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Faculty Media Commentary

November 2020

The Guardian:  How marijuana legalization made strides across the US in this election
Robert Mikos, professor of law, is quoted.

The Wall Street Journal: The student loan crisis led to a debt strike. Experts have other ideas.
Paige Marta Skiba, professor of law, is quoted.

The Wall Street Journal: Oregon votes to decriminalize all drugs, allow psilocybin for mental-health treatment`
Robert Mikos, professor of law, is quoted.

Bloomberg: Big Tech draws record revenue, harsh criticism with election ads
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.

October 2020

USA Today Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, is quoted.

The Tennessean The TVA’s slower pace toward renewable energy weakens Nashville’s future, report finds
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, is quoted. Inside Climate News  republished the article.

Roll Call: Fintech experts divided on form for U.S. central digital currency
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, is quoted.

Vox:  The fight is for democracy
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is quoted.
 
USA Today:   Debate fact check: Where Trump, Biden claims land on COVID-19, fracking, race, more
Christopher Slobogin, professor of law, is quoted.
 
OneZero:  The Key Questions That Will Decide Whether Google Is a Monopoly
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted.

Associated Press: If Google’s a monopoly, who is harmed by its market power?
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted. Bloomberg shared a related piece.

WGN Radio featured Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, discussing takeaways from this week's confirmation hearings with Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

WZTV, FOX17, interviewed Sara Mayeux, associate professor of law, about a new law in Franklin requiring groups of more than 20 people to get a permit for a protest. We will share this story.

Detroit Free Press: Appeals court: Ford committed fraud by selling defective Super Duty trucks
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

The New York Times: Barrett’s record: A conservative who would push the Supreme Court to the right
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Bloomberg: Barrett offers Supreme Court many paths to erode abortion rights
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Bloomberg: Facebook, Twitter brace for possible election-night chaos
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.

Huffington Post: Companies are making major climate pledges. Here’s what they really mean.
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network is quoted.

MarketWatch: An affordable way to make college free
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is quoted.

The Washington Post: Police use of force on ex-Trump campaign manager familiar during crisis calls, experts say
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.

Nashville Public Radio interviewed Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, regarding medical board meetings.

September 2020

The New York Times:  A Conservative Who Would Push the Supreme Court to the Right
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Associated Press Trump-appointed judges under an election-year political lens
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted. USA Today published a related story.

Ars Technica:  Justice Department sends its Section 230 rewrite to Congress
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.

USA Today:  Fact check: No guarantee Obama would've replaced Ginsburg with a progressive justice
Suzanna Sherry, professor of law, is quoted.

WKRN , Channel 2, interviewed Chris Slobogin, professor of law, about the grand jury ruling in the Breonna Taylor shooting case.

ABA Journal: Idea of court packing gains traction among some Democrats; are there alternatives?

Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is quoted.

Law.com: As SCOTUS Fight Brews, Republicans Act to Fill Remaining Judicial Vacancies
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted. (subscription required for access)

USA Today: Fact check: Obama administration implemented several police and prison reforms
Christopher Slobogin, professor of law, is quoted.

PYMNTS.com: Experts see financial pain as COVID aid wanes
Paige Marta Skiba, professor of law, is quoted.

ACLU News & Commentary: The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America
Jessica Clarke, professor of law, is quoted.

USA Today:  Fact check: Obama administration implemented several police and prison reforms
Christopher Slobogin, professor of law, is quoted.

CNBC Bankers, experts warn of economic pain as CARES Act cash dwindles
Paige Marta Skiba, professor of law, is quoted.

Wired: The progressive case for a TikTok sale
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, writes about why banning TikTok from U.S. app stores is justifiable.

The Crime Report:  Should Police Have Access to Private DNA Databases?
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.

The Washington Post: The privacy risks of at-home DNA tests
Ellen Wright-Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of health policy, is quoted.

VOX Recode: Give everybody the internet
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is quoted.

Law.com: Age of Trump judicial nominees sparks questions over experience
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted. (subscription required)

WSMV , Channel 4, interviewed Ellen Wright-Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of health policy, regarding a family suing the Coffee County school district to stop its mask mandate.

