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  • Prof. Vaaler Interviewed on Latest Report of Super Bowl LII Economic Impact

    May 29, 2018

    Professor Paul Vaaler was interviewed by KSTP-TV’s Tom Hauser on the reliability of economic impact estimates derived from a May 2018 report commissioned by the Twin Cities Super Bowl LII host committee and prepared by Rockport Analytics, a Pennsylvania-based economics consulting firm. Rockport estimated that hosting Super Bowl LII last February led to a net economic impact benefit to the state of Minnesota exceeding $400 million. Vaaler pointed out likely problems with the Rockport analysis that would decrease economic impact benefits substantially to the $50-100 million range. Neither the Rockport nor Vaaler estimates account for an additional $500 billion expenditure of Minnesota tax dollars to fund the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the NFL championship game, and an essential element of the successful host-city bid.

  • Dean Jenkins’s Scholarship on the Philosophy of Philanthropy Cited in The Guardian

    May 25, 2018

    Dean Garry W. Jenkins’s scholarship on the changing philosophy and practices of philanthropy was cited in an article in The Guardian examining the growing trend of wealthy CEOs pledging to give away parts of their fortunes—often to help fix problems their companies caused. Discussing the rise of philanthropy being conducted in a business-like manner as a result of CEO involvement, Jenkins wrote that this has led many foundations to become “increasingly directive, controlling, metric-focused and business-oriented with respect to their interactions with grantee public charities, in an attempt to demonstrate that the work of the foundation is ‘strategic’ and ‘accountable.’” The article notes the concerns that Jenkins and other scholars have raised about the philosophy of philanthropy dominated by a CEO style and mindset that seeks to “save the world through business thinking and market methods.”

  • Prof. Cox in American Banker on Wells Fargo Settlement

    May 8, 2018

    Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted extensively in an article in American Banker (subscription required) about the recent settlement between the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and Wells Fargo Bank. Cox described concerns with the consumer compensation provisions in the agreement.

  • Prof. Cotter’s Article Cited in Trade Secret Damages Case

    May 7, 2018

    In a dissenting opinion filed in the May 3 decision of the New York Court of Appeals in E.J.Brooks Co. v. Cambridge Security Seals, 2018 WL 2048724, Judge Rowan Wilson cited an article co-authored by Professor Thomas Cotter. Discussing a disputed legal question concerning the appropriate measure of damages for trade secret misappropriation, Judge Wilson stated “the appropriate calculus for thefts of private goods should not constrain the calculus for thefts of public goods (see e.g., Roger Blair & Thomas Cotter, 39 Wm & Mary L Rev 1585, 1590 [1998] [“the optimal set of damages rules should preserve both the incentive structure of intellectual property law and the property-like character of intellectual property rights … in the absence of enforcement, information, and other transaction costs, these goals require at a minimum an award that renders the infringer no better off as a result of the infringement”]).

  • Prof. Cotter’s “Comparative Patent Remedies Blog” Turns Five Years Old

    May 7, 2018

    May 6, 2018, marked the five-year anniversary of Professor Thomas Cotter’s blog “Comparative Patent Remedies.” Over the past five years the blog, which is intended to serve as an online companion/update to his 2013 book of the same name, has published over 900 posts and attracted over 500,000 pageviews. In July 2017, the blog was listed on Feedspot’s list of Top 100 I.P. Blogs.

  • Prof. Kitrosser Featured in CNN Q&A on Classified Information Leaks

    April 27, 2018

    Professor Kitrosser was featured on Chris Cilizza’s blog, “The Point,” on CNN’s website. Specifically, Cilizza posed five questions to her via e-mail about classified information leaks, and her responses were reported on the site. Among other things, Kitrosser discussed what is meant by “leaking” in the context of the federal government, the difference between “whistleblowers” and leakers, and the relevant statutory framework.

  • Prof. Klass Quoted by MPR News On Controversial Enbridge Line 3 Oil Pipeline

    April 24, 2018

    Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio News story regarding the controversial efforts by Enbridge Energy to build a new oil pipeline through Minnesota to replace and expand its aging Line 3 pipeline to transport crude oil from Alberta to refineries in the Midwest and on the Gulf Coast. The new pipeline is opposed by environmental groups, tribes, landowners, and others.

  • Prof. Hickman Quoted in Star Tribune About South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

    April 16, 2018

    Professor Kristin Hickman was quoted in a Star Tribune article about the pending Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. The case concerns the ability of states to collect sales tax revenue from online vendors who sell and ship products to state residents but lack a physical presence in the state. South Dakota and other states have asked the Supreme Court to overturn precedent restricting state sales tax collections under such circumstances. Commenting on the Supreme Court’s willingness to do so, Professor Hickman suggested that “[i]t is not unusual for people to ask courts to overturn prior decisions” but “[i]t’s rare for courts to do it. Up to now the assumption was that Congress would need to step in.”

  • Prof. Rozenshtein Quoted in Financial Times About President Trump Potentially Firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

    April 11, 2018

    Professor Alan Rozenshtein was quoted in a Financial Times article (subscription required) about reports that President Trump is considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because of Rosenstein’s support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election. Professor Rozenshtein explained why it might make sense for Trump to fire Rosenstein but not Mueller: “There is a certain logic for Trump to fire Rosenstein but not fire Mueller on the theory that acting gradually to hamstring the investigation is going to be politically much less problematic than acting really abruptly.” In addition, firing Rosenstein could allow Trump to replace Rosenstein with “a less independent, more pliant” official who would oversee the special-counsel investigation.

  • Prof. Clarke Interviewed by Vox on Free Speech Rights of Schoolteacher Who Allegedly Ran a White Nationalist Podcast

    April 5, 2018

    Professor Jessica Clarke was quoted extensively in an article in Vox about the scope of free-speech protections for a public school teacher accused of espousing racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim rhetoric in her classroom. Clarke explained that the Supreme Court has found that both students and teachers do not forfeit their First Amendment rights just because they’re on school property. However, she continued, “[t]eachers don’t have a First Amendment right to determine the content of their lessons. Schools can tell them what to teach. Schools can and should tell them not to teach racist stuff.”


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