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Archive: November 2020 Blog Posts

  • The PPE Dilemma: Protecting Populations without Producing Pollution
  • November 16th, 2020 — by Jenna Santacroce — Category: COVID-19

  • It’s not news that COVID-19 has brought about a new “normal.” We've become accustomed to video call etiquette, practice social distancing in restaurants, and have developed an increased dependence on personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face coverings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages every American to wear face masks when leaving their home. This guidance implicitly entrusts roughly 330 million Americans to responsibly dispose of their PPE properly. The same expectations apply worldwide, and unfortunately, not everyone complies. By protecting ourselves, we are endangering our planet.

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  • Mississippi v. Tennessee – Special Master Finds Aquifer is an Interstate Resource
  • November 13th, 2020 — by Catherine Janasie — Category: Environmental Law Groundwater

  • When one state alleges it has suffered a legal harm caused by another state, the complaining state must ask the Supreme Court of the United States–the only court that can hear disputes between states–to hear the case.

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  • Fraud in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program
  • November 12th, 2020 — by Blake Tims — Category: COVID-19

  • A recent US Department of Labor Inspector General (IG) report shows how easy it may have been for unscrupulous individuals to unlawfully benefit from the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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  • A Somewhat-Altered Journey Continues: Court Rules on the Use of Cousteau Trademarks
  • November 6th, 2020 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Jacques Cousteau, wearing his signature red cap, achieved worldwide fame as an oceanic explorer, filmmaker, and marine conservationist. Prior to his death in 1997 at the age of 87, Cousteau established The Cousteau Society (TCS) and granted the nonprofit exclusive rights to his intellectual property portfolio.

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  • Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping
  • November 4th, 2020 — by Philip Lott — Category: Miscellaneous

  • On September 22, 2020, President Trump signed “Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” which purports to set aside workplace diversity training across the country that is “inherently sexist and racist.”

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  • CDC Lifts No-Sail Order for Cruise Ships
  • November 2nd, 2020 (updated on Nov. 4th, 2020) — by Zachary Klein — Category: Admiralty COVID-19

  • On March 14, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a No Sail Order (NSO) for cruise ships in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than seven months later, the agency has announced that it will allow the ban to expire at the end of October. The CDC has replaced the NSO with a framework that takes a phased approach to resuming passenger cruise ship operations in US waters.

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