February 1, 2019
In its opinion in Doe v. Hon. Margaret Mahoney, the Arizona Court of Appeals quoted Lyrissa Lidsky and Thomas Cotter’s 2007 article Authorship, Audiences, and Anonymous Speech, 82 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1537, for the proposition that (“If all it takes is an allegation of defamation to uncover a defendant’s identity, the right to speak anonymously is very fragile indeed … [o]n the other hand, anonymity should not immunize the defendant’s tortious conduct.”).
Prof. Turoski Joins Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Supporting Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Patent CaseJanuary 28, 2019
Prof. Chris Turoski joined an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Hikrna Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., et al., v. Vanda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. The brief argues the Federal Circuit’s decision below directly conflicts with the Supreme Court’s patentable subject matter precedent by upholding patent claims to routine, conventional applications of a law of nature.
January 27, 2019
Professor Francis Shen was interviewed on the WCCO radio program, “News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar.” Professor Shen spoke about his research on youth sports concussions, as well as his work on law and artificial intelligence.
January 21, 2019
Professor Kitrosser was featured on “News and Views With Roshini Rajkumar” on WCCO Radio on Sunday, January 20th. She spoke with Ms. Rajkumar about the government shutdown and its relationship to the constitutional separation of powers. She also responded to calls and text messages from listeners.
Professor Meili Interviewed by MinnPost about the Effects of Government Shutdown on Immigration CourtJanuary 17, 2019
Professor Stephen Meili was interviewed for an article that appeared in the January 17 edition of MinnPost concerning the adverse effect that the federal government shutdown is having on U.S. Immigration Courts. Prof. Meili explained that the shutdown has cancelled tens of thousands of court hearings, thus exacerbating the long backlog of cases that has already plagued the immigration court system. He also noted that these cancelled hearings have left many noncitizens and their families in limbo, and that the resulting delays of two years or more makes it more challenging for lawyers to prepare their cases.
January 16, 2019
Professor Klass is quoted in an Energywire article discussing three cert petitions in the Supreme Court raising separate legal issues surrounding controversial natural gas pipeline projects in the northeast U.S.
January 15, 2019
Professor JaneAnne Murray was interviewed by the AP regarding prosecutorial and defense strategies in the prosecution of the individual accused of abducting Jayme Closs and murdering her parents. Commenting on the level of detail in the initial charging complaint, Murray commented that the complaint may have been “designed to send a signal to the defense that the evidence against their client is overwhelming.” The prosecutors will want a swift resolution, she added, and even in a case of strong evidence, a defendant’s willingness to enter into an early disposition can be a factor in plea bargaining discussions.
January 14, 2019
Professor Kitrosser was quoted in an article in The Atlantic magazine entitled “The Most Remarkable Thing About Trump’s Proposed National Emergency.” She explains that the conditions for presidential abuses of power, such as norms of unilateral presidential action and very broad congressional delegations, have been present for a long time, and that we are now seeing them exploited even more so than in the past. The article’s last lines state, for example: “’The seeds of this problem are multifold, and they’ve been in the ground for quite a while,’” Kitrosser says. “’With the Trump presidency, we’re primed for them to really come to fruition.’”
January 13, 2019
In an opinion in HTC Corp. v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Judge Rodney Gilstrap twice cited Professor Thomas Cotter’s book chapter (coauthored with Norman Siebrasse) titled Judicially Determined FRAND Royalties, from the edited volume The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law (Jorge L. Contreras ed., Cambridge University Press 2018), as persuasive authority on the subject of determining royalties for the use of standard essential patents.
January 12, 2019
Prof. JaneAnne Murray was interviewed extensively by Bloomberg on the impact of the shutdown on the progress of criminal cases in federal courts. Likening the situation to “watching a frog boil,” Murray pointed out that “there’s only so much people will take until they’re done.” She foresaw “almost invisible slowdowns” among court personnel expected to work for free, “whether it’s through the absence of critical people who aren’t deemed essential, whether it’s through people taking sick leave because they are so frustrated, or people who are just actively slowing down because they are upset and despairing at their financial situation.” She added, “if you live paycheck-to-paycheck and you’re a federal defender making $70,000 a year, or a social worker or investigator at a federal defenders office making $40,000 a year, it’s really an imposition on these lawyers and employees.” The question becomes: “does that impact your commitment to your work?” The net effect would be that “clients are going to sit in detention centers longer.” In addition to procedural delays in pending criminal cases, Murray also highlighted a more ominous impact: people eligible for compassionate release would not have their applications considered expeditiously, thus denying them precious time on the outside. “Compassionate release, when it happens, has been in the last six months” of a person’s life, Murray said. “And often it’s happening weeks before the person dies.”