Social Media: How Private Funds and Other Pooled Investment Vehicles Can Learn From Other Businesses and Harness the Power of Twitter and Facebook

By: Alan Williams, 2L, Journal Staff Member

Alan WilliamsIt is no secret that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are here to stay.  It is also no secret that a large number of businesses have accepted this, moving Western society ever closer to a day when all of the advertisements we see come to us, at least in some way, through the Internet and social media. 

American Airlines and U.S. Airways Antitrust Suits: Why Didn't Anyone Bring a Class Action Lawsuit?

By: Erin Frazer, 2L, Journal Staff Member

Erin Frazer

Recently, according to Bloomberg News, American Airlines ("AA") and U.S. Airways settled an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice ("DOJ") over the companies' $17.2 billion merger.  The DOJ sued the airlines alleging that the proposed merger would harm consumers by raising ticket prices and restricting choice. The DOJ settled the suit with AA and U.S. Airways only after the airlines agreed to give up slots at key airports, including LaGuardia, Reagan, and O'Hare. Accoding to USA Today, this means more low-cost airlines will be able to have a foothold at some of the nation's largest airports. 

Big Three to Take a Hit? World Decides it is Time to Compete

By: Andrew Horne, 2L, Journal Staff Member

Andrew Horne

Pick up any recent edition of the Wall Street Journal and you are bound to find an article probing the dominance of, the pseudo-regulations governing, or a scandal directly linked to at least one of the three major credit rating agencies, the oligopoly of the financial underworld.  As noted in Julia Zukina's* A Step Short of Change: Examining the Recent Regulation of Credit Rating Agencies and Its Shortcomings in a Global Market, recently published in the Journal's Volume 13, Issue 2, the scope of the three agencies, Standard & Poor's (S&P's), Moody's, and Fitch, covers over 98% of all NRSRO ratings.  Thus, the scope carries a great deal of the responsibility for the hardships and benefits within the market.  

Will the JOBS Act Cure a Struggling American IPO On-Ramp?

By: Elisabeth Bellinger, 3L, Journal Staff Member

Elisabeth Liz BellingerIn recent years, the United States Initial Public Offering (“IPO”) market has been lackluster.  Even before the recent recession, while foreign market IPOs increased, the United States faced a steady decline.  The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 ("JOBS Act") was Congress’s attempt to fix the broken American IPO on-ramp, boost IPOs in U.S. markets, and speed up economic recovery.

It’s Official; The Use of General Solicitation and Public Advertising is Permitted for Certain Private Offerings.

By: Charles Cavanagh, 3L, Journal Staff Member

Charles Charlie Cavanaugh

It’s official.  As of September 23, 2013, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) amendments to Rule 506 of the Securities Act of 1933 became effective.  Rule 506, the provision used by more than 90% of all exempt offerings in the United States, previously permitted private placements to be sold only if all of the purchasers were accredited investors and general solicitation and public advertising was not used.


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