johnathan bender

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Transforming the Shipping Industry: An Infrastructure Overhaul to Support Alternative Fuel Is Long Overdue

in Volume IV

By Sophia Sahagun Introduction Increasing investor and consumer climate-consciousness, with impending UN deadlines for carbon emissions reduction converge to send a clear message: it is time for a dramatic overhaul of the international shipping industry to make it more efficient and more environmentally sustainable. Historically, progress has stalled due to concerns about expense and confusion…

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A Short Examination of Antitrust in the Video Game Industry

in Government/Volume IV

By Philip Chang Introduction             In recent years, antitrust prosecutors have shifted their focus to the technology industry. Antitrust litigation and attempts to regulate monopolistic corporate practices have existed since the late 1800s. The Sherman Act, the first antitrust law passed in 1890, was considered a “comprehensive charter of economic liberty aimed at preserving free…

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Upzoning and How CA SB 9 May Fall Short of Changing the California Build Environment in 2022

in Public Policy/Real Estate/Volume IV

By Shantal Malmed It is no secret that California is one of the most expensive states to live in. The state boasts excellent weather, an expanding tech scene[1], and a melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnicities.[2] According to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), from 2010 to 2020, “the state added 3.2 times…

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Why ESG Matters for Big Law Firms

in Business Organizations/Employment/Public Policy/Volume IV

by Philip Chang Modern investors use myriad non-financial metrics to assess the economic sustainability of potential companies to invest in. One of the most relevant viability standards is Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”).[1] The “environment” factor in ESG refers to a company’s efforts to conserve the natural world. From a corporation’s perspective, this concerns a…

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in Employment/Public Policy/Volume IV

by Hannah Berookhim From smallpox to HIV, the United States is no stranger to disease outbreaks. But it seems COVID-19 has affected every aspect of American life more than any other virus to date. While the country by no means has the greatest number of COVID-19 deaths per capita, it does lead the world in…

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SARE Debtors and the Post-COVID-19 Effect on the Efficient Market: How SARE Debtors Must Now Prepare for Bankruptcy Filings

in Bankruptcy/Finance/Investment/Real Estate/Volume IV

by Shantal Malmed The COVID-19 pandemic initially caused a reduced cash flow making it difficult for landlords to make timely mortgage payments. As much of the workforce is now remote, tenant income has decreased, and the commercial and residential real estate markets have suffered. Landlords whose incomes stem from revenues produced by single residential properties,…

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Tokenization of Real Estate: Revolutionizing Real Estate through Digitalization and Reduced Market Barriers

in Investment/Real Estate/Technology/Volume IV

by Christina Mkrtchyan In an era of growing digitalization of markets, real estate is no exception. Since 2016, digitalizing real estate investments into tradeable tokens has revolutionized the industry by broadening market participation, automating middleman processes, increasing liquidity, and improving transparency. This article explores what tokenization is, how it works, its advantages and challenges, and…

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