We all know that the 2012 election season is in full swing, and has been for some time. But that doesn’t mean that the playing field for political advertising is static. To the contrary, a federal court in Texas has provided a reminder of why it is very important for all broadcasters to pay attention to developments that may affect elections in their service areas.
On 20 February 2012 the UK High Court issued a decision relating to the infamous “Pirate Bay” website. The decision provides a useful example to copyright owners of how to combat online piracy, especially where the infringer eludes UK proceedings by operating from abroad. It is the first case where the UK courts have been asked to award injunctions against ISPs in respect of a Peer to Peer network using the popular Bittorrent file sharing protocol (as opposed to other file exchange protocols).
Making national headlines today is the news of a physician’s assistant who obtained an astronomical $167 million jury verdict against her employer in a Sacramento federal court. Going largely unreported, however, is information about the case (Ani Chopourian v. Catholic Healthcare West) that should be noted by employers in the healthcare industry.
On Thursday March 1 the Senate narrowly defeated an amendment to a highway transportation bill that would have allowed insurers and employers to refrain from offering health coverage of any service or item if doing so would be against their moral or religious beliefs. The so-called “conscience” amendment (S. Amdt. 1520) offered by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act (S. 1813) was tabled by a vote of 51-48.
The 2010 NARMS (National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System) Report (FULL REPORT PDF) fell into my inbox today. According to the Report, for 2010, 5,280 retail meat samples were collected from 10 CDC FoodNet sites, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Each site collected samples from a randomized list of area grocery stores.
LXBN TV: How and Why Pinterest Avoids Copyright Charges with Bond Schoeneck & King’s Blaine Bettinger
Pinterest may very well be the hottest thing on the web right now. If you don’t know what it is or how it works, then your significant other likely does. The virtual pinboard, which allows users to pin photos of things they like on their own personal boards (Home, Crafts, Movies, Fashion, etc), has quickly grown to one of the world’s top social networks and one of the internets top referral sources. As the site has grown more popular, questions have been raised about whether it does enough to abide by appropriate copyright laws.
Just when I was going to write a substantive post about a recent New Jersey Supreme Court opinion, the leading propagandist for the Fortune 500, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, came in and released a new report about online advertising by trial lawyers. Tort reform and lawyer marketing in one article? I can’t miss that. (An aside: don’t kid yourself that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce cares the slightest bit about small business.
Did you know that the Affordable Care Act has already expanded affordable preventive health coverage to 54 million Americans? If you’ve been following the Shriver Brief health care blogs, you probably remember reading about the Affordable Care Act mandate that insurance companies provide a specified list of preventive health care services to policy holders without charging a co-payment or deductible. Services like screenings for blood pressure and cholesterol; testing for Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and colorectal cancer; and alcohol and tobacco cessation counseling, among others are included in the mandate.
Shame on you, South Carolina. Your citizens deserve better. Better than the pact you made with Bank of America. And better than your representation of the deal, which wrongfully paints it as a major benefit to taxpayers. Here are the facts: the state of South Carolina reached an agreement with Bank of America to distribute prepaid debit cards instead of checks or direct deposits.
The End of Cheap China, Part VI. Vietnam, Burma/Myanmar, Globalization, the Next Big Thing, and Falling Wages.
One of the things that I love about my job is hearing about the next big thing. Most next big things never actually become a big thing, but the fun is in the sorting. It seems that any time I get together with a client, the discussion invariably turns to the “next” country, with “next” country very roughly meaning the country where manufacturers will move to reduce their costs.