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for June, 2008

Klass Blogs on Exxon Valdez Case

June 26, 2008

Professor Alexandra Klass has submitted postings on SCOTUS blog and the American Constitution Society blog on the Supreme Court's recent decision in the 19-year litigation over punitive damages associated with the grounding of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska, which resulted in the discharge of 11 million gallons into the Sound.

Additional posting at http://www.acsblog.org/guest-bloggers-punitive-damages-run-aground-before-the-supreme-court.html

Read Alexandra Klass's Faculty Profile

Cox in Wall Street Journal on Mortgage Suits

June 26, 2008

Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article examining lawsuits filed by state attorneys general against various subsidiaries and officers of Countrywide Mortgage.

Professor Cox was also quoted on the WSJ's Law Blog http://blogs.wsj.com/law

Read Prentiss Cox's Faculty Profile

Kirtley Lectures on Media Law and Ethics in Sierra Leone

June 17, 2008

Professor Jane Kirtley delivered a series of lectures on media law and ethics in Sierra Leone from June 17-21. Her appearances in Freetown and in the "upcountry" towns of Makeni and Bo were sponsored by the U.S. State Department. In addition to meeting with journalists and government officials, she was also interviewed by several radio stations. Media law is currently in a state of transition in the country. The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists has filed suit to challenge the 1965 Public Order Act, which includes criminal penalties for seditious libel.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Shaffer Interviewed on Bloomberg TV on Korean Protests Regarding US Beef

June 3, 2008

In June, Greg Shaffer was on Bloomberg television providing his analysis of the mass protests in Korea regarding the government's agreement with the US to re-import US beef, which the protestors claimed poses a risk of mad cow disease. Shaffer was later quoted in news analyses on the web, stating: “This will kill the U.S.-Korea free-trade agreement. The political opposition in Korea has found an issue which has provided it leverage to undermine the current government.”

Schwarcz's Proposal Adopted by NAIC Task Force

June 2, 2008

Professor Daniel Schwarcz, who is also a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), recently proposed an amendment to an industry "white paper" on global climate change. The proposal, which was unanimously adopted by the NAIC Climate Change and Global Warming Task Force, recommended that insurers encourage consumers to drive less by giving greater weight in setting policy premiums to the number of miles that policyholders drive.

Read Daniel Schwarcz's Faculty Profile