Faculty & Gould School of Law in the News

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

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Bloomberg News

    August 3, 2015

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    The USC Gould School of Law was mentioned for its financial support of recent graduates by funding the salaries at some legal positions.

  • Robert K. Rasmussen

    CardHub

    July 30, 2015

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    Robert Rasmussen was quoted about the use of an automatic stay in declaring bankruptcy, which immediately suspends most collection efforts against debtors and their property. "Those who file for bankruptcy should be aware of the breadth of the stay, what it covers and what it does not," Rasmussen said. "Also, it makes little sense for a debtor to make a payment right before filing if the underlying debt would be subject to the stay."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    The Wall Street Journal

    July 30, 2015

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    USC Gould School of Law alum Patrick Boyle '14 was quoted about his experience working at a position with the Arizona attorney general's office funded by a stipend from USC. The stipend "let me get in the door" at a place that wouldn’t have hired him otherwise, he said. Government organizations "don’t really want to subsidize training if they don’t have to."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    The Wall Street Journal

    July 27, 2015

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    USC Gould School of Law was mentioned as one of the best recognized law schools in California

  • Jody David Armour

    Vice

    July 24, 2015

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    Jody Armour was interviewed about new legal developments regarding Bill Cosby and allegations of sexual assault. "It's going to have a huge impact. It corroborates the claims of plaintiffs and those who allege that they've been victimized by Bill Cosby," Armour said. "The [2005] deposition doesn't prove that he non-consensually gave women Quaaludes or any other drug as part of sex. But [it does] establish that he does mix sex and drugs and considers it a kind of acceptable and ordinary practice for him. It is powerfully corroborative of their essential claims that something like that may have gone on in their cases."

  • Jonathan Handel

    ABC 7 Los Angeles

    July 24, 2015

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    Jonathan Handel was interviewed about an antitrust case involving major Hollywood studios operating in the E.U. "This is a direct challenge to the international business model within Europe for the American media companies," Handel said. "The issue in this case is whether the E.U. is a single market, as they contend, or a collection of countries."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 24, 2015

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    Holly Farless, a rising 3L at USC Gould School of Law, co-wrote an op-ed about recent legislation that would address "no-injury" class action lawsuits. "Proponents of the act say that by limiting classes to members with similar injuries, plaintiffs who have actually suffered harm will avoid having their claims diluted or, even worse, precluded by the inclusion of uninjured class members," Farless wrote. "Similarly, defendants will not be forced to defend against, or overpay to resolve, claims brought by a largely uninjured class."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 24, 2015

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    USC Gould School of Law alumnus Mark A. Young was mentioned as President Obama's latest nominee to serve as a federal judge in the Central District. "If you can manage the stress, it's a great experience," Young said of his time at USC Law.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 23, 2015

    Re: Daniel Brenner

    Daniel Brenner wrote an op-ed about the admissibility of credit card statements in debt collection cases under the business records exception to the hearsay rule. "Admission of credit card statements is often critical to establishing a defendant's debt," Brenner wrote. "A plaintiff debt buyer may show it has good title to a debt with the defendant's name on it, but more is needed. Credit card bills mailed to the defendant that go unchallenged can establish that an account is truly stated."

  • Dan Nabel

    Daily Journal

    July 22, 2015

    Re: Dan Nabel

    Dan Nabel was quoted about a state appellate court decision to affirm the conviction of a juvenile on two counts of possessing firearms based on a photo from the teenager's Instagram account. "The court was saying we don't necessarily have to have someone in the room. It makes it easier for prosecution and law enforcement to catch people doing this sort of thing," Nabel said. "If all you have is an Instagram photo, that might not be a good thing, but if it's just one of many pieces of evidence that's being used to charge someone with a crime, I don't see that as a problem at all."

  • Clare Pastore

    Daily Journal

    July 21, 2015

    Re: Clare Pastore

    Clare Pastore was quoted about a California Supreme Court decision to uphold a default judgment against an attorney who gave conflicting excuses in attempts to reverse the judgment. "If your attorney messes up, your remedy is against that attorney in a malpractice action," Pastore said. "Those states put a high premium on finality. California is more lenient, but here the Supreme Court is saying, 'Don't come in with one story the first time and another the second time.'" "It is breathtaking to me, extraordinary to me, that this lawyer would have the chutzpah to try that," she added.

  • Jody David Armour

    MSNBC

    July 16, 2015

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    Jody Armour was interviewed on "NewsNation" about the disproportionate incarceration of black men and President Obama's push for criminal justice reform. "In some of our neighborhoods ... up to 90 percent of young black males are going to wind up in jail, on probation or on parole at some point in their lives. That's staggering," Armour said. "We're talking about the equivalent of maybe a thousand Hurricane Katrinas hitting a thousand Ninth Wards in terms of the damage that's been inflicted on the black community over the last 30 years as a result of mass incarceration."

