Faculty in the News

USC Law professors are frequently sought by the media to serve as legal experts. This section highlights news citations in which USC Law faculty are quoted and USC Law is featured in stories.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The New York Times

    August 18, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Research by Edward Kleinbard on America's corporate tax burden, and how it's not as onerous on American companies as they claim, was featured. Kleinbard said that while America's official corporate tax rate is 35 percent, companies paid an average of 12.6 percent in 2010 by stashing cash abroad. Corporate tax inversions, he said, are driven by some $2 trillion in cash American companies have stored abroad that they don't want to bring back to the United States. America's tax system is "highly distortive and inefficient," Kleinbard wrote.

  • Thomas D. Lyon

    Wired

    August 18, 2014

    Re: Thomas D. Lyon

    Tom Lyon was quoted about a study on how fables motivate children to tell the truth. “The results are certainly heartening,” said Lyon. “It would be wonderful if we can encourage children’s honesty better through carrots than sticks.”

  • Jody David Armour

    The Washington Post

    August 17, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the militarization of police and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. “The lessons learned by many big-city departments after episodes of urban unrest appear to have been lost on Ferguson police,” said Armour.

  • Jody David Armour

    World Journal

    August 17, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the militarization of police and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Armour compared the situation to the Los Angeles riots.

  • Jody David Armour

    Bloomberg News

    August 17, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the militarization of police and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. “The armaments, the weaponry, the tone that was set with the citizens when you come in with a shock-and-awe approach to policing -- when you’re surrounded by military armaments, the credo is more like ‘command and control’ than ‘serve and protect,’” Armour said. “Experience matters. It taught the LAPD and a lot of other departments that it may be best to avoid those kinds of confrontations with citizenry rather than fan the flames.”

  • Jody David Armour

    San Francisco Chronicle

    August 17, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the militarization of police and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. “What we have (in Ferguson) is kind of a wake-up call," Armour said. "Nobody likes to see how sausage is made.” Armour said that it's tough for smaller departments to resist the offer of free weaponry and pointed out, “How are you going to say no to high-powered ammunition, vehicles and the like, when the government is offering this gratis?”

  • Jody David Armour

    NBC News

    August 16, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the militarization of police and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. “Military armaments put more emotional and psychological distance between officers and citizens, and they undermine the ‘to serve and protect’ credo stenciled on the doors of many police cruisers,” Armour said.

  • Jody David Armour

    San Gabriel Valley Tribune

    August 16, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the militarization of police and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. “Those same class issues, that same sense of racial inequality, social inequality, economic inequality, those same frustrations and resentments that roiled 49 years ago and exploded in the Watts riots are still in effect in 2014. We see them bursting out in Ferguson, Missouri, rather than in L.A.,” said Armour.

  • Jody David Armour

    Los Angeles Times

    August 15, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the militarization of police and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. “Using this equipment tactically, using it sparingly and wisely is a very hard thing to do. When it's possible to get your hands on something for cheap or even for free that would otherwise be unattainable, it's hard to say no,” Armour said.

  • Jody David Armour

    LA Weekly

    August 15, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the militarization of police and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. “In the '80s and '90s, we were basically trained that in a lot of communities in South Central L.A., if one of the residents jaywalked or spit on the sidewalk, he was face down on the concrete,” said Armour. “The increasing militarization of law enforcement—in some ways L.A. has been at the forefront of that movement. The LAPD had the reputation of being one of the more paramilitary departments in the nation.”

  • Edwin Smith

    CCTV

    August 14, 2014

    Re: Edwin Smith

    Edwin Smith was interviewed about peace talks between Israel and Gaza. “I am not terribly confident that the idea of a U.N. mandate would be a workable idea, given that there has been so much skepticism, certainly on the Israeli side about the United Nations...The negotiating positions taken by both Hamas and Israel are almost mutually exclusive; each side is asking what the other for concessions that the other unwilling to give, and that's what makes settlement in these situations most difficult,” Smith said.

