Mark Gergen

How House tax bill can hurt Californians

Mark Gergen interviewed by KTVU, Nov. 16, 2017

“Under their budget rules, to have a 20% top corporate tax rate, they had to come up with a lot of revenue. Where they came up with revenue was by largely eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes.”

Corporate tax rate report

Mark Gergen interviewed by WalletHub, Nov. 1, 2017

“Lowering the corporate income tax rate so it is in line with the corporate income tax rates of our major trading partners basically is tinkering with a busted system. The proposal for a preferential tax rate for pass-through business income would be a disaster, because much pass-through business income is a return to labor.”

Where will Raiders play next season? Lawyers reviewing lease

Mark Gergen quoted by East Bay Times, March 28, 2017

Mark Gergen, a UC Berkeley law professor, reviewed the lease and said it appears there is little the Coliseum authority can do to force the Raiders out early. … “It looks fairly straightforward,” Gergen said. “It looks like Oakland is bound on the option.”

Murder convictions rare for owners or landlords of deadly sites

Mark Gergen quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 5, 2016

Survivors of the victims of this weekend’s Ghost Ship fire can also file damage suits against the building’s owner, his chief tenant who leased the spaces, and possibly the promoter of the concert that brought people to the warehouse Friday night, said UC Berkeley Law Professor Mark Gergen. The main obstacle, he said, is that the operators of such “gray economy” enterprises typically have few assets and no insurance.

Airbnb clarifies rules: No class-action lawsuits

Mark Gergen quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2016

“Some people find the ubiquity of these arbitration terms troubling,” he said. “They don’t like the switch from courts to arbitration, but it’s where the world is heading.” Airbnb’s wording doesn’t strike him as particularly aggressive, he said.

Superior Court judge allows families of balcony collapse victims, survivors to pursue punitive damages

Mark Gergen quoted in The Daily Californian, April 29, 2016

UC Berkeley law school professor Mark Gergen said punitive damages can easily be equal to the amount of liability the defendants will have to pay, essentially doubling the amount of payment.

“We’re talking about people who have suffered horrible injuries,” Gergen said. “(Punitive damages) are not likely to be covered by liability insurance.”

Uber passenger says driver’s chase ended in death of SF pedestrian

Mark Gergen quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, April 13, 2016

“Uber was trying to get out in front of it before the customer was fully aware of his medical condition and his legal rights,” he said. Noting that West could make a case for “significant emotional disturbance” and possibly false imprisonment as well as physical injuries, Gergen said, “Uber has a significant liability risk here.”