Category: School of Law

A third of the economy is at stake — and patent trolls are to blame

Washington Post By James Bessen, School of Law By Michael Meurer, School of Law Patent lawsuits have become a big business. Over six times as many patent lawsuits are filed today as in 1980, and businesses of all sorts have become vocal about the burden of undeserved lawsuits, many over vague or overreaching software patents… […]

Experts media alert – Syrian refugees

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker joined the growing list of governors who will not accept Syrian refugees to resettle in their states. House Speaker Paul Ryan has also asked for a “pause” in allowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States. The following Boston University School of Law professors are available to offer commentary, analysis, and insight on […]

White House feeling heat for leaving top Fed seat vacant

MarketWatch Cornelius Hurley, Center for Finance, Law & Policy, School of Law The White House is facing criticism this week for long ignoring a 2010 law requiring President Barack Obama to appoint an official at the Federal Reserve who would oversee strengthening the nation’s banks and improving the stability of the financial system… Expert quote: […]

$1 Daraprim Alternative? Not So Fast

MedPage Today Kevin Outterson, School of Law A San Diego compounding pharmacy says it plans to come to patients’ rescue by offering a cheaper version of the antiparasite drug Daraprim (pyrimethamine), whose price skyrocketed overnight this summer, but the pharmacy may be skating on thin ice with the FDA… Expert quote: “This is a unique […]

Pension Funds Considering Fossil Fuel Divestment, Socially Responsible Investments Get Boost From Labor Department

International Business Times David Webber, School of Law The U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn an arcane George W. Bush-era measure that critics say discouraged pension trustees from making socially responsible investment decisions — like divesting from energy companies that contribute to climate change… Expert quote: “The rationale can’t be, ‘We hate coal, we’re dumping it, […]

Why GE’s sales to Wells Fargo may be a risky business

The Deal Cornelius Hurley, Center for Finance, Law & Policy, School of Law General Electric Co.’s (GE) GE Capital unit on Tuesday agreed to sell three businesses and a specialty finance loan portfolio valued at about $30 billion to Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) as the industrial conglomerate seeks to substantially reduce its financial businesses […]