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  • 7/6/2015Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Vikram Amar, the senior associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of law at the University of California at Davis School of Law, has been named dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 23 meeting in Chicago.
  • 6/30/2015Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    A novel approach to prosecuting the crime of pillage could lead to greater accountability for war criminals who participate in large-scale pillage operations, such as controlling a mine whose minerals were used to help fund the conflict, says a paper from a University of Illinois expert in international criminal law.
  • 4/13/2015Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law demonstrates that the value of creative works in the public domain such as books, images and music can be estimated at least as precisely as the value of commercially available copyrighted works.
  • 3/24/2015Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, a leading national gambling critic and University of Illinois expert warns.
  • 3/18/2015Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 has served as the basis for the reform of many police departments in cities across the country, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. And in what’s now seen as an increasingly likely next step, Ferguson, Missouri, will undergo its own Department of Justice-administered police reforms.
  • 2/17/2015Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    As Gov. Bruce Rauner readies his first budget address, expect him to propose changes that could have major consequences for certain demographics, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says. According to law professor Richard L. Kaplan, three issues – the taxation of retirement income, an expansion of the sales tax base and an increase in the cost of health insurance benefits for state employees – loom over the Illinois budgetary horizon as potential quick fixes for the revenue-strapped state.
  • 1/27/2015Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Two papers co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care conclude that tort reform has had relatively little impact on the U.S. health care system.
  • 1/27/2015Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    The outcome of a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last fall could potentially slow the trend of the ever-increasing number of occupations subject to state licensing, says a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care.
  • 8/25/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Cyberattacks loom as an increasingly dire threat to privacy, national security and the global economy, and the best way to blunt their impact may be a public-private partnership between government and business, researchers say. But the time to act is now, rather than in the wake of a crisis, says a University of Illinois expert in law and technology.
  • 8/19/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Many of life’s problems are also civil legal problems, but people don’t see them that way. As a result, they often deal with them on their own, and rarely involve lawyers or courts, or even other third parties, according to a recent study.
  • 8/13/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. And according to research from a University of Illinois expert in patent law, the same adage could be applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where high-ranking examiners have a tendency to rubber-stamp patents of questionable merit due to time constraints.
  • 7/7/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    When student-athletes sue the NCAA, the governing body of college athletics eventually wins more than 70 percent of the time on appeal – a finding that could pressure both groups to adopt a new model for amateur athletics that more closely resembles the employment relationship, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

  • 5/29/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and "political spillover" at the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a recently published article by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing.

  • 5/15/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    Law professor Paul Heald says two recent high-profile Supreme Court rulings on intellectual property make it easier for courts to award attorney's fees, which will likely deter a number of questionable lawsuits brought by so-called patent trolls.

  • 5/15/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    Four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court focus on issues involving intellectual property, the specialty of Paul Heald, the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law at Illinois.

  • 5/1/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    John D. Colombo has been named interim dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

  • 4/29/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    Tax laws tilt the playing field in favor of financial elites, making economic inequality a somewhat solvable problem if Congress were inclined to change things, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois and an internationally recognized expert on U.S. taxation and tax policy.

  • 4/7/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    A labor dispute serves the NCAA’s interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the NCAA millions of dollars in monetary damages, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

  • 3/3/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    Proposed changes to the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit could make it easier for litigants to withhold evidence, says Suja A. Thomas, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in civil procedure.

  • 2/27/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    The debates surrounding the sustainability of bioenergy will only grow louder as big urban areas in the U.S. start running out of water, said Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy, environmental and natural resources law at Illinois.

  • 11/18/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    The number of lawsuits generated by “patent trolls” is wildly exaggerated, says a new paper co-written by University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan.

  • 10/30/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    Congress should actually be empowered in order to uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, says University of Illinois law professor Jamelle Sharpe.

  • 10/21/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says older workers delaying retirement or putting it off entirely should carefully consider the financial-planning options available in Social Security, Medicare and employment-based retirement plans.

  • 10/14/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    In a new study, University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan (right) and Timothy A. Slating, a regulatory associate with the Energy Biosciences Institute, say that the Renewable Fuel Standard should be slightly modified, not repealed.
  • 9/16/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

    An empirical study of employee benefits litigation from 2006 to 2010 reveals that cases involving long-term disability claims accounted for over 60 percent of all federal cases, according to research from Sean M. Anderson, a University of Illinois expert in employee benefit plan policy and regulation.

