Signal Lost: Is a GPS Tracking System the Same as an Eyeball?

Eric Andrew Felleman*

1 U. Mich. J.L. Reform A14

On November 8th, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in United States v. Jones. One of the primary issues in the case is whether law enforcement personnel violated Mr. Jones’ Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures by using a GPS tracking device to monitor the location of his car without a warrant. The 7th Circuit and the 9th Circuit have both recently held that use of GPStracking is not a search under the Fourth Amendment.1

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Network Neutrality: Verizon v. FCC

Anna S. Han*

1 U. Mich. J.L. Reform A9

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is once again locking horns with the broadband behemoth, Verizon, over the issue of network neutrality.1 Although this conflict between the government and corporate giants is far from new, recent events have forced courts to give it close scrutiny.2 Given the explosive pace at which technology has expanded and permeated citizens’ daily lives, the judgments rendered have greater significance now than ever before.

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The Tangled Thicket of Health Care Reform: The Judicial System in Action

Gene Magidenko*

1 U. Mich. J.L. Reform A1

On March 23, 2010, after a lengthy political debate on health care reform, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. A week later, he signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which amended certain provisions of PPACA. But far from ending the intense national debate on the issue, these enactments opened a new front of battle in the federal courts that will almost certainly make its way to the United States Supreme Court. Much of this litigation focuses on § 1501 of PPACA, which contains the controversial individual mandate1 requiring every individual to maintain minimum “essential coverage” (with certain exceptions).

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