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Volume 63, Number 4 Category

Taking Great Cases: Lessons from the Rosenberg Case

May. 31, 2010—The most watched case of the 1952 Supreme Court Term was not Brown v. Board of Education, but the case of convicted atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Brown and Rosenberg demonstrate the Court’s different approaches toward taking “great cases.” The Brown Court is often criticized for having done too much; the Rosenberg Court is...

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Arbitration Clauses in CEO Employment Contracts: An Empirical and Theoretical Analysis

May. 31, 2010—A bill currently pending in Congress would render unenforceable mandatory arbitration clauses in all employment contracts. Some perceive these provisions as employer efforts to deprive employees of important legal rights. Company CEOs are firm employees, and, unlike most other firm employees, they can actually negotiate their employment contracts, very often with attorney assistance. Moreover, many...

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Breach Is For Suckers

May. 31, 2010—This Article presents results from three experiments offering evidence that parties see breach of contract as a form of exploitation that makes disappointed promisees into “suckers.” In psychology, being a sucker turns on a three-part definition: betrayal, inequity, and intention. We used web-based questionnaires to test the effect of each of the three factors separately....

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