  • 8/21/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    A disagreement among state courts on drunk-driving homicide cases can be resolved by requiring the prosecution to prove that the driver's intoxication contributed to the causal mechanism behind the accident, says a forthcoming paper from Eric A. Johnson, a professor of law at Illinois.
  • 8/12/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Scant attention has been paid to the tax consequences of retirement income, says University of Illinois law professor Richard L. Kaplan.
  • 7/23/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    As firms grapple with the significant cost increases associated with the Affordable Care Act, the possibility emerges that employers would harass or retaliate against employees in order to avoid the law's financial penalties, according to law professors Peter Molk and Suja A. Thomas.
  • 7/18/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    "Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It" is a Depression-era cat-and-mouse thriller about the pursuit of the worst rare-book ring in U.S. history, says author Travis McDade, curator of law rare books at the College of Law.
  • 6/13/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    To keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must evolve to address environmental sustainability issues, says Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy, environmental and natural resources law at Illinois.
  • 6/11/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Law professor Jay P. Kesan says the current non-negotiable approach to user privacy is in need of serious revision, especially with the increased popularity of web-based software that shares information via cloud computing.
  • 4/29/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    The Obama administrations controversial proposal to means-test Medicare recipients has one small problem the Medicare program is already means-tested, says law professor Richard L. Kaplan, a University of Illinois expert on retirement benefits.
  • 4/3/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    There is a highly-significant relationship between law students math skills and the substance of their legal analysis, according to research from Arden Rowell, a professor of law and the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Scholar at Illinois.
  • 3/28/2013Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor
    Although they share some important similarities, religious organizations, such as churches, that file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection differ from small business debtors in two significant ways they seek to preserve the going-concern value of the organizations themselves, and their members are more integral to their successful reorganizations, says a new study by a University of Illinois law professor.
  • 3/21/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    The outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act could have complicated tax consequences for same-sex couples, a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement issues says, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois.
  • 3/4/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Debtors who apologized were seen as more remorseful and were expected to manage their finances more carefully in the future compared to debtors who did not offer an apology, finds a study co-written by U. of I. law professors Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Robert M. Lawless.
  • 2/11/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Most courts disregard the immigration status of workers who file suit against former employers, says a study from Michael LeRoy, a professor of law and of labor and employment relations at Illinois.
  • 1/3/2013Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    The fiscal-cliff bill passed by Congress settles most of the significant tax issues that would have an immediate and direct impact on the average taxpayers pocketbook, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois.
  • 12/4/2012Jeff Unger writer Jeff Unger by Jeff Unger published by Jeff Unger
    Five professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named Swanlund Chairs, the highest endowed titles on the Urbana campus.
  • 11/5/2012Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Adopting a loser-pays-all rule for criminal litigation would likely be feasible only if the rule applied to defendants who are wealthy, says a study from law professor Nuno Garoupa, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar at the University of Illinois.
  • 9/25/2012Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor
    Federal law ought to play a stronger role in regulating social networking sites by allowing users to determine what happens to their digital afterlives, says a recently published paper by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law.
  • 8/23/2012Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    College football exploits players in an invisible labor market, and the only plausible way for student-athletes to address their interests is the credible threat of unionization, according to research from Michael LeRoy, a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.
  • 8/8/2012Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Various misconceptions surrounding the continued viability of Medicare can be debunked or discredited, according to a paper published by law professor Richard L. Kaplan, a University of Illinois expert on retirement benefits.
  • 5/23/2012Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Springfields plan to slash nearly $1.4 billion from the states Medicaid program will ultimately result in bigger medical (and financial) problems for low- and middle-income senior citizens and their families, says a University of Illinois elder law expert.
  • 2/6/2012Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says a so-called Buffett Rule that would implement a higher minimum tax rate for those with income over $1 million per year would have little effect on the taxes of the real-life Warren Buffett unless it takes capital gains into account.
  • 1/9/2012Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    With many Americans now spending most of their adult lives owing debts to financial institutions, the need for a consumer financial agency free of regulatory capture is now more acute than ever, according to a Robert M. Lawless, a University of Illinois expert in consumer credit.
  • 1/5/2012Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Law professor Amitai Aviram argues that bail-ins amplify the highs and lows of future business cycles and undermine the policy goals of those who believe free markets allocate investments optimally, as well as those who prefer government guidance in allocating investments.
  • 11/21/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    With its Nov. 23 deadline looming, the Congressional super-committee charged with reducing the federal budget deficit may change how the government measures inflation, which could raise tax revenues and lower government expenses like Social Security, says law professor Richard L. Kaplan.
