April 9, 2020

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  • Pharmaceutical Profits and Public Health Are Not Incompatible

    (This op-ed was first published in The New York Times on April 8, 2020.) The rapid spread of the coronavirus has revived a decades-old debate over pharmaceutical policy, with both sides doubling down on long-held views. Advocates for broader drug access insist that pharmaceutical companies must not be allowed to reap large profits from Covid-19 vaccines and

  • Stanford’s David Sklansky on Two IG Firings, One with Oversight of Covid-19 Relief Bill Oversight

    Within the space of just a few days, President Trump has fired two Inspectors General with important oversight roles.  One was assigned to oversee the massive $2 trillion COVID-19 aid package.  The other was the Intelligence Community Inspector General, who determined last year that the whistleblower complaint in the Ukraine scandal was “credible” and should

  • Stanford Law’s Nate Persily on Securing the 2020 Election

    As the number of COVID-19 cases—and deaths—climbs across the country, and the realization that shelter-in-place orders enacted in most states are not likely to be lifted soon, questions about the upcoming democratic and republican party nominating conventions and the November election itself have been raised. Here, election law expert Professor Nate Persily, who served as

  • Federalism Meets the COVID-19 Pandemic: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

    (Originally published in Stanford Health Policy on April 2, 2020) As we watch President Trump tell the states they have to do more to find their own personal protective equipment for their health-care workers, governors lash back with demands for a national leader who will unlock the emergency powers of the federal government. The response to the

  • Stanford’s Mark Lemley on Effort to Make IP Available to End COVID-19 Pandemic

    A new initiative, the Open COVID Pledge has been launched to urge universities and companies to free up intellectual property (IP) to spur development of treatments and cures for COVID-19, now spreading rapidly through the world. Here, IP law expert Professor Mark Lemley, a founding member, discusses the initiative. What was the impetus for this

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  • Department of Defense to Address Sexual Assault in the Military

    Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2019 - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan announced in a memo that the Department of Defense has created the Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force to investigate the pervasive issue of sexual assault in the military and to improve the processes surrounding it. Shanahan said that the task force was established out of necessity after the “unacceptable” results of the 2018 Report on Sexual Assault and Harassment in military academies. The task force intends to review policies and processes surrounding sexual assault and make recommendations on how to better them as

  • Corrections Officer Who Fell While Going to Her Car to Retrieve an Item Gets Benefits

    Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2019 – The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that a fall on ice by a corrections officer while on the way to her car to retrieve a hygiene item occurred during the performance of her regular or assigned duties, entitling the officer to an accidental disability pension. Kristy Bowser, a corrections officer, learned she would be working a second shift at the Mercer County Correctional Center (MCCC). During the second shift, she went to her car to retrieve a feminine hygiene product. While walking to her car in the

  • Attorney Eric Traut on Costco Shooting Controversy and Obtaining Video Footage from Inside Large Retail Chains

    Corona, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 - After the contested death of a nonverbal individual left a community reeling, personal injury and wrongful death attorney Eric Traut of Traut Firm has insight into the steps that the family must take in order to get the available evidence from the Costco retail security cameras before it is too late. In April, Traut was able to obtain previously shielded retail footage by court order from a home improvement store following the life-altering injury of an employee resulting in a unanimous verdict on behalf of the person who was injured. The

  • Mortgage Lender Executive Admits Role in Nearly 9 Million Dollar Embezzlement Scheme

    New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 – A top executive at a Long Island-based mortgage lender pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with an $8.9 million embezzlement scheme. Edward E. Bohm, former president of sales at Vanguard Funding, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The 41-year-old was also an undisclosed owner of the company. Bohm faces a prison sentence of up to 30 years along with restitution and criminal forfeiture. However, he is expected to receive a shorter sentence like his co-conspirators who pleaded guilty to the same charges. “Fraud charges of

  • Student in School Bus Hospitalized After Crash With Tractor-Trailer

    Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 - In September 2018, an 8-year-old student was injured in a school bus crash with an overturned semi-truck. The accident occurred on State Road 60 in Plant City, Florida at the intersection of Horton Road. The crash was caused by the Hillsborough County School District bus driver pulling in front of the truck causing the tractor-trailer to overturn. The bus driver then failed to stop in time, crashing into the semi-truck. The student, who attends Knights Elementary School, was transported to the hospital for treatment. The boy was the only student on