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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New in Print (and on SSRN)

Pile of BooksDaniela Caruso, The Baby and the Bath Water: The American Critique of European Contract Law, 61 Am. J. Comp. L. 479 (2013)

Miriam A. Cherry, Learning Contracts through Current Events: ... (Reviewing Lawrence Cunningham, Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter), 35 U. Haw. L. Rev. 129 (2013)

Philip E. Cleary, Benevolent Maleficence: How a Well-Intentioned Legislature and a Deferential Court Combined to Stunt the Development of Massachusetts Product Liability Law. 8 UMass L. Rev. 14 (2013) 

Sinai Deutch, Consumer Contracts Law as a Special Branch of Contract Law--the Israeli Model. 29 Touro L. Rev. 695 (2013)

Ricard Gil, The Interplay of Formal and Relational Contracts: Evidence from Movies. 29 J.L. Econ. & Org. 681 (2013)

Jack Graves, Penalty Clauses as Remedies: Exploring Comparative Approaches to Enforceability, 29 Touro L. Rev. 681 (2013)

Jeffrey B. Hammond, Conscience as Contract. Conscience as Covenant, 4 Faulkner L. Rev. 433 (2013)

Robert L. McFarland, Are Religious Arbitration Panels Incompatible with Law? Examining "Overlapping Jurisdictions" in Private Law. 4 Faulkner L. Rev. 367 (2013) 

Miller
Our Very Own Meredith Miller!
Meredith R. Miller, Party Sophistication and Value Pluralism in Contract, 29 Touro L. Rev. 659 (2013)

Ruth Plato-Shinar, The Banking Contract as a Special Contract: the Israeli Approach. 29 Touro L. Rev. 721 (2013)

Stephen F.  Ross and Lindsay Berkstresser, Using Contract Law to Tackle the Coaching Carousel, 47 U.S.F. L. Rev. 709 (2013) 

James M. Wilton and Andrew G. Devore. Trademark Licensing in the Shadow of Bankruptcy, 68 Bus. Law. 739 (2013)

In addition, we have this new article posted on SSRN: 

Anca D. Chirita, The Impact of the European Union Crisis on Law, Policy and Society  

Abstract:

The purpose and methodology of this article is as follows: first, to understand the general nature of the current crisis (banking, financial, debt, currency, constitutional, political) from a socio-legal, economic, ideological and political perspective; then, to analyse the complexity of the multiple causes which have led to the current crisis in particular areas of law (financial, banking, securities, contract, competition and corporate law) in which it has manifested itself and the sectors of the economy it has affected; and, finally, to criticise law in action and the management of the crisis through political decision-making (state intrusiveness), that is, the various responses and reactions to the crisis and the effectiveness of the measures implemented by policy-makers and enforcers, and, inter alia, to question the constitutional legitimacy of the TBTF (Too-Big-to-Fail) theory as a predominant doctrine and criterion of state intervention in the economy.

A multi-layered level of economic, social, and political governance is envisaged through insights from microeconomics, by looking at how economic agents have affected individuals such as consumers; from macroeconomics, by looking at how state intervention in the economy has impacted upon taxpayers and the human and social costs of the crisis; and from political economy by looking through the lenses of ideology and policy and reflecting on the role of neoliberalism today.

To conclude, the heavy reliance on the TBTF doctrine became a European ‘Too Big to Crash’ test which signals past memories and fears of an eventual repeat of the 1929 Wall Street crash, which to date has been avoided by all possible methods of political intervention. Unfortunately, competition law could be seen as the scapegoat of this unprecedented restructuring of the banking and financial markets through competition policy’s illegitimate and undeserved but generous state aid to benefit mostly inefficient and unscrupulous financial game players. This last recognition leads us to question the adequate measures of profit-seeking capitalism.

[JT]

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