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U.S. Second Circuit

Trademark Dispute Between Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Heats Up

By Laura Temme, Esq.

Oral arguments were held this week in a trademark dilution suit filed by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. against the Boy Scouts of America. If you thought the cookie-selling tactics were intense, this rivalry will knock your merit badges off. The Boy Scouts began removing gender-specific language from some marketing materials following its 2017 decision to allow girls into its programs.

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Second Circuit Holds Private Student Loans Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

It is well-documented how notoriously difficult it is for student borrowers to discharge federal student loans. For students who take out private loans, however, the news may be getting better. On Thursday, July 15, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals sided with student borrowers in a class-action lawsuit, holding that private student loans can be discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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When Can New Yorkers Start Throwing Axes Again?

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put our lives on hold. If you're like me, you can't wait to do normal things again: See friends, go to live events, and start drinking heavily while axe throwing in New York. Unfortunately, after a recent federal decision out of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District, it appears that those tomahawks will have to stay in the closet for another few months, at least. But we can still drink. This Was Allowed Before the Pandemic?

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Universities Shocked to Find Cash Payments to Student Athletes Going on In Their Establishments

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Every year a new scandal breaks in NCAA Men's College Basketball involving under-the-table payments to student-athletes. It turns out that the students directly responsible for making millions of dollars for their universities somehow think that it is okay for them to get a little compensation for their talent and hard work.

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Second Circuit Ends Star Trek's Troubles With Tardigrades

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

The idea of a giant tardigrade is terrifying. Tardigrades are real, microscopic animals that can survive in almost any environment. They are the only known animals to survive in the vacuum of space and after exposure to solar radiation. European researchers found this out after their "Tardigrades in Space" experiment in 2007, known as TARDIS. Eight-legged with a sucker mouth, they look like a post-apocalyptic worm, right out of an H.P Lovecraft book or sci-fi horror movie.

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Unusually Combative Second Circuit Denies Review of a Controversial Sanctuary City Case

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

This week the Second Circuit declined to review en banc a case involving the withholding of federal grant funds to so-called “sanctuary" cities and states. In New York v. DOL, the full Second Circuit left in place a unanimous decision upholding the Trump Administration's policy of withholding Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants to enforce certain federal immigration policies.

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