  • Elyn Saks

    NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV

    August 14, 2014

    Re: Elyn Saks

    Elyn Saks was interviewed about her schizophrenia. Saks studies high-achieving individuals living with schizophrenia, and started a foundation in her name to support treatment of the mentally ill. "My advice is to get treatment ... You shouldn't have to suffer," Saks said. The story noted that Saks received an award from the American Psychological Association last week.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    August 13, 2014

    Re: Dan Nabel

    An op-ed by Dan Nabel about copyright law in regards to a series of selfies taken by an Indonesian monkey with a photographer's camera was featured. The photographer claimed he owned the copyright and distribution of the images online violated that copyright.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Washington Examiner

    August 13, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was cited about the effect of corporate tax inversions. Kleinbard told the Washington Post last week that the JCT’s estimate “didn’t fully reflect the sharknado of inversions that is about to happen.”

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Hill

    August 10, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was quoted about the risks facing corporations leaving the U.S. for international tax shelters. “Firms need cordial relationships with their lawmakers across a wide range of issue. I would, frankly, worry more about my relationships with my lawmakers than I would public rage in the streets,” Kleinbard said.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Huffington Post

    August 8, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was quoted about corporate tax inversions. "Congress is in recess, and therefore there's no visible movement on any legislative front," Edward Kleinbard, a professor at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California, told HuffPost. "There is a moral failing here -- but the moral failing is the Congress of the United States failing to do right by its citizens by addressing what are obviously flaws in the [tax] statute."

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Politico

    August 8, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    A paper by Edward Kleinbard about the claim that the 35 percent corporate tax rate is driving U.S. companies to offshore tax shelters, was highlighted. "The recent surge in interest in inversion transactions is explained primarily by U.S. based multinational firms' increasingly desperate efforts to find a use for their stockpiles of offshore cash (now totaling around $1 trillion)," Kleinbard wrote.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    NPR News

    August 7, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was interviewed about the increase in corporate tax inversions. “It's a very attractive technique, and that's the reason why one might expect exponential growth if left unchecked,” Kleinbard noted.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Bloomberg News

    August 7, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was quoted about corporate tax inversions. He said that lawmakers should curb the “artificial” transactions immediately.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Washington Post

    August 6, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was quoted about an expected wave of corporate tax inversions that could severely affect the U.S. Treasury. “My guess is [the projected $20 billion in tax revenue loss] didn’t fully reflect the sharknado of inversions that is about to happen,” said Kleinbard.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Mother Jones

    August 6, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard’s view that the potential tax revenue loss is higher than $20 billion was cited.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Buzzfeed

    August 6, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    A Wall Street Journal op-ed on the need to stop corporate tax inversions, by Edward Kleinbard, was cited. Because inversions make it cheap for companies to bring cash back into the U.S., they evade taxes, “goose their stock prices through dividends and buybacks funded by low-taxed foreign cash,” wrote Kleinbard.

  • Rob Saltzman

    KPCC-FM

    August 6, 2014

    Re: Rob Saltzman

    Robert Saltzman was quoted about allegations of favoritism cast against Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck. “The document would appear to be inconsistent with what he said… I was surprised and troubled by the document. I think when there is an appearance of conflict of interest, we should bend over backwards to make sure the transaction is handled by others,” said Saltzman.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Bloomberg News

    August 5, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    An excerpt from "We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money" by Edward Kleinbard was featured. Kleinbard wrote about income inequality being a very real and tangible force in America. "The buoyant middle class that inequality deniers purport to have discovered is a creature of a decades-long fiscal policy of borrowing against the future by delivering more transfer benefits than our current level of tax collections can support," Kleinbard wrote.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Washington Post's "Wonkblog"

    August 5, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    An excerpt from "We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money" by Edward Kleinbard was highlighted. "Defenders of the status quo have no answer to why the U.S. is an outlier in the rate at which income inequality has grown," Kleinbard wrote.

  • Rob Saltzman

    KPCC-FM

    August 5, 2014

    Re: Rob Saltzman

    Robert Saltzman was quoted about allegations of favoritism cast against Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck. “I am concerned about the allegations and I am pleased that the inspector general is looking into them and will report back to us,” said Saltzman. “I’m waiting until we get to the end of the process before I make my decision.”

