit area. Investigators identified Carpenter as a suspect and were able to place him near the scene of multiple robberies by obtaining the cell-site location information

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  • New York’s Highest Court Holds that Discovery of Private Social Media is Governed under Traditional Discovery Rules

    Background On February 13, 2018, the New York Court of Appeals held that an individual’s private social media account receives no special protection from discovery.1 In the case, Forman v. Henkin, the plaintiff fell off a horse and sued the owner of the horse for negligence.2 The plaintiff claimed severe injuries including spinal damage, brain damage, memory loss, communication deficiencies,

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  • Amazon and the Uncertain Future of American Healthcare

    Healthcare spending accounted for close to 18% of the U.S. economy in 2017, far more than in any other developed nation.1 “Compared to 35 other countries, Americans have spent more on their health every year since 2000.”2 But in spite of all that spending, the U.S. continually ranks below even its most frugal peers in health outcomes and specifically

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  • Uber-Waymo Settlement

      The Uber-Waymo1 trade secret dispute was one of the biggest intellectual property disputes of the last few years, with overarching ramifications for the race to bring autonomous driving technology to market. In the summer of 2015, it was reported that Anthony Levandowski, a self-driving-car engineer, began asking other Google employees to join him at a new company.2 In December

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  • Both Valuable and Troubling: Virtual Annual Shareholder Meetings

    When thinking of annual shareholder meetings, one may be tempted to think of lavish, fun-filled annual get-togethers like the type Berkshire Hathaway puts together.1 But in reality, most annual meetings are not nearly as exciting or glamorous.2 That is not to say, though, that they are not important. Annual shareholder meetings are valuable for a number of reasons.3 One pertinent

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