Citizen Bounty Hunters: The New Method for Evading Judicial Enforcement

*Peri Leanna Schuster Introduction On September 1, 2021, the Texas legislature enacted Senate Bill 8 (S.B. 8), a new law that restricts the right to an abortion six weeks after pregnancy,[1] contravening precedent of the United States Supreme Court.[2] The Texas legislature drafted S.B. 8 to avoid enforcement by state actors.[3] S.B. 8 specifically statesContinue reading “Citizen Bounty Hunters: The New Method for Evading Judicial Enforcement”

Better Left Unsent: Real Estate “Love Letters” and Fair Housing Violations

*Alina Pargamanik I. Introduction A highly competitive real estate market with low inventory and intense bidding wars means that buyers are willing to do anything in their attempts to persuade sellers to sell, including resorting to “love letters.”[1] Love letters are letters that buyers write to sellers describing the reasons why the seller should pickContinue reading “Better Left Unsent: Real Estate “Love Letters” and Fair Housing Violations”

Go Back to Bed, America, Your Government is Watching Over You: What is a “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy” if Modern Surveillance Tools are in “General Public Use”?

*Bradley Rosen I. Privacy Protections Under the Fourth Amendment         The Fourth Amendment of the Federal Constitution protects the people’s right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”[1] The Supreme Court of the United States recognizes that “[t]he ‘basic purpose of [the Fourth] Amendment’ . . . ‘isContinue reading “Go Back to Bed, America, Your Government is Watching Over You: What is a “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy” if Modern Surveillance Tools are in “General Public Use”?”

Personal Jurisdiction in Light of Ford Motor Co.: Revolution or Evolution?

*Joseph Canner I. Personal Jurisdiction: A Brief Review As every first-year civil procedure student knows, defendants can only be sued in states where the courts have jurisdiction over that defendant.[1] This concept is known as personal jurisdiction. In most garden-variety product liability or breach of contract cases there are two requirements for a court toContinue reading “Personal Jurisdiction in Light of Ford Motor Co.: Revolution or Evolution?”

Tolling the Statute of Limitations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Did Former Chief Judge Barbera Overstep Her Authority or Soundly Act to Preserve the Courts’ Function?

*Sara Braniecki I. Introduction With COVID-19 uncertainty and safety concerns looming overhead, all Maryland courts closed their doors on March 17, 2020, and were limited to emergency operations.[1] On April 3, 2020, former Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera signed an emergency administrative order: the “Administrative Order on Tolling or Suspension ofContinue reading “Tolling the Statute of Limitations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Did Former Chief Judge Barbera Overstep Her Authority or Soundly Act to Preserve the Courts’ Function?”