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Professors Mark Hall and Jennifer Collins featured in New York Times articles

Two Wake Forest University School of Law professors have been featured in New York Times articles over the summer.

Mark Hall, professor of law and public health, was quoted in a story about the nation’s health care crisis entitled, “Tackling the Mystery of How Much It Costs,” by Gina Kolata on Aug. 18.

In the article, Professor Hall says his research shows that when people go to doctors and hospitals that are not part of their insurance network, they can expect charges that are double, triple, even quadruple the negotiated price within networks. And that, he said, is “price gouging, exploiting market power to charge prices virtually unrelated to actual cost or market value,” and is a factor in what drives people into medical bankruptcy.

Jennifer Collins, professor of law, had her new book called “Privilege or Punish: Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties” featured in an opinion piece entitled, “ “Family Values” and the Law: A Guest Post” under the Freakonomics column by Stephen J. Dubner on July 9. It was the first of three posts. Collins co-authored the book with Ethan Lieb, who is a scholar-in-residence at Columbia Law School, an an associate professor of law at the University of California-Hastings College of the Law, and in the spring of 2010 will be a visiting associate professor of law at the University of California-Berkeley Law, and Dan Markel, who is D’Alemberte Professor of Law at the Florida State University in Tallahassee.