  • 11/14/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says even a favorable ruling on the constitutionality of the laws so-called individual mandate from the high court might not save the law if healthy Americans do not obtain health insurance.
  • 11/2/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    The conventional wisdom that says the 20th century was a disaster for crop diversity is nothing more than a myth, says Paul Heald, a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law.
  • 10/27/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Law professor and taxation expert Richard L. Kaplan says tax deductions have grown like wildfire, and their proliferation has unduly complicated the tax code.
  • 10/10/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    The lack of a settled legal framework that balances private property rights while maximizing the public good ultimately hinders the large-scale commercial deployment of geologic carbon sequestration, according to research by A. Bryan Endres, a professor of agricultural law at Illinois.
  • 9/20/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Despite recent headline-grabbing surveys that say a significant number of employers will at least consider dropping employee health benefits, no one really knows whats going to happen because of the uncertainties surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the economy and electoral politics, says law professor Richard L. Kaplan, an expert on retirement issues.
  • 7/21/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    In a new study, University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan and Timothy A. Slating, a regulatory associate with the University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute, argue that regulatory innovations are needed to keep pace with technological innovations in the biofuels industry.
  • 7/14/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Reforms aimed at curbing executive compensation will likely have little effect on reducing systemic risk in the financial system, according to published research by UI law professor Christine Hurt, an expert in business law and corporate finance.
  • 6/27/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Law professor Jay P. Kesan warns that an active self-defense regime is a necessity in cyberspace, especially to protect critical infrastructure such as banking, utilities and emergency services.
  • 6/15/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Wal-Mart's decision to compete on price deemphasizes the importance of hiring quality employees, particularly in lower-status positions, says law professor Lesley Wexler.
  • 6/9/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling paves the way for monetary damages when companies misrepresent changes they make to employee pension plans, says Richard L. Kaplan, an expert on taxation and retirement issues.
  • 5/25/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Whether it's a teacher in Wisconsin or a construction worker in Indiana, what ordinary workers and NFL players have in common is that "collective bargaining is so stacked against them, they have very little to negotiate over," says Michael LeRoy, a professor of law and of labor and employment relations at Illinois.
  • 5/17/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Labor law expert Michael LeRoy says as long as federal judges continue to enable NFL players to bargain in the courthouse, and not at the traditional bargaining table, collective bargaining will be a stunted institution in professional sports.
  • 4/25/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Dire predictions of impending doom for the future of legal education should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, says a University of Illinois business law expert.
  • 4/20/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Law professor Larry E. Ribstein says the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-to-4 ruling in favor of corporate speech has sparked a furor among pundits and the public that has shown little signs of slowing down.
  • 4/19/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    A repeat of a corporate tax holiday that found little success in 2005 is still a long shot to jump-start a stagnant U.S. economy, says Dhammika Dharmapala, a UI professor of law and expert in corporate and international taxation.
  • 4/7/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposal to change Medicare for those under age 55 is nothing short of a complete reconceptualization of the health insurance program, says Richard L. Kaplan, a University of Illinois elder law expert.
  • 3/1/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Labor law expert Michael LeRoy says the most likely scenario has owners running out the clock and locking out NFL players starting Thursday at midnight.
  • 2/8/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says the controversial health care reform act is a "mixed bag" for seniors.
  • 1/19/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Law professor Richard L. Kaplan, an expert on taxation and retirement issues, says the state of Illinois has a seriously outmoded tax structure that's in dire need of reform.
  • 11/17/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    With employers increasingly reluctant to supply references for former employees, the creation of a centralized reference pool for workers may make labor markets in the U.S. more efficient, says University of Illinois law professor Matthew W. Finkin.
  • 11/10/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    U. of I. law professors Charles J. Tabb and Ralph Brubaker argue that the legal principles applied in the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies two of the largest in U.S. history at $83.5 and $39.9 billion, respectively were misguided, and have ultimately undermined the distributional norms of bankruptcy reorganizations.
  • 10/26/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    An obscure provision in the health care reform bill has the potential to seriously alter the long-term care landscape for older Americans, but it may not be as beneficial to retirees as it will be for near-retirees and successive generations of workers, new research by a University of Illinois elder law expert warns.
  • 10/14/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says an obscure provision in the recently enacted Small Business Jobs Act could have major consequences for anyone with a retirement savings account at work.
