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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.

  • 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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  • T-Mobile-Sprint Merger and Antitrust Scrutiny

    On April 29, 2018, Sprint and T-Mobile announced an agreement to merge the two companies. Though this is exciting news, we have been here before. On-and-off discussions between Sprint and T-Mobile have been ongoing for over four years. The most recent set of discussions took place in the fall of 2017. However, on November 4, 2017, they announced they had

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  • Automated Vehicles and Michigan’s No-Fault Auto Insurance Act

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), human error causes 94% of serious vehicle accidents.1 In response, the latest vehicles have implemented driver assistance technologies that use sensors, cameras, and computers to identify safety risks and reduce error-caused accidents.2 While still in development, automated vehicles that “can see more and act faster than human drivers” are purported to

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  • Off The Grid: FERC Rejects DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Proposal

    In December 2017, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry proposed a new rule that sent shockwaves through the energy industry. In response to the financial struggles and potential early retirement of some of the United States’ coal and nuclear power plants, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to

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  • California Climate Lawsuit Highlights Risks of an Overzealous Litigation Strategy

    Stating exaggerated claims at the beginning of a lawsuit can be a standard practice in litigation; however, a recent climate change lawsuit filed by seven California municipalities should remind litigators that unsupported exaggerations can cause collateral damage. The essence of the cities’ case is a public nuisance claim filed in California state court against several large U.S. oil producers including

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