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The Boundary-Line Fuction Of The Economic Loss Rule, Vincent R. Johnson Apr 2009

The Boundary-Line Fuction Of The Economic Loss Rule, Vincent R. Johnson

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Managing The Risks Of Co2 Sequestration, Amy Hardberger Jan 2009

Managing The Risks Of Co2 Sequestration, Amy Hardberger

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Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is an emerging technological development which enables coal to be used while avoiding significant greenhouse-gas emissions. The most effective way to combat the predicted impacts of climate change is to limit carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions, particularly from coal-burning power plants. CCS is ready to be deployed now but is expensive. Although CCS presents challenges, environmental concerns can be mitigated through careful project planning and execution. If the current administration successfully passes and funds a climate bill, CCS will achieve the incentive needed for commercialization.

There are several risks associated with CCS. Some of the most ...


In Memoriam: The Honorable Judge Philip S. Figa (1951-2008), Ramona L. Lampley Jan 2009

In Memoriam: The Honorable Judge Philip S. Figa (1951-2008), Ramona L. Lampley

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Judge Phillip S. Figa lived a life that is rich in consequence, and our country is a better place because of his labors. President George W. Bush nominated Judge Figa to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. The nomination "breezed" through the Senate, and confirmation occurred in October 2003. Attached to his reading glasses case, on his judicial bench, Judge Figa kept a list of five simple principles.

That he gave himself a constant reminder of these principles as he sat on the bench shows his resolve to fulfill those expectations himself. Judge Figa was extremely ...


“Playing Chicken": An Instant History Of The Battle Over Exceptions To Client Confidentiality, Michael S. Ariens Jan 2009

“Playing Chicken": An Instant History Of The Battle Over Exceptions To Client Confidentiality, Michael S. Ariens

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The purpose of my essay Playing Chicken: An Instant History of the Battle over Exceptions to Client Confidentiality, is to offer a pointillist history of the recent battles between the ABA and the federal government concerning 1) when lawyers may or must disclose client confidences, and 2) claims that the federal government is attacking the attorney-client privilege. In doing so, I hope to explain how this battle is representative of the current drift in the American legal profession.

After the Introduction, the essay unfolds as follows: Section II traces the ABA’s often schizophrenic understanding of the duty of confidentiality ...


The Corporate Lawyer's Role In A Contemporary Democracy, Colin P. Marks, Nancy B. Rapoport Jan 2009

The Corporate Lawyer's Role In A Contemporary Democracy, Colin P. Marks, Nancy B. Rapoport

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In this paper, we review the traditional arguments for corporate social responsibility and ask the question of what corporate lawyers should do to help their clients do the right thing ethically. We also set out a test - the technically test -- that highlights when something is usually on the wrong side of the ethical line. (If you have to give legal advice starting with Well, technically..., you're on the wrong side of the line.)


The Texas School Finance Litigation Saga: Great Progress, Then Near Death By A Thousand Cuts, Albert H. Kauffman Jan 2009

The Texas School Finance Litigation Saga: Great Progress, Then Near Death By A Thousand Cuts, Albert H. Kauffman

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The Texas Legislature’s system for financing Texas schools is significantly more equitable after Edgewood v. Kirby. Edgewood I and Edgewood II effectively forced the legislature to improve the finance system. However, the rulings in the first two Edgewood cases have been whittled away by the last four Edgewood decisions.. As a result, courts now approach fundamental issues, legislative power, and the relationship between them differently.

The Edgewood v. Kirby legacy still improves the equity and adequacy of Texas’s public education finance system. This legacy is expanded upon with observations regarding long term impacts of the Texas school finance ...


Matrimonial Consent In Canon Law Juridical Aspects, Roberto Rosas Jan 2009

Matrimonial Consent In Canon Law Juridical Aspects, Roberto Rosas

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A valid marriage emerges thanks to the founding power of one sole efficient cause—consent. Marriage is a complex human reality; it encompasses physio-biological, psychological, personal, social, religious, moral, and judicial aspects. The essence and characteristics of marriage are determined by natural law. From here, Canon Law made an extraordinary effort, unknown by the other judicial codes, to investigate the natural demands of marriage, just as they are demanded by the dignity of the human being.

