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After “Smelly Washer” Trial Win, Challenges Await Whirlpool in Related Cases

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:21pm
Whirlpool Corp. had major reason to celebrate last week; a federal jury rejected class-action claims that “Duet” front-load washing machines sold in Ohio between 2001 and 2009 were defective because of their alleged tendency to develop a moldy smell. This “smelly washer” case has drawn significant media attention in recent years after it twice reached […]
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Monday Morning Mojo: Positive or Negative

InteroMojo - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 12:04pm

Every time you see them, you try and avoid them like the plague because they are just so negative and draining. To them everything is a crisis. Everyone and everything is out to get them. Nothing works and everything that is not going right in their world is someone else’s fault – never theirs. They never smile and they always seem to find the negative in everything and everybody, never the positive. Anytime there is a small setback, it is like the world is coming to an end. They treat life like it is a WIN/LOSE game and trust me, there is no such thing. Whenever someone wins and someone loses, both lose. Does this type of person sound familiar? Do you know people like this?

I sure do.

Then there are those people you love being around because for whatever reason they just have this positive energy about them which makes you feel good. They are always fired up and have a smile on their face. When there are small setbacks, they seem to find the positive side or don’t even acknowledge it. They just keep moving forward as if it is an expected part of the process. They are the ones who keep their emotions under control. They don’t yell, they don’t scream, they don’t attack, they don’t fight and they don’t blame. Now don’t get me wrong, they are passionate and fired up. They just don’t fight it. They seem to always find a way to use the flow to their advantage. They aren’t pushing. They seem to be getting pulled through life. They are WIN/WIN people – always looking for ways that they can WIN, along with everyone else.

The interesting thing about these two different types of people is that the positive ones almost always seem to win in all aspects of their life – personal, professional, business, health, you name it. They actually say people who smile and laugh a lot (the positive ones) live longer and are much healthier and happier. The negative ones always seem to look unhealthy and anxious. They seem to struggle in business and in their relationships, and they look run down.

So, my question to you is which one are you? Be honest. Is your energy good energy or bad energy? Fired up energy or draining energy? If you asked those around you to describe your energy, what would they say? Fired up and infectious or exhausting and draining. Are you positive or negative? Do you fight life or do you use those people and things around you to propel you to success.

It is a choice. Another one of those small choices I write about every Monday morning. It is the cumulative effect of all those small choices that will get you are looking for in life.

Make it a GREAT week!!!!

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Antitrust and Health Care: FTC’s Off-Again, On-Again Challenge to Georgia Hospital Merger

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:22am
Featured Expert Column – Antitrust/Federal Trade Commission Andrea Agathoklis Murino, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Consolidation in the health care industry, and the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) perspective on such activity, are being closely watched in antitrust law and policy circles. In April 2011, the FTC challenged the acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital […]
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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Partners to Measure Interest in Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:15am

On November 3, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations that prescribe how a partner should measure its interest in a partnership's unrealized receivables and inventory items.  The proposed rule also would provide guidance regarding the tax consequences of a distribution that causes a reduction in that interest.  The proposed regulations affect partners in partnerships that own unrealized receivables and inventory items and that make a distribution to one or more partners.  IRS estimates that “few small businesses are likely to be partners or partnerships require

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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Partners to Measure Interest in Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:15am

On November 3, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations that prescribe how a partner should measure its interest in a partnership's unrealized receivables and inventory items.  The proposed rule also would provide guidance regarding the tax consequences of a distribution that causes a reduction in that interest.  The proposed regulations affect partners in partnerships that own unrealized receivables and inventory items and that make a distribution to one or more partners.  IRS estimates that “few small businesses are likely to be partners or partnerships require

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Weekend Wellness: Indecision

InteroMojo - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 9:00am

I don’t know. I haven’t decided. Let me think about it. I’ll get back to you. Maybe. I’m unsure. Later. Someday I will.

Do these sound familiar? I know I’ve heard them…and I’ve said them. We comment this way when we are not quite convinced one way or the other if we want to do something, so we “marinate.”

In life’s decisions, it’s often necessary (and wise) to take a moment to consider our options and wait to make a move one way or the other. However, at some point, the indecision becomes our decision. We are on hold, waiting and although it feels like we are trying to do the right thing by waiting, we’ve already decided to be undecided.

It’s in this time period of nothingness that is actually the painful part. Deciding to go forward or deciding with a clear mind to do absolutely nothing gets the load of something undecided off our shoulders. It might feel like that once we make the choice the hard work begins, but I see it all the time…the pain is in the wavering. The pain is when we can’t move, in any direction.

Like the person who wants to lose 20 pounds but can’t quite commit to doing the work. They consider the work the hard part. The work is hard…but what’s harder is wanting to get the results, but not quite committing to it and reliving the “desire” to be healthier, day after day, year after year, but never quite jumping fully in. Wishing at the end of every day that they could complete (or rather start) the journey.

How about the person who keeps saying “someday I’d like to take a trip to Europe” yet, someday never happens. Years go by and it’s always a thought, but actions are not taken to achieve the dream.

How about the person who wants to complete a triathlon. They clearly want to, but the training never starts, only the desire to think about it. Then they get frustrated with themselves because year after year it’s on the goal list, but the goal never really gets off the ground.

