The Times They Are a Changin’ In College Athletics

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Photo Credit: The Sports World Begins To React To California’s Fair Pay To Play Act, Forbes (Sept. 30, 2019), https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristidosh/2019/09/30/the-sports-world-begins-to-react-to-californias-fair-pay-to-play-act/#787524d91e0e.

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

The landscape of college athletics could be on the verge of a major shift in policy.  The debate over whether or not college athletes should be paid has been a popular topic of conversation through the years.   Continue reading “The Times They Are a Changin’ In College Athletics”

Not So Dope: Multidistrict Opioid Litigation Against Manufacturers and Distributors of Prescription Drugs in the United States

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Photo Credit: Shadrach Michaels, Treating WPC’s Opioid Addiction, Ely Times (Sept. 13, 2019), https://elynews.com/2019/09/13/treating-wpcs-opioid-addiction/.

By: Stephanie Smith
Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

The opioid crisis is a national health crisis that has affected public health, as well as economic and social welfare.  States, cities, municipalities, and Native American tribes across the United States are sounding the alarm on the opioid crisis as one of the worst medical catastrophes in the nation’s history.[1]   Continue reading “Not So Dope: Multidistrict Opioid Litigation Against Manufacturers and Distributors of Prescription Drugs in the United States”

Alabama’s Cannabis Crossroads

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Photo Credit: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/marijuana-bill-tulsi-gabbard-don-young-weed-decriminalization-804633/ (last visited Oct. 3, 2019).

By: Gray Gilmore
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            As of now, thirty-four states in the United States allow cannabis to be prescribed for medicinal purposes. Continue reading “Alabama’s Cannabis Crossroads”

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, 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”