On August 25, 2011, on behalf of Plaintiffs, the ACLU filed a Petition for Panel Rehearing with the Federal Circuit in Assn. Molec. Path. et al. v. USPTO et al., known as the Myriad “gene patenting” case. Four days later, on August 29, 2011, Myriad likewise filed its own Petition for Panel Rehearing. Both parties filed their Petitions in response to a precedential decision by the Federal Circuit a month earlier. In that decision, a three-judge panel held, among other things, that all “isolated DNA” claims at issue are patent-eligible, contrary to Plaintiffs’ position. Full Story
A couple of years ago, when I taught a series of seminars on public company disclosure issues, I started things off with a riddle:
NFL Concussion Lawsuit – Can Plaintiffs’ Negligence Claims Survive California’s Workers’ Compensation Exclusivity Rule?
Seventy-five former NFL players and some of their spouses have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the NFL and a long-time supplier of protective helmets, alleging that the League knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects that concussions may have on a player’s brain, but concealed that information from players until 2010. In order to escape preemption by federal law, the plaintiffs strategically filed the lawsuit during the time the NFLPA had decertified itself as the players’ representative for bargaining. In addition, the plaintiffs allege the Collective Bargaining Agreement is inapplicable to their claims. Full Story
Following in the footsteps of Steven D. Levitt, economist and eccentric author of Freakonomics, Daniel Hamermesh has reduced the effect of being “ugly” to its monetary cost: $230,000.00. That is supposedly the lifetime earning reduction an ugly person suffers. In the NY Times on Sunday, he hypothesizes that ugly people should have their own “protected class” – like religion, sex, race, color, etc. Seriously? Full Story
While Hurricane Irene churned up the East Coast this weekend, quieter, albeit significant changes were taking place at the National Labor Relations Board. Long-time Board member and Chairman Wilma Liebman’s term expired on Saturday, August 27. Fellow Democratic member Mark Gaston Pearce has been designated as the new Board Chairman. The remaining members include Brian Hayes, a Republican, and Craig Becker, a Democrat, whose recess appointment expires at the end of this year and will not likely be confirmed for a full term. Full Story
This is part two in a three part interview with Arizona Representative Cecil Ash concerning the very important topic of reforming the Arizona penal system and changing how sentencing is done in Arizona. Those who wish to help may contact Rep. Ash at his legislative office at 602-926-3160 (email@example.com), or through his webpage at www.cecilash.com
For the last couple of years I have been telling my physician and provider clients that they should expect to see a dramatic rise in healthcare health fraud investigations and prosecutions. According to a recent article published by USA Today citing statistics released by the Transactional Records Access Clearing House, my prediction (albeit a fairly easy one) is proving to be true. Full Story