Monthly Archives: March 2010

Brand/generic patent-deal ban nixed

A proposal, backed by the Federal Trade Commission because it would save consumers money, would have banned patent settlements between brand-name and generic drug makers.  But it was dropped from the health-care reform bill because it couldn’t pass muster with Congressional rules.  School of Management Professor Michael Salinger, a former FTC director, the ban still […]

Where sales boom, Big Pharma lags

A new report says pharmaceutical sales growth has slowed in mature markets like the U.S. and Western Europe while it’s set to grow in China and Brazil.  And it says unless current leading drug makers quickly expand into those markets, they’ll cede them to local producers.  Law Professor Kevin Outterson, an authority on drup patents […]

Financial reg-reform bill under fire

Financial institutions and their allies are gearing up their lobbying effort to weaken Senator Dodd’s proposed financial regulatory reform bill.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and a former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, says the proposed creation of a separate consumer-protection group within the Fed could […]

Israel/Palestine: If not now, when?

The Foreign Policy Association has issued a new report urging the U.S. to take a more assertive role in pushing for a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.  “Israel and Palestine: Two States for Two Peoples — If not now, when?” was co-authored by BU international relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, who notes that President Obama said […]

China defends economic policies

In his once-a-year news conference, China’s premier sought to deflate pressure over Chinese economic policies and promised cooperation in revving up the global recovery.  International relations Professor Kevin Gallagher, author of “The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization,” says says its good that China is pointing to other countries […]

Comcast/NBC deal scrutinized

Federal regulators insist they’ll keep a close eye on the proposed merger of Comcast, the country’s biggest cable-TV operator, and NBC Universal, with its vast content-production empire.   Law Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, says the feds need to make sure the merger won’t crush competition or harm consumers. “But the government should […]

Examiner: Lehman croaked Lehman

The federal bankruptcy examiner’s report on the collapse of Lehman Brothers shows the 158-year-old firm died from multiple causes, including bad mortgage holdings and accounting gimmicks used to hide its mounting debt.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, author of “Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad,” says if Lehman scammed stockholders and investors, they […]

Agriculture antitrust concerns

The Justice and Agriculture Departments are launching a series of year-long public meetings to explore if antitrust practices in the agriculture industry are driving up food prices — with the big target being Monsanto, the world’s largest seed firm.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, says the productivity of Monsanto’s genetically engineered […]

Toyota pushing ahead

Despite recalls and bad PR , Toyota says it will use no-interest loans and lease discounts to help regain over the rest of 2010 the U.S. market share lost over the past two months.  School of Management Dean Louis Lataif, a former Ford executive, says when one automaker launches a big incentive program others usually follow. […]

Challenges and Opportunities Discussion

Today at 3:30 PM the School of Education (SED) is hosting a mini-conference entitled “Challenges and Opportunities” in the lobby of Two Silber Way.  Remarks will be made by SED Dean Hardin Coleman and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Deputy Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Accountability, Partnerships and Assistance Karla Brooks Baehr, EdD.