blog postsDVD-editing software raises ire of Hollywood, interest of courtsJun 29, 2005 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What Hollywood studios call censorship and copyright infringement, software companies call freedom and parental choice. Any wonder that the legal issues raised by new film software is winding up in the courts and before Congress?Former president: governing boards 'need to be re-examined, reformed'Jul 5, 2005 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The composition of governing boards of most U.S. public universities does not reflect the expanded mission, programs and sources of support of higher education, the former president of the University of Illinois writes in an article.U. of I. law library acquires prized Blackstone legal commentariesJul 14, 2005 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After five years of looking, the University of Illinois College of Law has acquired the first American edition of Blackstone's Commentaries on the Law, completing its collection of original Blackstone editions.Malpractice litigation wrongly blamed for inconsistent health careJul 14, 2005 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Conventional wisdom holds that malpractice lawsuits are the bane of modern medicine, with high insurance premiums driving doctors from the profession and the threat of lawsuits discouraging health-care employees from reporting and correcting medical mistakes.Waning economy, increasing numbers of lawyers fuel litigation in JapanJul 21, 2005 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It's a cliché that has outlasted its value - the picture of Japan as a culturally harmonious country whose inhabitants value peace and consensus over the clash of lawsuits and lawyers.Governors' pact on electricity transmission a sensible step, expert saysJul 28, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An agreement by Midwest governors to coordinate policies for electric transmission lines is a positive move to improve the reliability of the electric supply system, a University of Illinois energy expert says.Battered women who kill in non-beating situation have self-defense rightAug 15, 2005 9:00 am567 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Answering critics of the "battered woman syndrome," a University of Illinois expert argues that the claims made by victims of domestic violence are a legitimate extension of the longstanding rules of self-defense.Sarbanes-Oxley Act unfair when company is bankrupt, law scholar saysAug 16, 2005 9:00 am62 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - sometimes referred to as SOX - has come under heavy fire from business groups for adding to the cost of annual corporate audits. Another problem with the law is its encroachment on the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to an article in the University of Illinois Law Review.Rise of unincorporated businesses linked to regulatory, ethical issuesAug 22, 2005 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rapid expansion of non-incorporated businesses, such as limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), raises questions ranging from government regulation to professional ethics, according to the latest issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.Princeton economist to lecture about global labor marketAug 25, 2005 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Orley C. Ashenfelter, a professor of economics at Princeton University, will deliver the David Kinley Lecture in Economics at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9 (Friday) at 134 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 E. Loredo Taft Drive, Champaign.Workplace arbitration becoming more costly for employersSep 14, 2005 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the wake of a 1991 court decision, a growing number of companies require employees to submit workplace disputes to an arbitrator.Using science in classroom on behalf of a cause predates 'intelligent design'Oct 28, 2005 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The effort to teach "intelligent design" in public schools is not the first time that "science" has been enlisted for a cause in the classroom, according to a University of Illinois legal scholar.Reasoning behind sodomy-law ruling bears on zoning lawsNov 1, 2005 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - At first glance, a Texas sodomy law would seem to have little in common with neighborhood zoning ordinances, but a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the former could have a strong impact on the latter, a University of Illinois legal scholar argues.Flash Index of Illinois economy held steady in October, latest data showNov 1, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index remained at 106.9 last month, the same level as September.Laws about pregnant women and substance abuse questionedNov 8, 2005 9:00 am5573 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In Wisconsin, an expectant woman can be taken into custody if police believe her abuse of alcohol may harm her unborn child. In South Dakota, pregnant alcohol and drug users can be committed to treatment centers for up to nine months.Boards that oversee human-subject research need overhaulNov 9, 2005 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University Institutional Review Boards, which oversee research involving human subjects, need to be revamped to avoid the "mission creep" that is threatening academic freedom and restricting research on the nation's campuses, according to a report by University of Illinois researchers and scholars.Caution: Medicare drug plan may cause headachesNov 15, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If many seniors are scratching their heads about the new Medicare prescription drug plan, so are the experts.State vs. federal rules at issue in regulation of HMOsDec 1, 2005 9:00 am180 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rise of managed health care has brought into focus a clash between federal and state jurisdiction over the regulation of health maintenance organizations, legal scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conclude.Parental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar saysDec 12, 2005 9:00 am2076 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Durwood Pickle was shocked to find that the Recording Industry Association of America had sued him because his grandchildren had used his computer to illegally download music during visits to his Texas home.Increased insecurity in pensions and retirementJan 23, 2006 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... law professor Richard L. KaplanTrack record of anti-poverty 'Enterprise Zones' is mixedFeb 20, 2006 9:00 am115 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Since Ronald Reagan's presidency in the 1980s, attempts to alleviate poverty have shifted away from urban renewal and centralized government planning to so-called "market-based solutions."U.S. must clarify workers' responsibilities in national emergenciesFeb 23, 2006 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How far can the government go in forcing civilians to perform potentially life-threatening jobs during a national emergency?Social Security still imperiled, says scholar who promoted Bush planMar 17, 2006 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While the Bush administration's efforts to change Social Security have faltered, the ticking time bomb of a revenue shortfall has not gone away, a University of Illinois expert warns.High court decision a setback for older workers, U. of I. law professor saysMar 24, 2006 9:00 am22 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A potential legal hurdle for corporations seeking to cut costs through mandatory or voluntary layoffs was lifted when the U.S. Supreme Court gave its latest interpretation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist, to speak at U. of I. on health careMar 24, 2006 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Paul Krugman, a columnist for The New York Times and a professor at Princeton University, will