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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal

RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 723 Aftermarketfailure: Windows XP's End of Support 
Andrew Tutt 
Yale University - Information Society Project 
2 331 Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets 
Gregory M. Stein 
University of Tennessee College of Law 
3 198 Soft Law in the Organization and General Conduct of Commercial Arbitration Proceedings 
Thomas Stipanowich 
Pepperdine University School of Law 
4 156 A Draft Australian Law of Contract 
Ted WrightM P Ellinghaus and D StL Kelly 
University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law and University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law 
5 142 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
6 131 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
7 125 Killing Conscience: The Unintended Behavioral Consequences of 'Pay For Performance' 
Lynn A. Stout 
Cornell Law School - Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute 
8 123 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
9 119 The Futility of Cost Benefit Analysis in Financial Disclosure Regulation 
Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider 
University of Chicago Law School and University of Michigan Law School 
10 106 Document Appreciation: Some Characteristics of Legal Documents (and Talking with Students About Them) 
Jay A. Mitchell 
Stanford Law School 

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RECENT TOP PAPERS for all papers first announced in the last 60 days  
21 Feb 2014 through 22 Apr 2014

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 142 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
2 130 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
3 126 Coasean Keep-Away: Voluntary Transaction Costs 
Jordan M. BarryJohn William Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers 
University of San Diego School of Law, University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University 
4 125 Killing Conscience: The Unintended Behavioral Consequences of 'Pay For Performance' 
Lynn A. Stout 
Cornell Law School - Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute 
5 123 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
6 106 Document Appreciation: Some Characteristics of Legal Documents (and Talking with Students About Them) 
Jay A. Mitchell 
Stanford Law School 
7 99 Introduction to Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law 
Gregory Klass 
Georgetown University Law Center 
8 95 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
9 84 Public Lands and the Federal Government's Compact-Based 'Duty to Dispose': A Case Study of Utah's H.B. 148 — The Transfer of Public Lands Act 
Donald J. Kochan 
Chapman University School of Law
10 74 The Utopian Promise of Private Law 
Hanoch Dagan 
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law

April 22, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New in Print

Pile of BooksKenneth A. Adams, Dysfunction in Contract Drafting: The Causes and the Cure (Reviewing Mitu Gulati & Robert E. Scott, The Three and a Half Minute Transaction: Boilerplate and the Limits of Contract Design (2013)), 15 Transactions: The Tenn. J. of Bus.L. 317 (2014)

Andrea J. Boyack, Sovereign Debt and The Three and A Half Minute Transaction: What Sticky Boilerplate Reveals about Contract Law and Practice (Reviewing Mitu Gulati and Robert E. Scott, The Three and A Half Minute Transaction: Boilerplate and the Limits of Contract Design), 35 Whittier L. Rev. 1 (2013)

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Stewart Macaulay: A Few Personal Reflections, 2013 Wisc. L. Rev. 1295

Richard R.W. Brooks, On the Empirical and the Lyrical: Review of Revisiting the Contracts Scholarship of Stewart Macaulay (Edited by Jean Braucher, John Kidwell & William C. Whitford) 2013 Wis. L. Rev. 1295-1354.

Emory LJ

THE 2013 RANDOLPH W. THROWER SYMPOSIUM
Privatization: Managing Liability and Reassessing Practices in Local and International Contexts 

ARTICLES 

Alex Kozinski & Andrew Bentz, Privatization and Its Discontents 

April 16, 2014 in Books, Government Contracting, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 328 Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets 
Gregory M. Stein 
University of Tennessee College of Law 
2 196 Soft Law in the Organization and General Conduct of Commercial Arbitration Proceedings 
Thomas Stipanowich 
Pepperdine University School of Law
3 152 A Draft Australian Law of Contract 
Ted WrightM P Ellinghaus and D StL Kelly 
University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law and University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law 
4 135 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
5 121 Killing Conscience: The Unintended Behavioral Consequences of 'Pay For Performance' 
Lynn A. Stout 
Cornell Law School - Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute 
6 120 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
7 109 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
8 102 The Futility of Cost Benefit Analysis in Financial Disclosure Regulation 
Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider 
University of Chicago Law School and University of Michigan Law School 
9 101 Boilerplate Shock 
Gregory H. Shill 
University of Denver Sturm College of Law 
10 99 Document Appreciation: Some Characteristics of Legal Documents (and Talking with Students About Them) 
Jay A. Mitchell 
Stanford Law School 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)

RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 135 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
2 120 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
3 120 Killing Conscience: The Unintended Behavioral Consequences of 'Pay For Performance' 
Lynn A. Stout 
Cornell Law School - Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute
4 120 Coasean Keep-Away: Voluntary Transaction Costs 
Jordan M. BarryJohn William Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers 
University of San Diego School of Law, University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University 
5 109 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
6 99 Document Appreciation: Some Characteristics of Legal Documents (and Talking with Students About Them) 
Jay A. Mitchell 
Stanford Law School 
7 94 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law
8 94 Introduction to Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law 
Gregory Klass 
Georgetown University Law Center
9 73 The Utopian Promise of Private Law 
Hanoch Dagan 
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 
10 71 Anti-Herding Regulation 
Ian Ayres and Joshua Mitts 
Yale University - Yale Law School and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

 

 

April 15, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New in Print

Pile of Books Lisa  Tripp & Evan R. Hanson. AT&T v. Concepcion: The Problem of a False Majority, 23 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 1 (2013)

Adrian Roberto Villagomez Aleman, Book note (Reviewing Margaret L. Moses, The Principles and Practice of International Arbitration, 2nd ed.) 31 Berkeley J. Int'l L. 461 (2013)

Books: 

 Jack Graves, Learning Contracts (West 2014)

Learning Contracts relies on more than appellate opinions to teach students the law. Structured presentations, detailed explanations, illustrative examples, and helpful summaries provide for more efficient learning and understanding of basic doctrine in advance of class, thus facilitating a “flipped-classroom" approach. With this approach, much more of your valuable class time can be spent on problems—both those included at the end of each lesson for preparation by students before class and others provided in teaching materials for “real time” problem solving during class. This new book provides substantial coverage of common law, UCC Article 2, and the CISG (using a “comparative” approach) and can reasonably be completed in a 4 credit hour course, or liberally supplemented with skills-building exercises for a 5 or 6 credit hour course.

David G. Epstein, Bruce Markell & Lawrence Ponoroff, Cases and Materials on Contracts: Making and Doing Deals (West 2014)

Making and Doing Deals is a book that your students will learn from long after they graduate. It is also a book that should be fun for you to teach from.  It’s a book that students will enjoy, and, therefore, a book that they will read.  Since the First Edition, students have been reading Making and Doing Deals because the cases, problems, and text not only help them learn what they need to know as first-year law students, but also address the real-world problems and situations they will encounter after their final exam.

April 9, 2014 in Books, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

 

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Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal

RECENT TOP PAPERS
 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 327 Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets 
Gregory M. Stein 
University of Tennessee College of Law 
2 192 Soft Law in the Organization and General Conduct of Commercial Arbitration Proceedings 
Thomas Stipanowich 
Pepperdine University School of Law 
3 158 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law 
4 145 A Draft Australian Law of Contract 
Ted WrightM P Ellinghaus and D StL Kelly 
University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law and University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law 
5 119 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
6 118 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
7 104 Killing Conscience: The Unintended Behavioral Consequences of 'Pay For Performance' 
Lynn A. Stout 
Cornell Law School - Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute 
8 100 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
9 97 Boilerplate Shock 
Gregory H. Shill 
University of Denver Sturm College of Law 
10 95 Foreclosure and the Failures of Formality, or Subprime Mortgage Conundrums and How to Fix Them 
Joseph William Singer 
Harvard Law School 

SSRN Top Downloads For
LSN: Contracts (Topic)

RECENT TOP PAPERS
 for all papers first announced in the last 60 days  

7 Feb 2014 through 8 Apr 2014

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 158 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law 
2 119 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
3 118 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
4 114 Coasean Keep-Away: Voluntary Transaction Costs 
Jordan M. BarryJohn William Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers 
University of San Diego School of Law, University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University 
5 104 Killing Conscience: The Unintended Behavioral Consequences of 'Pay For Performance' 
Lynn A. Stout 
Cornell Law School - Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute 
6 100 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
7 94 Document Appreciation: Some Characteristics of Legal Documents (and Talking with Students About Them) 
Jay A. Mitchell 
Stanford Law School 
8 91 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
9 87 Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do with Contracts Cases 
Charles L. Knapp 
University of California Hastings College of the Law 
10 79 Introduction to Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law 
Gregory Klass 
Georgetown University Law Center 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New in Print

