Sept. 29, 2014 | Volume XXII, Issue 7

Faculty Scholarship & Activities

Published: February 17th, 2014

Category: News

Stuart Cohn
John H. and Mary Lou Dasburg Professor of Law

“With high-profile successes, Podhurst Orseck law firm fights above its weight class” (Feb. 9, 2014, The Miami Herald)

Cohn commented in this article that takes a look at the lawsuits brought against many of the major banks “for allegedly overcharging millions of customers in overdraft fees.” To date, the largest payout came from Bank of America, which settled for $410 million, $123 million of which were divided among law firms.

From the article:
Professor Stuart R. Cohn, who teaches business law at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, maintains the legal fees may seem high, but they are standard for the industry. On cases like these the law firms usually work on a contingency basis, meaning they don’t get paid unless they win or the cases settle.

“It’s a large figure, yes,” Cohn said, “but relative to the size of the award and the amount of the work, it is not unusual at all.”

Bob Dekle
Master Lecturer; Director, Criminal Prosecution Clinic; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

“Jury Selection, Trial Begins for Latest ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case” (Jan. 30, 2014, WUFT News)

Dekle weighed in on the Michael Dunn case, which began in early February. Dunn was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after the two were in an altercation over loud music.

From the article:
Bob Dekle, a University of Florida law professor, gave some information about Dunn’s defense.

“The question is not necessarily was there a shotgun in the car, as much as is there some reason for believing he saw or thought he saw a shotgun,” Dekle said. “Was the description sufficient to put him in fear of death or great bodily harm?”

Florida has seen multiple “stand your ground” cases, including the Martin-Zimmerman case. Dekle referred to “stand your ground” as a buzzword and explained why the general self-defense claim could strengthen Dunn’s case.

“Under the old law (of self-defense) a person has a duty to retreat unless retreating is useless. Most people cannot outrun a bullet,” Dekle said. “Even though they have a theoretical duty to retreat under the circumstances, it would be reasonable to not turn your back and run because you might get shot in the back.”

Joseph Jackson
Senior Legal Skills Professor

“Same Sex Marriages Gain Equal Standing in the Eyes of Federal Government” (Feb. 11, 2014, WCJB TV20)

Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in all 50 states, including states that don’t currently recognize it. Jackson was interviewed for the story, elaborating on what comes along with the recognition by the federal government.

From the story:
UF Law Professor Joe Jackson says there are many benefits that come with the news. “… survivors’ benefits. Social security benefits is a federal program. Federal income taxes obviously are governed by federal law.”

Daniel Sokol
Associate Professor of Law

Sokol moderated a panel on “Competition Concerns in Mergers in Innovation and Technology Markets” and spoke on a panel on “Distribution Issues in Latin America, China, Russia and India” at the GCR Live 3rd Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum.

Sokol published “Policing the Firm” in the Notre Dame Law Review. You can access the article at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2230121.

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