April 12, 2016
From the Providence Journal: "Climate-change battle heats up between Whitehouse, Wall Street Journal" by Edward Fitzpatrick
"Oh, it is on! U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, the Rhode Island Democrat who is the Senate's leading voice on climate change, is locked in a bitter brawl with the Wall Street Journal editorial page over his proposal to sue fossil fuel companies for fraud. [...]
But Roger Williams University law Prof. Jared A. Goldstein — who teaches constitutional and environmental...
April 10, 2016
From Motif Magazine: "In Their Own Words: Cannabis" April 6, 2016: We received verbatim responses from two leading proponents and two leading opponents of cannabis taxation and regulation. We have not censored their responses or fact-checked their claims — we just want you to know what they’re thinking. [...]
In Their Own Words: Andrew Horwitz "I don’t think there is any question that legalizing and regulating marijuana would enhance our local economy. New businesses would develop and...
March 14, 2016
From the ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP): "Board OK'd 38 Studios settlement without knowing who'd pay" by Michelle R. Smith
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP), March 11, 2016 — Rhode Island's economic development agency says officials who approved a partial $12.5 million settlement last year in the agency's lawsuit over its $75 million deal with ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios did so without knowing where exactly the money would come from. [...]
Open-government advocates criticized the decision,...
March 12, 2016
From The Observer: "Meet Ken Feinberg, the Master of Disasters" by Ross Barkan • 03/09/16 11:08am When disaster strikes, Ken Feinberg writes the checks.
March 9, 2016: On a frigid February afternoon, Kenneth Feinberg, one of the singular figures in American legal history, pondered the concept of fate. “Lighting can strike. I mean, I don’t think I plan more than two weeks ahead, I’ll tell you that,” said Mr. Feinberg, munching on salted nuts in the bar of the Carlyle Hotel. “I...
February 24, 2016
From WPRO AM 630: "John Loughlin talks with Dean Yelnosky about the passing of Justice Scalia."
February 18, 2016
From Turn to 10 News (NBC): "Fight over gunman's locked iPhone could have big impact" by Cierra PutmanRWU Law Professor Peter Margulies (and RWU Professor Doug White) talk about the implications of the Apple Inc vs. FBI standoff.
February 12, 2016
From JD Supra Business Advisor: "Privacy Tip #21 – It’s a new year — time to get a free copy of your credit report" by Linn Freedman, Robinson+Cole Data Privacy
February 12, 2016: I am fortunate to teach the Privacy Law class at Roger Williams University School of Law on Tuesday afternoons. Yesterday, we discussed all of the laws relating to the financial services industry. OK, not the most exciting content, but it included the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA).
Enacted in 2008,...
January 27, 2016
From The National Law Journal: "Bellying Up To The Bar Exam Early: New York's novel pro bono program opens to out-of-state third-year law students," by Karen Sloan, NLJ
Jan. 25, 2016: Laura Rodriguez won't graduate from Roger Williams University School of Law until May, but she's spending her days studying for the bar exam instead of sitting in class.
Rodriguez is one of 11 third-year law students from seven schools outside New York who will take the February bar then spend three months working...
January 21, 2016
From the Providence Journal: “Mississippi judge speaks up in face of racial hatred” by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal columnist
Jan. 21, 2016: U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves didn’t just consult the applicable federal guidelines when sentencing the three young white men who admitted they were hunting black people when they beat, ran over and killed a man in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2011.
Rather, Reeves delivered a searing speech, placing their deeds in historical context, pointing to how far...
January 14, 2016
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Lawsuit over fatal motorcycle crash not barred by settlement,” by Noah Schaffer.
January 7, 2016: A defendant’s responses to settlement offers over claims arising from a fatal motorcycle accident included additional conditions that precluded the formation of the mutual assent necessary for a binding agreement, a Superior Court judge has found. […]
The 14-page decision is Greenhalgh, et al. v. Keegan […]
Professor Tanya Monestier of Roger Williams University...
January 07, 2016
From Oregon Public Broadcasting (NPR): "The Latest On The Armed Occupation In Burns" by Julie Sabatier, OPB
Jan. 6, 2016: Self-described militiamen have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon. We’ll get the latest on this developing story.
Amanda Peacher: Reporter for OPB News
Jared Goldstein: Law professor at Roger Williams University School of Law
Amelia Templeton: Reporter for OPB News
Daryl Johnson: Former analyst at the Department of Homeland...
December 28, 2015
From The National Law Journal: “Feds Snag Significant Tort Wins: Massive civil, criminal fines mark 2015 cases,” by Amanda Bronstad
December 28, 2015: Mass torts were at the heart of colossal legal settlements in 2015, particularly involving the federal government.
In October, BP PLC agreed to an unprecedented $20 billion deal with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve environmental violations that stemmed from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One month earlier, the Justice...
December 22, 2015
From NBC News: “VW Is Latest to Enlist Ken Feinberg, the Go-To Guy for Crisis Settlements” by Martha C. White
[…] With the announcement that it had retained lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, Volkswagen of America is getting a "Wolf" of its own.
An expert in compensation and mediation who formerly served as Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy's chief of staff, Feinberg, 70, has become a legal guru for companies and organizations facing huge settlements — which is what experts say the automaker will need to...
December 17, 2015
From The Providence Journal: "Looking for greater diversity in R.I.'s judicial pipeline" by Edward Fitzpatrick
December 17. 2015: In an interview for The Providence Journal’s “Race in Rhode Island” series, Governor Raimondo vowed to appoint people of color to state judgeships during her four-year term, but noted that all 15 finalists for three current judicial vacancies are white, and she called for more “diversity in the pipeline.”
Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams University...
December 10, 2015
From NBC 10 NEWS: “Investigation into RI judge lengthy, costly,” by Parker Gavigan CRANSTON, R.I., Dec. 9, 2015: The accusations against Rhode Island District Court Judge Rafael Ovalles are lengthy: sexual harassment, the mistreatment of woman, attorneys, court employees, and the public. Add to that, charges of poor performance and odd behavior, like repeatedly taking his pants off in his office while in the presence of others, as well as taking naps during the middle of the day. "I have not...