Pile of BooksFranco Ferrari, PIL and CISG: Friends or Foes? 31 J.L. & Com. 45 (2012-2013)

James D. Rendleman, Brave New World of Hosted Payloads, 39 J. Space L. 129 (2013)

 Maj. Travis P. Sommer, Getting the Job Done: Meaningfully Investigating Organizational Conflicts of Interest, Army Law. 16 (2013)

Dmytro V. Vorobey, CISG and Arbitration Clauses: Issues of Intent and Validity, 31 J.L. & Com. 135 (2012-2013)

In addition, we have this special issue on Larry Cunningham's Contracts in the Real World in the Washington Law Review

The Perspective of Law on Contract

Aditi Bagchi
88 Wash. L. Rev. 1227

View Abstract    Full Article

Contract Texts, Contract Teaching, Contract Law: Comment on Lawrence Cunningham, Contracts in the Real World

Brian H. Bix
88 Wash. L. Rev. 1251

View Abstract    Full Article

Real WorldReflections on Contracts in the Real World: History, Currency, Context, and Other Values

Lawrence A. Cunningham
88 Wash. L. Rev. 1265

View Abstract    Full Article

Contract Stories: Importance of the Contextual Approach to Law

Larry A. DiMatteo
88 Wash. L. Rev. 1287

View Abstract    Full Article

Contract as Pattern Language

Erik F. Gerding
88 Wash. L. Rev. 1323

View Abstract    Full Article

Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do With Contracts Cases

Charles L. Knapp
88 Wash. L. Rev. 1357

View Abstract    Full Article

Unilateral Reordering in the Reel World

Jake Linford
88 Wash. L. Rev. 1395

View Abstract    Full Article

Unpopular Contracts and Why They Matter: Burying Langdell and Enlivening Students

Jennifer S. Taub
88 Wash. L. Rev. 1427

View Abstract    Full Article

April 2, 2014 in Books, Government Contracting, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

 

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS
 for all papers first announced in the last 60 days 

31 Jan 2014 through 1 Apr 2014

 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 323 Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets 
Gregory M. Stein 
University of Tennessee College of Law 
2 261 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman 
University of Southern California 
3 187 Soft Law in the Organization and General Conduct of Commercial Arbitration Proceedings 
Thomas Stipanowich 
Pepperdine University School of Law 
4 155 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law
5 134 A Draft Australian Law of Contract 
Ted WrightM P Ellinghaus and D StL Kelly 
University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law and University of Newcastle (Australia) - Faculty of Business and Law
6 116 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense
7 114 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
8 98 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
9 94 Foreclosure and the Failures of Formality, or Subprime Mortgage Conundrums and How to Fix Them 
Joseph William Singer 
Harvard Law School 
10 93 Boilerplate Shock 
Gregory H. Shill 
University of Denver Sturm College of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS
 for all papers first announced in the last 60 days  

31 Jan 2014 through 1 Apr 2014

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 261 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman 
University of Southern California 
2 155 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law 
3 116 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
4 114 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
5 112 Coasean Keep-Away: Voluntary Transaction Costs 
Jordan M. BarryJohn William Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers 
University of San Diego School of Law, University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University 
6 98 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
7 88 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
8 86 Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do with Contracts Cases 
Charles L. Knapp 
University of California Hastings College of the Law 
9 82 Killing Conscience: The Unintended Behavioral Consequences of 'Pay For Performance' 
Lynn A. Stout 
Cornell Law School - Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute 
10 71 The Utopian Promise of Private Law 
Hanoch Dagan 
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 

 

April 1, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New in Print

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For
Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 320 Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets 
Gregory M. Stein 
University of Tennessee College of Law 
2 257 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman 
University of Southern California 
3 176 Soft Law in the Organization and General Conduct of Commercial Arbitration Proceedings 
Thomas Stipanowich 
Pepperdine University School of Law 
4 149 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law
5 114 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
6 106 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
7 94 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
8 92 Foreclosure and the Failures of Formality, or Subprime Mortgage Conundrums and How to Fix Them 
Joseph William Singer 
Harvard Law School 
9 87 Boilerplate Shock 
Gregory H. Shill 
University of Denver Sturm College of Law 
10 86 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law

