2014 News Archive
faculty news and appearances
(From the Free State Foundation)--Last week, the blogosphere was abuzz with the news that Netflix and Comcast had signed a "mutually beneficial interconnection agreement."
(From the Boston Globe)--The best way to ensure corporations are positive influences in an economy, much less a society, is to construct a framework of financial, workplace, and environmental regulation. In other words, corporate conscience alone is no shield from bad behavior or a sufficient prompt for good, writes Law School Professor Kent Greenfield.
(From the Chronicle of Philanthropy)--The House is taking aim at nonprofit financial practices with an eye toward putting more gifts directly to work for charities. It would slap a tax on nonprofits that pay employees $1-million or more and would require gifts to donor-advised funds to be deployed to charities within five years.
Newton, MA--BC Law Professor David Wirth was invited to be a presenter at the recent Renaissance Weekend in Laguna Niguel, California.
(From WNPR)--Each year, 1.4 million of the nation’s eleven- to 17-year-olds enter the juvenile justice system. Of these boys and girls, some 71,000 are sent to incarceration facilities, where they may remain for several months in seclusion from the outside world.
(From the Boston Globe)--The federal judgeship in Massachusetts is set to undergo the most sweeping makeover it has seen in 20 years, as new appointees fill four open seats and other veteran judges take more of a back-seat role in deciding many of the area’s most high-profile cases.
(From the Boston Herald)--Another heavy hitter was added to accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team yesterday, and a legal expert said the judge is trying to even the playing field, while a victim says “enough is enough.”
(From CCTV)--Brian JM Quinn, Associate Professor, Boston College Law School discusses the legal and economic implications to the merging between the top U.S. cable companies.
(From the Boston Globe)--Joshua Messier was having a schizophrenic attack, then died as Bridgewater state prison guards subdued him. The medical examiner called it homicide, then changed her mind. No one has been prosecuted, or even reprimanded, for the death of a young man in state care.
Newton, MA--Professor Brian Quinn was interviewed about the proposed merger of the two largest U.S. cable companies by Fox Business News and the Boston Herald.
Newton, MA--Professor Robert Bloom discussed the trial date of accused Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with Reuters and the Boston Herald.
(From WBUR) — A legal battle continues Wednesday morning in Suffolk Superior Court between The New York Post and two Boston-area men who are suing the newspaper because they say it falsely portrayed them as suspects in last April’s marathon bombing.
(From the Huffington Post)--These days everyone, no matter her political stripe, apparently despises U.S. immigration law. It's either too enforcement-heavy or too soft; too cruel or too generous to immigrants. But can we pause for a moment to talk about another, very basic problem?
Newton, MA--BC Law professors Kent Greenfield, Renee Jones and Brian Quinn have joined a group of corporate law scholars as signatories on a brief filed with the US Supreme Court
(From Maine Public Broadcasting)--He's only in seventh grade, but 13-year-old Oliver Wahlstrom is already a standout varsity hockey player at North Yarmouth Academy. In fact, he's so good that he recently became the youngest player ever to commit to an NCAA hockey team.
(Frome New York Times)--SANFORD, Fla. — Before Haley Berg was done with middle school, she had the numbers for 16 college soccer coaches programmed into the iPhone she protected with a Justin Bieber case.
Jan 22 (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable is borrowing a tactic from a three-year-old takeover battle as it seeks to fend off Charter Communications Inc's $37.3 billion unsolicited bid.
(From the Boston Globe)--THERE WERE signs in the recently released Chronicle of Higher Education report on college and university presidents’ paychecks that higher education is gaining a sense of limits.
(From the Huffington Post)--Years ago, when I worked for a non-profit representing detained indigent immigrants, a particular immigration judge often called our office when the government sought to deport an apparently mentally ill person.
(From Wall Street Journal Law Blog)--While striking down federal laws mandating equal treatment of Internet traffic, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit left the Federal Communications Commission with some some wiggle room to regulate Internet providers.
(From Commonwealth Magazine)--From the tiny town of Colrain at the Vermont border to the siren-pierced streets of Boston, state and local police have shot and killed 73 people across Massachusetts over the last 12 years. The deadliest year was 2013, when 12 people were killed. Every completed killing investigation found the police were justified in using deadly force; only three of the cases were presented to a grand jury or judicial inquest to determine if a crime was committed.
(From the Chronicle of Philanthropy)--Donor-advised funds are in the process of taking over the charitable landscape. While giving to most charities has remained largely flat in recent years, contributions to donor-advised funds are growing at eye-popping double-digit rates.
(From US News)--Wireless carriers have used different pricing methods as a way to differentiate themselves from their competition. Although consumers benefit when companies experiment with new, different, and more efficient ways to meet consumer demand, new pricing methods will face FCC scrutiny if they are considered to be anticompetitive behavior.
(From ACS blog)--Most cases on the Supreme Court’s docket in any given year are not the likes of Windsor, Shelby County, or Fisher. Those get the headlines, of course, and rightly so. But most of of the Court’s caseload is dedicated to answering various arcane questions in eddies of the U.S. Code.
(From Free State Foundation)--Verizon's pending appeal of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order presents one of the most significant legal questions in modern telecommunications policy: whether, and to what extent, the Commission can regulate Internet activity.
(From Chronicle of Higher Education)--When defending compensation of $1-million and more for college presidents, trustees and university officials often repeat a simple refrain: Attracting the best talent costs money.
(NECN) - It's the time of year when many pull out their wallets and donate to charities - but there's a growing problem for traditional local charities of so-called donor advised funds.