The project offers clients access to a list of COVID-19 resources, a series of trainings on negotiation and one-on-one pro bono legal consultations. Demand for the offerings has been high, says Jennifer Fan, a UW law professor who is co-leading the project.
Amid all the voting changes in state laws, giving more power to partisan officials to overturn an election is at the top of the list of concerns. Lisa Manheim, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission — not the Department of Justice — is expected to lead the investigation into Amazon’s proposed $8.5 billion purchase of MGM Studios, according to a source familiar with the situation. Jeff Feldman, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
More false information is being shared on social media about the push to get everyone vaccinated against COVID-19. The bogus posts claim it’s against the law for anyone to ask about your vaccination status. Patricia Kuszler, professor of law at the UW, is interviewed.
Days after the failure in Congress of a federal anti-counterfeiting measure that would have required online retail platforms like Amazon to conduct more stringent due diligence on their vendors, Amazon filed 13 lawsuits against alleged counterfeiters doing business on its site. Zahr Said, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Amazon devices such as Ring cameras and Echo speakers will automatically opt in to Amazon Sidewalk starting Tuesday, raising concerns from some privacy experts and politicians. Ryan Calo, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw tried to downplay his December decision to sign on to a legal brief in support of the Texas lawsuit that sought to get the Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Lisa Manheim, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Response times by Seattle police spiked amid the pandemic and the summer’s demonstrations for racial justice, reaching a 41-minute monthly average for all calls and an 11-minute monthly average for the highest-priority calls in June. That was four minutes longer than the department’s seven-minute goal for such calls. Angélica Cházaro, assistant professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Growth presents other challenges in the startup world. Jennifer Fan, professor at the University of Washington School of Law and the director of the school’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, said companies need strong guidance during late-stage growth.
“As private companies stay private longer, in a way their outsized growth is really having an impact. You have to think about other issues related to your employees and other stakeholders,” Fan said. “It just becomes more complicated the more people you have in the mix.”
An NBC News analysis of college vaccination rules across the U.S. found that requirements for students have proven to be just as complicated as the frenetic fall 2020 semester, if not more so. Patricia Kuszler, director of the University of Washington’s Center for Law, Science and Global Health, is quoted.
Recall elections have been around in Washington since the early 1900s, devised as a way to hold politicians accountable and put more power in the hands of the people. But in recent years, it’s become more of a political cudgel used by an increasingly divided populous. Hugh Spitzer, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Although there's been graphic video of police encounters, not all video makes it into a courtroom. The legal standards regarding rules of evidence about a video's credibility and authenticity are high. Even so, University of Washington Law School Professor Mary Fan, who studies how audio-visual technology is reshaping policing, says there's been a dramatic turn in how much video is used in court cases.
Assistant law professor Jennifer Fan and management professor Elizabeth Umphress secured a Population Health Initiative grant to support minority-owned small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2020.
Melinda filed the divorce as the petitioner. Bill, as the respondent, can either file a response, noting what he disagrees with, or he can sign on, saying he agrees with everything, Price said. "And that's what he did. He signed on, which makes me think it's going to be quite amicable," Price said.
Every Washington resident, no matter how wealthy, must file a petition of dissolution which then enters the public record. In this case, the petitioner is Melinda Gates and the respondent is Bill Gates. Price noted that there are a couple of important details here that sometimes get misinterpreted by the public.
“I don’t have all the facts in this case, but it does not appear that what the company did was improper,” said Jennifer S. Fan, a small business attorney and director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the University of Washington. “It does raise questions about the equity of how the funds were distributed though,” she added, and “points to larger problems” with the program.
Mary Fan, a law professor at the University of Washington who has studied body camera policies, said that a number of states still had problematic laws on the books that overextend exceptions to public disclosure.
The conservative Freedom Foundation filed a lawsuit Wednesday in an effort to stop the capital gains tax approved by the Washington state legislature only four days ago. Hugh Spitzer, professor of law at the UW, is referenced.
About a blog post on discriminatory AI, UW law professor Ryan Calo writes, “The U.S. Federal Trade Commission just fired a shot across the bow of the artificial intelligence industry ... such a direct threat of agency action – get your act together, or else – is relatively rare for the commission.”
Many asylum seekers have missed their court hearings at which they could finally make their asylum claims. They were kidnapped and held hostage, detained by Mexican officials, or couldn’t find a safe way to get to the border in the middle of the night, when most were told to arrive for their hearings. Haiyun Damon-Feng, affiliate instructor of law at the UW, is quoted.
The Federal Trade Commission issued a strongly worded post Monday, warning companies against unfair or deceptive practices in their use of artificial intelligence as well as violations of fair-credit rules. It told companies to hold themselves accountable for their algorithms or “be ready for the FTC to do it for you.” Ryan Calo, professor of law at the UW, is interviewed.