SSRN Top Downloads For
LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 257 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman 
University of Southern California 
2 149 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law 
3 114 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
4 106 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
5 104 Coasean Keep-Away: Voluntary Transaction Costs 
Jordan M. BarryJohn William Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers 
University of San Diego School of Law, University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University 
6 94 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
7 86 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
8 85 Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do with Contracts Cases 
Charles L. Knapp 
University of California Hastings College of the Law 
9 76 Forward: Review of Baird, Eisenberg & Bix on Contract Doctrine 
Lisa Esther Bernstein 
University of Chicago - Law School 
10 70 The Utopian Promise of Private Law 
Hanoch Dagan 
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 

March 25, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New in Print

Pile of BooksDavid Crump, The Economic Purpose of the Contract Clause, 66 SMU L. Rev. 687 (2013)

Rebecca Schoff Curtin, Hackers and Humanists: Transactions and the Evolution of Copyright. 54 IDEA 103 (2013).

David G. Epstein, and students Adam L. Tate & William Yaris, Fifty: Shades of Grey--Uncertainty about Extrinsic Evidence and Parol Evidence after All These UCC Years. 45 Ariz. St. L.J. 925 (2013) 

Frank L. Schiavo, An Alternative Approach to the Parol Evidence Rule: A Rejection of the Restatement (Second) of Contracts; Mitchill v. Lath revisited. 41 Cap. U. L. Rev. 759 (2013)

Emanwel J. Turnbull, Account Stated Resurrected: The Fiction of Implied Assent in Consumer Debt Collection, 38 Vt. L. Rev. 339 (2013) 

Manuel A. Utset, Transitive Counterparty Risk and Financial Contracts, 78 Brook. L. Rev. 1441 (2013)

Plus: this from the Chicago Kent Law Review

Kent Law ReviewVol. 89, Issue 1

Symposium on Fringe Economy Lending and Other Aberrant Contracts

SYMPOSIUM EDITOR
Sarah Howard Jenkins,
Charles C. Baum Distinguished Professor of Law

Articles

Table of Contents (Full Listing of PDF Articles)

Symposium Introduction
Sarah Howard Jenkins
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 3 (2014)

I. Fringe Economy Lending—The Problem, Its Demographics, and Proposals for Change

Third Party Funding of Personal Injury Tort Claims: Keep the Baby and Change the Bathwater
Terrence Cain
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 11 (2014)

An Economic Perspective on Subprime Lending
Michael H. Anderson
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 53 (2014)

Females on the Fringe: Considering Gender in Payday Lending Policy
Amy J. Schmitz
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 65 (2014)

II. Other Solutions for Fringe Economy Lending

Interest Rate Caps, State Legislation, and Public Opinion: Does the Law Reflect the Public’s Desires?
Timothy E. Goldsmith & Nathalie Martin
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 115 (2014)

An Economic Investigation of Rent-to-Own Agreements
Michael H. Anderson
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 141 (2014)

III. Securitization of Fringe Economy Receivables—A Lender’s Issue

Securitization of Aberrant Contract Receivables
Thomas E. Plank
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 171 (2014)

IV. Other Aberrant Contract Concerns

Legal Uncertainty and Aberrant Contracts: The Choice of Law Clause
William J. Woodward Jr.
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 197 (2014)

Some Economic Insights Into Application of Payments Doctrine: Walker Thomas Revisited
James W. Bowers
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 229 (2014)

V. Atypical Consumer Agreements as Aberrant Contracts

Situational Duress and the Aberrance of Electronic Contracts
Nancy S. Kim
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 265 (2014)

Tax Ferrets, Tax Consultants, Bounty Hunters, and Hired Guns: The Property Tax Netherworld Fueled by Contingency Fees and Champertous Agreements
J. Lyn Entrikin
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 289 (2014)

Tenure, the Aberrant Consumer Contract
James J. White
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 353 (2014)

Are You Free to Contract Away Your Right To Bring a Negligence Claim?
Scott J. Burnham
89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 379 (2014)

 

