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U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced Nov. 23 a record-breaking $160 billion merger with Irish firm Allergan, the biggest merger to date involving the controversial strategy of tax inversion. The move marks the beginning of the end of the ability to stop corporate tax inversions under current tax rules, said Adam Rosenzweig, JD, professor of law and an expert on international tax law at Washington University in St. Louis.


Even a cursory glance at today’s headlines reveals a deep inability to get along. From politics, to religion, to social issues, extreme positions may play well with a political base, but do little to further substantive conversation and real change. How do we get back to forming meaningful relationships that can move toward common ground, despite our deep ideological differences? The answer lies in a confident pluralism, said John Inazu, JD, PhD, an expert on law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis.


In the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, at least two dozen American governors have expressed concern over allowing Syrian refugees to relocate in their states. While state governments often do play a small role in helping to resettle refugees, the governors don't have much choice in this case, said immigration expert Stephen Legomsky, JD, DPhil, the John S. Lehmann University Professor Emeritus at the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

The wave of recent student protests at the University of Missouri, Yale University and other college campuses has revived a long-standing debate about the tension between free speech and policies of diversity and inclusion. That tension is vastly overstated, said free speech expert Greg Magarian, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis.MORE
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released its 2015 annual report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. While much of the whistleblower reward program is shrouded in secrecy, the report does shed some light, said Kathleen Clark, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and leading expert on legal ethics.MORE

The back-and-forth decisions of a Utah juvenile court judge this week regarding the foster child of a lesbian couple expose the possible limits of the Supreme Court's ruling this summer on gay marriage, said Susan Appleton, JD, national expert in family law at Washington University in St. Louis.

Arch Grants recently announced its latest cohort of awardees, and once again, Washington University in St. Louis had a strong showing among the selected startups. Of the eleven business awarded $50,000 capital funding grants, four have direct ties to the university.MORE
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