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  • 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.
  • Shnider Joins Editorial Board at JDC

    March 26, 2007 Professor Bruce Shnider has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Deferred Compensation. The quarterly journal is a source for analysis, strategies, and practical solutions for professionals in the field of executive compensation.

  • MPR Interviews Bix on Joint Custody Legislation

    March 23, 2007 Professor Brian Bix was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio about a legislation proposal that would effectively create a presumption that children should spend significant amounts of time each week with both parents (as contrasted with more traditional divisions, under which the children were usually with one parent most of the time, with the other parent seeing the children usually only on weekends, holidays, and in the summer). The proposed legislation would make an exception for cases of domestic abuse, and other cases where it could be shown that one parent posed a danger to the children.
  • Hasday Appears on MPR & CBS Radio

    March 21, 2007 Professor Jill Hasday was the guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midday program, “Showdown Coming Over Executive Privilege.” Professor Hasday discussed executive privilege and separation of powers, and provided legal context for the controversy surrounding the dismissals of eight United States Attorneys in 2006. The program is archived on the MPR web site. Professor Hasday also appeared on Don Shelby’s CBS Radio program on the same topic. Audio of this episode has been made available online on the WCCO web site.
  • Befort Quoted in Star Tribune on Religion & Work

    March 13, 2007 Professor Stephen Befort was quoted in a story in the Star Tribune entitled, “Customer Service and Faith Clash at Registers.” The story discusses the increasing occurrence of Muslim cashiers in the Twin Cities refusing to handle pork items at the check-out. Professor Befort draws a comparison to pharmacy employees who decline on religious grounds to fill contraceptive prescriptions.
  • Professor Kirtley Quoted in NYT and on KARE 11

    March 8, 2007 Prof. Kirtley was quoted in the New York Times concerning the impact of the I. Lewis Libby Jr. trial on a federal reporter’s privilege. Professor Kirtely also appeared on the KARE-11 ten o’clock news, commenting on the possible expansion of “cameras in the courtroom” in Minnesota.
  • Shnider Quoted in Advantage on Tax Traps

    February 28, 2007 In the Advantage article, Professor Bruce Shnider mentions at least three tax traps that can arise including the need for creative structuring of the merger and acquisition (M&A) deal, state and local transfer taxes, and golden parachutes. Shnider mentions structuring often requires the parties to understand their respective tax perspectives. He also talks about how state taxes usually require careful diligence to be sure everyone understands the issues and the risks. Lastly, Shnider covers the problems of golden parachutes and how sometimes they can be solved with a special target shareholder vote.

  • Befort quoted in Pioneer Press on religion & work

    February 25, 2007 Professor Stephen Befort was quoted in a feature story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press entitled “Freedom of Faith on Company Time?” The story examined the growing trend of Muslim employees challenging employer refusals to accommodate prayer breaks. The writer quoted Professor Befort in describing the basic anti-discrimination and accommodation principles established by federal law.
  • Feld Calls Emily's Law Bill Irresponsible

    February 16, 2007 Professor Barry Feld criticized a legislative proposal to lower from fourteen to thirteen the age at which youths could be transferred to criminal court for prosecution as an adult. He characterized as “irresponsible,” punitive policies that disregard differences in adolescent development and diminished responsibility.
  • Kirtley Quoted in LA Times on Confidentiality Rule

    February 16, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 16, 2007, in discussing the decision of two San Francisco Chronicle reporters to grant a promise of confidentiality to a source who leaked them grand jury transcripts in the BALCO steroid scandal and lied about having done so in federal court.


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