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal

RECENT TOP PAPERS
 for all papers first announced in the last 60 days 

16 Jan 2014 through 17 Mar 2014

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 316 Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets 
Gregory M. Stein 
University of Tennessee College of Law 
2 250 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman 
University of Southern California 
3 146 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law 
4 110 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
5 92 Foreclosure and the Failures of Formality, or Subprime Mortgage Conundrums and How to Fix Them 
Joseph William Singer 
Harvard Law School 
6 81 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law
7 78 Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do with Contracts Cases 
Charles L. Knapp 
University of California Hastings College of the Law 
8 76 Boilerplate Shock 
Gregory H. Shill 
University of Denver Sturm College of Law 
9 74 Forward: Review of Baird, Eisenberg & Bix on Contract Doctrine 
Lisa Esther Bernstein 
University of Chicago - Law School 
10 84 Zombie Mortgages, Real Estate, and the Fallout for the Survivors 
David P. Weber 
Creighton University - School of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For
LSN: Contracts (Topic)

RECENT TOP PAPERS for all papers first announced in the last 60 days  
16 Jan 2014 through 17 Mar 2014

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 250 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman 
University of Southern California 
2 146 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law 
3 110 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
4 87 Coasean Keep-Away: Voluntary Transaction Costs 
Jordan M. BarryJohn William Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers 
University of San Diego School of Law, University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University 
5 81 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
6 78 Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do with Contracts Cases 
Charles L. Knapp 
University of California Hastings College of the Law 
7 74 Forward: Review of Baird, Eisenberg & Bix on Contract Doctrine 
Lisa Esther Bernstein 
University of Chicago - Law School 
8 68 The Utopian Promise of Private Law 
Hanoch Dagan 
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 
9 65 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
10 64 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School

 

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

KCON9 Is Now Available on YouTube

For those of you who made the wide choice to avoid Miami in February (highs in the 80s, lows in the 70s -- it was hell!), you can still enjoy the experience of hearing the papers presented at last month's conference.  The conference organizer, Jennifer Martin, is in the process of making all the sesions  availalbe here.

Here's a taste, Robin West's luncheon address:

  

Ahh, the memories.

March 12, 2014 in Conferences, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New in Print from Carolina Academic Press

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal

SSRNRECENT TOP PAPERS for all papers first announced in the last 60 days 
9 Jan 2014 through 10 Mar 2014

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 309 Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets 
Gregory M. Stein 
University of Tennessee College of Law 
2 241 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman 
University of Southern California 
3 145 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law 
4 124 Limits of Procedural Choice of Law 
S.I. Strong 
University of Missouri School of Law 
5 108 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
6 88 Foreclosure and the Failures of Formality, or Subprime Mortgage Conundrums and How to Fix Them 
Joseph William Singer 
Harvard Law School 
7 80 Zombie Mortgages, Real Estate, and the Fallout for the Survivors 
David P. Weber 
Creighton University - School of Law 
8 75 Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do with Contracts Cases 
Charles L. Knapp 
University of California Hastings College of the Law 
9 75 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
10 73 Forward: Review of Baird, Eisenberg & Bix on Contract Doctrine 
Lisa Esther Bernstein 
University of Chicago - Law School 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS
 for all papers first announced in the last 60 days  

10 Jan 2014 through 11 Mar 2014

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 242 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman 
University of Southern California 
2 146 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels 
Duke University - School of Law 
3 109 Sovereign Bonds and National Relativism: Can New York Law Contracts Safely Cross the Atlantic? 
Mathias Audit 
University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense 
4 76 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
5 75 Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do with Contracts Cases 
Charles L. Knapp 
University of California Hastings College of the Law 
6 73 Forward: Review of Baird, Eisenberg & Bix on Contract Doctrine 
Lisa Esther Bernstein 
University of Chicago - Law School 
7 67 The Utopian Promise of Private Law 
Hanoch Dagan 
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 
8 59 Intuitions About Contract Formation 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan and David A. Hoffman 
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
9 54 Text and Context: Contract Interpretation as Contract Design 
Ronald J. GilsonCharles F. Sabel and Robert E. Scott 
Stanford Law School, Columbia University - Law School and Columbia University - Law School 
10 44 Are You Free to Contract Away Your Right to Bring a Negligence Claim? 
Scott J. Burnham 
Gonzaga University School of Law 

March 11, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nutrition Labels and "Natural" Foods

