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Empirical Study Redux On Choice Of Law And Forum In M&A: The Data And Its Limits, Juliet P. Kostritsky, Wojbor Woyczynski, Harold Haller, Kyle Chen Apr 2015

Empirical Study Redux On Choice Of Law And Forum In M&A: The Data And Its Limits, Juliet P. Kostritsky, Wojbor Woyczynski, Harold Haller, Kyle Chen

Juliet P Kostritsky

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Context Matters--What Lawyers Say About Choice Of Law Decisions In Merger Agreements, Juliet P. Kostritsky Aug 2014

Context Matters--What Lawyers Say About Choice Of Law Decisions In Merger Agreements, Juliet P. Kostritsky

Juliet P Kostritsky

ABSTRACT: The study of choice of law provisions in merger agreements yields various theories as to how much thought parties put into them, and what factors influence such decisions. Eisenberg and Miller found a shift to New York law and other scholars later hypothesized that parties specify New York law rather than Delaware law because New York law is more formalistic. However, a study of 343 merger agreements, consisting of 15 lawyer interviews and a survey sent to 812 lawyers, suggests differently. First, there is no shift from Delaware to New York. Second, a desire for formalistic law is not …


Ideological Voting Applied To The School Desegregation Cases In The Federal Courts Of Appeals From The 1960’S And 70’S, Joe Custer Feb 2013

Ideological Voting Applied To The School Desegregation Cases In The Federal Courts Of Appeals From The 1960’S And 70’S, Joe Custer

Joe Custer

This paper considers a research suggestion from Cass Sunstein to analyze segregation cases from the 1960's and 1970's and whether three hypothesis he projected in the article "Ideological Voting on Federal Courts of Appeals: A Preliminary Investigation," 90 Va. L. Rev. 301 (2004), involving various models of judicial ideology, would pertain. My paper considers Sunstein’s three hypotheses in addition to other judicial ideologies to try to empirically determine what was influencing Federal Court of Appeals Judges in regard to Civil Rights issues, specifically school desegregation, in the 1960’s and 1970’s.


Empirical Associative Regulation – Drawing Future Regulatory Tools From The Experience Of The Past, Nachshon Goltz Oct 2012

Empirical Associative Regulation – Drawing Future Regulatory Tools From The Experience Of The Past, Nachshon Goltz

Nachshon Goltz

Traditionally, theories on regulation have suggested choosing the “right” regulatory tool for a given situation of desired behavioral steer, using a broad theoretical approach of understanding the factors involved in the regulatory realm and speculating or deducting from it toward the efficient choice.

In contrast, I am arguing that the process of choosing the “right” regulatory tool should be guided by an opposite process, in which a database of regulatory success and failure case studies will be created. The institute (i.e., governments, regulation agencies, etc.) seeking to steer behavior using regulatory tools (“the regulator”) will search this information body using …


Frayed Seams In The "Patchwork Quilt" Of American Federalism: An Empirical Analysis Of Invasive Plant Species Regulation, A. Bryan Endres, James S.N. Mccubbins, Lauren D. Quinn, Jacob N. Barney Sep 2012

Frayed Seams In The "Patchwork Quilt" Of American Federalism: An Empirical Analysis Of Invasive Plant Species Regulation, A. Bryan Endres, James S.N. Mccubbins, Lauren D. Quinn, Jacob N. Barney

A. Bryan Endres

Increased demand for biomass feedstocks to meet renewable energy mandates will require development of newer, bigger and better plant resources. Ideal biomass traits–fast growth and ability to outcompete local vegetation, prolific seed production, adaptability to a variety of soil and climatic conditions, and resistance to pests and diseases–also typify invasive flora. Next-generation biofuel feedstocks may be more productive and profitable at the individual farm level, but also may pose a greater risk of becoming invasive, thereby damaging the broader ecosystem and the economy. Accordingly, the agronomist’s search for yield maximizing biofuel crops for deployment into novel agricultural production systems and …


Chapter 11 Triage: Diagnosing A Debtor's Prospects For Success, Anne Lawton Mar 2012

Chapter 11 Triage: Diagnosing A Debtor's Prospects For Success, Anne Lawton

Anne Lawton

In 2005, Congress enacted a number of provisions aimed at improving success rates for Chapter 11 small business debtors. The available empirical data, albeit limited in scope, showed startlingly low rates of plan confirmation. Conventional wisdom attributed the plan confirmation problem to the high failure rate of the Chapter 11 small business debtor. This Article presents the results of a large empirical study of Chapter 11 cases filed in 2004, the year before the small business amendments. The study examines the following questions. First, are confirmation rates in Chapter 11 low, and how do small debtors fare in terms of …


Chapter 11 Triage: Diagnosing A Debtor's Prospects For Success, Anne Lawton Mar 2012

