Heating Up: The Rise of Climate Change Litigation

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Photo Credit: https://www.pexels.com/photo/air-air-pollution-climate-change-dawn-221012/

By: Bobby McNeill
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

On October 9, 2019, the Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Sinnok v. Alaska,which involves a civil suit brought by a group of teens alleging, among other things, that the state of Alaska has failed to protect its citizens from the effects of climate change.[1] Continue reading “Heating Up: The Rise of Climate Change Litigation”

Every Vape You Take: Litigation Is Now as Prevalent as Electronic Cigarettes

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Photo Credit: https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/08/07/alabama-woman-sues-e-cigarette-company-juul-over-teen-vaping-targeting/1943606001/

By: Sara Rogan
Research and Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

In 2015, smokers exhaled a sigh of relief with the introduction of the JUUL Labs electronic cigarette, also regarded as “an alternative smoking product.”[1] Continue reading “Every Vape You Take: Litigation Is Now as Prevalent as Electronic Cigarettes”

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, Register No Evil Trademarks?: How Iancu v. Brunetti Changed Federal Trademark Law

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Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite, Photograph of Brunetti leaving the Supreme Court after Oral Arguments for his case regarding the trademark registration status of his brand, in Supreme Court Sides with “Subversive” Clothing Designer in First Amendment Case, The Washington Post (June 24, 2019), https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-sides-with-apparel-maker-who-said-government-violated-first-amendment-by-denying-subversive-clothing-line-trademark/2019/06/24/717eb058-968a-11e9-916d-9c61607d8190_story.html?noredirect=on.

By: Kimberly Massey
Online Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Introduction

            Trademark registration is one of a few ways trademark owners can receive federal protection for their trademarks.[1]   Continue reading “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, Register No Evil Trademarks?: How Iancu v. Brunetti Changed Federal Trademark Law”

Looking Back on Alabama’s 2019 Legislative Session

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Photo credit: Legislative Services Agency, http://lsa.state.al.us/

By: Sarah Tindle
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Many hot topics from medical marijuana to chemical castration were considered by the State of Alabama’s Legislature during the 2019 Legislative Session.  The Legislature met for twenty-eight of its thirty allowed days prior to adjourning sine die[1] on May 31, 2019, thereby ending the 2019 Regular Legislative Session.[2]  Continue reading “Looking Back on Alabama’s 2019 Legislative Session”

PFAS – The Hidden Dangers of Innovation

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Photo Credit: https://www.wright-pierce.com/mass-guideline-for-pfas/

By: Alexandria Heard
Student Materials Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Introduction

As the global economy grows in size and strength and the demand for better, cheaper products increases, businesses—big and small—work tirelessly to keep up the pace and satisfy the demand.  Continue reading “PFAS – The Hidden Dangers of Innovation”

Antitrust Litigation: From Brick to Tech

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Photo Credit: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/11/29/apple-removes-700-apps-chinese-app-store/.

By: O. Cobb Bostick
Executive Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

On May 13, 2019, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, delivered a huge blow to the American multinational technology company, Apple, and changed the future of antitrust litigation. Continue reading “Antitrust Litigation: From Brick to Tech”

Fair Housing and the Continued History of a Government Segregated America

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By: Brittany Wilson
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Today, many Americans would be surprised to come across a “whites only” real estate listing while searching for a new home or apartment, but these same individuals are likely well aware of the persistent discrimination and segregation among certain race and income groups in communities across America. Continue reading “Fair Housing and the Continued History of a Government Segregated America”

The Death Penalty: When is It Considered Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

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By: Justin Keeton
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Since the beginning of this year, the Supreme Court has been sharply divided on the issue of the death penalty and how it relates to the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Continue reading “The Death Penalty: When is It Considered Cruel and Unusual Punishment?”

Why do Emerging Sports Leagues Fail?

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By: Dylan Scilabro
Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Baseball has tried, football has tried, and basketball has tried. All three sports have attempted to offer an alternative to the major leagues, and they have all failed. But, why? Continue reading “Why do Emerging Sports Leagues Fail?”