As a follow-up on Nancy's post from last week on Nutrition Labels and Wrap Contracts, I would like to call attention to a new paper posted on SSRN by my colleague Nicole Negowetti (pictured).  The paper is called Defining "Natural" Foods: The Search for a "Natural" Law, and here is the abstract:

NegowettiBecause the FDA has refused to codify a uniform or enforceable definition of “natural” food, each food manufacturer determines its own standard for the term. Unlike the certified organic label, no government agency, certification group, or other independent entity ensures that “natural” claims have merit. Generally, the term “natural” means that a food has been minimally processed, contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives, is healthy and wholesome. However, food producers are not prohibited by law from using pesticides, genetically modified crops, fumigants, solvents, and toxic processing aids. Consumers and food producers are both disadvantaged by the inconsistent meanings and uses of the term. Recent surveys demonstrate that while consumers demand “natural” products, they are confused regarding the term’s meaning. A proliferation of consumer protection lawsuits against food producers has flooded the courts over the past two years. Food producers truly committed to producing “natural” products are competing with manufacturers who loosely interpret the term, produce and sell cheaper, inferior, and not-so-“natural” products. In light of the FDA’s reluctance to codify a “natural” definition, this Article will evaluate the recent decisions in the “natural” lawsuits and the attempts by courts, legislatures, the food industry, and retailers to establish a “natural” standard. The Article concludes that the search for an enforceable and comprehensive “natural” standard is futile. It predicts that the term “natural” has proven to be so confusing to consumers that the significance of the term has likely been diluted. Furthermore, because the claim has been so legally troublesome for food manufacturers, use of “natural” on food labels will surely be on the decline.

 

March 5, 2014 in About this Blog, Food and Drink, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New in Print from Carolina Academic Press

Nygren & KatzCarolyn J. Nygren & Howard E. Katz, Starting Off Right in Contracts (2d Ed. 2014)

To do their best on the final exam, students need a strategy to approach the course material efficiently and to organize it in a logical manner. This book gives students that and more. In chapters on contract formation, defenses, breach and remedies, and multi-issue fact patterns, the authors show students how to answer sample questions, use a step-by-step method that will improve their ability to analyze contracts problems, and effectively demonstrate their knowledge to the professor.

Charles Calleros & Stephen Gerst, Contracts: An Electronic Text: Cases, Text & Problems (2013 ed.)

Contracts: Cases, Text, and Problems is an electronic casebook available in PDF format. The 2013 edition is updated to July 2013.

Calleros & GerstCreated initially for a four-unit Contracts course at ASU, Professor Calleros designed Contracts: Cases, Text, and Problems as an "open-source" textbook. Other professors of contract law are invited to become “co-authors” by tailoring the book to their own courses. As an open-source book, professors can add, delete, or replace material as dictated by their own teaching styles and points of emphasis. Contracts offers professors a unique and innovative way to teach students in an up-to-date way, with easily customized material, and without being forced to buy multiple books and supplements.

Most topics in the book present material in the fashion in which new associates typically address an assignment in a law office: they (1) consult a secondary source or an expert within the firm for general background information and to identify issues and authority {the book provides treatise-style background information on most topics before diving into the main cases}, (2) associates then study specific decisions on point in the relevant jurisdiction {the book presents plenty of case law, as is customary with any "casebook"}, and (3) they apply their newly synthesized knowledge of the law to the facts of a new dispute or other problem presented to them {the book provides many more exercises and practice exams than the standard casebook, including a fair number of drafting exercises}. The book thus includes the written equivalent of a combination of introductory lecture, case method, and problem method.

To combat the high cost of casebooks, the 509-page book is available at a very modest price for permanent download of any of the electronic formats. Each purchaser is permitted to download the purchased file on any computer or electronic device used exclusively by that purchaser. Purchasers agree not to transfer files to others or to allow others to use their files.

The book analyzes selected provisions of the Restatement (Second) of Contracts but does not reproduce it in its entirety, to avoid advancing the common student practice of treating the Restatement like a collection of statutes. It reproduces most of articles 1 and 2 of the UCC as enacted in Arizona, to better illustrate the nature of the UCC as a uniform code that is adopted and codified by individual state legislatures.

March 5, 2014 in Books, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

 

With the aid of the ContractsProf Blog Bump, Gregory Stein premiers at #1!