Consent is the only efficient cause of the matrimonial bond. It is generally accepted that the mutual consent of both of the contracting parties ...


Texas Annual Survey: Securities Regulation, George Lee Flint Jr Jan 2009

Texas Annual Survey: Securities Regulation, George Lee Flint Jr

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Texas federal courts have continued to narrow the application of Texas securities laws. The Fifth Circuit applied the federal class action preemption test of Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (“SLUSA”) after consolidation in federal court, but permitted unconsolidated state actions to continue unpreempted. The Fifth Circuit also determined that the stringent federal pleading rules apply to state law actions filed in federal court. The Southern District of Texas narrowed aider and abetter liability in the secondary market by imposing a privity requirement for the primary perpetrator under the Texas Securities Act (“TSA”) and requiring a duty to disclose ...


International Legal Protection Of Trademarks In China, Robert H. Hu Jan 2009

International Legal Protection Of Trademarks In China, Robert H. Hu

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This article addresses major trademark-related international regimes in which China participates. The article discusses the Chinese obligations under certain international treaties and agreements, both multilateral and bilateral, and use some Chinese court decisions to illustrate how these obligations are fulfilled in its judicial practice. Finally, the article provides an assessment of the effectiveness of these international regimes in China and offers observations on future development in protection through better enforcement. Three arguments are made: (1) International trademark law is taking roots in China; (2) China is taking its international obligations to protect trademarks seriously, and it has achieved much in ...


Is Arbitration Under Attack?: Exploring The Recent Judicial Skepticism Of The Class Arbitration Waiver And Innovative Solutions To The Unsettled Legal Landscape, Ramona L. Lampley Jan 2009

Is Arbitration Under Attack?: Exploring The Recent Judicial Skepticism Of The Class Arbitration Waiver And Innovative Solutions To The Unsettled Legal Landscape, Ramona L. Lampley

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Courts have become increasingly likely in recent years to find class arbitration waivers in consumer product sales unenforceable due to the lack of incentives for consumers and their attorneys to recover for "low value" claims. This article explores the history of the unconscionability and vindication-of-statutory rights doctrines invoked by those courts. It then analyzes the progression of the class arbitration waiver in the consumer products industry, with emphasis on the third-generation "incentivizing" agreement. This "incentivizing" agreement, if viewed at the time of the purchase agreement, can be mutually beneficial to seller and consumer. Some consumers may wish to forego the ...


Judge Wayne Justice: A Life Of Human Dignity And Refractory Mules, Albert H. Kauffman Jan 2009

Judge Wayne Justice: A Life Of Human Dignity And Refractory Mules, Albert H. Kauffman

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Judge Wayne Justice had a deep impact on the lives of many people and was an unyielding advocate who protected the rights of all U.S. citizens. Many of the Judge’s orders and consent decrees forced Texas to comply with more stringent federal requirements in education and health care and had a far reaching effect across the nation. Judge Justice presided over Doe v. Plyler that ensured the benefit of public education for the children of undocumented immigrants. In United States v. Texas, Judge Justice required that the Texas Education Agency monitor school district actions and policies to assure ...


Jiminy Cricket For The Corporation: Understanding The Corporate 'Conscience', Colin P. Marks Jan 2009

Jiminy Cricket For The Corporation: Understanding The Corporate 'Conscience', Colin P. Marks

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Historically, the corporation has evolved since the late eighteenth century from a relative few, specially chartered associations, generally organized to complete projects for the public good to the modern profit-making behemoths of modern America. Along the way, corporations have been subjected to regulation, often in response to public outcry against perceived abuses of power. This corporate evolution has also resulted in a general separation of ownership and control, though that is not to say that corporate managers act completely free from external pressures such as to make a profit. With regard to the corporate "conscience," though corporations do not have ...


