Professor Sundahl Quoted Extensively in The New York Times on Space Crime

Professor Mark Sundahl, director of CM|Law’s Global Space Law Center, was featured in a New York Times story, “How a Bitter Divorce Battle on Earth Led to Claims of a Crime in Space.”  The article centers on a “bitter separation” between NASA Astronaut Anne McClain and her spouse, Summer Worden.

According to the article, Ms. Worden noticed that Ms. McClain seemed to know about her spending habits, even though the two were estranged.  After some investigation, Ms. Worden’s bank reported that her account had been accessed by a NASA computer network.  Ms. McClain, who was serving on a six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS), “acknowledged that she had accessed the bank account from space, insisting through a lawyer that she was merely shepherding the couple’s still-intertwined finances.”

The article notes that the ISS, run by space agencies from the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada, has “long-established procedures to handle any jurisdictional questions that arise when astronauts of various nations are orbiting Earth together.”  The article then turned to Professor Sundahl, who observed “he was not aware of any previous allegation of a crime committed in space.”  NASA officials likewise stated that they were “unaware of any crimes committed on the space station.”  Professor Sundahl is quoted as stating, “Just because it’s in space doesn’t mean it’s not subject to law.”

Professor Sundahl also commented on the complexities raised by the discovery process in this context:  “One potential issue that could arise with any criminal case or lawsuit over extraterrestrial bank communications, Mr. Sundahl said, is discovery: NASA officials would be wary of opening up highly sensitive computer networks to examination by lawyers, for example. But those sorts of legal questions, he said, are going to be inevitable as people spend more time in outer space.”

The article concludes as follows:  “The more we go out there and spend time out there,” Mr. Sundahl said, “all the things we do here are going to happen in space.”

Professor Sundahl has written extensively on space law issues, and served on both domestic and international space law projects, such as the NASA Advisory Council Regulatory and Policy Committee, The Hague Working Group on the Governance of Space Resources, and the ICAO/UNOOSA Space Learning Group.  He is a member of the Board of Editors of Air & Space Law and has served as the Assistant Executive Secretary of the International Institute of Space Law.

CM|Law is the only law school in the United States with a center dedicated exclusively to the study of the law of outer space.

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Sagers Quoted in Washington Post on Apple and Antitrust

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, was quoted in a Washington Post story about the Apple computer corporation and the problems posed by its control of the Apple App Store. Specifically, Apple has proposed new privacy and security rules for applications designed for children, raising again the concern that Apple’s dominance over mobile device software enables it to harm software developers and consumers.

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Professor Sagers Quoted in American and Overseas Media on Various Antitrust Matters

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, spoke with several media outlets in the past few weeks on ongoing antirust matters. He was quoted in an article in the Spanish paper El Pais of Madrid, on the apparent movement among Congress and U.S. regulators to take action against Big-Tech platforms, and what the future of that sector might be.
He also spoke with Vice Motherboard bout a new antitrust suit accusing a manufacturer of using Amazon’s marketplace rules to destroy its own small competitors.  He was quoted in article in the subscription service Law360 on the surprising joinder of the state of Texas with what had been an exclusively Democratic group of state Attorneys General suing to stop the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. And he spoke with the subscription newsletter FTC:Watch on the surprising and apparently growing conflict between the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, the two federal agencies that enforce U.S. antitrust law.
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Professor Sterio Presents on Multiple Panels at the Southeast Law Schools Association Annual Meeting

Professor Milena Sterio presented at the Southeast Law Schools Association (SEALS) Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.  Professor Sterio presented on three different panels.  On August 1, she presented on a panel entitled “A Fresh Look at Issues Facing International Criminal Trials: From Nuremburg to the Future of the ICC,” and on August 2, she presented her paper, “Women as Judges at International Criminal Tribunals” on a Works-In-Progress panel.  She also participated as a discussant at a Discussion Group entitled “Differences and Preferred Teaching Methods in Legal Education from Around the World.”  The Discussion Group was organized by the Global Legal Education Consortium, a sub-group of the SEALS organization.

Professor Sterio is the Charles R. Emrick Jr.-Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law.

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Sagers Quoted in LA Times on Grim Aftermath of AT&T/Time Warner Merger

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, was quoted in a piece in the LA Times by business columnist David Lazarus, concerning the aftermath of the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, Inc. When the Justice Department unsuccessfully sued to stop the merger during 2018, the merging parties promised that their deal would not cause consumer prices to increase or increase their power in negotiating with other distributors and content providers. The presiding judge, in an opinion scathingly critical of the government’s lawsuit, found that economic injury from the deal was so unlikely as to be effectively impossible. And yet, in the year or so since the deal’s approval, the firm has in fact raised prices significantly and repeatedly, and has engaged in several bouts of the the “blackout” negotiation strategy that the court said would never occur.
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Professor Robertson Discusses Ohio Fracking Law on WCPN

In a story that aired on 90.3 WCPN on August 6, 2019, Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson described some Ohio rules that allow oil and gas developers to include a landowner’s land in an oil and gas drilling unit against the landowner’s wishes.  Robertson explained that this practice, called mandatory pooling or forced unitization, seems to fly in the face of rights we normally ascribe to property owners — the right to decide how to use the land, the right to decide who may enter it.  The practice does, however, prevent a single landowner from from vetoing the collective desire of surrounding landowners to develop underground natural resources.
The story, Ohio Law Allows Energy Companies To Force Landowners Into Leases was featured during the evening radio show All Things Considered.  Robertson is C|M|LAW’s Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law, and a Professor of Environmental Studies at CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.
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Witmer-Rich Speaks to Court Information Officers on Serial Podcast Course

On August 6, 2019, Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Associate Dean of Academic Enrichment, spoke on a panel at the annual Conference of Court Information Officers, held this year in Cleveland.  This international conference of court information officers–the public relations personnel for judicial systems–featured attendees from around the nation and the world, including the Ukraine and Australia.

Professor Witmer-Rich appeared on a panel with the Honorable John Russo, Presiding and Administrative Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, and Darren Toms, the common pleas Court Information Officer.  The panel discussed Season 3 of the Serial podcast, which focused on the day-to-day workings of criminal justice systems in Cuyahoga County.  The Serial producers worked closely with both Judge Russo and Mr. Toms in gaining access to the Cuyahoga County court system.

Professor Witmer-Rich discussed the course he taught in Spring 2019 focused on the Serial Podcast, titled “Understanding and Reforming the Criminal Justice Process.”  He and the other panelists discussed the benefits of openness and transparency for a court system, as well as how to manage the possible criticisms and concerns that can arise when a judicial system is placed under close journalistic scrutiny.

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