The Lawyers Weekly Discusses Professor Lawrence Solan's Article on Insurance Policy Interpretation
In a recent issue, Canadian legal magazine The Lawyers Weekly compared insurance policy interpretation practices in Canada versus the United States. They cited Professor Lawrence Solan's 2008 article in the Columbia Law Review that studied false consensus bias and how judges and lay people in court interpreted insurance policy language differently.
Professor Lawrence Solan's Book, The Language of Statutes, Laws and Their Interpretation, Reviewed
Canadian legal blog Slaw reviewed Professor Lawrence Solan's book, The Language of Statues, Laws and Their Interpretation. Reviewer Simon Foddon called the publication "a balanced, pragmatic view of statutory interpretation and the role of the courts."
Professor Lawrence Solan Cited in State of Iowa v. Hicks
Professor Lawrence Solan was cited on November 24, 2010 in State v. Hicks, a decision of the Supreme Court of Iowa. The court referred to his article written with Peter Tiersma, Cops and Robbers: Selective Literalism in American Criminal Law, 38 Law & Soc’y Rev. 229, 249, 255 (2004).
Professor Lawrence Solan Cited in State of Minnesota v. Andersen
Professor Lawrence Solan was quoted on June 30, 2010 in State v. Andersen, a decision of the Supreme Court of Minnesota. The court quotes his article, Convicting the Innocent Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Some Lessons About Jury Instructions from the Sheppard Case, 49 Clev. St. L. Rev. 465, 481 (2001), in which he writes, “…once the government puts on a case, even a weak one, it appears to be up to the defendant to rebut it.”
Professor Lawrence Solan Cited in United States ex rel. Gonzalex v. Fresenius Medical Care North America
Professor Lawrence Solan was cited on March 24, 2010, in United States ex rel. Gonzalez v. Fresenius Medical Care North America, a decision of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division. The court referred to his article written with Peter Tiersma, Author Identification in American Courts, 25 Applied Linguistics 448, 463 (2004), in which he examines testimony on authorship and suggests that linguistic methods require further testing and improvement to be accepted in American courts.
Professor Lawrence Solan Cited in O'Donnabhain v. Comm'r
Professor Lawrence Solan was quoted on February 2, 2010, in O’Donnabhain v. Comm’r, a decision of the United States Tax Court. The court quotes Professor Solan’s book, The Language of Judges 45, 52 (1993) in which he opines about the original intent of the drafters of a statute, saying, “we have no way of telling whether the drafters of the statute intended that De Morgan’s Rules apply or not.” The court also pointed to his work on how courts have dealt with statutes containing the negation of “and.”