October 9, 2020
Professor Kristin Hickman was interviewed in Bloomberg’s weekly Talking Tax podcast about tax cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court in its new term. The discussion focused principally on CIC Services, LLC v. Internal Revenue Service, concerning whether the Anti-Injunction Act precludes pre-enforcement judicial review of challenges against IRS rules and regulations under the Administrative Procedure Act. Also discussed was the petition for certiorari filed in A.F. Moore & Assoc. v. Pappas, in which Judge Amy Coney Barrett wrote the opinion for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the Tax Injunction Act did not preclude federal district court review of equal protection and due process challenges against the methodology used in assessing state real property taxes.
October 8, 2020
A Bloomberg Law article titled “Patent Litigators Add to Playbook With Anti-Suit Injunction” discusses recent decisions around the world, involving litigation over FRAND-committed standard-essential patents, in which courts have enjoined parties from pursuing parallel litigation in another country (antisuit injunctions)—and in some cases, from pursuing antisuit injunctions in another country (anti-antisuit injunctions). The article quotes Professor Tom Cotter as stating, among other things, that “the situation could reinvigorate a push for an international forum to settle global licensing disputes over standardized technologies.”
Prof. Carbone Co-Authors Piece in The Conversation Underscoring Disproportionate Financial Burden Faced by Women During Economic RecessionsOctober 2, 2020
Professor June Carbone co-authored an article in The Conversation breaking down her research—conducted with Nancy Levit, associate dean and professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Naomi Cahn, professor of law at the University of Virginia—that finds that state budget shortfalls typically place a disproportionate financial burden on women.
October 1, 2020
Professor Christopher M. Turoski ’98 and 3M’s Chief IP Counsel Yen T. Florczak ’98 delivered the keynote address, “Innovation in Challenging Times: 3M’s Chief IP Counsel’s Perspective on 2020 and Beyond” at the 2020 Midwest IP Institute. Prof. Turoski interviewed Yen Florczak about the company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, innovation in challenging times, future opportunities for Minnesota companies, and more.
September 25, 2020
Professor Alan Rozenshtein was interviewed by RadioWest, from NPR Utah, about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and its implications for the Supreme Court.
September 22, 2020
Professor Alan Rozenshtein wrote in The Atlantic about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and its implications for the Supreme Court: “The outpouring of grief that has followed her death is not just for the passing of a revered figure in American law but also for the end of an important force in American society: the liberal faith in the Supreme Court.”
September 21, 2020
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin’s work in international law and security post-9/11, as well as a recent report she directed to Switzerland on a new national counter-terrorism law, is featured in Republik Magazin, a popular German magazine focused on issues of politics, economy, and society. In the interview, Ní Aoláin touches on the United Nations’ actions in the aftermath of 9/11 in efforts to combat terrorism, the four central pillars to this counterterrorism strategy, and much more.
Robina Institute Executive Director Kelly Mitchell Quoted in Minnesota Lawyer Article Highlighting Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Lasting Impact on Minnesota’s Legal CommunitySeptember 21, 2020
For a recent article, Minnesota Lawyer reached out to several members of the Minnesota legal community to ask, “What, to you, is most important about the trail that [Ruth Bader Ginsburg] blazed?” Kelly Mitchell, executive director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, responded stating, “Justice Ginsburg’s work on gender equality is what I find most meaningful. The work she did both in daring to be a lawyer as a woman and in litigating cases made it possible for me to grow up never questioning that I could do whatever I wanted to do and be whatever I wanted to be.”
Additional respondents include Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota State Senator Melisa Franzen, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota Erica MacDonald, among many others.
September 16, 2020
A September 11, 2020 article (subscription required) in Global Competition Review, titled “DOJ encourages IEEE to consider policy change,” discusses the Antitrust Division”s recent updating of a 2015 Business Review Letter concerning the IEEE’s IPR policy relating to the licensing of standard-essential patents. The article quotes Professor Tom Cotter as stating that the update is “in line with the ‘ideological and highly partisan views’” the head of the division “has expressed on other occasions” regarding the intersection of antitrust and patent law.
Prof. Ní Aoláin’s U.N. Report Detailing Threats Posed to Freedoms in Hong Kong from New Chinese Security Law Featured in BBC NewsSeptember 10, 2020
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin recently issued a major United Nations report—in her capacity as U.N. Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism—asserting that a new Chinese national security law does not conform with international legal obligations. Specifically, Ní Aoláin and several fellow U.N. special rapporteurs report that the new law “lacks precision in key respects, infringes on certain fundamental rights and may not meet the required thresholds of necessity, proportionality and non-discrimination under international law.”