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First Circuit Permits Challenge to Massachusetts Prior Restraint on Billboards

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:52pm
In recognition of Free Speech Week, the WLF Legal Pulse celebrates what may be the First Amendment’s greatest virtue: it protects speech that may be unpopular due to the nature of the speaker or the medium within which it is spoken. We do so by applauding an October 20 U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]
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Delaware Federal Court Sanction Rulings Offer Lessons for Patent Plaintiffs and Defendants

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:56pm
Featured Expert Contributor – Intellectual Property (Patents) Jeffri A. Kaminski, Venable LLP, with Briana Rizzo,* Venable LLP *Editor’s Note: With this post we welcome the participation in The WLF Legal Pulse of Featured Expert Contributor on patent litigation and policy issues, Jeffri Kaminski. The Delaware District Court, historically known as a venue friendly to patent […]
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Rockefeller Raises Questions Over WhisperText's Privacy Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today raised questions over the privacy practices of the web-based social media application “Whisper,” after media reports alleged that WhisperText LLC had violated its own privacy policies after promising users that the application is the “safest place on the Internet.” Whisper claims to allow its users to post and share anonymous messages about their personal and professional lives online.

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U.S. Officals Continue Push for Broader International Consensus on Competition Enforcement

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 4:32pm
Featured Expert Contributor – Antitrust & Competition, U.S. Department of Justice Mark J. Botti, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP with Anthony W. Swisher, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP *Editor’s Note: With this post we welcome the participation in The WLF Legal Pulse of Featured Expert Contributor on Justice Department-related competition law and policy matters, Mark […]
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GSA On Track to Meet Administration's 2020 Renewable Energy Goal with First-of-its-Kind Wind Energy Procurement

GSA news releases - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:00am
The Wind Energy Procurement will add over 500,000 MWhs of electricity to the power grid, & is the largest wind energy purchase from a single source.

Rosana Privitera Biondo Recently Appointed to The National Women's Business Council

WCOE News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:45am

The National Women's Business Council recently appointed three new women to the prestigious group of Council Members including Rosana Privitera Biondo, Pamela Prince-Eason and Anne D. Shybunko-Moore. "I am honored to welcome these women to the Council," said sitting NWBC Chair Carla Harris, "each one of them has an extensive track record of not just successful business leadership, but also a commitment to the advancement of women in business.

 

 

 

Rosana Privitera Biondo is a founding employee of Mark One Electric Co., Inc., a specialty electrical contracting firm. In 1994, she became the President and an owner of Mark One Electric Co, Inc.  Under her leadership and with the support of her tremendous staff, Mark One Electric has grown into one of Kansas City's top ten Electrical Contractors.  She also served as the President of the Board of Directors for Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA during 2011-2013.

Pamela Prince-Eason is the President and CEO of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  Prince-Eason's dedication to women's business leadership is illustrated in her many professional and personal roles advancing women's excellence and opportunity.

Anne D. Shybunko-Moore is President and Owner of GSE Dynamics Inc., a defense manufacturer founded in 1971 and located on Long Island, NY. GSE specializes in providing complex structural assemblies direct to the United States Air Force, Navy and Army, as well as prime to Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Sikorsky. Anne joined GSE in 2001, and has been strategically growing the company and expanding its capabilities.

The highly coveted spots on the Council are congressionally appointed. The NWBC advises the White House, Congress and the SBA on issues of women and entrepreneurship. While the issue of women and their access to capital and markets gains momentum, women still face significant barriers when trying to start and grow businesses.

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High Court Should Not “DIG” Dart Cherokee Basin Case

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:34am
Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens, which raises right-of-removal issues under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), is among the more important civil justice cases being heard by the Supreme Court this term. Legal commentators are virtually unanimous in concluding that the trial court adopted an overly restrictive standard governing removal of cases from […]
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Update: World Trade Organziation Rejects USDA Rule on Meat Country of Origin

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:07am
Yesterday, a World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel publicly released its determination that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) country of origin labeling rule for certain cuts of muscle meat violated the international Technical Barriers to Trade agreement. Canada had sought such a determination, supported by other nations such as Argentina, Australia, and Japan. […]
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Federal Circuit Orders Eastern District of Texas Patent Suit Stayed

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:02am
The WLF Legal Pulse has addressed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s patent litigation venue jurisprudence in several posts (here and here). That court issued two rulings this past March (In re Apple Inc. and In re Barnes & Noble, Inc.) that, in our opinion, incorrectly applied factors the Federal Circuit had […]
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Monday Morning Mojo: 3 in 5 Years!

InteroMojo - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:30am

Well they did it again. After decades of championship heartbreak, the San Francisco Giants are going to the World Series for the 3rd time in 5 years. If they can pull it off and beat the Kansas City Royals to claim World Series #3 in 5 years I think it will be safe to call it a dynasty.