  • 7/8/2010Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Whats the bottom line for consumers if Congress approves a mammoth, 2,300-page bill hailed as the most sweeping reform of the nations financial system since the Great Depression? I think consumers should pump one fist for joy and shake the other in anger, said University of Illinois law professor Robert Lawless, a consumer credit and bankruptcy expert.
  • 6/28/2010Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    The long-debated question over the right to bear arms remains unsettled despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extends Second Amendment guarantees to state and local gun-control laws, a University of Illinois legal expert says.
  • 6/2/2010Jan Dennis writer Jan Dennis by Jan Dennis published by Jan Dennis
    Jennifer Robbennolt, a UI professor of law and of psychology, says her studies show that apologies can potentially help resolve legal disputes ranging from injury cases to wrongful firings, giving wounded parties a sense of justice and satisfaction that promotes settlements and trims demands for damages.
  • 4/8/2010
    A hole in public policy is shortchanging U.S. soldiers and civilian workers who become casualties of a new-age war strategy that leans heavily on private contractors, a new University of Illinois study says.
  • 4/8/2010
    Press freedoms are eroding as courts step in to restore personal privacy battered by an explosion of tabloid reporting on the Internet and 24-hour news outlets hungry for fresh stories, a study by a University of Illinois legal expert warns.
  • 1/13/2010Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    A pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling could aggravate the influence of corporate campaign spending that already has skewed justice in some of the nations courts, a University of Illinois labor law expert warns.
  • 12/22/2009Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    An old-but-new-again line of hybrid securities could solve the too-big-to-fail problem that spawned billions of dollars in unpopular government bailouts to prop up the nations banking industry, a University of Illinois legal expert says.
  • 5/18/2009Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Some federal judges are tossing out civil cases based on their own opinions, a disturbing trend that makes background checks even more important in the search for a new associate justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, a University of Illinois legal expert says.
  • 5/14/2009Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Congress needs to revisit outdated labor laws that could force workers to choose between their health and their jobs during pandemics, natural disasters or other life-threatening emergencies, a University of Illinois legal expert warns.
  • 4/1/2009Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Women’s health is increasingly undervalued in conflicts over reproductive rights, including clashes based on moral objections under so-called conscience clauses, a new study by a University of Illinois legal expert found.
  • 4/1/2009Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    An elder law expert contends the notion of “unfunded liabilities” is merely an ominous new catchphrase coined during debates over massive spending programs such as Social Security and Medicare that is rooted in financial fallacy.
  • 1/7/2009Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Constitutional law expert Andrew Leipold says legal and political complications have left the Senate with little choice but to accept Roland Burris as Illinois’ junior senator once questions surrounding paperwork required for his appointment are resolved.
  • 12/9/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    The following University of Illinois experts are available to discuss federal corruption charges filed Tuesday against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
  • 12/5/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    A University of Illinois law professor who twice helped nominate former Illinois Gov. George Ryan for a Nobel Peace Prize says it would be a mistake to commute the 74-year-old Republican’s prison sentence in a federal corruption scheme.
  • 12/4/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Many Americans have lost more than just retirement savings amid a year-long economic meltdown that has sliced the U.S. stock market’s value by nearly half in a little over a year, a University of Illinois elder law expert says.
  • 9/4/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Many older Americans may be shortchanging their golden years by tapping into Social Security too soon, according to a University of Illinois expert who has studied the federal retirement program for nearly two decades.
  • 6/16/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    A legal assault on corporate fraud has turned justice upside down, putting company executives at too much risk while leaving shareholders out in the cold, according to a University of Illinois law professor.
  • 6/10/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    An expected crush of same-sex marriages looming in California will also touch off a new wave of lawsuits seeking to make the long-debated unions legal nationwide, according to a University of Illinois expert on family and constitutional law.
  • 6/10/2008
    U.S. Supreme Court rulings are digging into Americans’ pocketbooks, contributing to staggering mortgage and consumer debt that now averages more than $53,000 for every man, woman and child in the nation, according to a University of Illinois legal expert.
  • 4/1/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Textbooks have helped turn out job-ready graduates for years, but might not be the best way to connect with a new generation of tech-savvy students who carry laptop computers to class instead of pen and paper, a University of Illinois law professor says.
  • 3/27/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Don’t trust the glum reports that sprout like cherry blossoms in Washington every spring, forecasting the seemingly inevitable demise of Social Security’s trust fund, a University of Illinois law professor says.