  • Michael Brennan

    Daily Journal

    July 14, 2015

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    Michael Brennan was quoted about shifts in criminal justice reform in light of President Obama's visit to a federal prison. "We've been dealing with incredibly harsh sentencing guidelines with respect to narcotics going on 30 years, and Obama has finally decided that they need to be changed, and this is his way of continuing to get that message out," Brennan said. "He can't do it himself, obviously, but he's trying to put pressure on Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission to change those sentencing guidelines even further."

  • Lisa Klerman

    The Information

    July 9, 2015

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    Lisa Klerman was cited about a rise in workplace discrimination complaints against tech companies. She said that the uptick could simply be the result of more hiring and, therefore, more opportunities for lawsuits. Or, she said, high profile judgments in favor of plaintiffs could be encouraging more people to come forward.

  • Edward Finegan

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    July 9, 2015

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    A story cited a recent presentation by Edward Finegan about the definition of the word "gender" and its relevance to a legal case about a pre-operative transgendered student who was born biologically male and applied to college as a female. The college dismissed the student on the grounds of fraud. "In understanding and resolving such disputes," Finegan said, "substantial value resides in consulting both established, reputable dictionaries and those that are crowdsourced."

  • Jody David Armour

    The Wrap

    July 8, 2015

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    Jody Armour was quoted about the public release of a deposition in which comedian Bill Cosby admitted to acquiring sedatives to give to young women. Armour called the deposition "a smoking gun" in a defamation lawsuit brought against Cosby by three of his alleged victims. "It will corroborate the accusers' claims that he actually did what they said he did," Armour said. "If we get to the defamation trial, these statements made by him in the deposition … suddenly, their claim looks like a sure winner, and he's looking not only at compensatory damages, but probably serious punitive damages."

  • Sam Erman

    Vice

    July 1, 2015

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    Sam Erman was quoted about the politics of appointing Supreme Court justices and how the next president could change the makeup of the court. "They have the job for life, so they don't have to worry about politics in the way that other powerful members of the government have to," Erman said. "So even though their decisions seem political to us, I think that the justices are committed to the notion of legality." "Even if everyone is appointed at the same age, their tenures on the court will be longer. So these influential moments for presidents [to nominate justices] may become farther and farther between," he added.

  • Lisa Klerman

    Contra Costa Times

    July 1, 2015

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    Lisa Klerman was quoted about a racial and disability discrimination case filed against the city of Los Angeles by a former park groundskeeper. Klerman said the case is "rare" not only because the plaintiff is white, but because there is direct evidence of racial discrimination. Usually, discrimination allegations are decided based on "who is more believable," she said.

  • Thomas D. Lyon

    CBS Los Angeles KCBS-TV

    July 1, 2015

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    Tom Lyon was featured for his research which influenced a recent Supreme Court decision that will allow children’s statements to teachers about potential abuse to be submitted as evidence. In his written opinion, Justice Samuel Alito cited work done by Lyon and USC students over the last decade. "It was a terrific feeling to see work that I’ve been doing for years to not only influence the court but to influence in a way that I think will really help children," Lyon said.

  • David Cruz

    PBS

    July 1, 2015

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    David Cruz was interviewed on "Tavis Smiley" about the impact of a series of recent Supreme Court rulings, including decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. "I think that it's going to be the highest salience, that the many candidates in the Republican field and the handful of Democratic candidates are going to be engaging with this. The further right a Republican candidate is going to be, the bigger a bulls-eye they're going to paint on the Supreme Court, due to decisions like the Obamacare decision and the decision for marriage for same-sex couples," Cruz said.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Ars Technica

    July 1, 2015

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    Edward Kleinbard was cited about Chicago’s new tax on online services, including Netflix and other online providers of movies, music and games. Kleinbard said he had never heard of such a tax anywhere else in the United States.

  • Lisa Klerman

    Los Angeles Daily News

    July 1, 2015

    Re: Lisa Klerman

    Lisa Klerman was quoted about a racial and disability discrimination case filed against the city of Los Angeles by a former park groundskeeper. Klerman said the case is "rare" not only because the plaintiff is white, but because there is direct evidence of racial discrimination. Usually, discrimination allegations are decided based on "who is more believable," she said.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 1, 2015

    Re: Elizabeth Armour

    Elizabeth Armour was quoted about the decision by international firm Quinn Emanuel to drastically reduce its recruitment of rising 3L students for summer positions. Armour said because the firm only does litigation, it "has a different hiring profile" from many large law firms. It is looking "for more robust, mature skills" that take more time in law school or in clerkships to develop, she said.