August 2020

InsideClimate News: Q&A: A law professor studies how business is making climate progress where government is failing
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, is quoted.

MarketWatch: ‘Fortnite’s’ impact could be Epic on antitrust investigations of Big Tech
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted.

The New York Times: Fortnite creator sues Apple and Google after ban from app stores
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted.

Forbes Calculating Everyday Mortality Risks
The research of Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, is cited.

The Guardian (UK): Instagram Reels: Facebook’s history of ‘adapting’ competitors’ familiar features
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted.

Associated Press: Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat
Tim Meyer, professor of law and director of the International Legal Studies Program, is quoted. The New York Times , U.S. News and World Report and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution republished the story.

Bloomberg Law: The paradigm of billing time: How lawyers are not like investors
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Variety: Tech giants face growing calls for tougher regulatory treatment
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted. The Hour republished the piece.

Associated Press: Experts: Obstacles to charging police in Breonna Taylor case
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.

Chattanooga Times Free Press: US officials seek limits on 'habitat' for imperiled species
J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, is quoted.

Bloomberg: Big Tech’s antitrust hearing: What you need to know
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted. MarketWatch published a related story.

July 2020

Los Angeles Times:  You see the warnings everywhere. But does Prop. 65 really protect you?
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, is quoted.

Deseret News:  Here are the answers to your questions about what’s happening in Portland
James Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, is quoted.

MarketWatch: Big Tech’s latest reckoning is coming as it continues to rack up record valuations
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted.

Time Magazine: International students in the U.S. could face ‘devastating upheaval’ in wake of ICE guidance for foreign students to leave if schools are online-only
Karla McKanders, clinical professor of law, is quoted.

U.S. News and World Report: A higher court
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.

Reuters: Roundup judge poised to reject novel class for future claims
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

MarketWatch Uber bets on delivery with $2.65 billion acquisition of Postmates as ride-hailing stalls
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted.

The Guardian: Social media backlash forces Trump to find new ways to spread his message
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.

June 2020

ABA Journal - Millions have been invested in the emerging field of neurolaw. Where is it leading?
Owen Jones
, Glenn M. Weaver, M.D. and Mary Ellen Weaver Chair in Law, Brain, and Behavior, and his work with the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is highlighted.

The Washington Times: Seattle businesses, residents sue city over CHOP
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Politico
: Canada, Covid, Kashmir — nothing to see here, says Beijing
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is quoted.

Hostile Witness Podcast: Because of Sex
Charles Star is joined by attorney Ezra Ishmael Young and Professor Jessica Clarke to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County extending Title VII sex discrimination claims to include gay and trans litigants.

Forbes: Digital dollar hearing round 2: U.S. Senate to examine future of money
The research of Morgan Ricks, professor of law, is highlighted.

NPR affiliate WKNO-FM (Memphis)  interviewed Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, about why the Memphis-area air quality remained stable during the pandemic even as traffic levels decreased.

Daily Beast: Cops' Most Deranged Lies and Bizarre Claims About the Protests
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.

Forbes: Congressman Stephen Lynch supports ‘sandbox-like’ crypto pilots at the OCC
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, is cited.

Law360: Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar: Lieff Cabraser's Jonathan Selbin
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Crikey: Some justice is better than none: the case for litigation funding
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

May 2020

Bloomberg: Trump’s social-media order draws attacks and probably won’t work
Gautam Hans, assistant professor of clinical law, is quoted.

Australia's ABC Radio News interviewed Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, about how governments calculate the monetary value of human life.

Bloomberg: The financial system should be stronger than COVID-19
The research of enterprise scholar Morgan Ricks is cited.

Los Angeles Times: Can China be sued in the U.S. and forced to pay for coronavirus losses? Legal experts say no
Ingrid Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of International Law, is quoted.

Inside Climate News: With 10 appointees on the ninth circuit, Trump seeks to tame his nemesis
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Forbes: Which employment laws/policies actually help pregnant workers?
Jennifer Shinall, associate professor of law, is quoted.

