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  • Cox Quoted in USA Today, Milwaukee Journal

    June 18, 2007 Professor Prentiss Cox was recently quoted in USA Today about continued problems in the subprime mortgage lending industry. He stated that the problems in subprime lending were preventable. Cox also provided data on Hennepin County foreclosures used in the story.Cox also was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding foreclosure rescue scams. Homeowners in foreclosure who lose equity through deceptive conduct has been a problem for the last few years, and the problem may be increasing with the sharp rise in foreclosure nationally. The article also discussed a 2004 Minnesota law drafted by Cox that has been a national model for legislation to address the problem.Cox also discussed foreclosure issues on June 21 on the Urban Journal, a show on satellite radio.
  • Gross Debates Academic Boycott on BBC

    June 17, 2007 On BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence program, Prof. Oren Gross and retired U.K. social policy Prof. Hilary Rose debated whether British academic organizations should boycott Israeli universities and colleges to protest Israel’s “illegal occupation of Palestine,” as called for by the U.K.’s largest academic trade union—the University and College Union (UCU). Prof. Gross, an Israeli citizen, strongly opposed the boycott, saying it was selective in singling out Israel. He called the proposal hypocritical, immoral, anti-Semitic, and a threat to the fundamental principal of academic freedom.
  • Gross and Ní Aoláin's book launched in Belfast

    June 15, 2007 Professors Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin’s award winning book launched in Belfast. Law in Times of Crisis, a book co-authored by Professors Gross and Ní Aoláin and published by Cambridge University Press in 2006, was awarded the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for 2007. To celebrate the publication of the book and the prestigious award, the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland, held a book launch party on June 15 attended, among others, by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Richard Barnett. Prof. David Kretzmer, who introduced the book and the co-authors, described the book as “the definitive work” and the “immediate classical reference book” in the field of emergency powers.

  • Kirtley Quoted in American Journalism Review

    June 11, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley is quoted in “Kind of Confidential,” in the June/July 2007 issue of American Journalism Review. The article discusses the emerging law narrowly interpreting journalists’ rights to protect confidential sources. Prof. Kirtley described how judges’ skepticism about a constitutional privilege is effectively turning reporters into investigative arms of the government who should consider issuing “Miranda” warnings to their sources. She distinguished the attorney-client relationship from the reporter-source relationship, which many argue should only be protected when the source is engaged in whistleblowing or otherwise making a revelation that is in the public interest. “Who the source is or what the source’s motive is really irrelevant to the situation. As a lawyer, Kirtley said, ‘my client can be an ax murderer, and it doesn’t matter, the privilege still attaches.’”
  • Shnider’s Tax Outline Published in JPPC

    June 7, 2007 Professor Bruce J. Shnider has published his outline “Tax Consequences of Stock-Based Compensation” in Volume 33, Number 2 edition of Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance. The outline addresses the tax consequences associated with the grant and exercise of a whole host of stock-based compensation devices such as options, both Incentive Stock Options and Non-Incentive, restricted stock and restricted stock units, stock appreciation rights, employee stock purchase plans, etc. It also addresses related tax issues such as the golden parachute provisions of Section 280G and the $1 million cap rules of Section 162(m).

  • Cox quoted in WSJ, Other Publications

    May 24, 2007 Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in the Wall Street Journal about yield spread premiums charged by mortgage brokers. Professor Cox also has been quoted recently in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Public Radio, KARE-11 television, Finance and Commerce, KTLK and WCCO regarding mortgage foreclosures, debt consolidation and other consumer law matters.
  • McGeveran Comments on Plastic Card Security Act

    May 22, 2007 Professor William McGeveran commented in the St. Paul Pioneer Press about a new Minnesota law—the first of its kind in the country—imposing liability on retailers for mishandling consumers’ payment information such as credit card numbers. Professor McGeveran, a data privacy expert, said that the new law would benefit consumers because, although credit card issuers already impose strict security requirements by contract, the state’s attorney general can now enforce them as well.
  • McGeveran on WCCO-TV About Online Liability

    May 16, 2007 Professor William McGeveran appeared on WCCO-TV News in a story about ReputationDefender.com, a service that attempts to help customers track their online reputations and get defamatory or unflattering content removed. McGeveran explained the federal law that immunizes many interactive web sites from liability for statements made solely by individual users.
  • Cotter Quoted in Inside Counsel Magazine

    May 7, 2007 Professor Tom Cotter was quoted in an article by Steve Seidenberg, titled “Protecting Profits: Congress Prepares to Stop Drug Makers from Offering Exclusion Payments to Generic Manufacturers,” appearing in the May 2007 issue of Inside Counsel magazine. Cotter states that pharmaceutical patent infringement settlements in which drug companies pay generic companies to stay out of the market should be subject to a rebuttable presumption of illegality under the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • Prof. Kirtley Panelist at KU School of Law

    May 4, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley appeared on a panel, “The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship? — Privacy and Technology Intersect” at the 20th Annual Media and the Law Seminar A Media Lawyer’s Guide to the Galaxy on May 4, 2007, in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference was sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Law, University of Kansas - Continuing Education, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the ABA TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law committee. Prof. Kirtley discussed emerging tensions between digital technology and the public right of access to judicial and executive branch documents.

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