Unreasonable: Involuntary Medications, Incompetent Criminal Defendants, And The Fourth Amendment, Dora W. Klein Jan 2009

Unreasonable: Involuntary Medications, Incompetent Criminal Defendants, And The Fourth Amendment, Dora W. Klein

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Involuntary medical treatment potentially compromises several individual constitutional interests. However, like all individual constitutional rights, rights under both the Due Process Clause and the Fourth Amendment can be outweighed by sufficiently important governmental interests.

To determine whether involuntary medical treatment violates the Due Process Clause, courts ask whether the government’s interest that the treatment advances is important enough to justify compromising the individual’s interest in making an autonomous decision to refuse medical treatment. Involuntary treatment must also be medically appropriate, but any physical harms that the treatment might cause are not balanced directly against the government’s interest ...


The Texas Supreme Court And Oil And Gas Jurisprudence: What Hath Wagner & Brown V. Sheppard Wrought?, Laura H. Burney Jan 2009

The Texas Supreme Court And Oil And Gas Jurisprudence: What Hath Wagner & Brown V. Sheppard Wrought?, Laura H. Burney

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According to the Texas Supreme Court, a lessor’s interest remains pooled even after her lease terminates. The Court’s November 2008 opinion in Wagner & Brown, Ltd. v. Sheppard provoked strong reactions among oil and gas law practitioners, academics, and others involved in the industry. In fact, the court received nearly a dozen amicus curiae briefs signed by more than 20 attorneys—many of whom typically represent producers—urging it to reconsider. Not persuaded by these concerns, the court finalized its opinion on June 5, 2009. So now the question for players in the oil patch is: What hath Wagner ...


Profits Above The Law: China’S Melamine Tainted Milk Incident, Chenglin Liu Jan 2009

Profits Above The Law: China’S Melamine Tainted Milk Incident, Chenglin Liu

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There are fundamental flaws within China’s food safety regulatory regime that permeate both its supervision system and governing laws. This is especially prevalent within the market structure in the dairy industry. The government continues to fail in regulating the chaotic market forcing competitors to internalize costs, which has resulted in melamine tainted milk.

This tainted milk scandal has resulted in the death of thousands of infants in a number of Asian countries. The scandal was concealed by the Sanlu Group and local government for fear of bad publicity and loss of profits.

The Chinese government should search for a ...


The Court Of Appeals For The Fifth Circuit: A Review Of 2007-2008 Insurance Decisions, Willy E. Rice Jan 2009

The Court Of Appeals For The Fifth Circuit: A Review Of 2007-2008 Insurance Decisions, Willy E. Rice

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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a considerable number of insurance-related controversies between June 2007 and May 2008. Arguably, the most important, comprehensive decisions are discussed-nineteen insurance cases that originate in just five federal district courts. Generally, the Fifth Circuit decided familiar questions of law and fact. More specifically, the following types of procedural and substantive conflicts appear in the nineteen insurance decisions: (1) one case involving the constitutionality of a Texas insurance statute; (2) two federal preemption and removal controversies involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”); (3) two disagreements requiring the court of appeals to make ...


Destroyed Community Property, Damaged Persons, And Insurers’ Duty To Indemnify Innocent Spouses And Other Co-Insured Fiduciaries: An Attempt To Harmonize Conflicting Federal And State Courts’ Declaratory Judgments, Willy E. Rice Jan 2009

Destroyed Community Property, Damaged Persons, And Insurers’ Duty To Indemnify Innocent Spouses And Other Co-Insured Fiduciaries: An Attempt To Harmonize Conflicting Federal And State Courts’ Declaratory Judgments, Willy E. Rice

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Perhaps because of habit or a strong aversion to risks, consumers purchase a considerable amount of insurance generally, and consumers purchase property, indemnity, and liability insurance in particular. Typically, national property and casualty insurers sell property, indemnity, and liability insurance contracts. As a result, those insurers sales and revenues increase from year to year. At the dawn of the 21st century, foreign property and casualty insurers are realizing similar successes.

