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Guns and Home Rule

Cleveland City Council passed legislation (text) that attempts to improve gun control in the city. Mayor Frank Jackson said that the measures “address concerns with the responsible use of firearms in an effort to reduce gun violence, protect the City’s youth, and make Cleveland’s neighborhoods safer” without impinging upon the Second Amendment rights of Cleveland’s …Read the Rest

Google and EU Competition Law

The European Commission (EC) is asking Google to formally answer charges that the company is violating European competition (antitrust) law in allegedly favoring its Google shopping service among the results retrieved by European users of the Google search engine.Google holds about a 90% share of that search market. Potential fines could be over $6 billion, …Read the Rest

National Security and Use of Force

Stephen Preston, General Counsel at the Department of Defense (DOD), fought off a cold to deliver the keynote speech on Friday, April 10, at the 2015 American Society of International Law (ASIL) conference. As part of the standing room crowd, I was unable to take notes. Luckily, the DOD released the text of his speech, …Read the Rest

Iranian nuclear deal

On April 6, 2015, thirty nuclear nonproliferation specialists issued a joint statement stating that the framework agreement announced by the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China) and Iran on April 2, 2015 is a “vitally important step forward” that will, when implemented, “put in place an effective, verifiable, enforceable, long-term plan to …Read the Rest

NCAA’s March Madness

This is a post about some of the legal aspects related to the NCAA’s March Madness Division I basketball bracket — not to be confused with what CFO calls the NCAA’s profitability bracket, in which 123 of the Association’s teams “collectively earned $351 million on nearly $1 billion of revenue last year.” More teams (223) broke even or …Read the Rest

The Letter

Recently, 47 out of 54 Republican Senators signed an “open letter” to the leaders of Iran. The letter has generated many comments in real and virtual fora, from White House (and State Department) press briefings to a “fierce Twitter spat.” According to some, the letter was an attempt to play (partisan) politics and undermine the delicate …Read the Rest