This Week in the News…

Posted: March 8, 2002 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:

Monday, March 4, Forbes Magazine

Sympathy Yes, Money No

By Michael I. Krauss, professor of law, George Mason University, Arlington, Va.

“Yes, we feel for the victims and survivors, but should the federal government be giving money to individuals? …In fact the plan is perhaps best seen as a messy way to wriggle out of America’s tort mess. After the 1993 WTC bombing, which killed a much smaller group of people, interminable litigation targeted the blameless. Today, in post-breast-implant, post-asbestos America, airlines, developers and engineers would all have sought

bankruptcy protection had they been sued for Sept. 11 damages. The havoc wreaked

on our infrastructure by these bankruptcy filings would have overjoyed Osama. So

Congress capped airline liability and offered cash to those who forgo courtroom antics.

Payment under the fund is immediate. Victims, it is hoped, will take the money and seek

closure. Avoiding the tort chaos is a laudable aim. But Congress’ plan makes no sense from any philosophical perspective. It opens a Pandora’s box for future claims for calamities. Politicized cases make bad law.”

Wednesday, March 6, USA Today

Microsoft Code Fee Might Be Discussed

Ernest Gellhorn of George Mason University Law School says it’s unlikely [Judge] Kollar-Kotelly would accept both the settlement and possibly inconsistent harsher sanctions. If she likes aspects of both, ‘She can give strong hints to get the parties to settle.'”

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