I’m saying, stop the pain! Decide to go for it, or to move on and let it go. It’s torture when we can’t make up our minds, but it’s liberating when we can pull the plug and move on something. Even if it’s not perfect at least you’ve begun!

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True, not False: SCOTUS “Omnicare” Case Highlights Need for Clarity on Key Securities Class Action Issue

WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:02am
Guest Commentary Douglas W. Greene and Claire Loebs Davis, Lane Powell LLP On November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Laborers District Counsel Construction Industry Pension Fund v. Omnicare, Inc., which concerns the standard for judging the falsity of an opinion challenged in an action under Section 11 of the […]
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Intero Cool Apps: Out of the darkness and into the light

InteroMojo - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:00am

Daylight Savings time ends this Sunday. That means shorter days and longer nights. More dark means more light bulbs will be popping up in houses across the country. Lights will be turned on more often and for longer periods of time. It’s dark when you get home from work and it’s dark when you wake up in the morning. Lots of light at the same intensity no matter the hour. There are studies that actually state that all of that bright light jolting you awake and putting you to sleep really isn’t good for your health. On the other side of the spectrum, it’s also not good to have your home sit dark and empty if you’re getting home late, or out of town for the holidays. Today’s app is aimed at shedding a little light on both of these issues.

Philips Hue is not your ordinary light bulb. It combines brilliant LED light with intuitive technology and gives you access to it all in the palm of your hand. This system gives you full control of every single hue light bulb you install. This means you can have the lights turn on in your kitchen before you get home or you can dim the lights and changing the hue to create a romantic ambiance in your dining room. Phillips Hue will definitely make static bright white lights a thing of the past. Change your lighting to match your mood using the preset recipes (Reading, Relax, Concentrate, or Energize) or create your own based on an experience you’ve had that you want to recreate.

The initial kit comes with 3 Philips Hue light bulbs (you can connect up to 50) and a bridge to connect the bulbs to your wi-fi. Download the app onto your smartphone and you’ll have control of your lights from anywhere. The light bulbs even work with your standard light sockets so no additional purchases are required. Change out any standard bulb and you’ll be able to control that light from across the room or across town.

Create the atmosphere you want in every room. Set your lights to gradually turn on when you want to wake up. Schedule them to go on at 5:00pm every day so it looks like someone’s home. You can even use them as a timer to remind you that there’s something in the oven.

This system will definitely change the way you use light. Forever.

Check out this great little video that shows exactly how easy installation and using it is.

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Ebola Vaccine and Treatment Makers Need Liability Protection

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:30pm
U.S. politicians and regulators, many of whom ordinarily trend toward hyper-caution on new drug reviews and approvals, are rushing forward with policies aimed at speeding up development of Ebola vaccines and treatments. These measures include coordinated research among public health officials and drug makers, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pledges of regulatory assistance, and congressional […]
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NAWBO Joins National Cybersecurity Effort

NAWBO Media - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:00am
NAWBO Joins National Cybersecurity Effort
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Monday Morning Mojo: Go With Your Gut

InteroMojo - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:30am

Hmmm…should I do it or shouldn’t I?

I’m going to wait and think about it for a while before I make my decision…I need to get more information.

I will get back to you on it.

I will do it tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.

Yeah right…sure you will. Does this sound familiar? Does it sound like you?

Well, this is how most people make decisions. They don’t make them at all because they are risk averse. Afraid of making the wrong decision, afraid of change. They just wait and wait and wait and never actually decide to do anything. That is why they continue to get what they have always gotten in life and don’t get what it is they really want.

Not being decisive and making quick decisions is one of the biggest success killers in life and business because one of the most important components to getting what you want is making a lot of decisions quickly with very little information. It’s about going with your instinct. Successful people understand that to get what you want, you must operate with a strong sense of urgency. Because to get what you want in this day and age, you must accelerate in all aspects of your life, even if it means living with a few more ragged edges.

You have to be 100% focused on action.

Successful people don’t get bogged down in endless preparation and evaluation trying to get things perfect before making a decision. Of course making smart decisions and high quality is crucial, but it must come quickly. You can’t sacrifice speed. Learn to fail fast, fix it, and race on. This is how you create radical breakthroughs.

Not only does being decisive get you in action toward accomplishing your goals, but it gets it out of your head. Think how many unmade decisions you have floating around in your head right now that are taking up space and your time.

Instead of making a decision and then actually doing something productive to accomplish your goals, you are debating all of those unmade decisions in your head all of the time whether you know it or not. Unmade decisions are the parking brake of life, let it go!

Imagine how much more productive and happy you would be if you would just make the commitment to be decisive and not waver ever again.

Freedom

Here is a great piece of advice someone gave me several years ago. Don’t go with your head and don’t go with your heart because more times than not they are in conflict with one another and you will never be able to make the decision.

Go with your gut. Don’t over think it because your first instinct is almost always right. If it feels right just do it. And do it with focus and intensity. What does your gut tell you to do about each of those unmade decisions floating around in your head right now? Quit procrastinating. Just do it.

And yes if you think I am writing this to you, I am.

Make is a powerful week!!!!!

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Rockefeller Praises DOT Action to Give Consumers Reliable Information About Cruise Vacations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the launch of a new federal website that will for the first time give consumers a reliable one-stop resource where they can find information on important consumer protection issues related to cruise vacations. 

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