2014 Archives

April 11, 2014

Hearing Set For T-Mobile Workers' Unfair Labor Practice Claims

What can companies demand in confidentiality agreements? Professor Charlotte Garden spoke to KPLU-FM about a dispute between T-Mobile and its workers.

April 9, 2014

Evans Jury Biased By 'White People' Remark, 9th Circ. Told

The Korematsu Center is filing an amicus brief in a sexual harassment suit against Evans Fruit Co., arguing that a new trial should be granted after defense attorneys revealed the racial identity of the company's owners.

April 3, 2014

Foreword: It's all forward now

Professor David Skover, with Ron Collins, analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's decision about campaign finance in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The two co-authored the upcoming book "When Money Speaks."

March 24, 2014

Steel boycott case: Judge denies second defense motion for a directed verdict; jury hears closing arguments

Policy and Regulatory Report
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood said jury instructions will be key in a case against companies that boycotted MM Steel.

March 20, 2014

New Machinists leader says he's focused on healing divisions

Everett Herald
A feature story about the newly elected head of the Machinists union quotes labor law expert Professor Charlotte Garden about the challenges facing organized labor.

March 13

Anti-union group files federal lawsuit against UAW and Volkswagen

Detroit Free-Press
Professor Charlotte Garden explains why the case between the United Auto Workers, Volkswagen, and the National Right to Work Foundation could have ramifications for all organized labor.

March 12

Book excerpt: Before McCutcheon – The ACLU position in the early years

This popular Supreme Court news site published an excerpt of Professor David Skover's book, When Money Speaks: The McCutcheon Decision, Campaign Finance Laws & The First Amendment, co-authored with Ronald Collins. It is the first in the SCOTUS Books-in-Brief series. The ebook will be available shortly after the Supreme Court issues its ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC.

March 11, 2014

US judge reinstates nurse wage antitrust class; says US Supreme Court Comcast opinion not relevant

Policy and Regulatory Report
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood explains the legal issues at play in a case where Detroit area nurses are charging hospitals with antitrust activity.

March 7

Space Needle Owners Violated Federal Labor Law, Administrative Law Judge Finds

Professor Charlotte Garden explains a labor law ruling against the owners of the Seattle Space Needle in a report on KPLU-FM.

March 2014

Moving Forward: An interview with Seattle University School of Law Dean Annette Clark

NW Lawyer
Dean Annette Clark discusses her history with the law school and her plans for the future in this extended interview with the Washington State Bar Association's magazine.

Feb. 14

The Real Cost of Litigation Reform: Justice, Not Discovery Costs, Are at Stake

In a piece for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Professor Brooke Coleman argues that basic access to courts shouldn't be sacrificed in the name of cost savings.

Feb. 7, 2014

AMC abuse-of-dominance case likely to pass Twombly test, analyst says

Policy and Regulatory Report
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood said a case against move theater chain AMC will hinge on the company's behavior in suburban Atlanta.

Jan. 27

Alito’s cynical political payback theory

Labor law expert Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes the oral arguments in Harris v. Quinn, and explains why collective bargaining is good for employers, not just unions.

Jan. 24

Seattle Voices with Ada Shen-Jaffe

Seattle Channel
Ada Shen-Jaffe teaches equal justice law and leadership. She ran a civil legal aid program and helped build a statewide equal justice system serving poor and disadvantaged communities.

Jan. 22

ICTJ Forum Series on Truth Commissions and Peace Mediation: Ron Slye

ICTJ Forum
Professor Ron Slye, who served on Kenya's Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, reflects on the work of such groups and the difficulties facing peace talks as they negotiate amnesty and accountability.

Jan. 21

What George Will Gets Wrong about Unions, Home Healthcare Aides, and the First Amendment

Huffington Post
Professor Charlotte Garden offers a point-by-point rebuttal to George Will's analysis of Harris v. Quinn, a labor law case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jan. 21

NLRB Once Again Caught In The Middle Of A Thorny Boeing-Machinists Dispute

The Machinists union is seeking relief against Boeing from the National Labor Relations Board, but Professor Charlotte Garden says this dispute isn't as politically explosive as previous scuffles.

Jan. 20

Day off becomes day of action on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Members of the Black Law Students Association were featured in this piece about community service projects on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jan. 16

Allergy 'turf war' plaintiffs in the right ballpark, but complaint is short on specifics — antitrust specialist

Policy and Regulatory Report
A Texas dispute between primary care doctors and board-certified allergists over testing and treating allergies might not stand up to rigorous analysis in court, says Professor John Kirkwood.

Jan. 7

MM Steel's distributor boycott case kept alive by 'smoking gun' email ahead of February trial

Policy and Regulatory Report
A Houston steel distributor may have a tough time proving that rivals conspired illegally to force it out of business, but an email admitted into evidence helps explain why the judge did not grant summary judgment. Professor John Kirkwood said that the email, which according to the court describes pressure that steel distributors brought to bear on a steel mill as part of an alleged conspiracy to force a competitor out of business, alters the complexion of the case in his view.

Jan. 7

Some Machinists seek new vote on Boeing offer

Everett Herald
Some members of the Machinists union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over a recent union vote to approve a contract with Boeing. Professor Charlotte Garden provided insight on what the board will consider.

Amy Pritchard '09, and Stacey Lara, Center for Professional Development