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Corporate Separateness Seminar
J.D. Seminar 261 | 3 credit hours
Corporations are artificial persons created by law and recognized as separate from the persons who own and manage them. This seminar will examine the legal responses to this separateness is two contexts. The majority of the seminar meetings will be devoted to how separate corporate entities permit planners to allocate (and avoid) risk and when will the corporate form be disregarded in contract, torts and regulatory contexts. This part will also address problems of separateness when corporations cross national boundaries. Several of the articles included in this part are empirical studies, so that the class will include some discussion and evaluation of empirical techniques for research. The second focus will be on the impact of the Citizens United case and how the opinions in that case reflect views of corporate separateness and corporate personhood.