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The People’s Ledger: How to Democratize Money and Finance the Economy

Oct. 19, 2021—Saule T. Omarova | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1301 (2021) | The COVID-19 crisis underscored the urgency of digitizing sovereign money and ensuring universal access to banking services. It pushed two related ideas—the issuance of central bank digital currency and the provision of retail deposit accounts by central banks—to the forefront of the public policy debate....

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Central Banks and Climate Change

Oct. 19, 2021—Christina Parajon Skinner | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1301 (2021) | Central banks are increasingly called upon to address climate change. Proposals for central bank action on climate change range from programs of “green” quantitative easing to increases in risk-based capital requirements meant to deter banks from lending to climate-unfriendly business. Politicians and academics alike have...

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Praxis and Paradox: Inside the Black Box of Eviction Court

Oct. 19, 2021—Lauren Sudeall & Daniel Pasciuti | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1365 (2021) | In the American legal system, we typically conceive of legal disputes as governed by specific rules and procedures, resolved in a formalized court setting, with lawyers shepherding both parties through an adversarial process involving the introduction of evidence and burdens of proof. The...

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Brown, Massive Resistance, and the Lawyer’s View: A Nashville Story

Oct. 19, 2021—Daniel J. Sharfstein | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1435 (2021) | For nearly 75 years, the Vanderbilt Law Review has sought to publish rigorous, intellectually honest scholarship. In publishing the following Essay, we seek to provide an equally unflinching look at one way in which Vanderbilt Law School and its graduates have participated in the creation...

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Underwater Mortgages for Underwater Homes: The Elimination of Signals in the Coastal Lending Market

Oct. 19, 2021—Peyton J. Klein | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1467 (2021) | Climate change and sea level rise threaten to increase the default risk of mortgages on homes in coastal areas. Faced with this reality, small coastal lenders have begun selling more climate-sensitive mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, thereby transferring the risk of climate-induced...

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Let’s Talk About Gender: Nonbinary Title VII Plaintiffs Post-Bostock

Oct. 19, 2021—Meredith Rolfs Severtson | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1507 (2021) | In Bostock v. Clayton County, the Supreme Court held that Title VII’s sex-discrimination prohibition applies to discrimination against gay and transgender employees. This decision, surprising from a conservative Court, has engendered a huge amount of commentary on both its substantive holding and its interpretive...

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Reimagining Energy

Sep. 21, 2021—Monika U. Ehrman | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 489 (2021) | This Response suggests that energy laws should support the advancement of carbon-neutral technologies and other infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This support requires a reimagining of our energy system, involving the entire energy lifecycle—from production to consumption, through abandonment and reuse....

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The Distributive Impacts of Nudnik-based Activism

Sep. 10, 2021—Meirav Furth-Matzkin | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 469 (2021) | In Theory of the Nudnik: The Future of Consumer Activism and What We Can Do to Stop It, Professors Yonathan Arbel and Roy Shapira propose that nudnik customers should be lauded for acting as engines of market discipline. According to Arbel and Shapira,...

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Remaking Carceral Policy: A Response to Littman

Sep. 10, 2021—Keramet Reiter | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 457 (2021) | Aaron Littman’s Jails, Sheriffs, and Carceral Policymaking marshals an immense amount of empirical data, drawn from a dizzying array of legal and policy sources, to reframe our thinking about what is and should be possible in criminal justice reform at the local level....

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Chancery Court Refuses To Dismiss Aiding and Abetting Claim Against Target Company Financial Advisor, but Grants Dismissal to Outside Counsel and Buyer

Sep. 6, 2021—Robert S. Reder & Katherine H. Monks | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 445 (2021) | In a search for deep-pocketed defendants in M&A-related stockholder litigation, plaintiffs often add aiding and abetting claims against financial advisors, outside counsel, and buyers to the underlying breach of fiduciary duty claims. Consider, for example, RBC Cap. Mkts.,...

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Neutralizing the “800-[P]ound [G]orilla”: Chancery Court Denies Motions To Dismiss Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Controlling Stockholder Engaged in Conflicted Transaction and Special Committee Members

Sep. 2, 2021—Robert S. Reder & Lisa Orucevic | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 431 (2021) | The Delaware Court of Chancery (“Chancery Court”) generally is suspicious of a transaction involving a corporation and its controlling stockholder “where the controller indisputably stands on both sides” (quoting Viacom Litigation here and throughout the piece unless otherwise noted)....

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Pleading-Stage Dismissal via Corwin Denied to 34.8% Stockholder Alleged To Control Both Sides of Challenged Transaction

Sep. 2, 2021—Robert S. Reder & John K. Neal, Jr. | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 419 (2021) | Under the Delaware Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Corwin v. KKR Fin. Holdings LLC, 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015) (“Corwin”), a transaction “approved by a fully informed, uncoerced vote of the disinterested stockholders” will attract business judgment...

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Chancery Court Again Refuses Preliminary Dismissal due to Well-Pled Allegations that Sale Process Orchestrated by Target Company Fiduciary Failed To Satisfy Revlon Standards

Sep. 1, 2021—Robert S. Reder & Victoria D. Selover | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 407 (2021) | Several recent decisions of the Delaware Court of Chancery (“Chancery Court”) have considered the interplay between two iconic Delaware Supreme Court decisions rendered in the corporate sale context: Revlon, Inc. v. MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc., 506 A.2d...

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MFW’s Ab Initio Requirement Not Satisfied When Controlling Stockholder Negotiated with Minority Stockholder Before Acceding to “[D]ual [P]rotections”

Aug. 31, 2021—Robert S. Reder & Connor J. Breed | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 397 (2021) | In In re HomeFed Corp. S’holder Litig., No. 2019-0592-AGB, 2020 Del. Ch. LEXIS 235 (Del. Ch. July 13, 2020) (“HomeFed”), the Delaware Court of Chancery (“Chancery Court”) denied pleading-stage dismissal of claims challenging a controlling stockholder-led buyout. In...

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Chancery Court Determines that Merger Partner Breached “Efforts Covenants” in Connection with “[S]tar-[C]rossed” Combination of Health Insurance Giants

Aug. 28, 2021—Robert S. Reder & Connor J. Breed | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 383 (2021) | Amid a flurry of industry consolidations, Anthem, Inc. (“Anthem”) and Cigna Corporation (“Cigna”), the second and third largest health insurers in the United States, entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated July 23, 2015 (“Merger Agreement”)....

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Chancery Court Takes a Deep Dive into Imprecise Asset Purchase Agreement Language

Aug. 27, 2021—Robert S. Reder & Gabrielle M. Haddad | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 375 (2021) | Precise language and adherence to market conventions are crucial elements when negotiating and drafting commercial agreements. In Dermatology Assocs. of San Antonio v. Oliver St. Dermatology Mgmt. LLC, No. 2017-0665-KSJM, 2020 WL 4581674 (Del. Ch. Aug. 10, 2020),...

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