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Faculty & Gould School of Law in the News

USC Gould professors are frequently sought by the media to serve as legal experts. This section highlights news citations in which USC Gould faculty are quoted and USC Gould is featured in stories.

  • Jody David Armour

    NPR

    July 25, 2016

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    Jody Armour was quoted on the factors that contribute to certain police shootings receiving more media coverage than others. "Cell phone videos have helped sort things out", says Armour. "That powerful combination of audio-visual impact of police encounters with citizens I think hits people at a visceral level in a way that merely a verbal recitation won't."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Los Angeles Times

    July 25, 2016

    Re: USC Gould School of Law

    The Los Angeles Times quoted Al Latham on how callback pay is used at the Port of Los Angeles for port pilots. "Callback pay is designed to give employers a way to handle unusual, unanticipated staff shortages brought on by emergencies, such as essential equipment breaking down or a key employee calling in sick", says Latham

  • Jody David Armour

    Page Six

    July 20, 2016

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    Josy Armour was quoted about the expectation of privacy and whether Taylor Swift was aware her phone conversation with Kanye West was recorded and would be shared. "“The whole question of whether or not the communication is confidential comes down to whether the parties to that conversation had a reasonable expectation of privacy", says Armour.

  • Susan Estrich

    The Hollywood Reporter

    July 20, 2016

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed about her client, Fox News chief Roger Ailes, and his potential exit from the network amid allegations of sexual harassment. Susan Estrich reveals talks are ongoing for the mogul's role at the network he founded and that "exit agreements can take all kinds of different forms, including agreements that provide for continuing roles. So there's a lot of negotiations going on."

  • Robert K. Rasmussen

    KTTV-TV

    July 19, 2016

    Re: Robert K. Rasmussen

    Robert Rasmussen was quoted about law protecting customers in payment disputes over non-provided services. "You have a right, but if you don't know about the right, the bank often isn't going to tell you", says Rasmussen

  • Josh Lockman

    KTLA-TV

    July 19, 2016

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    Josh Lockman was quoted about the attempted coup in Turkey and the possible consequences for the country's tenuous democracy. "If the coup attempt doesn't derail as it appears it will", says Lockman, " there is reason to worry because Turkey has been a tremendous allie in the war against ISIS."

  • Jody David Armour

    Los Angeles Daily News

    July 19, 2016

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    Jody Armour was quoted about the social consequences associated with freedom of expression, such as violence. “Is freedom of expression, freedom of political expression a value that is worth risking some lives for?” Armour said.

  • Edward McCaffery

    The Huffington Post

    July 18, 2016

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    Edward McCaffery published an op-ed on the need to reform the American tax system. "The fact of the matter is that until we can fix tax — change its form and not just its rate structure, so that it falls on wealth and not just income — the rich will keep getting richer, the working class will keep getting squeezed," McCaffery writes.

  • Jody David Armour

    Los Angeles Daily News

    July 18, 2016

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the social consequences associated with freedom of expression, such as violence. “Is freedom of expression, freedom of political expression a value that is worth risking some lives for?” Armour said.

  • Josh Lockman

    CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV

    July 18, 2016

    Re: Josh Lockman

    Josh Lockman was quoted about the attempted coup in Turkey and the possible consequences for the country's tenuous democracy. "If this coup attempt does indeed fail, as it appears tonight that it will, there are tremendous reasons to be worried and nervous especially because Turkey has been such a critical ally in the war against ISIS," said Lockman.

  • Robert K. Rasmussen

    Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV

    July 18, 2016

    Re: Robert K. Rasmussen

    Robert Rasmussen was quoted about law protecting customers in payment disputes over non-provided services. "Under federal law, she has the right not to pay because she didn't get what she bargained for," said Rasmussen.

  • Jody David Armour

    The Christian Science Monitor

    July 17, 2016

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    Jody Armour was quoted on the relationship between citizens and law enforcement. “What it indicates is we’re in the middle of what may be a transformation in the relationship between citizens and the police department in matters of transparency and accountability,” said Armour.

  • Jody David Armour

    The Press Enterprise

    July 15, 2016

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the effect of videos showing police shootings of black males on people's perspectives. “We can’t help but feel the pain of Alton Sterling’s family or Philando Castile’s little girl in the back seat and his girlfriend. On the other hand, we can’t look at the five officers’ families and the grief that they’re going through and not mourn their loss. Rarely has there ever been this kind of juxtaposition. You’re able to perceive things simultaneously from two different perspectives,” said Armour.

  • Michael H. Shapiro

    Los Angeles Times

    July 14, 2016

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    Michael Shapiro was featured in a Q&A about Donald Trump’s understanding of the First Amendment. Although Trump has threatened libel suits and barred publications from his rallies, none of these actions constitute a First Amendment violation. If he continued these threats and actions as president, however, there may be violations when and if he transitions from candidate to government figure. "There's a huge gulf between Trump the president and Trump the candidate," said Shapiro.

  • Jody David Armour

    Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-TV

    July 14, 2016

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    Jody Armour was quoted about the tensions between marginalized communities and law enforcement.

  • Daniel Klerman

    Observer

    July 12, 2016

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    A recent paper by Daniel Klerman and Greg Reilly was highlighted on the practice of "forum shopping." According to their work, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas attracts patent cases and has structured its rules to benefit plaintiffs.

