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Dove Barbanel

Dove Barbanel

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  • Is A Painting Based On A Photo Of Prince Fair Use Or Copyright Infringement? SCOTUS Will Decide

    The case derives from a photograph of the musician Prince that photographer Lynn Goldsmith licensed to Vanity Fair in 1984. The magazine had permission to provide the photograph to an illustrator, who would use it as a model for a painting of Prince. Vanity Fair chose Andy Warhol for the job.

  • SCOTUS Rules Pastor Can Pray and Touch Inmate During Execution in Texas

    In Ramirez v. Collier, an inmate on death row asked the state of Texas if his pastor could touch him and audibly pray for him during his execution by legal injection, but his request was denied. He chose to sue. SCOTUS took the case a few hours before his execution and eventually sent the case back to the lower courts to decide on a suitable accommodation for the inmate's religious rights.

  • SEC Proposes A Rule On Climate-Related Risk Disclosure

    On March 21st, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules requiring registered public companies to disclose climate-related risks that are reasonably likely to have a material impact on their business, operations, and financial condition.

  • New Law And Circuit Court Decisions Narrow The Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements Under The FAA

    Over time, SCOTUS developed caselaw relating to the FAA which creates a strong presumption in favor of compelling arbitration where there are ambiguities present as to whether the claims in dispute fall within the parties' arbitration agreement.

  • Shareholder Activist Uses Proxy Fight to Influence McDonald's Corporate Policies on Pig Welfare

    Fast food giant McDonald's may have questionable animal welfare practices—its suppliers use gestation crates for pregnant pigs, which are considered inhumane. To address this, billionaire investor Carl Icahn has proposed a proxy contest to change the composition of McDonald's Board of Directors. Gestation crates typically house pigs so tightly that they…

  • Federal Jury Finds Ahmaud Arbery's Murder A Hate Crime Following Extensive Advocacy And Political Pressure

    Many saw Arbery as one more tragic victim of violence in America for the offense of "running while Black," and popularized a social media hashtag, #IRunWithMaud, which has inspired recurring 2.23-mile protest runs in Arbery's memory. In fact, the political pressure and advocacy both in and out of court played an important role throughout the lifetime of the case. The hate crime trial itself only took place after Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, convinced the judge to reject an earlier plea deal with federal prosecutors as too lenient.

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