By Katherine D. Tohanczyn, 63 Vill. L. Rev. Tolle Lege 154 Imagine you are married with children.  Late one Sunday night, you put your two children in the back seat of your car, buckle them in, and begin to drive home.  During that very short, and all so routine drive up I-95, you are unable to avoid a large pothole, which causes your car to spin out of control and flip over. As a result of the accident, you and your children suffer serious bodily injury. Sometime after the accident you learn that local government officials not only knew of the existence of the pothole but alsoRead More →

By Jackie Dakin, 63 Vill. L. Rev. Tolle Lege 126 If asked for the common characteristics of chief executive officers (CEOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs), several things might come to mind: creative, extroverted, risk-taking, or innovative.  Maybe even crazy.  But what about dishonest?  In 2002, just prior to the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Sarbanes-Oxley or SOX), widespread dishonesty and misconduct by corporate officers resulted in many highly-publicized scandals, leading to public outrage. Sarbanes-Oxley was the hastily drafted response to that outrage.  Section 304 of Sarbanes-Oxley (“section 304” or “SOX 304”) created penalties for CEOs and CFOs when misconduct caused noncompliance with reporting requirements.Read More →

By Ryan Dieter, 63 Vill. L. Rev. Tolle Lege 101 The Inland Regional Center is a facility for those with developmental disabilities.  Until December 2, 2015, most people had never heard of the San Bernardino facility, but on that date, it became the infamous location of one of the most memorable and devastating terrorist attacks on American soil.  The shooters, Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, killed fourteen people and wounded twenty-two others.  Perhaps even more well-known than the actual attack was the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) extremely public battle with Apple over access to Farook’s iPhone. To read the full article and viewRead More →

By Daniel Michael Baker, 63 Vill. L. Rev. Tolle Lege 73 It is difficult to go a day without hearing about “Obamacare” or “Trumpcare” and the turmoil of the seemingly endless political snafu. However, beyond the political jabs across the aisle and the debate on who is to pay for the costs, a more fundamental problem looms behind the curtain; there are simply not enough doctors in America.  A 2017 independently-led research study from the Association of American Medical Colleges, for instance, projected that physician demand will grow faster than supply, with a “shortfall of between 40,800 and 104,900 physicians by 2030.” More specifically, the study projected shortagesRead More →

By Timothy J. Muyano, 63 Vill. L. Rev. Tolle Lege 47 In 1986, twelve-year-old Patrick McSorley grieved with his schizophrenic, and now widowed, mother after his father’s recent suicide. During this difficult time, Father John J. Geoghan, a priest from the family’s local Roman Catholic parish, stopped by the family’s Boston, Massachusetts home to offer his condolences and take Patrick out for ice cream. On the way back, Geoghan allegedly placed his hand on the boy’s upper leg and slid his hand toward the child’s genitals. The elderly priest, whose history of sexual abuse was well known by his supervising personnel within the Archdiocese of Boston,Read More →