Sagers Appears on Los Angeles Public Radio to Discuss AT&T/Time Warner Merger

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, appeared this week on “Air Talk,” a public affairs program on KPCC, a National Public Radio affiliate covering Los Angeles and Southern California with nearly a million listeners. During the segment , Sagers debated Curt Hessler, a lecturer in antitrust and communications at the UCLA School of Law, about the government’s antitrust challenge to the pending merger of AT&T and Time Warner, Inc.

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Professor Witmer-Rich is Principal Drafter of Report and Recommendations of Cuyahoga County Bail Task Force

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich is the principal drafter of the Report and Recommendations of the Cuyahoga County Bail Task Force. The report, released on March 16, 2018, calls for significant reforms to the way courts across Cuyahoga County set bail and conditions of pretrial release. According to the report, the courts “should transition from a bail system based on bond schedules, which vary widely from one court to the next, to a centralized, consistent, and comprehensive system of pretrial services initiated immediately after arrest.” The report notes that setting bail through bond schedules often results in the unnecessary detention of defendants simply because they are too poor to afford bond. Instead of bond schedules, the report recommends that courts “assess each defendant’s risk of non-appearance and danger to the community using a uniform risk assessment tool. If money bail is considered, courts should evaluate each defendant’s risk of non-appearance and ability to pay, and then tailor money bail accordingly.” The report also calls on Cuyahoga County to invest in centralized pretrial services, which will enable the courts to conduct individual assessments of each defendant, also also provide monitoring and oversight of defendants who are released pretrial. The Bail Task Force has been studying Cuyahoga County’s bail systems for over a year. The Report and Recommendations reflect current best practices in bail and pretrial release, and are consistent with bail reforms that have been enacted around the country in recent years.

The Report has received significant media coverage: for the Plain Dealer story regarding the Report, click here, and for the Ideastream report, click here.

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Sagers Publishes in Antitrust Bulletin on Current Antitrust Politics

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, published an article this spring in a widely read academic journal on antitrust matters, the Antitrust Bulletin, concerning the recent resurgence of antitrust in popular politics. He argues that, though renewed popular interest is very encouraging, certain deep structural problems complicate antitrust that must be addressed before increased enforcement is even very politically plausible, and before it can again be a policy of consistent and lasting effectiveness.

His paper, “#LOLNothingMatters,” appears at 63 Antitrust Bull. 7 (2018).

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Sagers Speaks With Media on Surprise Missouri Senate Run, Potential Amazon Antitrust Trouble

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, spoke with Bloomberg  about the U.S. Senate bid of Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. Of particular interest has been the fact that Hawley, a red-state Republican, has founded his bid on antitrust rhetoric of a noticeably populist character, and as state AG has brought an aggressive state-law antitrust challenge to Google.

Sagers also spoke with Business Insider  about a new announcement by Amazon that it will no longer carry the “Nest” line of smart-home products. Nest, a division of Google’s parent Alphabet, Inc., is expected increasingly to compete directly with wired-home products produced by Amazon itself, as Amazon recently acquired a smart-home company called Ring. Some have suggested that Amazon’s decision could invite antitrust scrutiny.

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Professors Geier and Plecnik Present at CM Law Alumni Association CLE Program

On March 10, Professors Deborah Geier and John Plecnik joined several C|M alumni for a 3-hour CLE program hosted by the C|M Law Alumni Association on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Professor Geier presented, “The TCJA: Context, Philosopy, and What Could Have Been.” Professor Plecnik provided an overview of significant changes affecting individuals under both the income and estate taxes. The event succeeded in raising nearly $4,000 in scholarship dollars for C|M students.

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Professor Kalir Presents at the Ohio Supreme Court’s Dispute Resolution Conference

On March 13, 2018, Clinical Professor of Law Doron Kalir presented at the Ohio Supreme Court’s first-ever statewide Dispute Resolution Conference. The presentation, entitled “Restricting Access to Court Through ADR Clauses – Considerations, Policies, and Practices,” mainly considered a series of recent Supreme Court cases refusing to allow plaintiffs access to courts, referring them instead to mandatory arbitration proceedings.

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Professors Green, Kalir, Kowalski, and Broering-Jacobs Co-Author Amicus Brief Cited by U.S. Court for the Sixth Circuit

Professors Matthew W. Green Jr., Doron Kalir, Kenneth Kowalski, and Carolyn Broering-Jacobs co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of Equality Ohio that was cited in a recent opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Alana Jochum, C-M Law ‘10, serves as Equality Ohio’s executive director.  The case, EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., No. 16-2424 (March 7, 2018), involved the termination of an employee because of her transgender status in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Title VII, among other things, prohibits discrimination because of an employee’s sex.  Equality Ohio submitted its amicus brief on behalf of the employee, Aimee Stephens.  The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the employer and the Sixth Circuit reversed.  In its opinion, the court cited Equality Ohio’s brief multiple times, including in support of its holding that discrimination based on an individual’s transgender status is impermissible under Title VII because such discrimination necessarily takes into account the individual’s sex.

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