Monthly Archives: April 2013

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Repudiation of Human Rights Lawfare




Human rights activists have increasingly in recent years been launching high-stakes litigation against corporate entities in American courts to achieve their objectives, which include enlisting corporations in their campaigns to oppose corrupt foreign governments in countries where the corporations do … Continue reading




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Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation”




Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) was the preeminent American Catholic writer of the twentieth century. She burst upon the literary scene with her brilliant first novel, Wise Blood, in 1952 but was dead from lupus twelve years later. Her literary merit was … Continue reading




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Can Constitutional Law Issues Be Informed By Methods of Biblical Interpretation?




In the field of constitutional interpretation in the United States, debate continues to rage over choosing between various theories of originalism tethered to the text, on the one hand, and differing ┬áconcepts of a “living Constitution,” on the other hand, … Continue reading




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Can a Human Gene Be Patented? Some Thoughts on Myriad Genetics




In Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., No. 12-398 (argued April 15, 2013), the Supreme Court is asked to decide whether human genes which are isolated and extracted at great cost by a for-profit corporation and which are … Continue reading




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Trade Secrets Plaintiffs: How to Handle Disclosures of Theft of Trade Secrets to Their Lenders (UPDATED)




Updated April 30, 2013: Theft of trade secrets has become an endemic problem. Companies have had their trade secrets stolen at an increasing pace in recent years. The thieves range from Chinese nationals and other employees to trusted advisers and … Continue reading




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Using Comcast v. Behrend to Defeat Class Certification




By a five to four decision, the Supreme Court decided in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, No. 11-864 (March 27, 2013), that class certification had improperly been granted in an antitrust case because the critical issue of antitrust impact was not … Continue reading




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Huey Long: The Great Depression’s Class Warrior




“He was a Populist hero and a corrupt demagogue, hailed as a champion of the poor and reviled as a dictator. [He] built his remarkable career…on a platform of social reform and justice, all the while employing graft and corruption … Continue reading




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The U.N. Should Condemn the Widespread Violence Perpetrated Against Christians




In recent years, the United Nations has passed resolutions condemning violence perpetrated against minorities by factions in such places as Bosnia, Libya, and Syria. It is now well past time for the U.N. equally to condemn the widespread violence aimed … Continue reading




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