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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.

  • Another Bankruptcy: Sears-ly

    What is the store you go to for everything – your “everything store”?1 It used to be Sears. Sears Holdings Corporation’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing has reignited the question of how to keep a company afloat in the modern world of retailing.2 After seven straight years of losses, hedge-fund manager and former Sears CEO Edward Lampert failed to compete with

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  • Corporate Social Media Policies: Elon Musk & The Risk of Failure

    It should come as no great shock that platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram offer organizations low-cost avenues to reach customers. The advertising upside of reaching the 2.9 billion active users of Facebook and 1 billion active users of Instagram is obvious.1 Unsurprisingly, major businesses have caught on to this fact as at least 85% of the Fortune 500

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  • Confidential Compliance: Herbalife, the FTC, and the Freedom of Information Act

    The Herbalife Saga On October 30th, Herbalife Nutrition Ltd., a global nutrition company,1 will release its third quarter financial results for 2018 with the hope that the multi-level marketing company will continue its positive trend of strong market performance.2 Herbalife has beat earnings estimates for three straight quarters, and the company’s stock price has increased nearly 50% year-over-year.3 Also encouraging

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  • Leave No Flag Undetected: The Impact of the Cyber-Security Failure of Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. upon the Cyber-Security Endeavors of the Securities and Exchange Commission

    Section I. Introduction The importance of the preservation of sensitive personal information cannot be overstated. What used to be stored securely in safes, physical archives, and one’s own memory has increasingly become the subject of compulsory data collection from an expanding list of companies and institutions. As more of these businesses turn to electronic technology as the preferred safehouse for

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  • Banks and Trusted Contacts: Fighting Back Against Elder Financial Exploitation

    Elder financial exploitation has been called “the crime of the 21st Century.”1 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) defines elder financial exploitation as the “illegal or improper use of an older person’s funds, property or assets.”2 It is a serious issue with severe consequences for older Americans, as valuations of annual losses range from $2.9 billion to $36.48 billion depending

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  • Using the Federal Tax Code to Combat Money Laundering in Real Estate

    Real estate transactions are an attractive vehicle for criminals looking to launder their money.1 Sanctioned foreign officials, organized crime syndicates, and even terror groups move money domestically and internationally through real estate transactions.2 The problem of money laundering in real estate (MLRE) has been prevalent in the United States for decades: the Mafia built Las Vegas with laundered money beginning

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