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for March, 2008

Holcomb Previews Supreme Court Case

March 17, 2008

Visiting Assistant Professor Morgan Holcomb provided a "Case at a Glance" for the American Bar Association's Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases.

The case involves whether states, in this case, the State of Florida, can impose stamp taxes on transfers of property that occur under confirmed bankruptcy plans. The case was argued on March 26, 2008. Scott D. Makar represented the State of Florida, and G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.

The ABA's Preview "offers expert analysis of the issues, arguments, background, and significance of every case slated for argument in the Supreme Court."

Klass in Star Tribune on Wetland Lawsuit

March 15, 2008

Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in an article in the Star Tribune discussing recent developments in a lawsuit involving the City of Savage's environmental review of a residential development project consisting of more than 200 homes. Klass, with the help of third-year law student Sitso Bediako, is representing a citizens group in Savage pro bono to ensure that the City conducts all required environmental review of the project prior to issuing any permits. The land in question is a large, wooded parcel containing significant wetlands that also may contain protected historic and tribal resources.

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Klass Op-Ed on Punitive Damages & Exxon

March 1, 2008

Professor Alexandra Klass and University of Nebraska Law Professor Sandra Zellmer are the authors of an op-ed piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. They discuss the $2.5 billion dollar punitive damage award against Exxon in connection with the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case last week. In the op-ed, Klass and Zellmer highlight the important purposes punitive damages serve in deterring and punishing corporate misconduct, and why such damages should not be subject to preemption under federal maritime law or the federal clean water act.

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