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Nominal Damages as Vindication

Sadie Blanchard

December 1, 2022

Abstract. A recent Supreme Court decision inspired a resurgence of interest in an old mystery: How can nominal damages vindicate a plaintiff for past harm? The Court relied on the longstanding common law practice of entitling a plaintiff to sue for violation of her rights, even without…

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George Mason Law Review is pleased to share that our article, SSOs, FRAND, and Antitrust: Lessons from the Economics of Incomplete Contracts, written by Professor Joshua Wright of George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, has been cited by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in its recent opinion in FTC v. Qualcomm Inc.

• August 11, 2020

George Mason Law Review is excited to share that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas cited The Jurisprudence of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments in his dissent from the denial of certiorari in Rogers v. Grewal.

• July 15, 2020