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  • KSTP-TV Interviews Prof. Cotter on Dispute Over Prince Songs

    April 20, 2017

    KSTP-TV Channel 5 News interviewed Professor Tom Cotter on a legal dispute over the release of recordings of previously unreleased songs by the late recording artist Prince. Prof. Cotter noted that the dispute ultimately may center on an issue of copyright law, namely whether Prince was the sole author of the works, or whether instead the sound engineer who released the recordings was, as he claims, a joint author with Prince. 

  • New Ranking of State Insurance Protections Draws on Prof. Schwarcz’s Research

    April 19, 2017

    The Rutgers Center for Risk and Responsibility released a report entitled “State Rankings of Homeowners Insurance Protections: Buying Insurance,” which draws extensively on Professor Schwarcz’s research on state insurance regulation. The report highlights that most states do not make different homeowners insurance policies broadly available to consumers or market intermediaries. It also emphasizes that states generally do not disseminate any data about how reliably different carriers pay their claims. These deficiencies in transparency, according to Prof. Schwarcz, result in consumers relying on carriers’ vague and unverifiable claims about the quality of their coverage, impeding effective competition in insurance markets.

  • Washington Post Asks Prof. McGeveran About Smart TV Privacy Policies

    April 17, 2017

    For a feature breaking down the complex privacy policies that accompany internet-connected smart televisions, the Washington Post consulted Professor William McGeveran as one of four experts on privacy law. McGeveran helped explain typical features of these polcies, and he offered advice for those overwhelmed by their tangled legalese: don’t activate smart TV features you don’t use. “You can bet that you are reducing the overall amount of data collection by doing that,” he said.  

  • Prof. Ní Aoláin Reviews International Legality of U.S. Bombing of Syria

    April 17, 2017

    Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, in the aftermath of the recent U.S. bombing of Syria, wrote a section about the legality of the military operation and its consequences for constitutional and international law compliance in a round-up with other experts in the national security domain in Just Security. Prof. Ní Aoláin is an executive editor of Just Security, one of the leading national security and international law internet platforms in the United States.

  • Prof. McGeveran Interviewed by KARE 11 About Legality of Filming United Airlines Removal of Passenger 

    April 14, 2017

    Professor William McGeveran, an expert on privacy and internet law, was interviewed on KARE 11 television about a provision of United Airlines’ policies that seems to forbid filming in the aircraft cabin—including the recent viral video of officers dragging a passenger from a plane. McGeveran explained that the policy was valid and could be enforced in other circumstances, but was very unlikely to result in action in this case. “Even if it did, people capturing the video would have strong public interest arguments in their favor,” said McGeveran.

  • Prof. Green Submits Congressional Testimony on Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Legislation

    April 13, 2017

    Professor Jennie Green submitted a statement for Amnesty International USA to the U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy hearing on April 5, 2017. The statement urged Congress not to repeal Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank 1502), which requires companies to conduct due diligence and report on the source of “conflict minerals” (tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold). The statement discussed the evidence that the production of these minerals has been linked to grave human rights violations and the role that transparency efforts including Dodd-Frank 1502 have played as an important part of a multi-pronged approach to addressing these violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Prof. Hall Leads Coalition to Enact Major Diagnostic Test Legislation

    April 6, 2017

    Professor Ralph Hall has led a coalition to draft legislation which would provide a predictable and timely path to market for innovative diagnostic tests. The Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act (DAIA) addresses longstanding issues with the regulation of diagnostic tests and will bring much-needed certainty to patients, providers, and industry. This legislation would establish a flexible, risk-based approach that applies the same regulatory principles to the same activity regardless of where the test is developed. On April 3, Representatives Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) released a discussion draft of the DAIA.

  • Prof. Shen Quote in Star Tribune on Expert Testimony in Castile Shooting

    April 5, 2017

    Professor Francis Shen, who teaches Evidence and Criminal Law, was quoted in a Star Tribune article reporting on the use of paid experts in the Philando Castile shooting case. The prosecution and defense disagree over whether Officer Yanez’s use of force was reasonable under the circumstances. To bolster their cases, both sides have hired experts. “Attorneys on either side … are trying to advocate vigorously,” Shen said. “And good experts cost money. It’s hard to say … what is reasonable and what’s unreasonable.”

  • Prof. Hickman Quoted by Star Tribune Regarding Gorsuch Nomination and Chevron Deference

    March 30, 2017

    Prof. Kristin Hickman was quoted by the Star Tribune considering the implications for Chevron deference and the relationship between courts and federal government agencies posed by the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Although the article highlighted concerns raised about legal uncertainty and judicial activism if the Chevron doctrine is overruled or repealed, Prof. Hickman downplayed the impact of such a change on most case outcomes. “My own take on it is that getting rid of Chevron as a doctrine is unlikely to get rid of judicial deference entirely,” she said. “In a hugely political case not having Chevron might yield a different outcome. But I don’t think that is most cases.”

  • Prof. Borgida Addresses Civil Rights Commission on Bias and Policing  

    March 27, 2017

    Professor Eugene Borgida addressed the Minnesota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. As a member of the Policy-Makers/Judiciary Panel, his talk addressed “Can bias or prejudice-reduction programs lead to persisting change in policing?” The Commission panels were held at the University of St. Thomas Law School.

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