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Dirty Relationships - An Argument for

Criminalizing Improper Corporate Influence

in  Academic Research



Michael R. Dohn*





I.      Introduction

        Fitzgerald  Glider   Kits,  a   Tennessee-based trucking
company,  installs rebuilt engines and transmissions in glider kits,'
which  are new  trucks that have  factory-installed, remanufactured
rear  axle  assemblies   but  lack  an  engine   or  transmission.2
Traditionally, the completed glider vehicles have been  required to
only meet  emissions standards that were in place the year the engine
block was  originally built.3 Companies such as Fitzgerald typically
install engines rebuilt from older models' and  can therefore avoid
installing expensive, later-required engine technologies designed to
reduce  emissions.' This has allowed  glider vehicle dealers to sell
their wares at a price 10-25%  lower than that of new, factory-built


  Michael R. Dohn earned his B.S. in Molecular Biology from the Florida
Institute of Technology, his Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from the Medical
College of Georgia, and his J.D. from Belmont University College of Law. He
would like to thank Professor Lucian Dervan for his advice and encouragement.
     1. See About Fitzgerald, FITZGERALD GLIDER KITS (Nov. 22, 2018, 12:00
PM), https://www.fitzgeraldgliderkits.com/about-fitzgerald/.
     2. What is a Glider Kit?, FITZGERALD GLIDER KITS (Nov. 22, 2018, 12:00
PM), https://www.fitzgeraldgliderkits.com/what-is-a-glider-kit/ (The name
'Glider Kit' comes from the fact that these units are unpowered from the
factory.).
     3. James Jaillet, Gliders losing altitude: Emissions regs crack down on
pre-2010 engines, crimping a hot market, OVERDRIVE (Dec. 14, 2016),
https://www.overdriveonline.com/gliders-losing-altitude-emissions-regs-crack-
down-on-pre-20 10-engines-crimping-a-hot-market/.
     4. Eric Lipton, How $225, 000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at
Trump's E.P.A., N.Y. TiMES (Feb. 15, 2018),
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/us/politics/epa-pollution-loophole-glider-
trucks.html (Dealers like Fitzgerald ... typically install 1990s-era engines,
recovered from salvage yards . . . .).
     5. Eric Miller, EPA Urged Not to Repeal Rule Regulating Glider Truck
Emissions, TRANSPORT TOPICS (Dec. 4, 2017, 6:00 PM),
https://www.ttnews.com/articles/epa-urged-not-repeal-rule-regulating-glider-
truck-emissions.


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