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Five Factors to Watch with Premarket Tobacco Product Application Decisions
Chelsea Boyd

Sept. 9, 2021 is a pivotal day for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and reduced-risk tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes. The FDA is expected to announce which products have received…

Right of First Refusal Laws for Electric Transmission are Anti-Competitive in Interstate Commerce
Josiah Neeley

FEDERAL PRE-EMPTION IS APPROPRIATE
The benefits of competition in building and operating new electric transmission projects is increasingly apparent. A recent study by the Brattle Group found that…

Questions to Ask About a Menthol Ban
Caroline Kitchens

The Biden administration has announced a plan to ban menthol cigarettes, though the specifics have yet to be articulated. Given the serious negative health consequences of combustible cigarettes, the…

Teleheath, Fraud and Complexity: Considerations for Policymakers
Courtney Joslin

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically shifted how Americans accessed health care. Telehealth services became a main source of medical care, and as such, lawmakers, agencies and political leaders rushed…

Pole Replacement Explainer
Jeffrey Westling
The Online App Store Ecosystem
Wayne Brough

App stores help make smartphones smart

Digital Application Distribution Platforms, or app stores, are used by consumers to purchase and download apps for smartphones and other mobile devices. The…

Section 230
Jeffrey Westling

BACKGROUND
Modern social media services, news, e-commerce and many other websites are built around input from their users, including messages, comments, reviews and pictures. These communications…

Pharmacist-Prescribed Birth Control: The Evidence on Outcomes
Courtney Joslin

Women have long reported that hormonal birth control can be difficult and costly to obtain. Many have trouble scheduling regular doctor appointments in the first place; for the uninsured, this can be…

Supplier Consolidated Billing
Josiah Neeley & Mike Haugh

SUPPLIER CONSOLIDATED BILLING
In more than a dozen states, customers have the choice of choosing their retail electric provider. In these states, an electric customer will receive services from two…

Staying connected with mail is vital for those incarcerated and their families
Nila Bala

Facilitating family connections is in everyone’s best interests. Pro-social family connections can make facilities safer, improve the psychological health of those behind bars, and even lead to a…

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