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Bloomberg View

    August 4, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    An excerpt from "We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money," by Edward Kleinbard, was featured. Kleinbard outlines how "rent seekers" have crafted loopholes in the tax code that benefit themselves at the ultimate expense of the country's economy. "Americans simply do not have equal opportunities," Kleinbard wrote. "This is more than an ethical or social issue: Underinvestment in human capital leads to lower productivity, which is to say, lower national income."

  • Edward Kleinbard

    NPR News's "The Diane Rehm Show"

    August 4, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was interviewed during a discussion about corporate tax inversions. “We know that they’re about lower tax rates. But the question is, in what sense is that true? And it turns out that inversions are largely driven by efforts to redeploy the huge stashes of offshore cash that U.S. firms now hold and to engage in a kind of a self-help to reduce U.S. tax burdens by stripping income out of the United States,” Kleinbard said.

  • Michael Chasalow

    San Francisco Chronicle

    August 4, 2014

    Re: Michael Chasalow

    Michael Chasalow of the USC Gould School about legal conflicts resulting from Hewlett-Packard's purchase of the company Autonomy. "You can make a stupid, terrible deal," like the Autonomy acquisition, said Chasalow. "But courts are generally not going to second-guess these decisions."

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Los Angeles Times

    August 2, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was quoted about the impact of corporate tax inversions. "There is a breach of moral obligation and fiduciary duty here," Kleinbard said. "The moral failing is the refusal of Congress to do the most fundamental kind of loophole-closing."

  • Michael Chasalow

    The Orange County Register

    July 30, 2014

    Re: Michael Chasalow

    Michael Chasalow was quoted about the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “You need a judge to fight with the probate court. This isn’t happening in a vacuum,” Chasalow said. “... Courts don’t like to fight with each other.”

  • Edward McCaffery

    Reuters

    July 29, 2014

    Re: Edward McCaffery

    Ed McCaffery was quoted about the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "He can appeal as much as he likes, but the Clippers are going to be sold to Ballmer," McCaffery said.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 28, 2014

    Re: Dan Nabel

    An op-ed by Dan Nabel ran about a defamation lawsuit brought by Lindsay Lohan against the videogame company Rockstar for their game "Grand Theft Auto Five." "At the end of the day, to rule that an author cannot use a famous person in a story (fictional or not) would be to completely eviscerate the First Amendment," Nabel wrote.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    San Francisco Chronicle

    July 28, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was quoted about the impact of corporate tax inversions. Kleinbard said, "There is a rule that limits this, but it's not a strict enough limit, you can strip lots and lots of income."

  • Edward Kleinbard

    MSNBC's "Squawk Box"

    July 24, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard’s Wall Street Journal op-ed about corporate tax inversions was cited. “There’s not going to be any corporate tax base to reform if everyone is able to move so we have to immediately pass something putative that disallows corporations to do it, which will give congress and the president another pass on actually doing tax reform,” Kleinbard is quoted saying.

  • David Cruz

    KPCC-FM's "Take Two"

    July 23, 2014

    Re: David Cruz

    David Cruz was interviewed about how the Supreme Court's decision on Hobby Lobby could affect LGBT workplace conditions. “Hatch is a supporter of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, which is similar. However, it includes a religious exemption for those who don't believe in extending those protections, and he says the President's order should do the same, and the recent Supreme Court victory for Hobby Lobby may also make it easier for employers to say that they morally object to protections of LGBT people because of their faith,” said Cruz.

  • Michael Chasalow

    ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV

    July 23, 2014

    Re: Michael Chasalow

    Michael Chasalow was interviewed about former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer trying to buy the Los Angeles Clippers. “Steve Ballmer is a very sophisticated business man, and I think, at the end of the day he winds up with the Clippers, and the question is, ‘how?’” said Chasalow.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 23, 2014

    Re: Dan Nabel

    Dan Nabel was interviewed about a defamation lawsuit brought by Scarlett Johansson against French novelist Grégoire Delacourt. “In all seriousness though, unless the press missed some key details, it is difficult to understand how this can be called a real victory,” said Nabel.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Wall Street Journal