Wired: How much is a human life actually worth?
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, is quoted.

The Washington Times: ‘Too much damage’: Insurers reject coronavirus claims as business losses mount

Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

April 2020

New Zealand Q and A: The Value of a Statistical Life
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management is interviewed.

Foreign Policy Missouri opens up a new front against China in coronavirus blame game
Ingrid Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of International Law, is quoted.

The Washington Post A spate of lawsuits could help travelers battling airlines and cruise lines. Here’s what you need to know.
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

The Washington Times: Pandemic ignites dozens of legal battles across nation
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

MIT Technology Review: How the pandemic makes the case for a “public Venmo
Enterprise Scholar Morgan Ricks is quoted.

Yahoo! Finance: ‘Digital Dollar’ reintroduced by US lawmakers in latest stimulus bill
Enterprise Scholar Morgan Ricks is quoted.

The Conversation: Coronavirus may wane this summer, but don’t count on any seasonal variation to end the pandemic
Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of health policy, writes about the potential impact of warmer weather on the spread of the coronavirus.

NPR's Planet Money podcast featured Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, discussing calculating the monetary value of human life.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) Your money or your life? Coronavirus-era economics makes us ask grim questions about how to value each other
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, is quoted.

The New York Times Angry fans say first the concerts were canceled, then the refunds
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Vox: Social distancing won’t just save lives. It might be better for the economy in the long run.
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, is cited. Yahoo! published a related piece.

March 2020

Medium: Can coronavirus save cryptocurrency from Mr. Market? — Market Mad House
Enterprise scholar Morgan Ricks is quoted.

The New York Times The ‘Blurred Lines’ case scared songwriters. But its time may be up.
Joseph Fishman, associate professor of law, is quoted.

FiveThirtyEight: What should the government spend to save a life?
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, is quoted.

MIT Technology Review We just glimpsed how a “digital dollar” might work, thanks to coronavirus
Enterprise scholar Morgan Ricks is quoted.

The New York Times: Shutdown Spotlights Economic Cost of Saving Lives
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, is quoted.

Slate: ICE temporarily halts most immigration enforcement amid the coronavirus pandemic
Karla McKanders, clinical professor of law, is quoted.

Wall Street Journal: As Economic Toll Mounts, Nation Ponders Trade-Offs
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, is quoted.

Bloomberg: Let’s pay the stimulus in digital dollars
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, writes about checks the federal government is poised to send to Americans as part of a stimulus package to address the economic fallout from the spread of COVID-19.

The Atlantic: The fed did not just ‘spend’ $1.5 trillion
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, is mentioned. Vox published a related piece.

NPR interviewed Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, about ethics and privacy concerns surrounding the use of genealogy websites for crime cases.

Bloomberg: Procedural issue could blow up abortion clinic challenges
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.

February 2020

Bloomberg Law: California pot firms aim to deliver privacy weed users want
Robert Mikos, professor of law, is quoted.

The Washington Post: Judge to weigh dropping murder charges against Catherine Hoggle in missing kids case
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted. A similar story was also reported by The Independent .

New York Times: A scholar of democracy gets a 2020 lab for his ideas
Ganesh Sitaraman,professor of law,and Morgan Ricks,professor of law, are quoted.

Undark: Where science enters the courtroom, the Daubert name looms large
Edward Cheng, Hess Professor of Law, is quoted.

MarketWatch: Big Tech keeps getting bigger, as antitrust inquiries continue to multiply
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law is quoted.

The New York Times: Sudan’s ex-ruler may face war crimes trial, official says
Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted. Vox shared a related piece.

The Christian Science Monitor: How quickly should courts change the law? Florida tests the limit.
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Law.com: Law professor has bone to pick with class-action lawyers, judges
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Consumer Reports: Forced arbitration: A clause for concern
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Daily Kos: Was Donald Trump denied due process?
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.

January 2020

Voice of America interviewed James Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, regarding President Trump’s legal defense against impeachment.

