Archive for January, 2019

January 22, 2019

Sovern Authors Op-Ed and is Quoted in Media

On January 21, Professor Jeff Sovern published an Op-Ed about privacy issues at titled, “Congress should follow California’s lead in protecting consumers.”


Jeff Sovern

Here is an excerpt:

When it comes to these varied privacy problems, Congress has somehow managed to be both comatose and angry. Given its inability to respond nimbly in the rapidly shifting privacy arena, Congress should avoid hamstringing those who can. Any federal privacy law should preserve the power of states to protect consumers so states can continue experimenting and respond quickly to privacy challenges. Congress should also increase the FTC’s budget and give the Commission the power to issue regulations. Congress should follow California’s lead in obliging companies to tell consumers upon request what they know about them and what they do with the information. If Congress cannot help, it at least should not make things worse.

On December 17, a Politico newsletter quoted Sovern:

CRAPO PUSHBACK — St. John’s University Law School’s Jeff Sovern emails on the Senate Banking Committee and Deutshe Bank: “You quote Senator Crapo as saying the Senate Banking Committee does not investigate specific companies, but isn’t that exactly what the Committee did when, for example, it held hearings into the Wells Fargo unauthorized account scandal in 2016 and again in 2017, and into the Equifax security breach in 2017?”

A Consumer Reports article, “What to Expect From Class-Action Lawsuits Against Marriott” on December 5 also quoted Sovern:

You can opt out of a class action seeking damages. If you do, you’ll preserve your right to sue on your own, says Jeff Sovern, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law in New York. * * *

* * *  “Many consumers find it more of a bother to fill out the forms to get payment than the compensation is worth, depending on how much money they would receive,” says Sovern.

Finally, Sovern was also quoted in the Tampa Bay Times on August 14 in a story, “Ohio TV ad, Republican group misleads in attack on Richard Cordray’s tenure at consumer bureau.”

January 21, 2019

Sheff Speaks on Art Law Section Panel at AALS Annual Meeting

sheff aals 2019 panelCaption: Professor Sheff speaks on AALS Art Law panel: The Use (and Abuse) of Trademarks in Art: Referential Uses, Lazy Art, and Cultural Salience. Photo Credit: Irene Calboli

On January 5, 2019, IPLC Faculty Director Professor Jeremy Sheff spoke on a panel at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in New Orleans. The panel discussion, organized by the Art Law Section, was entitled: The Use (and Abuse) of Trademarks in Art:  Referential Uses, Lazy Art, and Cultural Salience. Professor Sheff’s comments focused on the caselaw that has developed around the unauthorized use of trademarks and celebrity likenesses in entertainment products, and whether the principles developed in those cases have application to the world of the visual arts.

January 15, 2019

Joseph Speaks at Society of Christian Social Ethics, Detroit Public Library, and Wayne State

Tinnelly Professor of Law Lawrence Joseph was the Keynote Speaker at the annual meeting of The Society of Christian Social Ethics in Louisville, Kentucky on January 4, 2019. larry joseph photoHe presented a lecture titled, “Addressing Christian Social Ethics in Poetry.” The talk was convened by M. Cathleen Kavany, the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Law and Professor of Theology at Boston College, and respondents were Emile M. Townes, Dean of the Divinity School and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University, and Diana Fritz Cates, Professor, Religious Ethics, University of Iowa. The Society of Christian Social Ethics is the major professional society of scholars of Christian ethics and moral theology in North America.

On October 20, 2018, Professor Joseph presented a talk as the featured speaker of the 28th Annual Bernard Firestone Memorial Labor Arts Program, at the Detroit Public Library.

On October 19, 2088, he presented a talk on “Contemporary Arab American Literature: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class” at the annual North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University.

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