  • 12/13/2007Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Major League Baseball's record book will likely come under fire in the wake of a long-awaited report released today linking Roger Clemens and other superstars to performance-enhancing drugs, a University of Illinois law and labor expert says.
  • 12/6/2007Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Don't blame just Hurricane Katrina for leaving New Orleans in shambles or single out wildfires for thousands of homes reduced to rubble this year across southern California, a University of Illinois law professor says.
  • 11/6/2007Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    When hijacking fears soared out of control after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, tougher airport screening quickly followed to ward off panic that could have crippled the nation's airline industry.
  • 10/23/2007Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Doctors save lives, but often don't have a prescription for legal woes that can plague their businesses and even slice into the bottom line, a University of Illinois professor says.
  • 10/18/2007Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Congress should act quickly on a Senate bill that would plug a loophole allowing publicly traded private equity firms to avoid paying corporate taxes, says a University of Illinois law professor who testified before House and Senate panels that reviewed the long-overlooked tax disparity.
  • 10/3/2007Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Lawsuits such as the landmark case against the tobacco industry are undermining traditional government regulation by shifting decision-making out of the public eye, according to a book co-written by a University of Illinois professor that will be published next year.
  • 8/13/2007Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Illinois college students preparing to apply to law school are invited to attend Law School Day at the University of Illinois on Sept. 19.
  • 4/2/2007Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Spousal refusal, an increasingly popular way for elderly couples to qualify for Medicaid coverage to avoid nursing-home costs, has been painted by critics as an abuse of public funds.
  • 3/23/2007Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    As more elderly Americans use the Internet, the potential for Internet fraud that targets the elderly grows, according to an article in the latest issue of the Elder Law Journal.
  • 2/12/2007Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Thomas Jefferson believed that a country's constitution should be rewritten every 19 years. Instead, the U.S. Constitution, which Jefferson did not help to write (he was in Paris serving as U.S. minister to France when the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia), has prevailed since 1789.
  • 1/24/2007Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Thailand has drafted 17 constitutions since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932. Will an 18th constitution help restore democracy, which ended last September after a military coup ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra?
  • 1/16/2007Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Importing prescription drugs from overseas, a plan advocated by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and many senior citizen groups, may lower the price of drugs, but poses serious safety risks, according to a University of Illinois scholar.
  • 11/16/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    About $2.8 billion was funneled into the 468 House and Senate races this year - the most expensive midterm election ever.
  • 11/1/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Over the last 20 years, a housing industry has sprung up to handle elderly citizens who cannot live independently but do not require around-the-clock nursing.
  • 10/26/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Are credit cards hazardous to your health and safety under the principles of product liability?
  • 10/24/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    If history is any guide, last year's changes to the bankruptcy law aimed at reducing individual bankruptcy filings may have the opposite effect - a long-term surge in personal filings, according to a study by a University of Illinois expert.
  • 10/9/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Bankruptcy filings by American households are likely to return to the levels they were at before Congress passed a law last year aimed at curbing "abusive" filings, a statistical study by a University of Illinois expert indicates.
  • 8/15/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The move from physical objects to digital technology in the art world has created a thorny set of legal questions centered on how artists can protect their work from unauthorized use, manipulation or even destruction.
  • 6/23/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    In attempting to crack down on irresponsible debtors, the new federal bankruptcy law is also likely to ensnare entrepreneurs and other self-employed Americans whose ideas and inventions can become engines for economic growth and job creation, according to a University of Illinois scholar.
  • 6/16/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Early signs of the effect of the new bankruptcy act on consumers and the courts are not encouraging, according to an expert on bankruptcy law at the University of Illinois.
  • 5/15/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The U.S. Agriculture Department's mad cow disease-testing program is wholly inadequate and the agency's refusal to let processors do their own testing further undercuts the safety of American beef, a University of Illinois scholar writes.
  • 5/5/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The old saw about death and taxes has taken on new meaning as state governments grapple with the confusion spawned by the 2001 federal tax cut.
  • 4/13/2006Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor
    The rising popularity of absentee voting, especially the use of "no-excuse" absentee ballots, poses a risk of vote tampering and election fraud, a University of Illinois legal scholar argues.
  • 4/3/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Veterans suffering from cancers linked to exposure to radiation from atomic test explosions encounter a complex and error-ridden process that routinely denies them disability benefits, a University of Illinois scholar says.
  • 3/24/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    A potential legal hurdle for corporations seeking to cut costs through mandatory or voluntary layoffs was lifted when the U.S. Supreme Court gave its latest interpretation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
  • 3/17/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    While the Bush administration's efforts to change Social Security have faltered, the ticking time bomb of a revenue shortfall has not gone away, a University of Illinois expert warns.
