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  • Prof. Shen’s Research Featured in Huffington Post Article

    January 18, 2018

    Professor Francis Shen’s research on sports concussions and the law was featured in a Huffington Post article discussing Minnesota’s efforts to be a leader in promoting brain health for youth athletes. Professor Shen, an expert in neuroscience and law, leads a University of Minnesota Grand Challenges grant on youth sports concussions, and teaches a seminar on Sports Concussions and the Law.

  • Prof. McGeveran on National Public Radio Discussing Aetna HIV Breach

    January 18, 2018

    Professor William McGeveran spoke on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition program about the $17 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Aetna. The company sent letters to HIV-positive members in envelopes with overly large transparent address windows that exposed their HIV status. McGeveran pointed out that, even with increased attention to cybersecurity, old-fashioned “analog” privacy mistakes remain a serious problem.

  • Prof. Cox Quoted in American Banker and MinnPost

    January 15, 2018

    Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in an American Banker article about the recent freeze imposed on the collection of personal level data by Mick Mulvaney, new acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cox stated the freeze appeared to be a thinly veiled attempt to stop fraud enforcement.  

    Professor Cox was also quoted in a story in MinnPost about the race for Minnesota Attorney General. Cox provided context about the broad powers of the attorney general under state law. 

  • Prof. Murray Quoted in Star Tribune Article About Fraud Trial Involving Former Executives of Starkey Laboratories

    January 13, 2018

    Prof. JaneAnne Murray was quoted in an article in the Star Tribune discussing the upcoming criminal fraud trial involving executives of Starkey Laboratories. Murray noted that trials of high-level corporate executives are rare for several reasons, in part because such complex cases require a significant prosecutorial investment over several years, and in part because the potential sentencing exposure encourages guilty pleas. Moreover, until recently, D.O.J. charging policies did not prioritize prosecutions of individuals in cases of corporate wrongdoing. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates changed that policy in 2015 and Murray points out that the Starkey indictments came on the heels of that new policy. 

  • Star Tribune Quotes Prof. McGeveran on Trademarks and Branding 

    January 12, 2018

    The Star Tribune quoted Professor William McGeveran concerning a settlement in trademark litigation between Minnesota-based insurer HealthPartners and the national warehouse chain Sam’s Club. McGeveran explained that trademark cases often end in confidential settlements involving very small changes in the use of a name or logo.

  • Prof. Orfield Quoted in New York Times About Changes in Civil Rights Policies at HUD

    January 5, 2018

    Professor Myron Orfield was quoted about the effects of the Trump administration’s decision to delay the enforcement of Obama Adminstration fair housing rules. “Residential segregation is at the heart of racial inequality in the country,” said Orfield. “There’s no real way to deal with disparities between black and white people without dealing with residential segregation.”

  • Law360 Quotes Prof. Cotter on Recent “FRAND” Patent Case

    January 5, 2018

    Shortly before Christmas U.S. District Judge James Selna published the public redacted version of his 115-page opinion in TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd. v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, the latest in a series of cases spanning the globe addressing the question of how to calculate a “fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory” (FRAND) royalty for patents that are essential to the use of technical standards widely used in the telecommunications industry. An article in the January 4 issue of Law360 titled “4 Things to Know About the Latest FRAND Rate-Setting Case” quotes Professor Tom Cotter for his views on various aspects of the case. Cotter notes, among other things, that “the meaning of nondiscriminatory could be a very significant issue in the Federal Circuit. … If the court comes back with a definitive judgment about what that means in the FRAND context, it could have important consequences.”

  • Prof. Shen’s Research on Inequality and War Cited in London Review of Books

    December 28, 2017

    Professor Francis Shen’s research on inequality, American military casualties, and the 2016 election of Donald Trump was quoted in a London Review of Books essay by Jackson Lears. Shen’s study, co-authored with Professor Douglas Kriner of Boston University, showed that even controlling in a statistical model for many other alternative explanations, there is a significant and meaningful relationship between a community’s rate of military sacrifice and its support for Trump. Shen and Kriner’s model suggests that if three states key to Trump’s victory—Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin—had suffered even a modestly lower casualty rate, all three could have flipped from red to blue and sent Hillary Clinton to the White House.

  • Prof. Chomsky Discusses Trials Following the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

    December 26, 2017

    Professor Carol Chomsky was quoted in an article in NetNewsLedger commenting on the trials of Dakota held after the U.S.-Dakota War in 1862. Thirty-eight Dakota men were hanged in Mankato, Minn. on December 26, 1862, after military commission trials conducted starting in late September that year. “The trials of the Dakota were conducted unfairly in a variety of ways. The evidence was sparse, the tribunal was biased, the defendants were unrepresented in unfamiliar proceedings conducted in a foreign language, and authority for convening the tribunal was lacking. More fundamentally, neither the Military Commission nor the reviewing authorities recognized that they were dealing with the aftermath of a war fought with a sovereign nation and that the men who surrendered were entitled to treatment in accordance with that status.” As noted in the NetNewsLedger article, the Dakota 38 were remembered on December 26, 2017 in an annual ride, conducted as part of efforts “to overcome the traumas of colonization, Indian Residential School, and the continued issues with addiction to alcohol and drugs.”

  • Prof. Klass Quoted in Energywire on U.S. Department of Energy Role in Clean Line Electric Transmission Project

    December 13, 2017

    Professor Klass was quoted in an article reporting on the U.S. Department of Energy’s role in partnering with a merchant transmission line company, Clean Line Energy Partners, to build a transmission line to transport wind energy from Oklahoma through Arkansas to Tennesee called the “Plains and Eastern Clean Line.” This is the first time the Department of Energy has used its authority under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to partner with a private company to build a transmission line. Clean Line sought the federal partnership after Arkansas regulators denied Clean Line’s request for a siting certificate to build the line through the state. The litigation that has followed will clarify the extent to which the Energy Policy Act of 2005 grants authority to the Department of Energy to override a state denial in these circumstances.


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