Brett McDonnell

University of Minnesota Law School

Professor of Law

229 19th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55455

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (53)

1.

Is Incest Next?

Cardozo Women's Law Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, February 2004
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 29 Sep 2003
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Lawrence, incest, sodomy, liberty, substantive due process, formalism, realism

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Sarbanes-Oxley, Fiduciary Duties, and the Conduct of Officers and Directors

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 04-13
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 30 Jul 2004
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Sarbanes-Oxley, fiduciary duty, officers, directors, agency

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Essay: Stone v. Ritter and the Expanding Duty of Loyalty

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-35
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 23 Aug 2007
Claire A. Hill and Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 779 (31,920)
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corporate governance, good faith, fiduciary duty, duty of loyalty, duty of care

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Introduction: The Evolution of the Economic Analysis of Corporate Law

Chapter 1, RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON THE ECONOMICS OF CORPORATE LAW, Claire A. Hill and Brett H. McDonnell, eds., Elgar 2012, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-21
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 05 May 2012
Claire A. Hill and Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 651 (40,758)
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law and economics, corporate law, corporate governance

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The Goldilocks Hypothesis: Balancing Intellectual Property Rights at the Boundary of the Firm

University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 2007, No. 2, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-11
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 21 Mar 2006 Last Revised: 06 Oct 2015
Dan L. Burk and Brett McDonnell
University of California, Irvine School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 555 (50,214)
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intellectual property, patent, copyright, trade secrecy, theory of the firm

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Expectation Damages and the Theory of Overreliance

UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 87
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 21 Jun 2002
Melvin A. Eisenberg and Brett McDonnell
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 511 (55,757)
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Disney, Good Faith, and Structural Bias

Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 32, No. 4, Summer 2007, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-46
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 13 Sep 2006
Claire A. Hill and Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota Law School
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good faith, structural bias, fiduciary duty, executive compensation

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Shareholder Bylaws, Shareholder Nominations, and Poison Pills

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-06
Number of pages: 101 Posted: 02 Feb 2005
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 462 (63,253)
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bylaws, proxy access, shareholder nominations, poison pills

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Strategies for an Employee Role in Corporate Governance

Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 46, p. 429, 2011, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-07
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 18 Jan 2012
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 445 (66,118)
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sustainability, corporate governance, employees, corporate social responsibility

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Patents, Tax Shelters, and the Firm

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-05
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 07 Feb 2007 Last Revised: 05 Oct 2015
Dan L. Burk and Brett McDonnell
University of California, Irvine School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 420 (70,979)
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patents, business methods, investment strategy, tax shelters, taxation, tax patents, intellectual property, theory of the firm

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Professor Bainbridge and the Arrowian Moment: A Review of 'The New Corporate Governance in Theory and Practice'

Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (DJCL), Vol. 34, No. 1, 2009, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-34
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 23 Aug 2008
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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corporate governance, authority, accountability, director primacy, Arrow, Bainbridge, Delaware, Journal, Corporate Law, Stephen, Bainbridge, Kenneth, Arrow, director, primacy

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Why (and How) Fairness Matters at the Ip/Antitrust Interface

Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 87, June 2003
Number of pages: 57 Posted: 25 Sep 2003
Daniel A. Farber and Brett McDonnell
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School
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Fairness, intellectual property, antitrust, open standards, price discrimination

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Two Goals for Executive Compensation Reform

New York Law School Law Review, Vol. 52, 2007, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-34
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 24 Aug 2007
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 327 (94,709)

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executive compensation, inequality, corporate governance

Financial Regulation Reform and Too Big to Fail

American University Business Law Review, Forthcoming, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-08
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 18 Jan 2012
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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too big to fail, financial regulation, Dodd-Frank Act

Financial Regulation Reform and Too Big to Fail

American University Business Law Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, 113
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 23 Apr 2018 Last Revised: 12 Jul 2018
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Dodd-Frank, financial crisis, securities, regulatory, regulation, TBTF

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Is There a Text in this Class? The Conflict between Textualism and Antitrust

UC Berkeley Research Paper No. 556380; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-4
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 15 Nov 2004
Daniel A. Farber and Brett McDonnell
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 317 (98,044)
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antitrust, textualism, statutory interpretation

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Introduction to Economics of Corporate Law

Economics of Corporate Law (Edward Elgar, 2016), Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-38
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 03 Nov 2016
Claire A. Hill and Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 315 (98,738)

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Corporate law, law and economics, corporate governance

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Committing to Doing Good and Doing Well: Fiduciary Duty in Benefit Corporations

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-21
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 12 Apr 2014
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 269 (116,914)
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social enterprise, benefit corporations, fiduciary duty, corporate social responsibility

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Endogenous Preferences and Welfare Evaluations