  • 2/23/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    How far can the government go in forcing civilians to perform potentially life-threatening jobs during a national emergency?
  • 2/20/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Since Ronald Reagan's presidency in the 1980s, attempts to alleviate poverty have shifted away from urban renewal and centralized government planning to so-called "market-based solutions."
  • 12/12/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Durwood Pickle was shocked to find that the Recording Industry Association of America had sued him because his grandchildren had used his computer to illegally download music during visits to his Texas home.
  • 12/1/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The rise of managed health care has brought into focus a clash between federal and state jurisdiction over the regulation of health maintenance organizations, legal scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conclude.
  • 11/15/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    If many seniors are scratching their heads about the new Medicare prescription drug plan, so are the experts.
  • 11/8/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    In Wisconsin, an expectant woman can be taken into custody if police believe her abuse of alcohol may harm her unborn child. In South Dakota, pregnant alcohol and drug users can be committed to treatment centers for up to nine months.
  • 11/1/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    At first glance, a Texas sodomy law would seem to have little in common with neighborhood zoning ordinances, but a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the former could have a strong impact on the latter, a University of Illinois legal scholar argues.
  • 10/28/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The effort to teach "intelligent design" in public schools is not the first time that "science" has been enlisted for a cause in the classroom, according to a University of Illinois legal scholar.
  • 8/22/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The rapid expansion of non-incorporated businesses, such as limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), raises questions ranging from government regulation to professional ethics, according to the latest issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.
  • 8/16/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - sometimes referred to as SOX - has come under heavy fire from business groups for adding to the cost of annual corporate audits. Another problem with the law is its encroachment on the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to an article in the University of Illinois Law Review.
  • 8/15/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Answering critics of the "battered woman syndrome," a University of Illinois expert argues that the claims made by victims of domestic violence are a legitimate extension of the longstanding rules of self-defense.
  • 7/21/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    It's a cliché that has outlasted its value - the picture of Japan as a culturally harmonious country whose inhabitants value peace and consensus over the clash of lawsuits and lawyers.
  • 7/14/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Conventional wisdom holds that malpractice lawsuits are the bane of modern medicine, with high insurance premiums driving doctors from the profession and the threat of lawsuits discouraging health-care employees from reporting and correcting medical mistakes.
  • 7/14/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    After five years of looking, the University of Illinois College of Law has acquired the first American edition of Blackstone���s Commentaries on the Law, completing its collection of original Blackstone editions.
  • 6/29/2005Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    What Hollywood studios call censorship and copyright infringement, software companies call freedom and parental choice. Any wonder that the legal issues raised by new film software is winding up in the courts and before Congress?
  • 6/15/2005Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Senior citizens not only drive more these days, but have sped past teenagers as the age group with the highest number of traffic accidents per mile.
  • 6/13/2005Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Are property-tax relief programs for the elderly justified in an age of shrinking government revenues and scaled-back public services?
  • 6/6/2005Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    In testimony before a congressional committee, an expert on gambling at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign denounced efforts by some Indian tribes to acquire land for casinos across state lines.
  • 5/13/2005Mark Reutter, Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Law Editor
    Social Security is not "in crisis," "unsustainable," or even "bankrupt" - words that President George W. Bush has used to rally support behind his campaign to alter the retirement and insurance program - according to an article by a law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 5/4/2005Mark Reutter, Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Law Editor
    While finding no statistical evidence of bias in the selection of jurors, African-Americans were noticeably under-represented on juries in Champaign County.
  • 12/21/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The record $100 million-plus settlement earlier this month by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County in California to victims of sexual abuse by priests raises the question of how the church will pay for this and other claims.
  • 10/11/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Social science research on university campuses is being stifled by "hyperzealous" rules that bear little relation to the goal of protecting human subjects from unethical or unprofessional behavior, an expert from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign writes.
  • 9/16/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The lockout of players by the owners of the National Hockey League will harm fans and the sport as owners try to impose cost-saving labor rules.
  • 9/7/2004Mark Reutter, Business/Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business/Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business/Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business/Law Editor
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a case of smallpox in a Midwest city. Minutes later, officials declare that the country is under a terrorist smallpox attack. Panicked families swamp hospital emergency rooms nationwide.
  • 8/9/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    It is known as the "Great Firewall of China," and like its counterpart built centuries before, it is intended to block unwanted invaders from the outside world.
