Education, Business, & Law

Documentary shows discriminatory impact of state legal assistance provision

The Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law has produced a new documentary that exposes the discriminatory impact of a provision of the Pennsylvania Victims Assistance Compensation Program law that denies assistance to victims who contribute, or are suspected of contributing, to their own death or injury.

Penn Today Staff

Regulating big tech

Wharton’s Eric K. Clemons discusses the pros and cons of boosting regulations on big technology companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple, after years of being penalized in Europe for anticompetitive practices. 

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The New York Times

Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy plan is almost done, and it could start a fight

David Skeel of the Law School commented on Puerto Rico’s plan to restructure its $124 billion in debt using a bankruptcy-like law called Promesa. “If this works—if Promesa works and the restructuring works—it may make bankruptcy for states seem like something that lawmakers should be considering a little more seriously,” he said. “But if it doesn’t work, it would have the opposite effect.”

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Vox.com

What could be next for the Affordable Care Act lawsuit

Allison Hoffman of the Law School was interviewed about an Affordable Care Act lawsuit being evaluated by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. “The fact that this case is being heard seriously by the Fifth Circuit is just, sort of, implausible,” said Hoffman. “It reflects on, a little bit on who the judges are.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. Supreme Court will probe alleged ‘systemic failure’ in Philadelphia bail practices

In a conversation about the cash bail system, Ross Miller of the Law School cited research from the Quattrone Center which found that “pretrial detention has a crimenogenic effect: When people are held in custody prior to the resolution of a case, that can actually increase recidivism and decrease public safety.”

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Salon.com

Medicare for All. Single-payer. Expanding Obamacare. What’s the difference?

Allison Hoffman of the Law School discussed the array of proposals for U.S. health care systems. “For a decade now, we’ve had a system that has relied on markets and private competition more than any of our peer nations—and that hasn’t worked,” she said. “The [Medicare for All] debate is a revisiting of the question: ‘Are we going to rely on our government to ensure access to health care and what form is it going to take?’”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Two-day shipping or 113 years of experience? How an Italian Market kitchen shop plans to outwit Amazon.

Barbara Kahn of the Wharton School discussed a retail business in Philadelphia’s Italian Market. “They are really operating on a good in-store customer experience that can’t be duplicated online. That is one of the ways to compete in today’s world,” she said.

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