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Climate Change Regulation Through Litigation: New York’s Investigation of ExxonMobil under the Martin Act

Posted by on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 in Environmental Law Review Syndicate, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Chris Erickson* In November 2015, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began an investigation into whether ExxonMobil made public statements about climate change that conflicted with its own internal research.[1] Schneiderman issued a subpoena to ExxonMobil ordering production of documents related to its internal climate change research and the use of that research in […]

“An Elephant in the Room”: The Future of Chevron Deference and Its Impact on Deregulation

Posted by on Monday, July 31st, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Chris Erickson* The doctrine of administrative deference, commonly known as Chevron deference, has governed administrative law since 1984.[1] Recent political changes now threaten its existence. The Republican Party, in control of all three branches of Federal government, has freedom to pursue its agenda of deregulation. Eliminating Chevron deference, however, may increase the difficulty of […]

Dating, But Without Commitment: The Food Industry’s New Voluntary Dating Standards

Posted by on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Joan Campau* The United States wastes an enormous amount of food; some studies show that 40% of our country’s food supply ends up in landfills.[1] A growing body of research suggests that much of this is attributable to “consumer confusion over date labels” which may lead people to toss food that has not yet […]

When Tesla comes to Town

Posted by on Monday, July 24th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL News, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Jason Zhu* Tesla is the new black. Since 2015, Tesla has sold more than twenty thousand electric cars. Thousands of Tesla car are now running on the roads every day. And consumers regard Tesla as the brand of the future.  However, America may not be Tesla’s future due to its restrictive domestic laws. Background […]

The Bloom is not off the Lake Yet; New Ohio Measures to Reduce Erie Phosphorus Levels  

Posted by on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Jamila Odeh* Harmful algal blooms, composed of cyanobacteria, can produce toxins that threaten human and ecological health.[1] Harmful algal blooms have long been an issue in Lake Erie where shallow waters, sunlight, and phosphorus runoff from agricultural lands fuel cyanobacterial growth.[2] Concern is warranted, given that nearly twelve million people drink Lake Erie water.[3] […]

Juliana v. United States: The Constitutional Argument for Climate Change Protection

Posted by on Monday, July 17th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, Reviews of Recent Cases, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Anna Rasmussen* In August of 2015, a group of 21 youths, currently aged 9–20, filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against President Barack Obama (now President Donald Trump) and agencies including the Department of Energy, the EPA, and the Department of Defense.[1] The plaintiffs state that, “For over fifty years, the United […]

Fiduciary Responsibility for Investment Advisors: An Issue that Refuses to Retire

Posted by on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By David Imhoff* On April 8, 2016 the Department of Labor published a rule in the Federal Register that imposes new fiduciary requirements on a broad array of financial advisors.[1]  This will require newly covered advisors to act in the best interests of their clients, and will impose new documentation and verification requirements.[2]  While the […]

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener: The Environmental Effects of Marijuana Cultivation

Posted by on Monday, July 10th, 2017 in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Eric Ashby* I. Introduction The legal status of cannabis in the United States varies widely by state. In some states the substance is legal for recreational use, a number of states have laws providing for legal medicinal use, and in other states cannabis is completely illegal—as it is under federal law. With the passage […]

Mining and Oil & Gas Interests in the Trump Administration

Posted by on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Grant Snyder* Conservationists worry that the Trump Administration’s policies will lead to environmental disaster. These fears often focus on potential federal land transfers to the states. The anxiety about transfers stems from the thought that smaller states would be unable to manage transfer lands. The states would in turn sell the land to mining, […]

Ignoring the Taking of President Trump’s Border Wall

Posted by on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL News, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Hallie Lipsey* In the midst of disputes regarding costs, immigration, and international standing, President Trump may be neglecting one of the greater obstacles to the completion of the wall he has proposed to build along the Mexican border: the jaguar. The jaguar, along with 110 other animal and plant species, is protected under the […]

Air Pollution: a New Harmful Sugar For the Population

Posted by on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Irma Cruz* We live in a world where long-term consequences are ignored because they lack “immediate attention.” Millennials are known for their need of instant gratification, an attribute that is consistent with a short-term outlook. We tend to focus on occurrences that impact us here and now, that impact us personally, and that impact […]