  • Jody David Armour

    KCRW-FM

    July 11, 2016

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    Jody Armour was quoted on "To the Point" about Black Lives Matter and the shooting of police officers in Dallas. "The president is going to be at the funeral services, as well as the vice president and past presidents, to make sure that the country knows that these blue lives matter, that we care and aren't just going about business as usual. What Black Lives Matter has been saying is that the same kind of care and concern isn't shown for the victims of state violence," said Armour. "If we can care about all lives, that would be the key thing.

  • Yoon-Ho Alex Lee

    Los Angeles Times

    July 11, 2016

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    Yoon-Ho Alex Lee was quoted about whether the Securities and Exchange Commission will find Tesla violated security laws by not disclosing a fatal accident for a vehicle in Autopilot mode. Investors may have also seen the Autopilot feature as technology in development, and that errors were inevitable, which makes it a difficult case, said Lee.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Boston Globe

    July 10, 2016

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    Edward Kleinbard was quoted on how corporations avoid taxes on foreign income by leaving it in foreign investment accounts. Kleinbard said the overseas money essentially becomes “stateless income” because it is “divorced from where the real factors of production are located, and arbitrarily booked in the most convenient tax haven.”

  • Jody David Armour

    The San Bernardino County Sun

    July 9, 2016

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    Jody Armour was quoted about the anger following the acquittal of the police officers involved in the Rodney King case. “For the black community to finally be able to say ‘here’s the smoking gun of what we’ve been talking about,’ ” Armour said. “And for a white jury to dismiss and discount our social reality as a figment of our imagination despite ocular proof — that is what was enraging.”

  • Jody David Armour

    KPCC-FM

    July 8, 2016

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed on "AirTalk" about the Dallas Police Shooting and Black Lives Matter movement. "I think one of the things that the Black Lives Matter movement has been saying is that we're going to recognize the value of the blue lives. We're going to recognize that pain and suffering, but do we have the same mourning for the black lives that are taken by state officials, state representatives?" said Armour. "This is a moment to think about our empathy and sympathy and do they go equally to both groups."

  • Jody David Armour

    Reuters

    July 8, 2016

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted on the impact of the "Black Lives Matter" movement on public discourse around race. "What Black Lives Matter has been able to do is to maintain a focus on this issue and a persistence that has lasted for over two years now," said Armour.

  • Jody David Armour

    Business Insider

    July 7, 2016

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted on the likelihood videos on social media will lead to convictions in police shootings. "I see a social movement fueled by social media in a way that I never have in my life before," said Armour. "But I'm not necessarily sanguine about the prospect of these videos resulting in more convictions."

  • Jody David Armour

    The Christian Science Monitor

    July 7, 2016

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour had comments cited on the relationship between the police and the public. "We're in the middle of what may be a transformation in the relationship between citizens and the police department in matters of transparency and accountability," Armour said. "The governor's proactive steps in this case may be a part of that new pattern that's emerging in which law enforcement leaders and political leaders realize it's more important to get in front of a story rather than play catch-up. This suggests that a difference is being made."

  • Jody David Armour

    The Christian Science Monitor

    July 6, 2016

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about changing the level of transparency and accountability expected of police departments in light of the shooting of Alton Brown. “The governor’s proactive steps in this case may be a part of that new pattern that’s emerging in which law enforcement leaders and political leaders realize it’s more important to get in front of a story rather than play catch-up,” he says. “This suggests that a difference is being made.”

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Education News

    July 6, 2016

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    In a story about law schools creating online programs to expand their reach, the USC Gould School's first online Master of Laws (LL.M.) class was mentioned. "The 20 students are legal professionals from around the world, including Brazil, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, and Kuwait. This degree is the first of its kind."

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    Huntington Beach Independent

    July 6, 2016

    Re: USC Gould School of Law

    Alex Polsky, who teaches dispute resolution at the USC Gould School, was mentioned as a Huntington Beach city council candidate.

  • Edwin Smith

    KPCC-FM

    July 5, 2016

    Re: Edwin Smith

    Edwin Smith was interviewed on "AirTalk" about the FBI investigation leading to a recommendation of no charges against Hillary Clinton. "Gross negligence would be a situation where she showed absolutely no consideration of any possibility of protecting the information," said Smith.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Ian Masters

    July 3, 2016

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was interviewed on Ian Masters on the value of a complementary economy and his latest TEDx talk, "Searching for Our Fiscal Soul." "If you compare the United States to other affluent countries, what you discover is that we have the worst inequality numbers of any major wealthy economy," said Kleinbard. "We need to get back to a complementary economy in which we respect the private sector, but understand that the private sector by itself can not satisfy all of our needs."

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Politico

    July 1, 2016

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard's research was highlighted on a Congressional proposal for corporate dividend integration. “This unusual form of dividend integration is really designed to offer U.S. firms a quick and dirty form of costless corporate tax reform, in which their financial accounting effective tax rate decreases, but for entirely artificial reasons,” Kleinbard said.

  • Gregory Keating

    Los Angeles Times

    July 1, 2016

    Re: Gregory Keating

    Greg Keating was quoted about Tesla's possible legal defense if a vehicle in autopilot was in an accident. If a Tesla owner sued, he said, the owner might argue that he or she had a reasonable expectation that the autopilot system would live up to its name, regardless of the warnings in the manual.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Los Angeles Times

    July 1, 2016

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    In a story about Mayor Eric Gracetti's efforts to have college applications stop asking about students' criminal records, the Access to Higher Education Challenge was mentioned. After Garcetti challenged L.A.’s universities to be more sensitive about asking students about their criminal backgrounds, the event, which was held at the USC Gould School, aimed to get schools talking about it.

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