A judge will have to decide whether entrustment includes a manufacturer putting a weapon into the stream of commerce that ends up in the hands of the customer, said Timothy Lytton, a professor at Albany Law School who has studied litigation against gun manufacturers. “Whether entrustment can encompass that idea depends on who is on the bench,” he said.From the article "Sandy Hook Families File Wrongful-Death Suit Against Gun Manufacturer" in The Wall Street Journal on Dec. 15, 2014.
Professor Timothy Lytton did an interview for NPR’s All Things Considered on the lawsuit by an injured teacher and the families of nine others who were killed in Newtown against the gun industry. The interview was picked up by public radio affiliates around the country.
"The court needs to decide whether they want to extend negligent entrustment from a retailer selling a gun to someone standing right in front of them to the theory that the manufacturer of the weapon is also responsible when the weapon they made is then sold by another party to a third person," Albany Law School Professor Timothy Lytton said Monday.Lytton, who has written a book about the history of lawsuits against gun companies, said an example of negligent entrustment would be the sale of a weapon by a gun retailer to a suicidal person. A negligent entrustment lawsuit would claim the retailer should have known not to sell that person a gun.From the article "Sandy Hook Families' Suit Against Gun Maker Will Test Federal Law" in the Hartford Courant on Dec. 15, 2014.
"This is an old story," said Timothy Lytton, an Albany Law School professor who specializes in regulation. "It's easy to pass a law that says we want to protect all consumers from a particular hazard. It's much harder to say we want to fund it."Voters like big health and safety protections," Lytton said, "but they don't like the big tax bills and the big deficits that are required to fund them."From the article "Enforcement seen as key for county toxic toy ban" in the Albany Times Union on Dec. 13, 2014.
Professor Vincent Bonventre was a guest on Capital Tonight on Nov. 3, 2014, to discuss the Supreme Court’s pregnancy discrimination case, as well as the list of candidates to fill the New York Court of Appeals’ forthcoming vacancy.
Professor Vincent Bonventre was interviewed for the public radio segment "State's Highest Court Will Begin The New Year Down 2 Judges" that aired around New York state, including on WAMC, North Country Public Radio and WXXI, on Dec. 2, 2014.
Professor Vincent Bonventre was featured in a NCPR segment about "From Ferguson to Canton, why should we believe in the grand jury?" on Nov. 20, 2014.
"They’re marketing their integrity," explains Timothy Lytton, the leading scholar on US kosher regulation, in a telephone interview. And so far they’ve been wildly successful.From the article "More than holy, healthy and halal, Big Kosher is big money" in The Times of Israel on Nov. 16, 2014.
Professor Vincent Bonventre was interviewed for the public radio segment "Senate To Miss Deadline to Approve Court Pick" that aired on WXXI and other stations on Nov. 14, 2014.
Professor Ray Brescia previewed the law school's "FOIL @ 40" event on The Capitol Pressroom on Nov. 11, 2014.
Dean Alicia Ouellette was profiled in "10 minutes with Alicia Ouellette: Once a student, now acting dean" by the Albany Business Review on Oct. 31, 2014.
But Timothy Lytton, Professor at Albany Law School and expert on food regulation, says the GMO labeling issue creates, "tension in legislation between science and democratic accountability."From the article "Vote with your fork" in the Times Union on Oct. 29, 2014.
"Not everyone graduates law school and goes to a firm anymore," says Ouellette, who has worked at the law school for about 13 years, most recently as associate dean for academic affairs and intellectual life. "Some students do and we are absolutely going to make sure the students who go to firms have the tools they need. But a student who wants to do, say health care compliance work, has to have different skills than a student who wants to do criminal law."From the article "What lies ahead for Albany Law's acting dean?" in the Albany Business Review on Oct. 23, 2014.
President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was interviewed for the WAMC public radio segment "Albany Law School: Innovative Strategic Plan To Prepare The Next Generation Of Lawyers And Leaders" on Oct. 7, 2014.
Professor Vincent Bonventre was a guest on Capital Tonight to discuss the new Supreme Court term on Oct. 6, 2014.
But Albany Law School Professor Vin Bonventre said he wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. Supreme Court does take a same sex marriage case before the end of the year."
By the time the U.S. Supreme Court finally decides to hear one of these cases, there's going to be tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of same sex marriages in the U.S. They're not going to be able to undo that," said Bonventre.
From the segment "Same-Sex Couples Can Wed in 5 More States, Experts Predict More to Follow" by Time Warner Cable News on Oct. 6, 2014,
Albany Law School Professor Timothy Lytton called the lack of some kind of limit on future claims in Spokane "highly unusual.""Any large organization needs some ideas of risks in the future, and they need to be able to plan," Lytton said.From the article "Case offers insight into archbishop's leadership" in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 2, 2014.
Professor Vincent Bonventre was interviewed by North Country Public Radio for "Cuomo faces deadline to choose high court nominee" on Oct. 1, 2014.
Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was featured for "The savor of history" in the Times Union on Sept. 25, 2014.
“The church has increasingly been willing to pay out significant sums for these claims,” said Timothy Lytton, a professor at Albany Law School in New York and author of “Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse.”“The other thing to keep in mind is if a case actually goes to jury verdict, there’s a significant amount of uncertainty as to what the damages might be. If those damages come in very large, you not only have a publicity problem, but you might have a big financial problem.”From the article "Trial nears in priest sex abuse case filed by former altar boy" in The Kansas City Star on Sept. 23, 2014.
Professor Vincent Bonventre discussed the Supreme Court decision on prayer during town meetings as a guest on WCNY's Capitol Pressroom on May 9, 2014.
Professor Laurie Shanks was interviewed by NPR affiliate WAMC for the segment "Albany Law School Prof. Offers Thoughts On Legal Battle For Gloversville Chimp" on April 27, 2014.