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Friday, July 11, 2014

Thinkers & Doers: July 11, 2014

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The New York Times quotes Professor Jaime King (@profjaimeking).

Jaime King

The New York Times quotes Professor Jaime King (@profjaimeking) regarding the FTC and anticompetitive practices in the generic drug industry. Read the story here. "The question facing the FTC," further explains King, "is often whether a company with a monopoly or substantial Jaime Kingmarket leverage has engaged in some form of anticompetitive behavior to attain or maintain its monopoly status. This can be done in a number of ways, such as deliberately dropping prices below cost for a short time to eliminate a competitor."

"If a company with a monopoly or near monopoly status has not engaged in anticompetitive behavior, then there is little the FTC can do to control its ability to raise costs. In theory, if prices get too high another competitor will enter the market and lower costs."  Read the story here.

Robin Feldman

Professor Robin Feldman (@RobinCFeldman) published an analysis in the Daily Journal of the restraint in the U.S. Supreme Court’s intellectual property decisions this term, and what that means in particular to patent law. “Across all of the cases, one theme stands above the rest. The cases reflect impatience with the nice distinctions lawyers like to fall back on to justify a client’s behavior,” Feldman wrote. “Forget the clever drafting and technological workarounds, what is really going on here?” Read the full piece here (subscription required).

George Bisharat, Rory Little

George BisharatProfessor George Bisharat was interviewed by KPFA radio, KGO radio and Capital Public Radio on the escalating conflict in Israel and Palestine. Listen to KGO here. Listen to Capital Public Radio here.

Additionally, he and Professor Rory Little (@rorylittle) were quoted in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat about the tragic shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, who was walking to play with a friend. The teen was carrying a toy AK-47 that resembled the actual assault rifle. The officers involved have not been charged.

“Making the correct decision under those circumstances is very challenging,” said Bisharat, “and that understanding, or that solicitude for the dilemma that police frequently face, is evident in a number of statements by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Said Little, “The legal standard is set up to make it difficult to convict a police officer in a fatal shooting. The bias, if there is a bias or a tilt to the law, it's in favor of the law enforcement officer not being convicted.” Read the full story here.

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies report on the perils of unaccompanied migrant children was cited in a Mother Jones story on the Obama administration’s efforts to more children through the immigration system more quickly.

The report, “A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System,” has been cited by numerous news outlets as media focus their attention on the problem. Read the Mother Jones story here

Lawyers for America

JD Journal had a story on Vermont Law School announcement of its new partnership with Lawyers for America. The mission of the LFA, conceived and launched at UC Hastings, is to improve practical skills of newly minted lawyers as it expands the availability of legal services for people who cannot afford lawyers. Read more here.

Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu

Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu addresses rankings head-on in The Recorder: "Prospective students care. Our faculty care, staff care, alumni care, I care. Our board cares. If I stood up and said, 'I don't care about U.S. News. I'm going to pay no attention to U.S. News,' if I used obscenity and other inappropriate language, I would be removed of my responsibilities," he said. "So, U.S. News is a looming presence, and to rail against it is futile." Read more here

Scott Blickenstaff

Scott Blickenstaff ’90 was named as the new general counsel of Amalgamated Sugar and Snake River Sugar Company, in Idaho. Prior to the position he was at Boise Inc. and a partner with Orrick.

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