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-50
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 28 Sep 2006
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 255 (123,725)
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endogenous preferences, welfare, adapative preferences, maladaptive preferences, Pareto self-improvement

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Sox Appeals

Michigan State University-DCL Law Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 30 Mar 2004
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Corporate Constituency Statutes and Employee Governance

Minnesota Public Law Research Paper No. 02-13
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 10 Nov 2002
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 245 (128,250)
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Corporate Constituency Statutes and Employee Governance

William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 30, p. 1227, 2004
Posted: 30 Jul 2004
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School

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corporate governance, constituency statutes, employee governance

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The Economists' New Arguments

Minnesota Public Law Research Paper No. 03-3
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 24 Feb 2003
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 243 (129,933)
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Fairness, welfare, utilitarianism, Pareto efficiency

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Lessons from the Rise and (Possible) Fall of Chinese Township-Village Enterprises

William and Mary Law Review, Vol. 45
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 23 Sep 2003
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Township-village enterprises, property rights, economic development, institutional theory, theory of the firm

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Employee Primacy, or Economics Meets Civic Republicanism at Work

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-06
Number of pages: 85 Posted: 30 Jan 2006
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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shareholder primacy, employee primacy, law and economics, civic republicanism, theory of the firm, corporate social responsibility, redistribution, endogenous preferences

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Sticky Defaults and Altering Rules in Corporate Law

Southern Methodist University Law Review, Vol. 60, 2007, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-21
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 30 Apr 2007
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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default rules, altering rules, corporate governance, contractarian, enabling statutes

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Trademarks and the Boundaries of the Firm

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2009-28, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-34
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 26 Aug 2009
Dan L. Burk and Brett McDonnell
University of California, Irvine School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 207 (151,669)

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trademark, intellectual property, reputation, Coase, theory of the firm, franchise

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Comments on the HHS' Flawed Post-Hobby Lobby Rules

UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 14-18, Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-23
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 22 Oct 2014 Last Revised: 18 Dec 2014
Washington and Lee University - School of Law, Washington and Lee University - School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law, Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, William & Mary Law School and William & Mary Law School
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corporate law, corporate governance, law, religion

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Regulatory Contrarians

North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 88, 2011, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-64
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 20 Nov 2010 Last Revised: 25 Jun 2011
Brett McDonnell and Daniel Schwarcz
University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 198 (158,149)
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financial regulation, contrarians, Dodd-Frank

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Short and Long Term Investors (and Other Stakeholders Too): Must (and Do) Their Interests Conflict?

Research Handbook on Mergers and Acquisitions, Claire A. Hill and Steven Davidoff Solomon (eds), Edward Elgar Publishing, Forthcoming, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-37
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 06 Dec 2015
Claire A. Hill and Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota Law School
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short-termism, corporate governance, stakeholder, shareholder, corporate social responsibility

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The Liberal Case for Hobby Lobby

Arizona Law Review, Vol. 57, 2015, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-39
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 23 Oct 2014 Last Revised: 01 Oct 2015
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 182 (170,741)
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Hobby Lobby, corporate purpose, corporate social responsibility, free exercise, Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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The Ambiguous Virtues of Federalism in Corporate Law

Minnesota Public Law Research Paper No. 03-10
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 21 Jul 2003
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Corporate law, federalism, network effects, state competition

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Bylaw Reforms for Delaware's Corporation Law

Deleware Journal of Corporate Law (DJCL), Vol. 33, No. 3, 2008, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-24
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 10 Aug 2008
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 176 (175,949)

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Delaware, Journal, Corporate, Law, bylaws, corporate governance, shareholder, CA, Inc. v. AFSCME Employees Pension Plan, 109(b), 141(a), 157(a), 109, poison pills

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Don't Panic! Defending Cowardly Interventions During and after a Financial Crisis

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-09
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 02 Feb 2011
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Dodd-Frank Act, Hayek, Oakeshott, Keynes, Financial Regulation, Financial Crisis, Shadow Banking

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Executive Compensation and the Optimal Penumbra of Delaware Corporate Law

Virginia Law and Business Review, Forthcoming, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-21
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 18 Jun 2009 Last Revised: 31 Mar 2010
Claire A. Hill and Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota Law School
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executive compensation, social norms, structural bias

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Setting Optimal Rules for Shareholder Proxy Access

Arizona State Law Journal, Forthcoming, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-03
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 18 Jan 2010 Last Revised: 06 Sep 2010
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
Downloads 167 (184,123)
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shareholder bylaws, proxy access, default rules, altering rules

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Getting Stuck between Bottom and Top: State Competition for Corporate Charters in the Presence of Network Effects

Minnesota Public Law Research Paper No. 02-12
Number of pages: 74 Posted: 29 Oct 2002
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Delaware, state competition, corporate charters, network effects, lock-in, race to the bottom, path dependence