talk about the future of health care April 3 (Monday) during a lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Deloitte & Touche USA chairman to lecture on leadership and integrityMar 27, 2006 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sharon L. Allen, the chairman of the board of Deloitte & Touche USA, one of the nation's leading accounting and consulting firms, will talk about leadership and integrity Thursday (March 30) as the 2006 Leighton Lecturer on Ethics and Leadership at the University of Illinois' College of Business.UC-Berkeley biochemist to lecture on realizing promise of researchMar 28, 2006 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Edward Penhoet, a biochemist and a former dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley, will give the Arnold O. Beckman Lecture in Science and Innovation April 4 (Tuesday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Ill veterans who had radiation exposure now caught in bureaucratic webApr 3, 2006 9:00 am505 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Veterans suffering from cancers linked to exposure to radiation from atomic test explosions encounter a complex and error-ridden process that routinely denies them disability benefits, a University of Illinois scholar says.Flash Index of Illinois economy falls for second straight monthApr 3, 2006 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index fell in March to 105.9 from its 106.6 reading in February. The index has declined over the last two months from its eight-year high in January of 107.1.Absentee ballotting fraught with risks, legal scholar saysApr 13, 2006 9:00 am71 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rising popularity of absentee voting, especially the use of "no-excuse" absentee ballots, poses a risk of vote tampering and election fraud, a University of Illinois legal scholar argues.U. of I. Economic Index indicates economy growing, but at slower paceMay 1, 2006 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index fell again last month to 105.1 from its 105.9 reading in March.Tax cut has complicated estate planning for wealthy familiesMay 5, 2006 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The old saw about death and taxes has taken on new meaning as state governments grapple with the confusion spawned by the 2001 federal tax cut.Federal testing for mad cow disease a failure, Law Review editor saysMay 15, 2006 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The U.S. Agriculture Department's mad cow disease-testing program is wholly inadequate and the agency's refusal to let processors do their own testing further undercuts the safety of American beef, a University of Illinois scholar writes.Shifting makeup of population in Illinois certain to affect policy choicesMay 17, 2006 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A look at the state's changing demographics offers some clues as to how Illinois lawmakers may handle public policy choices in the future, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.Flash Index of Illinois economy rebounds, ending three-month slideJun 1, 2006 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index ended its three-month slide, increasing to 106.2 from its 105.1 level in April.Post-employment costs will darken Illinois retiree system outlookJun 5, 2006 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New accounting rules requiring state governments to disclose health-care and other non-pension retiree costs will reveal more long-term revenue shortfalls in Illinois' retiree systems, a University of Illinois tax expert warns.Recent bankruptcy reform measure a bust, legal expert at Illinois saysJun 16, 2006 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Early signs of the effect of the new bankruptcy act on consumers and the courts are not encouraging, according to an expert on bankruptcy law at the University of Illinois.Harshness of bankruptcy law will discourage entrepreneurs, scholar saysJun 23, 2006 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In attempting to crack down on irresponsible debtors, the new federal bankruptcy law is also likely to ensnare entrepreneurs and other self-employed Americans whose ideas and inventions can become engines for economic growth and job creation, according to a University of Illinois scholar.Transmission congestion threatens to clog nation's power gridJul 27, 2006 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Inadequate investment in the power grid transmission network remains the Achilles heel of the nation's electric system, an engineer who specializes in utility policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says.Money spent on Web-site design an investment in winning buyers' trustAug 1, 2006 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With consumers growing wary of buying online, how can a company best win over customers and clinch sales on the Web?Digital imagery leaves artists without legal protectionAug 15, 2006 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The move from physical objects to digital technology in the art world has created a thorny set of legal questions centered on how artists can protect their work from unauthorized use, manipulation or even destruction.Russian politics and business to be focus of U. of I. conference in ChicagoAug 30, 2006 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The business of politics and the politics of business in Russia will be the focus of a conference sponsored by Richard Herman, the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on Oct. 12 and 13 (Thursday and Friday) at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago.Bankruptcy filings expected to rebound in wake of reform, scholar saysOct 9, 2006 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bankruptcy filings by American households are likely to return to the levels they were at before Congress passed a law last year aimed at curbing "abusive" filings, a statistical study by a University of Illinois expert indicates.Bankruptcy reforms aimed at curbing filings may wind up increasing themOct 24, 2006 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If history is any guide, last year's changes to the bankruptcy law aimed at reducing individual bankruptcy filings may have the opposite effect - a long-term surge in personal filings, according to a study by a University of Illinois expert.Credit cards' insidious effects may pose product liability issueOct 26, 2006 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Are credit cards hazardous to your health and safety under the principles of product liability?Federal government needs to take closer look at assisted living facilitiesNov 1, 2006 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Over the last 20 years, a housing industry has sprung up to handle elderly citizens who cannot live independently but do not require around-the-clock nursing.National Science Foundation grant to fund ethics education programNov 14, 2006 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two University of Illinois faculty members have received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for their program on ethics education in science and engineering.Tax-exempt groups skirt campaign-finance rules, play key roles in electionsNov 16, 2006 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - About $2.8 billion was funneled into the 468 House and Senate races this year - the most expensive midterm election ever.Role of workers in national emergencies should be clarified, scholar saysDec 4, 2006 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Updating and clarifying the role of civilian workers in times of national emergencies is a pressing need that would improve homeland security, a University of Illinois legal scholar says.Study takes rare look at how materialism develops in the youngDec 11, 2006 9:00 am149 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Christmas approaches, many people blame advertising for stoking the desire among teenagers to own the latest and best in computers, clothes, toys, video games, jewelry, sports equipment and cosmetics.