    July 22, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard published an oped about the need to stop tax inversions, a process where a large U.S. company acquires a smaller one in a tax-friendly country like Ireland or the U.K. But the way the deal is structured, "the foreign minnow swallows the domestic whale," with the U.S. company ending up as a subsidiary of a foreign corporation. "If allowed to continue, inversions will eviscerate the U.S. domestic corporate tax base, because making a foreign company the parent of a U.S. firm opens up new tax-avoidance possibilities," Kleinbard wrote.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    July 22, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was interviewed about companies like Minnesota's Medtronic moving their headquarters to Ireland for tax purposes. “Congress also should limit inverted companies from using offshore profits that haven’t been taxed by the U.S,” said Kleinbard.Medtronic, for example, has $20.5 billion in accumulated offshore profits and is borrowing from that stash to finance its purchase of Dublin-based Covidien Plc. Under the rule suggested by Kleinbard, that foreign loan would be subject to U.S. taxes, just as if the money had been loaned or repatriated to the U.S. parent company.

  • Elyn Saks

    Chicago Public Media

    July 21, 2014

    Re: Elyn Saks

    Elyn Saks was interviewed about her experiences with schizophrenia and how schizophrenics are treated. “So basically schizophrenia, the analogy that I gave is to a nightmare with all of the bizarre images, and possible things happening, and the utter, utter fear. Only with a nightmare you sit up in bed, open your eyes, and it goes away. No such luck with a psychotic episode.

  • Josh Lockman

    NBC News

    July 20, 2014

    Re: Josh Lockman

    Josh Lockman was interviewed about how the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine could affect the geopolitics of the region. When asked what has changed due to the downing of the Malaysian air jet Lockman said, “I think what’s changed is international intention has now galvanized because of this tragic incident which has occurred, and this could lead, hopefully, to renewed pressure by the Obama administration and by allies in Europe on Vladimir Putin and his cronies.”

  • Susan Estrich

    Fox News

    July 19, 2014

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed about President Obama’s foreign policy. During the interview, Susan said, “People look to the president for leadership. I think people are frustrated when they look around the world, see these problems that we can’t solve, and the big obstacle, I guess, is I’ve yet to hear too many of the complainers come up with solutions.”

  • Niels W. Frenzen

    BBC

    July 18, 2014

    Re: Niels W. Frenzen

    Niels Frenzen was interviewed about unaccompanied Central American children arriving at the U.S. border.

  • Josh Lockman

    CBS News's Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM

    July 18, 2014

    Re: Josh Lockman

    Josh Lockman was interviewed by about an incursion into Gaza by Israeli forces.

  • Michael Chasalow

    KCBS-AM

    July 18, 2014

    Re: Michael Chasalow

    Michael Chasalow was interviewed by about privately owned companies funding controversial community projects.

  • Clare Pastore

    The Daily Journal

    July 18, 2014

    Re: Clare Pastore

    Clare Pastore was quoted about a claim of whistleblowing by a recent appointee to California's appellate court. “While the allegations in the claim suggest Stewart went along with Herrera’s alleged whitewash, the claim does not actually specifically accuse of anything or ascribe any particular improper actions to her," she said.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    The Daily Journal

    July 18, 2014

    Re: Daniel Brenner

    Daniel Brenner wrote an oped about a Supreme Court decision ruling that Aereo, an Internet broadcasting company, infringed on the rights of TV program owners. “Cases involving changing communications technology benefit when courts can find consensus-yielding grounds; that was the case in Grokster. Aerero lacked the same neat analysis,” said Brenner.

  • Josh Lockman

    NBC News

    July 17, 2014

    Re: Josh Lockman

    Josh Lockman was interviewed about the political fallout of the Malaysian Airlines crash. “This is an abominable incident, and I think what we’ll see in the coming days is leaders around the world including president Obama condemn this as an act of international terrorism, and that will, I think, renew pressure on Russia,” said Lockman.

  • Michael Chasalow

    CBS News’ "This Morning"

    July 17, 2014

    Re: Michael Chasalow

    Michael Chasalow was interviewed about Facebook paying the salary of a Menlo Park police officer, leading to a possible perception problem. “How many other companies are we gonna let do this?" Chasalow asked during the interview. "What if an unsavory company decides they want a police force? Can Enron have a police force?"

