Business Law


Professor: Walt Disney Co. Chose Values Over Politics; Other Corporations May Face Similar Dilemmas

UConn Today – The Florida state legislature this week voted to end the Walt Disney Co.’s special tax district, which has permitted the Orlando amusement park to govern its land and save millions each year in taxes. UConn Today spoke with business law Professor Robert Bird, the Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics and past president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, about the vote.





‘Propelling Change Forward’: School of Business’ Equity Series Tackles Compelling Workplace Topics

UConn Today – In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and other calls for social change, there’s a tremendous appetite for knowledge and guidance among business professionals, students, and alumni in a vast variety of industries.

“In the midst of this social revolution I thought, ‘How can we at the School of Business make a difference and bring these issues to a wide audience?’’ says business law professor Robert Bird, who has organized a four-part speaker series on diversity and equity topics.



Even the Good News Is Bad for Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy

Bloomberg Businessweek – Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is battling Russian-backed rebels in the east. He’s trying to zigzag around Donald Trump’s impeachment drama. Even what should pass for good news, the country’s flourishing economy, has a catch: The stronger Ukraine’s economic growth, the more an obscure debt derivative could punch a hole in its finances.



Tong still dissatisfied with Purdue Pharma settlement offer

Stamford Advocate – STAMFORD — Connecticut Attorney General William Tong reiterated Tuesday his opposition to now-bankrupt Purdue Pharma’s settlement offer, asserting that the Sackler family members who own the company need to hike their proposed payout and questioning how the potential deal would restructure and value the OxyContin maker.


Hurting the Planet is not Only Bad for Humanity, It Can Be Bad for Business

UConn Today – When it comes to climate change, one segment of society wants to do good and do well: investors. Be environmentally kind, yes; but build wealth, too. In short, hurting the planet is not only bad for humanity, it can be bad for business. All of which brings pressure to bear on companies that are polluters. How will this shake out? We ask Stephen Park, an associate professor of business law and the Satell Fellow in Corporate Social Responsibility at the School of Business.Continue Reading