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  • Prof. Hasday Testifies Before Minnesota House Committee

    February 2, 2021

    Professor Jill Hasday testified before the Minnesota House Committee on the Judiciary, Finance, and Civil Law in support of a bill that would ban employers from asking job applicants about their pay history.

  • Professor Vaaler Discusses GameStop Stock Saga with WCCO

    February 1, 2021

    Professor Paul Vaaler told WCCO the GameStop story shows the power of the internet, but expressed skepticism about the populist investing movement developing into a long-term trend. “Getting a mob to move in one direction is a tough thing to do,” Vaaler said. “In this case, they did. Don’t hold your breath that it’s going to happen again soon.”

  • Prof. Frase Quoted in The Legal Examiner Regarding Separate Trials for Officers Involved in Death of George Floyd

    January 28, 2021

    Professor Richard Frase, co-director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, was quoted in The Legal Examiner regarding the recent ruling to hold Derek Chauvin’s trial separately from the other three officers involved in George Floyd’s death. Frase noted that the decision to try Mr. Chauvin separately may be advantageous for the other three defendants. On the topic of a potential plea deal Frase said, “The most I could see (the prosecution) saying ‘If you plead guilty to felony murder and save all the witnesses the trauma of going through this, we will not formally ask the judge depart from sentencing guidelines’ for more prison time.” Frase also predicted if the case goes to trial that Chauvin would be found guilty due to the circumstances of Mr. Floyd’s death, “In this case, there is no panic claim, no self-defense claim and they were completely in control of the situation.”


  • Prof. Klass Quoted in New York Times on Authority of U.S. Department of Energy to Combat Climate Change

    January 27, 2021

    Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in a New York Times article discussing the nomination of Jennifer Granholm for Energy Secretary and the authority of the Department of Energy to address climate change through its power to develop and fund clean energy technologies, adopt stricter appliance efficiency standards, and help build the long-distance electric transmission lines needed to integrate more renewable energy in the U.S. electric grid.

  • Prof. Vaaler Quoted By Twin Cities Business on Corporate Campaign Contributions

    January 25, 2021

    Professor Paul Vaaler recently spoke with Twin Cities Business on the topic of corporate campaign contributions in light of a flurry of announcements by companies of reductions in such contributions after the storming of the Capitol earlier this month. 

    “What corporations are trying to buy is access,” Vaaler said. “It’s less about ideology, and more about issues.” For some companies, that could mean donating to a candidate that supports tax changes that are more favorable to their business.

  • Prof. Richard Frase Quoted in the Star Tribune Regarding the Decision to Hold Derek Chauvin's Trial in Connection With George Floyd's Death Separately From the Other Three Officers Involved

    January 14, 2021

    Professor Richard Frase is quoted in the Star Tribune regarding the decision to hold Derek Chauvin’s trial in connection with George Floyd’s death separately from the other three officers involved. Of the separation Frase said, “There’s always the guilt-by-association problem, and it flows downhill to the accomplices.”

  • Prof. Hickman Quoted in Tax Notes on Implications of Presidential Transition for Tax Regs

    January 13, 2021

    Professor Kristin Hickman was quoted in an article in Tax Notes, Biden’s Coming Reg Freeze Raises Novel Issues for Tax Regs, regarding the implications of the presidential transition for tax regulations.  In addition to a pending freeze on new regulations that is anticipated, the article also addressed Treasury Department efforts to claim good cause for avoiding a Congressional Review Act requirement that regulations be submitted to Congress sixty days before their effective date.  Professor Hickman was quoted at length regarding the requirements for establishing good cause and the courts’ potential reaction to Treasury’s claims.  Professor Hickman was also quoted regarding the distinction between effective dates and applicability dates for tax regulations and as expressing hope that the regulation freeze will not last long for many tax regulations.

  • Prof. Vaaler Speaks with WCCO about Corporate Campaign Spending in Wake of Capitol Violence

    January 13, 2021

    Professor Paul Vaaler spoke with WCCO’s Dave Lee about political action committee (PAC) donations in light of recent corporate announcements of reductions in campaign contributions in the wake of the mob violence at the U.S. Capitol last week. 

  • Federal Court Quotes Professor Cotter's Comparison of Patent Law's Standing Doctrine to Frankenstein's Monster

    January 12, 2021

    In two recent decisions, Uniloc USA, Inc. v. Motorola Mobility LLC, 2020 WL 7771219 (D. Del. Dec. 30, 3030), and ChromaDex, Inc. v. Elysium Health, Inc., ___ F.Supp.3d ___, 2020 WL 7360212 (D. Del. Dec. 17, 2020), U.S. District Judge Colm F. Connolly cited Professor Thomas Cotter’s article, coauthored with Roger D. Blair, titled The Elusive Logic of Standing Doctrine in Intellectual Property Law, 74 Tulane Law Review 1323 (2000).  On both occasions, Judge Connolly cited the article for its statement that “the standing rules in [patent] law appear to be as much a patchwork as Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, and only marginally more coherent.”

  • Prof. Klass Quoted in Energywire on Challenges and Opportunities for President-Elect Biden's Energy Secretary Nominee Jennifer Granholm

    December 21, 2020

    Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in an article about opportunities for Energy Secretary Nominee Jennifer Granholm to use existing provisions of federal law to spur the growth of long-distance electric transmission lines needed to better integrate renewable energy resources into the electric grid.


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