National Review: Texas lieutenant governor affirms support of partisan judicial elections
The research of Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is cited. Texas Scorecard published a related piece.

Wall Street Journal: Hospitals give tech giants access to detailed medical records
Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of health policy, is quoted.

Tennessean TVA's push for lengthy utility deals could set back green initiatives in Tennessee cities
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, is quoted.

The New York Times: What if a vaping tax encouraged cigarette smoking?
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management, is quoted.

C-SPAN featured Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, debating class action lawsuits and discussing his book, The Conservative Case for Class Actions.

Voice of America: Expertos divididos, fustigan y alaban decisión de Trump de eliminar a Soleimani
Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.

MarketWatch: 23andMe can open a Pandora’s Box of a family’s medical secrets: ‘As hard as it is knowing, not knowing is much worse’
Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of health policy, is quoted.

Wall Street Journal: Trade-court lawsuits take on Trump’s tariff campaign
Tim Meyer, professor of law, is quoted.

December 2019

Inside Climate News: Southern cities' renewable energy push could be stifled as utility locks them into longer contracts
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, is quoted.

New York Times Could politics be fairer? Two new books say yes
The book, "The Great Democracy," by Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is highlighted.

Chattanooga Times Free Press: What a Tennessee Court of Appeals decision may mean for prosecutors facing defamation claims
Gautam Hans, assistant professor of clinical law, is quoted.

National Review: A Counterintuitive and Compelling Case for Class-Action Lawsuits
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, and his book, The Conservative Case for Class Actions, are mentioned.

Nashville Public Radio interviewed Beverly Moran, professor of law, about Tennessee’s new school voucher initiative.

November 2019

The Economist: Litigation finance faces ethical quandaries
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Facing South: Texas considers ending judicial elections as Democrats gain ground
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is cited.

Bloomberg Law: Class settlement portal, other innovations could improve payouts
Professors of Law Brian Fitzpatrick and Amanda Rose are quoted.

October 2019

Voice of America: Trump’s foreign policy process stirs controversy in Washington 
Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.

Bloomberg Businessweek: What Big Tech could look like under President Elizabeth Warren
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is mentioned as an unpaid adviser of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign policy team.

Tennessean: Opinion: If Tennesseans are going to trust Bill Lee on Medicaid block grant plan, he needs to talk to them
James Blumstein, university professor of constitutional law and health law and policy, is quoted.

CNBC: From olive growers to winemakers, small firms in Europe are bracing for $7.5 billion in US tariffs
Tim Meyer, professor of law, is quoted about the economic impact of U.S. tariffs on agricultural imports from Europe.

Independent (UK): US veterans condemn Trump for allowing ‘wholesale slaughter’ of allies in Syria
Michael Newton, Army veteran and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted.

Politifact: Trump lawyer claims lack of due process in House impeachment. 3 reasons the law doesn’t back him up
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.

Associated Press: US Supreme Court to review Kansas' lack of insanity defense
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted. This story has been republished by several outlets, including the Washington Post , WKRN (News 2) , U.S. News and World Report , Atlanta Journal-Constitution   and The Hill .

September 2019

TennesseanThe court battle over a Tennessee death row inmate's execution is in uncharted territory
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.

Law.com: Class Members Don't Read Emailed Settlement Notices Either, FTC Says
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

ABC News: Trump impeachment hearing: Here's how the process works
Suzanna Sherry
, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.

AP: Tennessee’s abortion wait period law faces court arguments
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.

New York Times: Original or copied? ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is back in court
Joseph Fishman, associate professor of law, is quoted.

Daily Caller: President Trump has made some real progress changing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is mentioned.

New York Times: Supreme Court says judges are above politics. It may hear a case testing that view.
A working paper co-authored by Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is cited.

Scientific American: Is “Neurolaw” coming soon to a courtroom near you?
Owen Jones, Glenn M. Weaver, M.D. and Mary Ellen Weaver Professor of Law, Brain, and Behavior, is quoted.

Wall Street Journal: For those who don’t identify as male or female, growing acceptance—and accommodation
Jessica Clarke, professor of law, is quoted.