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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Students Help Enrich Prepare for Oral Argument in Cuno

Enrich_3Interesting article in the Northeastern student newspaper about how law students are helping Peter D. Enrich prepare for the March 1 oral argument in the Supreme Court in  Cuno v. DaimlerChrysler, Inc., 386 F.3d 738 (6th Cir. 2004), cert. granted, Nos. 04-1407, 04-1704 & 04-1724:

A case will go before the United States Supreme Court March 1 that will represent several years of work - most of it done by Northeastern Law School students and law professor Peter Enrich. The case, Cuno v. DaimlerChrysler, involves the constitutionality of corporate tax breaks, and stems from an article written by Enrich in the Harvard Law Review in 1996....

About a year after his article was published, Enrich was contacted by consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, and he agreed to take up the cause of a group in Toledo, Ohio, including Charlotte Cuno. The group was upset that the state planned to award nearly $300 million in tax incentives to DaimlerChrysler, which planned to put a Jeep plant in the city. While DaimlerChrysler had the backing of the Ohio Attorney General's Office and a powerful Toledo law firm, the plaintiffs' lawyers "were basically a solo guy … who had never done a tax case, and me," Enrich said. "That was the entire legal team at that time."

That's where the students came in. Enrich recruited Northeastern law students, usually second and third-year students, to help with the case, as well as first-year students to help with checking sources and citations.

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