Chapter 11 Triage: Diagnosing A Debtor's Prospects For Success, Anne Lawton

Anne Lawton

Chapter 11 Triage: Diagnosing A Debtor's Prospects for Success by Anne Lawton In 2005, Congress enacted a number of provisions aimed at improving success rates for Chapter 11 small business debtors. The available empirical data, albeit limited in scope, showed startlingly low rates of plan confirmation. Conventional wisdom attributed the plan confirmation problem to the high failure rate of the Chapter 11 small business debtor. This Article presents the results of a large empirical study of Chapter 11 cases filed in 2004, the year before the small business amendments. The study examines the following questions. First, are confirmation rates in …


Chapter 11 Triage: Diagnosing A Debtor's Prospects For Success, Anne Lawton Mar 2012

Chapter 11 Triage: Diagnosing A Debtor's Prospects For Success, Anne Lawton

Anne Lawton

In 2005, Congress enacted a number of provisions aimed at improving success rates for Chapter 11 small business debtors. The available empirical data, albeit limited in scope, showed startlingly low rates of plan confirmation. Conventional wisdom attributed the plan confirmation problem to the high failure rate of the Chapter 11 small business debtor. This Article presents the results of a large empirical study of Chapter 11 cases filed in 2004, the year before the small business amendments. The study examines the following questions. First, are confirmation rates in Chapter 11 low, and how do small debtors fare in terms of …


Competing Conceptions Of Legal Objectivity: An Ignored Publicity Versus A Surprisingly Unhelpful Naturalism, Kenneth K. Ching Feb 2012

Competing Conceptions Of Legal Objectivity: An Ignored Publicity Versus A Surprisingly Unhelpful Naturalism, Kenneth K. Ching

Kenneth K Ching

Law’s legitimacy depends on law’s objectivity. But before we can ask whether law is objective, we need to define legal objectivity. This article argues for a reason-based conception of legal objectivity that is probative of law’s legitimacy.

Judge Richard Posner and Dr. Brian Leiter claim that legal objectivity cannot be reason-based. They say legal objectivity should be based on empirical science. They argue law should be naturalistic. This article argues that naturalism is the wrong approach to legal objectivity for at least four reasons: (1) the lack of good reason to privilege scientific epistemology over a reason-based epistemology, (2) naturalism’s …


Alternative Justifications For Academic Support Iii: An Empirical Analysis Of The Impact Of Academic Support On Perceived Autonomy Support And Humanizing Law Schools, Louis N. Schulze Jr., Aidong Adam Ding Feb 2012

Alternative Justifications For Academic Support Iii: An Empirical Analysis Of The Impact Of Academic Support On Perceived Autonomy Support And Humanizing Law Schools, Louis N. Schulze Jr., Aidong Adam Ding

Louis N. Schulze Jr.

This article details the findings of a two-year empirical study on the impact of a law school academic support program (ASP) on law students. The hypothesis of the study was that as students' participation in a well-resourced, open-access ASP increases, students' perception of "autonomy support" and "humanizing" grows as well. The study concludes, based upon statistically significant data, that law school ASPs impact students in positive ways and therefore are worth the investment. This article is the third in a series designed to show that law school academic support measures positively impact students' well-being and lead to a more robust …


Crimes, Widgets, And Plea Bargaining: An Analysis Of Charge Content, Pleas And Trials, Kyle F. Graham Feb 2012

Crimes, Widgets, And Plea Bargaining: An Analysis Of Charge Content, Pleas And Trials, Kyle F. Graham

Kyle F Graham

This article considers how the composition and gravamen of a charged crime can affect the willingness and ability of the parties in a criminal case to engage in plea bargaining. Most of the prevailing descriptions of plea bargaining ignore or discount the importance of charge content in plea negotiations; in fact, one leading commentator has likened crimes to widgets insofar as plea bargaining is concerned. In developing its counter-thesis, this article reviews seven years (FY2003-FY2009) of federal conviction data, focusing on those crimes that produce the most, and fewest, trials, relative to how often they are alleged; the most, and …


Does Tort Law Deter?, W. Jonathan Cardi, Randy Penfield, Albert H. Yoon Mar 2011

Does Tort Law Deter?, W. Jonathan Cardi, Randy Penfield, Albert H. Yoon

W. Jonathan Cardi

For nearly four decades, economic analysis has dominated academic discussion of tort law. Courts also have paid increasing attention to the potential deterrent effects of their tort decisions. But at the center of each economic model and projection of cost and benefit lies a widely-accepted but grossly under-tested assumption that tort liability in fact deters tortious conduct. This article reports the results of a behavioral science study that tests this assumption as it applies to individual conduct. Surveying over 700 first-year law students, the study presented a series of vignettes, asking subjects to rate the likelihood that they would engage …