This Week in the News…

Posted: September 14, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Sept. 7, San Francisco Chronicle

U.S. Gives up Antitrust Bid to Dismantle Microsoft

“‘The government essentially gave up nothing today,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, author of a leading book on antitrust theory and a law professor at George Mason University. ‘All they’re giving up is what the Court of Appeals in essence told them they don’t have, which is you’re not going to win on the tying, and you’re not going to win on a breakup. So the smart litigator says, “I’m going to put that stuff behind me, and let’s focus on the real things.”‘”

Monday, Sept. 10, Associated Press Newswires, Harrisburg Patriot, Los Angeles Times, Charleston Gazette, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cincinnati Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Seattle Times, Baton Rouge Advocate, San Antonio Express-News, Tulsa World, Wisconsin State Journal, Houston Chronicle, Denver Post

As Nation’s Health Improves, Rural Americans Suffer

“‘Even if they’ve got insurance, the biggest worry is: Do they have access to health care?’ said Mary Wakefield, a rural health policy expert at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. For instance, heart attack victims could wait a half-hour for the nearest ambulance, and small hospitals consider closing because they cannot hire enough nurses, said Wakefield, a member of a panel that advises the government on rural health policy.”

Monday, Sept. 10, Associated Press Newswires

Defense Claims Relationship Between Juror and Prospective Plaintiff in Propulsid Case

“Tort reform expert David Bernstein, a law professor at George Mason University, said such a relationship could taint a jury. ‘To have someone who has a close relative who is a plaintiff in a similar case against the same defendant is potentially extremely unfairly prejudicial to the defendant,’ he said. ‘Certainly it creates an appearance of unfairness if nothing else.'”

Monday, Sept. 10, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

Civil and Bankruptcy Court Records Could Go Online: Privacy Concerns Loom as Vote on the Plan Nears

“The Internet changes all that, said Bradford Brown, chairman of the National Center for Technology and Law, a part of George Mason University. It can make the collation and dissemination of vast amounts of information immediate. ‘That is kind of a double-edged sword,’ said Brown.”

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