When You Are $111 Billion in the Hole, Is It Better to Dig or Climb? A Critical Look at Illinois’ State Pension Obligations

That’s right, billion with a ‘b.’ That’s how much Illinois’s unfunded public pension debt has grown to according to a state legislative report from the General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. That includes five pension systems the state is responsible for (state university employees, public school teachers, judges, state lawmakers and state workers). …More

Check Out the April Issue!

The April Issue of John Marshall’s student newspaper the Decisive Utterance is back from the presses! It is our fourth and final issue of the 2015-2016 school year and we are very pleased to conclude this year on such a high note. This issue features some great articles about Dean Corkery stepping down, the damaging effects of Islamophobia …More

Video Game Law Society’s Spring Newsletter Released Today!

Check out the Video Game Law Society’s newsletter today! The Video Game Law Society is proud to present its spring newsletter! Issue 5 features in depth articles on Sony’s attempt to trademark the term “Lets Play”, the FBI’s attempt to compel Apple to hand over access to its iPhone system, a look at one game developer’s futile struggle to …More

Give Me Back my NCAA Football Video Games

Since 1993, the NCAA released a video game based on college football and basketball games every year. This tradition has come to an end in 2014 due to the mounting pressure placed on the organization from former college athletes. They are complaining that their image and likeness has been used by EA Sports without their …More

Infringing on Criticism: Abusing Copyright Protection to Silence Game Journalists

Video game reviewer, James Stanton, better known by his alias, Jim Sterling, has a distinctively brash, but artful style of utterly ripping apart games via his channel on YouTube. Sterling’s foul-mouthed and brutal criticism of video games did not go unnoticed by one target in particular: independent game studio, Digital Homicide. In Digital Homicide’s attempts …More

Let Them Play: A Look at Sony’s Failed Attempt to Trademark “Let’s Play”

On October 28, 2015 Sony filed an intention to use application for the mark “Let’s Play.” When news of Sony’s application broke on January 8, 2016 the public’s reaction was overwhelmingly negative. Sony’s application was refused for Likelihood of confusion in a non-final office action on December 29, 2015. A Georgia company, Let’z Play of …More