Karen Gantt, Associate Professor of Business Law, has been busy doing research during her sabbatical last semester. Some of that research has resulted in the following two papers being accepted for publication.
"Balancing Women’s Health and Religious Freedom Under The ACA" has been accepted as the lead article in Quinnipiac Health Law Journal.
Abstract: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “the Act”) requires employers to provide coverage for contraceptives to their employees. This article explores the numerous lawsuits filed by religious organizations over the contraceptive mandate in the context of the tension between government ability to legislate for the public interest and religious liberty. It also analyzes a number of issues the contraceptive mandate controversy has raised including whether for profit corporations are persons with free religious exercise rights in light of Citizen’s United.
“Natural Disasters and Private Road Residents: When ‘And I’m A Taxpayer’ Isn’t Enough” has been accepted for publication in the Real Estate Law Journal (ThomsonReuters).
Abstract: Cities and towns reap cost savings and increased revenues when condominium owners pay property taxes, but do not receive municipal services such as plowing, maintenance and repair of the roads, trash removal and lighting because the property is generally located on private roads. Recent natural disasters have shown the far greater implications of this private road issue. When hurricanes hit Florida or ice storms hit Connecticut causing massive amounts of downed trees requiring large scale debris removal, condominium owners and other homeowners whose property is located on private roads, were generally not eligible for FEMA disaster relief. In light of the apparent rise in natural disasters over the last several years, including most recently Hurricane Sandy, this paper examines the current landscape and analyzes possible solutions.