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Of Mises and Min(Sky): Libertarian and Liberal Responses to Financial Crises Past and Present

Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 34, 2011, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-27
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 27 Jun 2011
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Dodd-Frank Act, Hayek, Oakeshott, Keynes, financial regulation, financial crisis, shadow banking, Mises, Minsky, Austrian business cycle theory

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Benefit Corporations and Strategic Action Fields or (the Existential Failing of Delaware)

Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 39, January 2016 (Forthcoming), Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-29
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 18 Sep 2015
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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benefit corporations, strategic action fields, nonprofit corporations

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Two Cheers for Corporate Law Federalism

Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 30, No. 1
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 02 Feb 2005
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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corporate law, federalism, race to the bottom

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Recent Skirmishes in the Battle Over Corporate Voting and Governance

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-04
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 31 Jan 2007
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Sarbanes Oxley, corporate governance, federalism, proxy voting, securities law, corporate law

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Sanitizing Interested Transactions

Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (DJCL), Vol. 36, No. 3, 2011, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-25
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 02 May 2012 Last Revised: 25 Jun 2012
Claire A. Hill and Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota Law School
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Delaware, Journal, Corporate, Law, Transactions, Interested, Directors, Shareholder

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Benefit Corporations and Public Markets: First Experiments and Next Steps

40 Seattle University Law Review 717 (2017)
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 05 May 2017
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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Benefit corporation, public markets, corporate law, social enterprise

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Keeping Good Company in the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy? An Evaluation of Climate Risk Disclosure Practices in Australia

1 Corporate and Securities Law Journal 1, Penn State Law Research Paper No. 16-2017
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 21 Aug 2017 Last Revised: 17 Oct 2017
Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation, University of Melbourne - Law School, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) – Penn State Law and University of Minnesota Law School
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climate change, carbon risk, disclosure, Australian regulations, Paris Agreement

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Dampening Financial Regulatory Cycles

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-09
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 14 Feb 2013
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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financial regulation, regulatory cycles, banking regulation, securities regulation, financial crises

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Three Legislative Paths to Social Enterprise: L3Cs, Benefit Corporations, and Second Generation Cooperatives

Cambridge Handbook on Social Enterprise, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 05 May 2017
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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L3C, benefit corporation, cooperative, social enterprise

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The Corrosion Critique of Benefit Corporations

Number of pages: 37 Posted: 18 Sep 2019
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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social enterprise, benefit corporations, corporate governance, shareholder primacy, stakeholders

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From Duty and Disclosure to Power and Participation in Social Enterprise

Alabama Law Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 08 Aug 2018
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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social enterprise, fiduciary duty, disclosure corporate governance, shareholders, stakeholders

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Designing Countercyclical Capital Buffers

18 North Carolina Banking Institute Journal 123 (2013), Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-16
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 14 Mar 2014
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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countercylical, capital requirements, countercyclical capital buffer

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Ancillary Patent Markets and the Firm

Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, Vol. 4 (2014), Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-15, UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2014-30
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 25 Feb 2014 Last Revised: 23 Apr 2014
Dan L. Burk and Brett McDonnell
University of California, Irvine School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School
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patent, intellectual property, contributory infringement, transaction cost analysis, theory of the firm, indirect infringement

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Teaching Unincorporated Business Associations Through a Simulated Start-Up

St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 59, 2015, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-30
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 21 Sep 2015
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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limited liability companies, teaching simulations, business associations

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Energy Re-Investment

Indiana Law Journal, Vol. 94, No. 365, 2019, Penn State Law Research Paper No. 09-2019, U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 833
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 01 Jul 2019 Last Revised: 23 Aug 2019
The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) – Penn State Law, University of Melbourne - Law School, University of Minnesota Law School and Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation
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energy law, divestment, corporate law, reinvestment, climate change, corporate disclosure, shareholder proposals, fiduciary duties, social enterprise, public benefit corporations, entrepreneurship

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Between Sin and Redemption: Duty, Purpose, and Regulation in Religious Corporations

74 Washington and Lee Law Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 05 May 2017
Brett McDonnell
University of Minnesota Law School
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religious corporations, corporate duty, corporate purpose, contractarianism, communitarianism, pluralism, Hobby Lobby

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Governing the Energy Transition: The Role of Corporate Law Tools

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 21 Aug 2019 Last Revised: 26 Nov 2019
University of Melbourne - Law School, Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation, University of Minnesota Law School and The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) – Penn State Law
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energy transition, climate change, private sector governance, corporate law tools, disclosure, fiduciary duties, shareholders

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Freedom of Speech and Appellate and Summary Judgment Review in Copyright Cases

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 107, No. 5 (1998)
Posted: 08 Dec 1997
Eugene Volokh and Brett McDonnell
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School

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