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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.

  • Potential Consequences of Lowering Current Medicare Drug Prices

    On October 25, 2018, President Trump unveiled a new plan that would completely change how Medicare pays for certain pricey drugs.1 It is an unorthodox move for Republicans, but Trump is pushing ahead with his bold plan to lower drug prices.2 As one of the promises of his presidency, Trump has set out to lower drug prices, utilizing the Medicare

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  • California Consumer Privacy Act Highlights Need for Federal Data Privacy Regulations

    The increasing scale of the digital economy has led to major concerns over consumers’ online privacy.  As the quantity of personal data on the internet has ballooned, governments and regulators have struggled to keep up with the fast-moving technology industry.  There have been concerns over both inappropriate data usage and corporate data breaches.1  Responding to these concerns, the European Union

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  • Crackdown on Airbnb Highlights Diverse Municipal Approaches to Regulation

    Over the past few years, there has been a surge in the size and importance of the digital sharing economy.  The short-term home rental ecosystem in particular has seen explosive growth.1 A leader in the space, Airbnb has rapidly grown to be one of the most successful of the new sharing economy companies.  Founded just 10 years ago in San

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  • Is the Patent System to Blame for the Rise and Fall of Theranos?

    Elizabeth Holmes wrote her first patent application after her freshman year of college at Stanford University. Her invention was an arm patch that would diagnose and treat medical conditions at the same time.1 The patch was an attempt to pursue her dream of putting her mark on the world by furthering the greater good.2 Holmes also dreamed of becoming an

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  • 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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