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  • Prof. Vaaler Comments on Export Control Prosecution by U.S. Attorney for District of Minnesota 

    September 2, 2017

    Professor Paul M. Vaaler was quoted in a Star Tribune article reporting on the arrest and prosecution of foreign nationals seeking to acquire and re-export illegaly to Iran analog-to-digital converter technology manufactured by Minnesota-based firms. Professor Vaaler commented on the U.S. export control regime and common practices employed by foreign firms and nationals seeking to evade that regime. 

  • Prof. Cotter Quoted in Reuters Article on Attorneys' Fees in Patent Cases

    August 31, 2017

    An article in Reuters Legal quoted Professor Tom Cotter about a case in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided on its own initiative to rehear a case en banc. The case, NatKwest Inc. v. Matal, involves the question over whether an earlier panel of the court correctly decided that, in a case in which a patent applicant files suit in federal district court alleging that the Patent Office incorrectly rejected his or her application, the Patent Act requires the court to award the Patent Office its attorneys and expert witness expenses regardless of the outcome. Cotter stated that the court’s decision to rehear the case sua sponte “might be a signal that there is significant discontent about the outcome of the case.”

  • Prof. Ní Aoláin Profiled in the Connacht Tribune

    August 29, 2017

    Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin was featured in a profile in the Connacht Tribune focused on her personal and professional path starting in Galway, Ireland. The article also highlights her new position in the U.N. Human Rights System as the new U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism.

  • Prof. Kritzer Quoted in Star Tribune Regarding Case Challenging Governor’s Veto of Appropriation for the Legislature

    August 27, 2017

    Professor Herbert Kritzer was quoted in an article about coming oral argument at the Minnesota Supreme Court in the Legislature’s lawsuit challenging Governor Dayton’s line item veto of funding for the operation of the Legislature. Kritzer observed that, given the Court’s recent decisions in major political cases, it was unlikely that the justices would divide along partisan lines: “The court may be divided, but I wouldn’t expect it to be divided in a clear political way.” Kritzer, who holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, is an expert in the area of law and politics and has written extensively on the selection of state supreme court justices in the United States.

  • Prof. Shen’s Research on President Trump Featured on Politico

    August 23, 2017

    Professor Francis Shen’s research on the relationship between war casualties and support for Donald Trump was featured in Politico Magazine. The recently released research paper, co-authored with Boston University political scientist Doug Kriner, examined the relationship between states’ and counties’ casualty rates in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their electoral support for Trump. Shen found a significant correlation between war casualty rates and Trump votes, and argues that three states key to Trump’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—might have swung the other way if they’d had even modestly lower casualty rates.

  • Prof. Klass Featured on the Energy Transition Show

    August 23, 2017

    Professor Alexandra Klass was the featured guest on the Energy Transition Show on the topic of legal and policy developments regarding the expansion of long-distance electric transmission lines required to integrate more renewable energy into the nation’s electric grid. The Energy Transition Show “covers the full range of energy transition globally, including grid power, all fuels (including oil, gas, coal, nuclear, solar, wind, and other emerging renewables), transportation systems, macroeconomics, and more.”

  • Prof. Vaaler Interviewed About Minnesota Supreme Court’s Decision Permitting Medtronic Shareholders to Sue Firm over Merger-Inversion Deal with Covidien

    August 17, 2017

    Star Tribune business reporter Joe Carlson interviewed Professor Paul M. Vaaler about the legal and business implications of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision on August 16, 2017 permitting Medtronic shareholders to forward with non-derivative direct claims for legal damages in connection with Medtronic’s merger-inversion deal with Covidien in 2014. Vaaler commented on the legal basis for the Court’s decision, and then opined on: 1) whether the decision created new and unexpected liability for Medtronic (yes); 2) whether the decision raised the costs of future merger-inversion deals by other Minnesota-based multinational firms (probably yes); and 3) whether the decision gave shareholders new rights to enjoin (stop) such merger inversion deals (probably no). 

  • Prof. McGeveran Comments on Uber Privacy Settlement

    August 15, 2017

    Professor William McGeveran, an expert in data privacy law, was quoted in Wired about the announcement of an FTC consent decree with the ride-sharing service Uber. It settles an FTC enforcement action over a breach of poorly secured customer data. McGeveran explained how the FTC has used past consent decrees, which last for 20 years, to increase its leverage over companies and improve their future privacy and data security practices.

  • Prof. Kitrosser Interviewed on WGN Radio's “Legal Face-Off”

    August 11, 2017

    Professor Heidi Kitrosser was interviewed on WGN Radio’s program, “Legal Face-Off.” The topic was the Trump Administration’s announced crackdown on leakers of classified information. Professor Kitrosser answered questions about the statutory basis for prosecuting information leaks, as well as the history of, and the free speech concerns raised by such prosecutions.

  • Professor Clary Interviewed About Legal Writing

    August 10, 2017

    Karin Ciano of the Minnesota Lawyer interviewed Professor Brad Clary recently on the subject of legal writing, and particularly on the subject of writing paragraphs. As one might expect, Professor Clary suggested that, “Writing good paragraphs takes effort.” Happily, he also offered specific advice. PDF iconA PDF of the article is attached.


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