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In the News 2016

The following summary lists many of the instances during 2016 in which Widener Law Commonwealth faculty members have been quoted or featured in coverage by local, regional, or national news media organizations.

Please note that some news sites may require registration in order to view stories and some links may expire shortly after they are posted.

Pennsylvania Cable Network
Michael Dimino participated in an election-related show on 12/12/16

The Daily Item
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 12/2/16
Election officials call cyber-attack theory far-fetched
This article also appeared in The Meadville Tribune

Fox43 Morning News
Dean Christian Johnson released a statement on 11/29/16
Widener law alumnus, Donald McGahn, II named as White House Counsel 
Similar news was reported on Pennlive.com

The Legal Intelligencer
Dean Christian Johnson was mentioned on 11/28/16
PLW People in the News

Central Pennsylvania Business Journal
Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 11/25/16
Regulation is dead; long live litigation?

Quartz
Jill Family provided expert commentary on 11/19/16
The next US attorney general has already written a handbook on how the US should deal with immigration

ABC 27 News
Michael Hussey provided expert commentary on 11/3/16
ABC 27 investigates tax breaks for big violations, mistakes

CBS 21
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 10/31/16
Judge retirement question on PA ballot has caused concerns

Bloomberg Law
Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 10/13/16
Quiet Settlements Close Out Many Theme Park Ride Cases

Bloomberg Law
Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 10/11/16
New Jolts Await Consumers in Theme Park Injury Suits

Law360
John Dernbach provided expert commentary on 10/7/16
Pa. Cases Could Pave Clearer Path for Local Fracking Laws

Bloomberg Law
Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 10/6/16
Theme Park Accidents Spur Lawsuits, Safety Concerns

The Legal Intelligencer
Tonya Evans was mentioned on 10/6/16
People in the News

WESA-FM
John Dernbach provided expert commentary on 10/3/16
PA Supreme Court Rules with Environmentalists over Remaining Issues in Act 13

NPR's State Impact
John Dernbach provided expert commentary on 9/29/16
Attorney for PUC says "small cadre" trying to kill gas industry

Patriot News
Tonya Evans was mentioned on 9/24/16
Trade Talk Slideshow

National Iraqi News Agency
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 9/12/16
Gun rights got approval from Federal judges

WHTM (ABC)
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 9/9/16
Federal judges grant gun rights to Midstaters with prior convictions

Central Penn Business Journal
Dean Christian Johnson was quoted on 9/9/16
Groups help transition military members into civilian workforce (subscription only)

Comcast Newsmakers
Dean Christian Johnson was interviewed on 9/9/16
Veterans Day Ceremony

NPR State Impact
John Dernbach provided expert commentary on 9/1/16
Gas drillers lose case over well permit requirements

The Daily Item
Robert Power provided expert commentary on 8/9/16
Experts: Civil penalty against rock throwers possible in Budd suicide
Similar stories appeared in The Stanley News & Press, The Record Eagle, and Press Republican

Debtwire
Juliet Moringiello provided expert commentary on 8/4/16
Atlantic City's state loan vulnerable to challenges from creditors (subscription only)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
John Dernbach was quoted on 8/2/16
The kids don't have a clear right

WCPO Cincinnati
Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 7/27/2016
How Proctor & Gamble Co. (PG) defends its brands against litigation

Bond Buyer
Juliet Moringiello provided expert commentary on 7/12/16
What's Missing in Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Law

CTFN
Michael Hussey provided expert commentary on 7/7/16
Politics could foil Hershey sale

Central Penn Business Journal
Anna Hemingway was mentioned on 7/1/16
Newsmakers

Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy
Juliet Moringiello provided expert commentary on 6/16/16
Congress must step up after Puerto Rico debt law struck down (no link available)

The News Journal
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 6/13/16
Pennsylvania suing Delaware in U.S. Supreme Court

Law360
Robert Davis, Jr. provided expert commentary on 6/10/16
How A Merck Attorney’s Lies Torpedoed A $200M Patent Verdict

NBCNews
John Dernbach provided expert commentary on 6/4/16
Sustainable Investing Gains Ground in Boardrooms Everywhere

Outside Magazine
John Dernbach provided expert commentary on 5/27/16
The Newest Legal Tool to Fight Climate Change Is as Old as Ancient Rome

American Bankruptcy Institute
Juliet Moringiello was a guest on a podcast on 5/17/16
The Intersection of Article 9 and Retail Bankruptcy

WITF-FM
Michael Hussey provided expert commentary on 5/11/16
Court ruling doesn’t end fight over Penn State Health/PinnacleHealth merger

Law360
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 5/5/16
Pa. Justice Recusals Renew Questions Over Judicial Elections

PennLive
Jill Family’s op-ed was published on 5/3/16
Here’s what’s really at stake in Texas’ challenge to Obama’s immigration policies

Patriot News
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 4/27/16
McGinty moves toward battle with Toomey, but larger forces are at hand

Central Pennsylvania Business Journal
Adjunct Professor Sara Austin was mentioned on 4/22/16
York County lawyer will be president of Pennsylvania Bar Association

Rotunda Ramblings Podcast
Jill Family was interviewed on 4/22/16
Pennsylvania Legislative Services

The Legal Intelligencer
Dean Christian Johnson provided expert commentary on 4/11/16
Bar Passage Stats Show Applicant Pool Declining

WHTM-TV
Michael Hussey was interviewed on 4/11/16
Upcoming tax filing deadline (no link available)

Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN)
John Dernbach was interviewed on 3/30/16 (no link available)

Pennsylvania Record
Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 3/29/16
Law prof: Lawyers did good job with complaint against Whirpool, 3M 

Pennsylvania Business Central
Dean Christian Johnson was quoted on 3/25/16
Law school job placement picks up as students find jobs outside the traditional office

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Donald Brown was quoted 3/22/16
House Democrats scrutinize natural gas incentives
Similar story appeared on Bloomberg Business

NPR's State Impact
Donald Brown was quoted on 3/21/16
Opponents question climate benefits, morality of natural gas

NPR's State Impact
John Dernbach provided expert commentary on 3/9/16
Pa. Supreme Court weighs major gas drilling laws 

WITF-FM Smart Talk
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 3/7/16
Supreme Court replacement

Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy
Juliet Moringiello provided expert commentary on 2/26/16
Municipal bankruptcy expert discusses Puerto Rico’s Chapter 9 case

Debtwire
Juliet Moringiello was quoted on 2/25/16
Atlantic City takeover legislation could have consequences for other New Jersey municipalities (no link available)

Torts: Things That We Like (Lots)
Christopher Robinette was mentioned in a blog post on 2/23/16
The man, the torts legend

WHTM-TV
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 2/15/16
Legal scholars say Scalia’s passing affects all of us

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 2/12/16
Pennsylvania treasurer race may hold key in budget standoff

Bloomberg Business
Juliet Moringiello provided expert commentary on 1/22/16
The Case for Allowing U.S. States to Declare Bankruptcy

WHTM-TV
Jill Family provided expert commentary on 1/19/16
Midstate law professor on SCOTUS immigration

Debtwire
Juliet Moringiello provided expert commentary on 1/14/16
Atlantic City takeover proposal creates uncertainty in event of bankruptcy

WHTM-TV
Michael Dimino provided expert commentary on 1/5/16
Law professor explains power of executive order