As all of us baseball fans know, the Giants started off the season on fire and the team looked like a shoe in to make the post season. But a baseball season is long…162 games. By the end of the season it was another dose of torture, and we were on edge about whether they would even make the playoffs. I have to be honest, as rocky as their season was during the summer months, I was not super optimistic they would make it. Then they barely slid into the playoffs with a few stars, some no name players, some rookies and really just a hodgepodge of guys…I really thought their post season would be over quickly. But then after Thursday night’s win and becoming the National League champs it was very obvious to me why they are on their way to the World Series again. Like all of their games, Thursday night’s game was a nail biter…heck it came right down to the last pitch…or should I say it came down to the 3 run smash over the right field wall to win the game by the most unlikely of hero’s…Travis Ishikawa who committed an error early in the game to give up the first run to the Cardinals. But it wasn’t that…it was how all of the players acted during and after that game…it was what all of the players said after the game during the postgame interviews that struck me and made me think to myself, aahhh…that is how they did it.

When you watch the Giants closely you can really tell how much they care about each other…I mean really care about each other. All of the players being interviewed after the game talked about family, their faith and their friendships. They all talked about how tight they are and how much they genuinely care about each other and each other’s families…from Bruce Bochy on down. When they hugged each other, it was not just some superficial hug…you could just tell they really love each other and love playing together. Winning isn’t so much about how great one individual is…it is about how great the TEAM is and they are proving it.

Different circumstances can occur to make up a team, but the making of a great team can mean accepting what you have and working with every teammates’ unique talents. Remember, it was only 4 short years ago when the Giants were called the Misfits. Well, those Misfits brought back home the World Series Trophy. Not every team will look the same aside from their team uniform… sometimes a winning team must consists of a panda, a giraffe, a white shark, a horse, a freak, an angel in the outfield, a beast, and don’t forget the seal!!!!

So how does that help us? When you are looking to win in any area of your life, make sure you are part of the right team…a team that cares…really cares. The kiss of death is being part of the wrong team or a toxic team. Because it does not matter how great you are as an individual…if you are not surrounded by the right team of people…if you are not part of the right culture…if you are not part of a group of people who will put the team before themselves, you will never reach your full potential.

Let’s do this GIANTS!!!!!!

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Weekend Wellness: Changes in the Season

InteroMojo - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:00am

If we lived in an environment where each and every day we had temperatures in the mid 70’s, blue skies dotted with a few clouds here and there, perfectly green hills, a slight breeze and warm nights, every day, every month, every year…would we appreciate it? I’d like to say yes, but is it that we would appreciate it because we have experienced storms, cold days and nights, torrential winds and downright gloomy days? Would we say yes because we have perspective?

Seasons are great metaphors to our life cycles. One day, maybe many, many days, and even months or dare I say years, life is beautifully sunny, no real clouds in the forecast, not even a little drizzle. Then, out of nowhere a hurricane comes in, coupled with a tornado, a snow storm and followed with an earthquake! Our sunny days seem gone forever. All we can do is put on our cold weather gear, batten down the hatches and fight the storm. We can trudge through the snow, and find the safety nets we stored for tumultuous days.

Finally, the storm lifts, but in its wake there’s destruction. Here’s the real life lesson…did the destruction happen because we were careless and naive and didn’t have a safety net in place? Did the destruction happen because of the way we reacted to the storm? Did the chaos and dishevelment occur because we didn’t want to deal with the uncomfortable situation and instead we went into hiding?

Blizzards and unpredictable weather are going to come in and out of our lives constantly. The beauty is the nice calm weather that emerges after the pandemonium. How we appreciate the fresh air, the warmth of the sun, the calm winds and the newness of the day can be embraced because of the changes, because of the contrast of the seasons.

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Cool Apps: So Much More Than A Security Camera

InteroMojo - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:00am

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but bad things happen.  Especially when you least expect it. You live in a safe neighborhood, you lock the doors when you leave, and your next door neighbor’s home a lot so you don’t worry too much about something awful happening while you’re away from your house. The unfortunate truth is when you least expect it, that’s when it happens; the stove gets left on, a pipe breaks, or even worse, someone breaks in.

There’s a great and simple solution to prevent this from happening: Piper, a smart, elegant security and home automation system. Starting at $199.00, this little device lets you manage and connect with your home from anywhere using your smartphone. Instillation is super easy. Just plug in the devices and download the app. Connect your wi-fi and your set. You can stream live video of your home at any time and if some unusual movement were to occur, you’ll get notified with a message and recorded video. You can sound Piper’s built-in alarm and take action as necessary.

What really makes Piper different is that not only is it equipped with a built-in video camera, motion and sound detectors, but will also connects you to your homes environment. The device senses the temperature, humidity, standard light and sound of your home. Keeping track of this can help you conserve energy.

Combine Piper with a smart switch and you can automate, schedule, and remotely control lights and appliances directly from the Piper app. Add Door/Window sensors and you can get notified whenever a door or window is opened.
Check out the below video to see how easy and effective Piper can be for you.

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