SSRNRECENT HITS (for all papers announced in the last 60 days) 
TOP 10 Papers for Journal of Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal 

January 3, 2014 to March 4, 2014

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 303 Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets 
Gregory M. Stein
University of Tennessee, Knoxville - College of Law
2 296 An Economic Theory of Fiduciary Law 
Robert H. Sitkoff
Harvard Law School
3 235 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman
University of Southern California
4 140 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels
Duke University - School of Law
5 134 Executive Benefits Insurance Agency V. Arkison: Does Party Consent Render Bankruptcy Court Adjudication Constitutionally Valid? 
Elizabeth GibsonJonathan M. Landers
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law, Scarola Malone & Zubatov LLP
6 122 Limits of Procedural Choice of Law 
S.I. Strong
University of Missouri School of Law
7 98 Promises and Expectations 
Florian EdererAlexander Stremitzer
Yale University - School of Management, UCLA School of Law
8 78 Zombie Mortgages, Real Estate, and the Fallout for the Survivors 
David P. Weber
Creighton University - School of Law
9 74 Unpopular Contracts and Why They Matter: Burying Langdell and Enlivening Students 
Jennifer Taub
Vermont Law School, 
Date posted to database: December 24, 2013 
Last Revised: December 24, 2013
10 72 Forward: Review of Baird, Eisenberg & Bix on Contract Doctrine 
Lisa Esther Bernstein
University of Chicago - Law School

RECENT HITS (for all papers announced in the last 60 days) 
TOP 10 Papers for Journal of LSN: Contracts (Topic)  

January 3, 2014 to March 4, 2014

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 235 The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate 
Michael Pressman
University of Southern California
2 140 Non-State Law in the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts 
Ralf Michaels
Duke University - School of Law
3 98 Promises and Expectations 
Florian EdererAlexander Stremitzer
Yale University - School of Management, UCLA School of Law
4 74 Unpopular Contracts and Why They Matter: Burying Langdell and Enlivening Students 
Jennifer Taub
Vermont Law School
5 72 Forward: Review of Baird, Eisenberg & Bix on Contract Doctrine 
Lisa Esther Bernstein
University of Chicago - Law School
6 71 Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do with Contracts Cases 
Charles L. Knapp
University of California - UC Hastings College of the Law
7 57 Mandatory Rules and Default Rules in Insurance Contracts 
Kyle D. LogueTom Baker
University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Michigan Law School
8 56 The Political Economy of Regulating Contract 
Aditi Bagchi
Fordham University - School of Law
9 54 Crowding In: How Formal Sanctions Can Facilitate Informal Sanctions 
Scott BakerAlbert H. Choi
Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
10 54 The Utopian Promise of Private Law 
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law

March 4, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Margaret Jane Radin responds

Readers of this blog will remember that last year we hosted a lively symposium on Margaret Jane Radin's book, Boilerplate:  The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law.

Others entered into the discussion in different avenues, including Omri Ben-Shahar with his essay reviewing Radin's book.  Margaret Jane Radin responds to Ben-Shahar's essay here.

The debate about mass consumer form contracts is far from over....

 

February 27, 2014 in Books, Miscellaneous, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New in Print

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Spinal Tap Scholarship

SteinThe University of Tennessee ContractsProf Gregory M. Stein has just posted Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:  

Some people purchase concert or sports tickets for their own entertainment and then are unable to use their tickets. They may have a scheduling conflict, or their favorite team may be underperforming. Other people buy tickets with the intention of giving them as gifts. Still others purchase with the goal of reselling the tickets at a profit. This Article examines the transferability of tickets to performances and sporting events.

What, exactly, is a “ticket”? What property and contract rights does the initial ticket holder acquire? Does the holder have the legal power to transfer these rights? To what extent can the initial ticket seller limit that transferability? Does it matter whether the initial purchaser planned to sell at a profit all along? If there is a profit to be made, who is entitled to keep the resale premium? More generally, what are the economics of the market in ticket sales and resales? 

Part I of this Article asks what legal rights a ticket creates under contract and property law and whether the party who acquires a ticket is legally empowered to reconvey it. Part II looks more globally at the economics of the market in sales and resales of tickets. Part III examines and compares the roles of the private market and the government in transactions involving the sale and resale of event tickets. Finally, Part IV looks to the future, suggesting some directions the ticket resale market may and should take as technology and the law continue to evolve and as the political process functions.
 

 

February 25, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)