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Fiscal Times

    July 16, 2014

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was interviewed about corporate tax inversions and the need for corporate tax reform. “The inversions demonstrate the need for fundamental corporate tax reform,” Kleinbard said. “In that sense, they are a canary in the coal mine. On the other hand, (if Congress waits) to get around to corporate tax reform, there won’t be a corporate tax base left to

  • Jody David Armour

    The Huffington Post

    July 16, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about the resegregation of schools in Louisiana. Armour said, “It will certainly have a positive impact on the educational expirience of the kids in the breakaway school district. They’ll be around other kids from higher social economic backgrounds and they will probably be more successful. On the other hand, those who are left behind will probably be considerably worse off.

  • Niels W. Frenzen

    KCRW-FM's "Press Play"

    July 15, 2014

    Re: Niels W. Frenzen

    Niels Frenzen was interviewed about unaccompanied Central American children arriving at the U.S. border. During the interview Frenzen said, “The trouble is, the refugee convention, a post World War II document that has been part of US law since 1980, only protects people that are fleeing from violence if that violence is directed at them for political, racial, or religious reasons.”

  • Niels W. Frenzen

    KFWB-AM

    July 15, 2014

    Re: Niels W. Frenzen

    Niels Frenzen was interviewed about unaccompanied Central American children arriving at the U.S. border

  • Susan Estrich

    Fox News

    July 12, 2014

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed about the death of a Google executive involving an online site used for prostitution. “The men get no-strings-attached, ideal relationships... [they] will pay to have no connections to these young women, some of whom may be financing their college education and some of whom are apparently financing drug use and illegal activity. I don't know who could be in favor of this relationship.”

  • Emily Ryo

    CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KFWB-AM

    July 12, 2014

    Re: Emily Ryo

    Emily Ryo was interviewed about a surge of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border. “The problem is that because our immigration courts are so backlogged, a removal proceeding can take up to years. So according to some of the more recent statistics, the average time an immigration case has been pending now is up to 587 days. That number is actually much higher for immigration courts in California – in the LA immgrations, the backlog is up to 820 days on average,” Ryo said.

  • Edward McCaffery

    Long Beach Press-Telegram

    July 12, 2014

    Re: Edward McCaffery

    Ed McCaffery was quoted about the trial involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife Shelly. McCaffery called the HIPAA claims “narrow, nit-picking stuff” that should have been settled in pretrial briefs, and said the judge’s “complex decision tree” could come back to hurt Shelly Sterling, as “it’s human nature to want to give something to the other side.”

  • Jody David Armour

    National Post

    July 11, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was cited about the importance of the legal case involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife, Rochelle. “If we take this case out of the current context of an odious person making reprehensible statements, there are important principles that will stick with us far beyond the salacious details of this case,” said Armour.

  • Jody David Armour

    The Christian Science Monitor

    July 9, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the importance of the legal case involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife, Rochelle. “If we take this case out of the current context of an odious person making reprehensible statements, there are important principles that will stick with us far beyond the salacious details of this case,” said Armour.

  • Rob Saltzman

    Los Angeles Times

    July 6, 2014

    Re: Rob Saltzman

    Robert Saltzman was quoted about the leadership of Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck. Saltzman said he was encouraged by Beck's recent efforts, but remains undecided about his future with the department.

  • Jody David Armour

    CBS News

    July 5, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the beating of a woman by a CHP officer.

  • Jody David Armour

    Fox News

    July 5, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was cited about the beating of a woman by a CHP officer. “I was shocked, but also not surprised. I would say these are among the worst times, in terms of police image and community relations since the Rodney King tape," said Armour. He notes the patrol officer's actions could hurt the public perception of all law enforcement agencies in the LA area, including the Los Angeles Police Department.

  • Jody David Armour

    Voice of Russia

    July 3, 2014

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about racial profiling that takes place while shopping. Attorney Portia Roberson paid the “black tax,” Armour said. “On one hand we are commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and we are celebrating how far we’ve come in race relations, what a landmark occasion that was for social justice. Yet on the other hand we were are talking about yet again a case of racial profiling that is still pervasive in America. The reason this is a story is because it happens so frequently.”

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