  • 7/27/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The proposed use of Web or video cameras to monitor the care of residents in nursing homes has kicked up a storm.
  • 6/28/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Far from imposing an unreasonable burden on corporate America, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has not tackled the core accounting conflicts that led to investor losses at Enron, WorldCom and other companies, according to an expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 6/17/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Placing limits on lawsuits and jury awards against nursing homes would improve the quality of care to elderly residents by reducing the skyrocketing cost of liability insurance, an article in the Elder Law Journal argues.
  • 5/27/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Educators will take the issue of gay harassment in public schools more seriously if federal courts start enforcing a gay student's right to equal protection under the 14th Amendment, an article in the University of Illinois Law Review argues.
  • 4/26/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    What a difference a word can make to the security of a person's golden years.
  • 3/30/2004Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    How to pay for the long-term health-care needs of aging baby boomers will become a major crisis unless steps are taken to rationalize the current hodge-podge of federal regulations and restricted coverage, according to a health-law expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2/9/2004Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Brian Dampier knows the value of a good performance.
  • 12/23/2003Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor
    To deal effectively with domestic violence offenders, criminal laws should be changed to include the kind of evidence now admissible for prosecuting child molesters and rapists, a scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argues.
  • 11/13/2003Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    Japan is undergoing a quiet revolution in legal education, instituting "American-style" law schools with the aim of producing more lawyers for business, government and private practice.
  • 8/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor
    The big challenge facing the federal government will not be passing legislation to help the elderly buy prescription drugs, but keeping the costs of the program from skyrocketing out of control, according to an article in a University of Illinois law journal.
  • 7/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor
    One of the most divisive issues facing Israel is how to deal with immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Should the government continue to grant citizenship to people who claim to be Jewish, but are not considered Jewish under religious law?
  • 6/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor
    The past gives a clear indication of how the courts should handle the increased volume of class-action lawsuits over the use of railroad rights of way to install fiber-optic cables and other telecommunications equipment. In the late 19th century, Jeffery M. Heftman writes in the upcoming issue of the University of Illinois Law Review, the courts were faced with litigation seeking to determine the rights of owners on whose land railroads had been granted easements.
  • 6/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor
    What is the rationale behind state laws that prohibit the elderly from voting if they are deemed mentally disabled or placed under guardianship?
  • 5/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Law schools are on the verge of a dramatically different manner of doing legal scholarship, according to a law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 4/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    A conference April 11-12 at the University of Illinois College of Law will examine the impact of the growing array of regulations for human-subject protection on academic research and academic freedom.
  • 4/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    The system requiring faculty members to get clearance before conducting research involving human subjects is overly broad and raises the specter of institutional censorship, a legal scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will argue at an upcoming conference.
  • 3/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Half a million mentally retarded and developmentally disabled Americans live with their elderly parents. That number is expected to double during the next 25 years, posing a potential crisis for the care of disabled adult children.
  • 3/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    An increasingly popular option for elderly or terminally ill people faced with high medical costs is to sell their life-insurance policies to investors in return for lump-sum payments. The current issue of the Elder Law Journal examines the pros and cons of these "senior settlement" or "life settlement" contracts.
  • 3/1/2003Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    An increasingly popular option for elderly or terminally ill people faced with high medical costs is to sell their life-insurance policies to investors in return for lump-sum payments. The current issue of the Elder Law Journal examines the pros and cons of these "senior settlement" or "life settlement" contracts.
  • 12/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Since 1992, Chicago has been trying to fashion a gang anti-loitering ordinance that allows police to order people standing around with no apparent purpose to disperse or face arrest.
  • 12/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Despite the enactment of laws to prevent the abuse of elderly residents in nursing homes, few cases are reported to authorities and even fewer lead to penalties against the offenders, an article in the Elder Law Journal concludes.
  • 11/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Somewhere in the corridors of Capitol Hill, the important needs of elderly Americans were shunted aside for a change in the federal tax code that will have no consequence for the vast majority of senior citizens, according to a noted scholar of elder law.
  • 11/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Operating largely outside the radar of white America, grandparents in the black community have found homes and effectively raised children in ways that have eluded established foster-care and welfare programs.
  • 10/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    A review of ethics rules for corporate lawyers should be undertaken by the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of its mandate to reform corporate practice, writes a securities law expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 8/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    An overly strict interpretation for sentencing drug traffickers who at first lie to police threatens to undercut the fairness of America's war on drugs, the author of a just-published article in the University of Illinois Law Review argues.