It is expected that anxious or prudent consumers would insure themselves and their various property interests against strangers, strange events, and perils over which consumers have little control or influence ...


Federal Rules Update: Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Procedure And Evidence, David A. Schlueter Jan 2009

Federal Rules Update: Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Procedure And Evidence, David A. Schlueter

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In a very unusual step, Congress enacted Federal Rule of Evidence 502. This rule deals with the attorney-client and work product privileges. The proposal for this rule was driven primarily by the concern over rising litigation costs associated with discovery, especially electronic discovery. Experience had demonstrated that in complex litigation cases lawyers spend considerable time and effort to preserve privileged documents. If a privileged document is mistakenly produced, there is a risk that a court would find subject matter waiver, not only in the case at bar, but in other cases as well.

The new rule became effective on September ...


Federal Rules Update: Technology-Related Rules, David A. Schlueter Jan 2009

Federal Rules Update: Technology-Related Rules, David A. Schlueter

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In June 2009, the Standing Committee on the Federal Rules of Procedure and Evidence authorized publication for comment on a number of technology-related rules of criminal procedure. Criminal Rule 1 would state that the terms “telephone,” “telephonic,” or “telephonically” mean any form or live electronic voice communication. Rule 3 would allow officers to submit a complaint and supporting material electronically. Changes to Rule 4 would address electronically processed and submitted arrest warrants. Proposed new Rule 4.1 would permit magistrate judges to consider information presented electronically in deciding whether to issue a warrant or summons or approve a complaint. The ...


Protecting Intellectual Property In China: A Selective Bibliography And Resource For Research, Robert H. Hu Jan 2009

Protecting Intellectual Property In China: A Selective Bibliography And Resource For Research, Robert H. Hu

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This bibliography is intended to help American law students, attorneys, legal scholars, and law librarians to conduct research on Chinese intellectual property law, a topic of increasing importance, both theoretically and practically. The bibliography gathers books, book chapters, and law review articles to facilitate research in this subject area. Selected web sites are included to aid easy access to the Chinese IP laws, regulations, cases, and other relevant information.


New Legal Rights In The Legal System Of The United States Of America, Roberto Rosas, Bill Piatt Jan 2009

New Legal Rights In The Legal System Of The United States Of America, Roberto Rosas, Bill Piatt

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What new rights does the American legal system offer at the start of the 21st century? This article takes a snapshot of some of the most controversial topics in American society today and the juridical response to these topics by individual states, the United States Congress, and the United States Supreme Court. Although there are numerous legal topics that deserve mention and analysis, this article is limited to the discussion of 7 new rights created by state and federal laws. The new legal rights in the United States legal system discussed in this article include the following: 1) The right ...


Gender Segregation In The Public Schools; Opportunity, Inequality, Or Both?, Bill Piatt Jan 2009

Gender Segregation In The Public Schools; Opportunity, Inequality, Or Both?, Bill Piatt

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Should the public schools be allowed to segregate girls from boys in the classroom? There is a history of single-sex education in this country, but there are concerns about single gender classrooms. In recent decades, researchers have begun to assert that requiring boys and girls to be taught together has a negative impact on the educational progress because of inherent differences in boy/girl learning behavior, or even in the development of their brains. Proponents of gender exclusive classrooms point out the voluntary nature of the programs, and the explicit findings of the Department of Education justifying such programs. Opponents ...


What Oaths Meant To The Framers’ Generation: A Preliminary Sketch, Stephen M. Sheppard Jan 2009

What Oaths Meant To The Framers’ Generation: A Preliminary Sketch, Stephen M. Sheppard

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Scholars raise the perennial questions of the role of the oaths, and the degree to which the oaths signal some religious commitment by the Framers, or whether one can see in them any expectation for a religious leadership of the nation. The general position of Geoffrey Stone is that the Constitution enshrines no significant religious expectations. The criticism of historian Seth Tillman is that reading the whole of the text, the oaths clause and other provisions signal at least some reference to God, and the response of Robert Blomquist is to suggest that while this perhaps is true, it must ...