Thomas H. Ward “Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing to what I shall unfold.”[i]  With its grant of certiorari late last December, the Supreme Court crossed the river Styx and resurrected a question that estate planners had thought was laid to rest long ago:  whether the proceeds of a life insurance policy held […]

14 Wake Forest L. Rev. Online 1 Sam Kiehl[1]* Introduction Should an independent school that maintains a § 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status be obligated to comply with Title IX? The answer comes down to how you define “federal financial assistance.”[2] Two recent federal court decisions from opposite ends of the country came out four days apart […]

Tamara Allen “I turned my chair toward the fireplace and sank into half-sleep. Again the atoms fluttered before my eyes. . . . Long lines, often combined more densely; everything in motion, twisting and turning like snakes. But look, what was that? One of the snakes had seized its own tail, and the figure whirled […]

Madelyn Strohm  On December 20, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced proposed changes to its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“Rule” or “COPPA Rule”).[1] The proposed changes aim to keep up with changes in technology and how businesses are using children’s information collected online.[2] The updated Rule aims to further enhance children’s privacy […]

Will Coltzer The Supreme Court is set to determine whether the government can regulate the way social media platforms (“Platforms”) like X,[1] Facebook, and YouTube moderate third-party content.[2] Although social media has become ubiquitous and has been described as the modern “public forum,”[3] there remain serious questions about the authority of the government to require […]

13 Wake Forest L. Rev. Online 59 Clare Magee Introduction Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine catalyzed a waterfall of political and economic upheaval across a world already reeling from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the World Bank, global trade in oil and natural gas from Russia and agricultural products from Ukraine suffered immense setbacks.[1] […]

Nick Rader This September, in L.W. ex rel. Williams v. Skrmetti,[1] the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed two preliminary injunctions that had prevented state gender affirming care restrictions from taking effect.[2]  Now, statutes in both Tennessee and Kentucky prohibit minors in most circumstances from obtaining certain medical procedures offered to […]

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Nicholas Walters  On March 30, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced its proposed rule to enhance disclosure and investor protection in initial public offerings (“IPO”) by special purpose acquisition companies (“SPAC”) for business combinations involving shell companies and private operating companies.[1] This rule came in response to an unprecedented spike in private […]

Trinity Chapman  On October 24, 2023, thirty-three states filed suit against Meta[1], alleging that its social media content harms and exploits young users.[2] The plaintiffs go on to allege that Meta’s services are intentionally addictive, promoting compulsive use and leading to severe mental health problems in younger users.[3]  The lawsuit points to specific aspects of […]

Mark Lee This June, in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Company,[1] the Supreme Court held that a Pennsylvania statutory scheme which requires out-of-state corporations to “consent” to general personal jurisdiction to do business in the state was consistent with Due Process.[2]  This decision allows Robert Mallory, a Virginia resident, to bring a lawsuit in Pennsylvania […]

Caitlin Maguire  Imagine if you could transform greenhouse gases into money. The Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases (“SC-GHG”) does just that, but unfortunately, you cannot spend it. The SC-GHG is a metric created by the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases (“IWG”).[1] The metric provides a monetary estimate that represents both […]

Noah McDuff           I.      An Introduction to Chevron Deference The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Chevron v. National Resources Defense Council[1] has served as a pillar in the administrative law community for almost forty years[2] and remains one of the most cited high court decisions in history.[3] In Chevron, […]