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Monday, July 11, 2011 - 8:54am

Professor David Herring discussed how the recently announced merger of insurer Highmark and West Penn Allegheny Health Systems will impact an antitrust suit brought several years by West Penn against Highmark and rival UPMC.  With Highmark and West Penn merging, they will look for a way to continue West Penn's antitrust case as one entity against UPMC.  Professor Herring said the merger may give Highmark some advantages in the antitrust litigation.


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Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 2:14pm

Ronald Brand, Nordenberg University Professor and Director of Pitt Law's Center for International Legal Education, has been chosen to receive the prestigious Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law  from the American Bar Association's Section of International Law.  The award is made to honor those persons who have made distinguished, long-standing contributions to the development of private international law.  Prior recipients have included such luminaries as Philip W. Amram, Arthur Von Mehren, and Allan Farnsworth.  Professor Brand will receive the award at the Section’s fall meeting in Dublin in October.

Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 1:59pm

Professor John Burkoff commented for numerous media outlets on the Secret Service's report on forged defense documents presented in the trial of State Senator Jane Orie.  The Secret Service report confirmed that the documents had, in fact, contained a forged signature, though the report did not commented on who may have committed the fraud, or when.  As Professor Burkoff explains, this may have an impact on the claims by Orie that she should not be re-tried after the judge declared a mistrial in her case.


Link to KDKA TV report


Link to Tribune-Review story

Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 1:51pm

Professor Jesse Allen explained that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes case will have a big impact on how employment discrimination cases are handled. But what form that impact will have will not be clear for some time.  Professor Allen said that “[a] decision like this can be interpreted narrowly or broadly and can be pushed in one direction or another by subsequent cases in the federal courts, and really at all levels.”



Friday, July 8, 2011 - 4:55pm

John Burkoff comments on the likelyhood of Caylee's Law being passed on the state or federal level and why legislatures are reluctant to pass laws based upon a failure to do something.  


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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:07pm

Professor David Harris submitted written testimony to U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on the "See Something, Say Something Act of 2011" at a June 24, 2011 hearing.  The Act creates legal immunity for law enforcement officers and civilians who report, or act upon, "objective reasonable suspicion" that a person is engaging in actions connected to terrorism.  Professor Harris' testimony, solicited by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the Subcommittee's Ranking Member, focused on the importance of using the established and fully fleshed out definition of the terms "objective" and "reasonable suspicion."  According to Professor Harris' testimony, "[w]ithout a clear understanding of what these terms mean in context, and how they operate in practice, the Act could actually harm our security from terrorism, instead of building it."  The testimony will be published with the text of the hearing and other written submissions.

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:23am

Federal Appeals Court expert and Pitt Law professor Arthur Hellman comments on the decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to uphold Obama's health-care reform law.


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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:07am

Pitt Law Professor David Harris comments on the community’s need for real-time court case updates and the court’s need for information control within the courtroom. 


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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:05am

Professor Arthur Hellman explains recent rulings that tackle the question of whether school districts should punish students for off-campus speech.


He states that the rulings still allow districts to punish students for some comments made off campus, but they don't set a standard for when that can be done.


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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:03am

Pitt Law Professor Arthur Hellman shared his views on whether or not there are genuine concerns raised by 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges' holding stock and other investments.  Professor Hellman told the New York Times, "It seems to me that someone who is a federal judge has some responsibility to avoid holding onto financial assets that will compromise his or her ability to do the job."


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