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Driving On Empty: The Fate of Fossil Fuel Companies in Climate Nuisance Litigation

Reeva Dua
14 November 2019

States and municipalities are increasingly attempting to use climate nuisance litigation to hold fossil fuel companies such as BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell, accountable for climate change. Climate plaintiffs across the country are requesting a total of approximately two hundred billion dollars in damages. If these plaintiffs manage to win their […]

When Cause-in-Fact is, in Fact, Not the Solution: How Burrage Failed to Narrow the Scope of the Controlled Substances Act’s “Death Results” Sentencing Enhancement

Alyssa D. Weinstein

In the wake of the opioid crisis and the increasing role of prosecution as a way to combat the sale and use of drugs, this Note considers the twenty-year mandatory minimum sentencing enhancement for when “death results” under the Controlled Substances Act. In deciding Burrage v. United States, the Supreme Court settled the circuit split […]

Empirical Analysis of Religious Freedom Restoration Act Cases in the Federal District Courts Since Hobby Lobby

Meredith Abrams

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 has been controversial for almost as long as it has been law. It allows individuals to get exemptions from laws of general applicability based on religious belief. There has been a large body of scholarship performing empirical analysis on RFRA, but notably missing is a post-Hobby Lobby study […]

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