Category Archives: For the legal side

The NRLA and Boeing and a Former Swamp in South Carolina

Boeing is building a plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state.  The company has spent $1 billion for new production facilities needed in order to meet the demand for its new 787 Dreamliner.  9,000 jobs await the folks in South Carolina … Continue reading

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States Can’t Countermand the Right to Mandatory Arbitration

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States Sales Tax for Internet Companies: The Saga Continues

Them’s fightin’ words! Amazon.com is closing its Irvine, Texas center because it has a dispute with the Texas state comptroller over $269 million that the controller says Amazon owes to the state in sales taxes for goods shipped to Texas … Continue reading

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Rosetta Stone, Google, and UGG, oh my!

Google uses Rosetta Stone’s trademark to identify relevant information to Google users who are searching on those trademarks.  That is, if you search for Rosetta Stone, you will pull up Rosetta Stone, the language learning system.  However, your Google search … Continue reading

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New laws — as of 2011

There are some new laws that took effect January 1, 2011  — 31,500 to be exact.  Here are a few highlights from around the country: Connecticut now imposes an $11,000 fine against companies that violate consumers who are registered on … Continue reading

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The Attack of the Foreign Goose on JCPenney Soil

On March 31, 2006, Betty Walker, her daughter, and her granddaughter were walking to the Penney store via the sidewalk around the Penney building at the Greenwood Park Mall when a Canada goose attacked Mrs. Walker. The goose landed on … Continue reading

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SAP vs Oracle: A Soap Opera

Cast of Characters: Oracle Corp.                           Software company SAP AG                                     Oracle competitor                  Larry Ellison                          CEO of Oracle Leo Apotheker                      former CEO of SAP and current CEO of Hewlett-Packard Mark Hurd                              former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and now co-president of Oracle, hired by … Continue reading

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Rebates for Rollbars

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been able to reduce the number of tractor fatalities (the leading cause of death in the agricultural industry) from 127 in 1994 to 62 in 2007 through education programs as … Continue reading

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HP, Its Former CEO, and Covenants Not to Compete

Mark Hurd, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, resigned following revelations about his relationship with a vendor and his expense reports.  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison called the decision one of the stupidest he had ever seen and proceeded to hire Hurd as … Continue reading

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Just Can’t Help Themslves — Michael Vick

Michael Vick, who entered a guilty plea to federal charges related to a dogfighting enterprise,  got back into the NFL on a lick-and-a-promise.  Following his release from prison, the Philadelphia Eagles took on the quarterback  with the NFL’s imprimatur, provided he … Continue reading

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Ultra Vires and the FCC

In Comcast Corp. v. FCC, 2010 WL 1286658 (C.A.D.C.), the appellate court ruled that there was no statutory authority for the FCC to take over the Internet, a ruling that thwarted the plans of many to achieve “net neutrality.”  The … Continue reading

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The Little Diplomat Who Smoked

A 27-year-old Qatari embassy worker decided to light up in the bathroom on a United Airlines flight from DC to Denver.  The nicotine fiend, upon being caught, had the good sense to make a joke about being a shoe bomber.  If … Continue reading

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“Any kid can get swept up in a clique or mob mentality. It breaks my heart.”

Phoebe Prince, an Irish immigrant attending South Hadley High School in Massachusetts, committed suicide on January 14, 2010 after a lengthy period of bullying by a clique of five popular students.   The five students are under indictment.  The community is … Continue reading

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