Category: School of Law

Brady suspended: What are his chances of winning an appeal?

May 12th, 2015 in 2015, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law, WBZ-TV 0 comments

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Oregon Woman Accuses Target of Using Her Graphic on Its T-Shirt

May 12th, 2015 in 2015, ABCNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Law, Stacey Dogan 0 comments

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An Oregon clothing designer was shocked to find a tank top at Target that she said looked nearly identical to a shirt sold on her online retail store…

Expert quote:

“It’s less if the work has been registered and more whether the designs are substantially similar in protected expression.”

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Senate vote seen as key volley in fight over trade deal

May 12th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

President Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren have waged an escalating war of words over a massive trade deal that spans the Pacific…

Expert quote:

“The bigger worry is if you have a Republican president and a Republican-controlled House and Senate, then the door is open to wholesale repeal of Dodd-Frank. I don’t think we have to worry about the carom shot.”

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Bipartisan bill signed to reform patent system

May 6th, 2015 in 2015, Huffington Post, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Paid Interns More Likely to Get Hired

May 5th, 2015 in 2015, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law, U.S. News & World Report 0 comments

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As the academic year wanes, summer jobs and internships will be a virtual certainty for millions of American college students looking for work experience and a little extra spending money…

Expert quote:

“So if they’re doing any work that’s useful to the employer, it’s a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act for the employer not to pay them a minimum wage, even if they’re getting school credit. That’s a very strict interpretation of that decision, and some federal lower courts have most recently said, ‘Is the work a primary educational benefit to the intern, or is it primarily to advance the employer’s business?’”

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INTA15: trademark bullying not clear cut

May 5th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, School of Law, Stacey Dogan 0 comments

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So-called trademark bully cases are far from clear, with brands likely righteous in their pursuit of infringers and small businesses bringing emotions to the table, a panel of academics said at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting…

Expert quote:

“Trademark bullies do have valid trademark rights.”

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Goldman downsizes its commodities operations

May 4th, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Goldman Sachs is reportedly in talks to sell a pair of coal mines in Columbia, as it downsizes its commodities operations and possibly exits this type of business…

Expert quote:

“Banks are the nexus of the financial system and the lifeblood of the economy. We have a stake in them being safe and sound. And quite frankly, Lloyd Blankfein doesn’t know the coal business. Moreover, bank regulators don’t know the coal business. We don’t look to our banks to be volatile—we like our banks to be boring. And this is a highly volatile business.”

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With Patent Litigation Surging, Creators Turn to Washington for Help

April 29th, 2015 in 2015, James Bessen, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Patent law — famously arcane and technical — is becoming a mainstream, even bipartisan issue in Congress…

Expert quote:

“The litigation problem got worse, and it spread into mainstream America. That’s why we’re seeing this now, only four years after we had major patent reform legislation.”

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How Technology Has Affected Wages for the Last 200 Years

April 29th, 2015 in 2015, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

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By James Bessen, School of Law

Today’s great paradox is that we feel the impact of technology everywhere – in our cars, our phones, the supermarket, the doctor’s office – but not in our paychecks…

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Saved: International Law Needs to Protect Asylum Seekers

April 28th, 2015 in 2015, Jill Goldenziel, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

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By Jill Goldenziel, School of Law

Images of the Mediterranean’s mass graveyard have horrified the world, which has done little to stop these atrocities from occurring…

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