Monthly Archives: April 2009

Chrysler bankruptcy “unfortunate”

School of Management Dean Louis Lataif, a former Ford executive, says the bankruptcy of Chrysler shows it is difficult for the government to impose financial decisions on private enterprises. “It’s unfortunate that Chrysler must go through bankruptcy. It seems clear that debt holders, who themselves must answer to their own investors, refused to take only half […]

Bank of America turmoil at the top

The ouster of Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis as its chairman is a turning point for shareholder activism at BofA, says School of Management Professor James Post, an expert in corporate governance and business ethics. “The vote to separate the jobs of board chairman and CEO ends Ken Lewis’ record of unchallenged leadership at […]

U.S. and Switzerland talk tax treaty

Law Professor Daniel Berman, director of the graduate tax program and an expert in international taxation law, was part of the Treasury Department negotiating team the last time the U.S. and Switzerland crafted a tax treaty in the mid-1990s.  With the two countries now in talks for an updated treaty amid pressure to crack down […]

Antitrust inquiry into Google Book Search

Law School Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust-law expert, says the Department of Justice is smart to review Google’s settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book search service.  But what happens next, he says, is unclear. “If the rumors of Google’s influence in the new administration are true, the firm is presumably better off […]

Apple may offer iPhone via Verizon

School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, says word that Apple may be expanding its iPhone offerings beyond the AT&T network to include the Verizon network shows Apple’s market power. “Apple is the market leader — not because of share but due to its ability to define the rules of […]

SEC to use “specialists” to fight fraud

Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law, applauds the SEC’s decision to turn to legal specialists to fight financial fraud. “Staffing the Securities and Exchange Commission with specialized expert examiners and investigators is an idea whose time has come. Not only is the financial market far more complicated than in the past, it […]

Supreme Court upholds “fleeting expletive” rule, for now

College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, a communication law and FCC expert, says Fox Television Stations will likely eventually win its case concerning expletives for which the FCC was issuing fines, despite the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling upholding the FCC’s “fleeting expletive” rule. “This decision prolongs the long battle over broadcast indecency. As a […]

Psychosocial Consequences of Stroke: Issues and Possible Solutions

Dr. Audrey L. Holland, Professor Emerita of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona, will be the guest speaker at the inaugural Meredith E. Drench Lecture Series at BU this afternoon at 5:00PM.  The Meredith E. Drench Lectureship Fund is Sargent College’s first endowed lecture series.  The lecture will take place at BU’s […]

Elizabeth George to Speak at Friends of the Libraries Annual Meeting

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will host its Friends of the Libraries Annual Meeting, featuring noted mystery author Elizabeth George, this afternoon.  An exhibition of Ms. George’s archives will be opened to the public, and she will be speaking about her work, Careless In Red. The lecture will be held at Metcalf Hall, 775 […]

International Relations professor William Keylor on Obama’s 100 days in Iraq