Challenges by for-profit corporations to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide their employees with medical insurance packages that include coverage for contraceptives have raised questions under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Constitution. This Essay discusses a threshold question in the constitutional challenges: Do for-profit corporations have rights of religious conscience protected by the Free Exercise Clause? I do not offer a definitive answer but instead mostly enumerate considerations that counsel hesitation before concluding that they do. I originally thought that I could address the question posed in the title without dealing with the RFRA, but—as will appear below—perhaps the answer lies in the statutory accommodations legislatures choose to enact, which might, but only might, include RFRA.
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The Bayh–Dole Act, which allows patenting of federally funded research, has been praised for driving growth but also criticized for creating unnecessary deadweight loss and contributing to a patent “anticommons.” Much of the controversy stems from Bayh–Dole’s differing effects on different inventions. The dominant justification for Bayh–Dole patents is commercialization theory: the idea that exclusive […]
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Symposium on Reassessing the Restatement of Employment Law
The Cornell Law Review hosted a Symposium on Reassessing the Restatement of Employment Law on Friday, November 21, 2014, at Cornell Law School. The Symposium offered the first commentary on Restatement of Employment Law, a twelve-year project, which the American Law Institute approved in 2014. Click for Symposium Agenda
Symposium on Extraterritorialism
The Cornell Law Review will publish its annual Symposium issue for Volume 99 with a focus on extraterritorialism in September 2014. The flurry of recent Supreme Court decisions turning on a revived door-closing territorialism is attracting the attention of legal scholars in various substantive as well as methodological fields of federal law, and the lines […]
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