  • 8/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    An overly strict interpretation for sentencing drug traffickers who at first lie to police threatens to undercut the fairness of America's war on drugs, the author of a just-published article in the University of Illinois Law Review argues.
  • 7/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Has the pendulum swung too far in the application of human subject protections to scholarly research, especially in the humanities?
  • 6/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    As Americans live longer, they are more likely to develop age-related health problems that limit their ability to live independently. Some type of long-term care is needed, but financing such care can inflict a terrible punishment on families as the average cost of a nursing-home stay reaches $54,000 a year.
  • 5/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    The rapid increase in condominium housing around the country raises questions about the prevailing law that gives condominium associations wide latitude in controlling the behavior of its members.
  • 5/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    It's being called an "invisible epidemic" by some health care experts -- the growing number of senior citizens with out-of-control drinking problems.
  • 4/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    A University of Illinois law professor says that proposed federal legislation to give Chicago the green light to proceed with a $6.6 billion expansion of O'Hare International Airport is unconstitutional.
  • 3/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    One way to test Congress' resolve in resisting the blandishments of special interest money is to see how a conference committee handles the bankruptcy bills now before it, a University of Illinois expert says.
  • 10/1/2001Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Judging the future actions of judges through the lens of today's "hot-button" political issues is not only unfair, it's not possible, a University of Illinois constitutional law scholar told a U.S. Senate subcommittee studying the judicial confirmation process.
  • 9/1/2001Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    The behavior of U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in the Microsoft antitrust case has renewed questions of how far a judge should go in making off-the-record comments to the news media during or after a trial.
  • 7/1/2001Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    The ability of the Internet to destroy time and space and national borders may look like utopia to computer engineers, but it all seems very nasty to lawyers.
  • 7/1/2001Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Ancient relics taken from third-world nations should be returned to their rightful owners. This principle sounds fair enough and has been put forward in foreign claims against sculptures, paintings, pottery and other property held in U.S. private and museum collections.
  • 7/1/2001Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    School volunteerism has a new face. No longer do the mothers of schoolchildren dominate after-school tutorials and supervise the bake sales. Increasingly, a wide range of community members do volunteer work, most notably retirees.
  • 6/1/2001Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Lack of access to nursing-home care - a longstanding problem for non-white Americans - will become more acute unless policy-makers and private operators address the economic and cultural barriers faced by older minorities, a University of Illinois law scholar argues.
  • 4/1/2001Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Will Congress ever cap the homestead exemption?
  • 4/1/2001Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor
    Efforts are again under way after last month's shooting deaths of two high school pupils in San Diego to restrict the movement and freedom of students in the name of school safety.
  • 3/1/2001Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Harassment through the Internet, or "cyberstalking," is bringing new challenges for law-enforcement and legislative bodies.
  • 12/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor
    The foremost issue facing family law today is how to realign the legal principles governing marriage to the current reality of complex adult and family relationships, a University of Illinois expert writes.
  • 9/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    In the area of privacy, the courts need to be more clear-headed in controlling the use of wiretapping by parents embroiled in child-custody battles, a University of Illinois legal researcher writes.
  • 8/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    The failure to commit money and imagination to "e-medicine" has undercut the potential of using electronic technology to deliver health-care services to the elderly and poor, a University of Illinois law researcher says
  • 7/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Congress is on the brink of passing a bankruptcy "reform" bill that would increase the inconsistencies and unfairness of the present system, a University of Illinois law professor says.
  • 7/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to affirm the right of a mother to prevent her daughters from seeing their grandparents may not be quite the victory for parental rights that observers first thought, a University of Illinois family law expert says.
  • 5/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Limiting the immunity of dictators is a fine idea, but who should do the job? The case of Gen. Augusto Pinochet highlights the clash between state sovereign immunity and the need to punish and deter world leaders who behave badly, Michael P. Davis writes in the current issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.
  • 5/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    "Pay-to-play," the practice whereby lawyers make political contributions to government officials who award legal contracts, has been stubbornly resistant to reform, according to a University of Illinois legal scholar.
  • 4/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Rulings by the Supreme Court and several lower courts have eroded the protections afforded to criminal defendants of a right to a lawyer after indictment, a University of Illinois scholar argues.
  • 2/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Compromises sometimes work and sometimes don't. In the realm of child-adoption laws, a compromise crafted by Illinois to deal with court challenges by biological fathers has contributed to a "legal limbo" where the child loses, a University of Illinois professor of law says.