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  • 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.
  • Simon Comments on DWI Sentencing

    April 28, 2007 Professor Stephen Simon, founder and director of the Minnesota Criminal Justice System DWI Task Force, was quoted in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article that explored intensive intervention rather than straight jail time for drunken drivers in Minnesota. Judges in Hennepin, Isanti, and Scott Counties were mentioned as imposing such sentences as mandatory alcoholism treatment, electronic home monitoring, random Breathalyzer checks, community service that includes speaking to groups, and staggered sentencing that extends probation for several years. Such interventional sentences are becoming more common as judges try to balance punishment with accomplishing a purpose: reduced recidivism. But some families and prosecutors are critical of what they consider inappropriately light punishment. In choosing such intervention, judges look for offenders who are remorseful and amenable to treatment. In addition, Professor Simon said, they usually consider intent, and according to studies, most drunken drivers do not intend to kill. Professor Simon has researched and published extensively in the area of DWI and traffic safety and was chair of the 1992 Minnesota Legislature Commission on the Treatment and Confinement of DWI Recidivists. “Research shows straight prison time doesn’t deter repeat drunken driving. But recidivism is reduced with alternatives such as staggering jail time over several years or by intensive probation that sends offenders to outpatient alcohol-treatment programs,” Professor Simon told the Star Tribune. He went on to say that Minnesota has strong drunken driving consequences, including seizure of the driver’s license for refusing a breath-alcohol test, seizure of vehicle plates, and seizure of the vehicle for a third offense.
  • Kirtley Quoted in NY Sun on Reporter Subponeas

    April 18, 2007 Attorneys representing scientist Steven Hatfill, who was investigated in connection with the anthrax mailings in 2001 and has sued the federal government for violation of the Privacy Act, have asked federal Judge Reggie Walton to allow them to issue new subpoenas to reporters who covered the story. Prof. Kirtley observed that because of recent adverse rulings in the D.C. Circuit over reporters privilege, the journalists face an uphill battle in fighting the subpoenas. She predicted that the court might eventually impose fines on the reporters’ news organizations, as well as jailing the reporters for civil contempt, if they resist the subpoenas.
  • Cox Quoted on Rise in Mortgage Foreclosures

    April 13, 2007 Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in the Minneapolis StarTribune regarding the continued rise in mortgage foreclosures in the metropolitan area. He also has been quoted on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), the Pioneer Press and other local media in the last two months on the issue of mortgage foreclosures and predatory lending. Professor Cox has testified three times this year before legislative committees in support of new mortgage consumer protection laws. One of these laws was recently enacted by the Minnesota legislature. Professor Cox and Amber Hawkins of Legal Services Advocacy Project were the principal drafters of the legislation, which has been described by mortgage industry officials as perhaps the strongest consumer protection laws for mortgage borrowers in the United States.
  • Kirtley Interviewed on Suit Against Star Tribune

    April 13, 2007 Professor Jane Kirtley was interviewed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) regarding the lawsuit filed April 12 by the Pioneer Press, which alleges that its former publisher, Par Ridder, conspired with the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s new owner, Avista Capital Partners, to steal sensitive corporate information before becoming publisher of the Star Tribune in March. The lawsuit also claims that Ridder has violated a non-compete agreement and demands the return of computer data allegedly removed by him. Prof. Kirtley observed that such lawsuits between competing daily newspapers are rare, but that the allegations have serious legal and ethical implications.
  • Orfield Comments on Texas School Dist. Petition

    April 9, 2007 Some residents of Northgate Forest, an upscale subdivision in Texas, are trying to take advantage of a little-known provision in state law to get out of the increasingly diverse Spring school district and join the more-affluent and higher-performing Klein Independent School District. “It could be a relatively minor case in the sense of the number of kids, but the structural impacts of a decision like that are very large,” said Myron Orfield, professor and director of the Institute on Race & Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School.
  • Cribari Co-Authors Book on Digital Evidence

    April 3, 2007 Prof. Steve Cribari is a co-author of “Digital Evidence in the Courtroom: A Guide for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors,” published by DOJ’s National Institute of Justice. The book is the fourth in a series of guides, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, dealing with digital evidence. (Other guides consider responding to the electronic crime scene, examination of digital evidence, and internet investigations.) The guide is the product of the Technical Working Group for Digital Evidence in the Courtroom, of which Prof. Cribari is a member. It discusses, from an evidentiary standpoint, fourth amendment issues, relevant evidentiary concerns, discovery, disclosure, and presentation of digital evidence. The guide is intended to be both an introduction to, and resource for, law enforcement and prosecutors. The work is available online at NIJ’s site(www.usdoj.gov/nij) and at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (www.ncjrs.gov). It is also available in print.

  • Cox and CP Clinic Students Quoted in RESPA

    March 27, 2007 Zach Biesanz and Abigail Allen, student attorneys in Professor Prentiss Cox’s Consumer Protection Clinic, were both quoted in RESPA News, a trade publication for the title insurance industry. The case they discussed, Grady v. Coldwell Banker Burnet, is a putative class action claiming that the alleged practice by Burnet of directing home buyers and sellers to its affiliate title and closing service and not disclosing lower priced competitors is a breach of Burnet’s fiduciary duty as a real estate broker. The RESPA News article stated the “industry debate continues to swirl around the case.” The case was previously featured in Ken Harney’s nationally syndicated column on real estate issues.

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