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  • Prof. Cotter Cited in Ninth Circuit Opinion

    September 30, 2016

    On September 26, 2016 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit published an opinion citing a 1998 paper coauthored by Professor Thomas Cotter and Roger Blair titled, “An Economic Analysis of Damages Rules in Intellectual Property Law.”  The opinion, Sicre de Fontbrune v. Wofsy, addresses the question of whether a French judicial order known as an astreinte is enforceable in the United States under the Uniform Foreign-Court Monetary Judgment Recognition Act. In reversing a district court opinion that had answered this question in the negative, the opinion draws an analogy between the astreinte at issue in this case and statutory damages for copyright infringement under U.S. law, and cites the Blair & Cotter article for the proposition that statutory damages “are intended to induce copyright holders to enforce their copyrights and to deter infringers by preventing unjust enichment, even where actual damages are unproved.”  

  • Prof. Orfield Interviewed on CNN Newswire

    September 27, 2016

    Professor Myron Orfield was interviewed by CNN Newswire about the relationship of growing racial segregation to urban conflict between non-white citizens and police. In discussing racial and economic tensions in St. Paul, Orfield said that racial segregation in housing and dismantling school integration programs in the 1990s, along with a trend of racial profiling by police, can all be contributing factors to the growing unrest in these communities.

  • Prof. Hasday Discusses the Constitution on KFAI

    September 26, 2016

    Professor Jill Hasday was featured on a one-hour broadcast of Truth to Tell, a long-running public affairs show on KFAI radio. She discussed constitutional interpretation, constitutional structure, and recent controversies in constitutional law.

  • Prof. Vaaler Interviewed on MPR about Indictments for Embezzlement at Starkey Technologies

    September 22, 2016

    Professor Paul M. Vaaler was interviewed and quoted by Minnesota Public Radio correspondent Matt Sepic about the September 22 indictment for embezzlement of more than $20 million by five executives who either worked at Eden Praire-based hearing aid maker Starkey Technologies or who did business with those Starkey executives. Vaaler commented on the likely criminal trial process and its impact on related civil litigation arising from the firing of the three Starkey executives and other Starkey employees in September 2015. Vaaler also commented on differences in corporate governance and oversight of executive behavior in public versus private, closely-held companies like Starkey.

  • Prof. Painter on Bloomberg Radio (NYC) About High Profile Insider Trading Case

    September 22, 2016

    Professor Richard Painter appeared on Bloomberg Law Radio’s Bloomberg Law to discuss the SEC’s insider trading allegations against prominent hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman who is accused of using his status as a major shareholder in Atlas Pipeline Partners to obtain nonpublic information and earn $4 million in trading profits before the sale of an important company asset in 2010. Painter was joined on the radio show by Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and Michigan Law School.

  • Prof. Levinson to Present Lecture on Law and Covenant at Symposium on Law, Society, and Religion

    September 14, 2016

    Professor Bernard M. Levinson will present a lecture titled “Revisiting the ‘and’ in Law and Covenant in the Hebrew Bible” at the University of Michigan on October 7, 2016 at the Professor George E. Mendenhall Symposium—Law, Society, and Religion.

  • Prof. Painter’s New York Times Op-Ed Urges Clinton Family to Separate From Clinton Foundation if Clinton Wins Presidency

    September 13, 2016

    In his third New York Times op-ed in 2016, Professor Richard W. Painter writes that to avoid the appearance of impropriety and favoritism toward donors, the Clinton family should promise to separate all family members from the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Prof. Painter also observed that favoritism toward political donors is pervasive in Washington, and has a greater corrupting influence than alleged favoritism toward a single charitable foundation.

  • Prof. Shen's Research Featured on Public News Service

    September 12, 2016

    Professor Francis Shen’s recently published article, “Invisible Inequality: The Two Americas of Military Sacrifice,” was featured in a Public News Service story. The study found that in America’s modern wars, the burden of sacrifice has not been borne evenly. Poorer communities experience greater rates of casualties and wounded soldiers.

  • Prof. Orfield Quoted in the Christian Science Monitor

    September 10, 2016

    Professor Myron Orfield was extensively quoted in this Sunday’s Christian Science Monitor cover story, “The Resegregation of America.” “When you live in a society where there are really distinct communities on the basis of race, distrust grows and the potential for incidents like [the police killing of Philando Castile] are much higher,” says Prof. Orfield. “In places in the country that are less socially and racially segregated, I think these things are less likely to happen and less likely to have such an enormous outcry if they do.”

  • Prof. Hasday Quoted by National Public Radio on Common Law Marriage

    September 6, 2016

    Professor Jill Hasday was quoted in a National Public Radio piece discussing the legal status and practical implications of common law marriage.

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