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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.

  • China’s Push Against Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoin, arguably the most famous cryptocurrency, is notably volatile. Within 2017 alone, Bitcoin has faced two major crashes and recoveries.1 Yet, so far, keeping money in Bitcoin, and in the cryptocurrency market more generally, has been wildly profitable.2 In fact, cryptocurrency’s market capitalization in the last year was about six times that of the dot-com boom of the 1990s.3 This

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  • Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA): Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We Are Going

    During its current term, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) will hear a case brought by the State of New Jersey challenging the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (“PASPA”) in an attempt to legalize sports gambling in the state. Sports betting, and in particular single-game sports betting, has a long and fraught history in the

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  • Carbon Pricing: Current State

    In a world coming to a consensus on climate change, there exists a multitude of methods which governments can utilize to influence greenhouse emissions. The current global focus is on carbon pricing. Carbon pricing is an increase to the cost of carbon dioxide emissions.1 I would argue that carbon pricing is superior to other energy regulations due to its direct

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  • Texas Court Makes Quick Work of Obama-era Overtime Rule.

    Since December 2016, employers with salaried workers all over the country have been riding a regulatory seesaw. That’s when a revised Obama administration Department of Labor regulation was supposed to take effect. The new rule raised the minimum salary required for an exemption from mandatory overtime from $23,660 annually to $47,476 per year for salaried workers.1 In anticipation of this

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  • The Art of the Deal? Taking a Closer Look at Wisconsin’s $3 Billion Deal with Foxconn

    Last month, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed into law a bill approving up to $3 billion in subsidies and tax breaks for Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn, in return for the company’s promise to build a manufacturing facility in the state.1 Under the agreement, Foxconn would invest $10 billion to construct a facility over six years, bringing with it up to

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  • The Impact of the Grubhub Lawsuit

    Grubhub is an online platform that allows users to coordinate pick-up and delivery orders from restaurants. For restaurants that don’t have their own delivery drivers, Grubhub provides its own service to pick up orders from them and make the delivery to its customers. For employment purposes, Grubhub drivers are classified as independent contractors. In 2015, one of Grubhub’s drivers, Raef

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