University of Southern California

Volume 85, Number 4 (May, 2012)

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    Pay for Regulator Performance
    Article by M. Todd Henderson & Frederick Tung

    Few doubt that executive compensation arrangements encouraged the excessive risk taking by banks that led to the recent Financial Crisis. Accordingly, academics and lawmakers have called for the reform of banker pay practices. In this Article, we argue that regulator pay is to blame as well, and that fixing it may be easier and more effective than reforming banker pay. Regulatory failures during the Financial Crisis resulted at least in part from a lack of sufficient incentives for examiners to...

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    The Rise of U.S. Food Sustainability Litigation
    Article by Stephanie Tai

    This Article provides one of the first critical looks at the interface between the values of the sustainable food movement and its rising use of litigation. In particular, it focuses on two growing areas of food sustainability litigation–challenges to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (“CAFOs”) and challenges to the use of genetically modified organisms (“GMOs”) in the food system–chosen because they involve growing sectors of U.S. agriculture over which members of the sustainable food move...

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    Who Owns Your Skin: Intellectual Property Law and Norms Among Tattoo Artists
    Note by Matthew Beasley

    Tattoos are part of mainstream culture in the United States. This is especially true among younger generations. While 23 percent of Americans have at least one tattoo, 32 percent of “Generation Xers” have at least one, and 38 percent of millennials have at least one. 19 percent of millennials have at least two. Movie stars and sports stars now commonly have several tattoos. Chart-topping pop star Lady Gaga announced the title of her most recent album by tattooing it on her body and flashing the...

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    Espionage 2.0: Protecting Human Intelligence Sources in the Digital Age
    Note by Kimberley A. Church

    On November 28, 2010, the international whistleblower website WikiLeaks and five major newspapers began simultaneously publishing confidential diplomatic cables from 270 U.S. embassies around the world. The cables were originally obtained by WikiLeaks, which also posted the cables on its own website. Over 100,000 of the cables in WikiLeaks’ possession are classified, with 15,000 classified as “secret,” meaning their release could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national sec...


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