Podcast: Compulsory Vaccine Laws with Vincent Racaniello and Erwin Chemerinsky

This episode features Sam Matthews, STLR Executive Submissions Editor, discussing the constitutionality of compulsory vaccine laws Professor Vincent Racaniello of Columbia University and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law School. — Vincent Racaniello is Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University. He has done laboratory research on viruses for over 30 years. Following on his belief that scientists must communicate their work to the public, he has co-authored a virology textbook, distributed videocasts Continue Reading →

Clinic Attacks Zombies

Columbia Law School Clinic Joins Erie County and the Western New York Law Center to Combat Zombie Properties Students help stabilize communities, protect homeowners and create pro bono opportunities. The following guest post has been authored and contributed by Columbia Law School’s Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic. In 2016, New York State Gov. Cuomo enacted sweeping legislation known colloquially as the “Zombie Property Law.” The legislation was designed to combat the blight of vacant Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 26, 2019

“Facebook Investigated in Ireland Over Mishandled Passwords” The Irish Data Protection Commission announced on Thursday, April 25, 2019 that an investigation has been opened by an Irish data regulator into Facebook’s mishandling of passwords for millions of users. Facebook commented on the alleged mishandling passwords in March, saying that it did not “properly mask” passwords for many of its users, instead storing the passwords as plain text in an internal database that Facebook’s staff had Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 25, 2019

“Tech and Privacy Groups Hate the Census Citizenship Question” Although business leaders in the tech industry and prominent privacy advocates usually stay on opposite sides of the aisle, the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census has these players on the same team. Both groups filed (separate) amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in advance of oral argument on the issue, which took place on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Privacy Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode: Moran Yemini on The New Irony of Free Speech

This episode features Jennifer Ange, STLR Staffer, talking with Dr. Moran Yemini about the freedom of speech in the new digital age. In his recent article published on STLR, Dr. Yemini argues that the digital age presents a new irony of free speech. The popular concept that the Internet promotes freedom of expression may be too simplistic. In his view, the Internet, while it strengthens our capacity of expression, also limits the liberty aspect of Continue Reading →

Link Roundup – April 17, 2019

Profanities Prohibition in the Lanham Act: A Violation of the First Amendment? On Monday, April 15, 2019, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case Iancu v. Brunetti, in which Los Angeles clothing designer Erik Brunetti is challenging the denial of his trademark application for the mark “FUCT.” The issue being argued is whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which prohibits the registration of “immoral, deceptive, or scandalous” marks, is violative of the Continue Reading →

Letter from the Editor

Dear STLR Community, In 1999, a small group of Columbia Law students decided to embark on an endeavor that they could not possibly have predicted would fundamentally shape the way those in the law, science, and technology community think twenty years later. This year, Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, affectionately known as STLR (pronounced “stellar”), celebrates the publication of its twentieth volume. We’re honored to mark the milestone with two fantastic issues and a Continue Reading →

Lyft’s IPO Debacle and the Challenges of Unprofitable Unicorns

On March 29, 2019, the popular ride-sharing startup Lyft officially debuted on the Nasdaq Stock Market, capping off more than a year of speculation and supposed investor fervor over access to the next tech unicorn. Opening at a price of $87.24 a share – 21 percent above the initial public offering (IPO) price of $72 offered to pre-IPO investors – the market gave the company an approximate valuation of $30 billion. Within the next few Continue Reading →

The Defend Trade Secrets Act and Religious Institutions

In 2016 Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) in an effort to, among other things, further unify trade secret law.[1]  The DTSA was based largely on the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”) and created a federal civil action for those seeking redress in federal court for the misappropriation of a trade secret.  Despite this derivative relationship between the federal and state statutes, there are numerous differences in language between the DTSA and UTSA.  However, Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 9, 2019

Proposed Amendment to the CCPA Would Create a Private Right of Action for All Violators After the enactment of the GDPR in May 2018, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 was a “first-in-the-nation regulatory overhaul” for data protection. “The CCPA expanded consumer data protection laws by requiring large businesses operating in California to, among other things, notify their customers about the nature of their data collection (including what type of data is being collected Continue Reading →