September 25, 2017
The New York Times Upshot Section quoted Professor June Carbone on the class divide in marriage. Professor Carbone observed that where money or assets are not involved, couples often don’t see the need to “make it legal.”
September 24, 2017
Professor Alex Klass was quoted in a front-page Star Tribune article reporting on the Ramsey County District Court’s recent decision holding that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources had failed to comply with its obligations under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act and the common law public trust doctrine regarding the levels of White Bear Lake. The court found the plaintiffs (homeowners and businesses surrounding White Bear Lake) had proven that the state’s continued issuance of groundwater withdrawal permits to local communities surrounding the White Bear Lake had allowed lake levels to drop precipitously, and that state law required the agency to place additional restrictions on groundwater extractions in the area. Professor Klass was an expert consultant to one of the plaintiff groups on the public trust doctrine claim.
Three of Prof. Klass' Articles Cited in Illinois Supreme Court Multi-State Electric Transmission Line DecisionSeptember 21, 2017
The Illinois Supreme Court issued a decision involving the ability of a merchant transmission line company, Rock Island Clean Line, to apply for a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Illinois Commerce Commission to build a multi-state electric transmission line to bring primarily wind energy from Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota through Illinois to connect with the electric grid serving several northeastern states. The court cited three of Professor Klass’s articles in its decision: Reconstituting the Federalism Battle in Energy Transportation, 41 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 423 (2017) (with Jim Rossi); Takings and Transmission, 91 N.C. L. Rev. 1079 (2013); and Interstate Transmission Challenges for Renewable Energy: A Federalism Mismatch, 65 Vand. L. Rev. 1801 (2012) (with Elizabeth Wilson).
September 19, 2017
In an article in the Harvard Business Review, Professor Clarke analyzes legal and moral issues for employers asking whether to fire workers who have participated in white nationalist rallies.
September 13, 2017
Professor William McGeveran was a guest on the nationally syndicated NPR News program “On Point,” discussing the potential legal and regulatory response to the Equifax data breach.
Prof. Klass Quoted on Lawsuits Challenging Use of Eminent Domain for Interstate Natural Gas PipelinesSeptember 13, 2017
Professor Alex Klass was quoted extensively in an article in E&E News describing recent federal lawsuits challenging the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to grant eminent domain authority to natural gas pipeline operators to build interstate pipelines under the Natural Gas Act.
September 11, 2017
The New York Times quoted Professor William McGeveran commenting on regulatory shortcomings that contributed to a massive data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax. McGeveran’s recent research focuses on private companies’ legal obligations to provide data security.
September 10, 2017
Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in a StarTribune article about the prevalance of consumer scams. Cox stated that enforcement aimed at stopping such scams typically will be more effective if there is a federal task force leading it rather than states working independently.
September 7, 2017
Professor Daniel Schwarcz argues in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post that Congress should reform the National Flood Insurance Program by drawing on principles from Obamacare. In particular, he suggests shifting completely to a market-based flood insurance mechanism with explicit government subsidies based on policyholder income and federally-provided reinsurance for participating carriers. He also raises red flags about reform proposals that would have private carriers operate in concert with the existing federal flood insurance program, because private carriers could cherry-pick only policyholders who are being charged too much for coverage, leaving the National Flood Insurance Program even less financially stable.
September 6, 2017
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has been selected to the 2017 Irish Legal 100, an annual compilation of the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States of Irish descent. Founded in 2008, the Irish Legal 100 represents a vibrant network of lawyers chosen from law schools, law firms, the judiciary, and industry. Members include United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and United States Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley.