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WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:39am
Five take-aways from FDA’s response to drug company coalition citizen petition regarding promotion of off-label uses (Original Source) Class action lawyers will do anything to keep their cases alive, even asking courts to reopen discovery so they can find replacement lead plaintiffs (Class Action Countermeasures) Why POM Wonderful SCOTUS ruling doesn’t alter landscape of food […]
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Intero Cool Apps: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

InteroMojo - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 9:15am

This week we’re bringing you another app from the great people who brought us Evernote. You know, that app that helps you organize pretty much everything. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, and record voice reminders as well as so much more.

Now added to their family of apps is Skitch, an app that makes it easy to capture and mark up photos and PDFs. This means along with those notes and to-do lists you’re making you can now add informative photos to your inventory of information.

Think about it. You’re showing a house to a couple and they point out the detail work on the fireplace. With Skitch you can snap a photo of the wall and draw a circle around the feature they really liked. When you’re looking at future properties for them, bring up the picture so you have exactly what they’re looking for at your fingertips.

Working with a contractor to fix something on a house? Instead of trying to describe the location and problem, snap a picture and write some notes about what’s going on. This way the contractor will have the clearest information possible prior to coming on site.

Of course, you can have fun with this app too. Just check out the below video for inspiration on how Skitch can make your life a little more picture perfect.

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Pennsylvania High Court Joins Judicial Stampede That’s Trampling State Attorneys-General/Plaintiffs’ Bar Alliances

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:31pm
On June 16, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the Commonwealth’s arguments that Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) was liable for fraudulently overcharging state health agencies. The state had sued BMS and 13 other pharmaceutical companies and won a $27 million damage award. In the unanimous ruling, the Court dropped a noteworthy footnote in which it questioned […]
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Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: The Power of Appreciation

InteroMojo - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:15pm

Last week I had the opportunity to meet and listen to Mike Robbins speak at the Gibraltar Circle Conference in Punta Mia, Mexico. He is public speaker who works to empower people, teams, and organizations to work together effectively. It also so happens he’s from the Bay Area and even played baseball for Stanford University where he pitched in the College World Series.

As an inspirational teacher, some of his clients have included Google, Adobe, eBay, and the San Francisco Giants. His goal is to inspire people to be more successful through increased levels of awareness and productivity both in their professional and personal lives.

Mike has also written three books, one of which I’ve recently started reading, Focus on the Good Stuff. The book explores the challenges associated with expressing and experiencing appreciation and gratitude in your life. It gives you simple ways to easily exercise the power of appreciation every day allowing you to focus on the good stuff.

This book shows us how to feel and express true appreciation by altering the way we relate to ourselves, others, and the world around us. By living a more grateful lifestyle, we can put ourselves on a path of deep fulfillment and authentic happiness.

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Bipartisan Group Presses For Floor Action on Permanent Internet Access Tax Moratorium Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Co-Chairs of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Internet Caucus are urging House and Senate Leadership to pass bipartisan legislation before the August recess to permanently eliminate new state and local taxes on Internet access. In a letter from Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (D-California) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), as well as Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and John Thune (R-South Dakota), the members cite an impending November 1, 2014, expiration of current law that since 1998 has placed a moratorium on the ability of state and local governments to im...

DOL Releases Proposed Rule Increasing Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 2:35pm

On June 17, 2014, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015, and beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, to an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor.  This applies to new contracts, contract-like instruments, and solicitations including (1) procurement contracts for services or construction; (2) contracts for services covered under the Service Contract Act; (3) concessions contracts; (4) c

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6/11/14- Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:44pm

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Fact Sheet
 

June 11, 2014

 

 

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION

 

 

The Honorable Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.

Commissioner

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

Room 2217

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Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All the States and Territories

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:12pm

The U.S. is home to 28 million small businesses.

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the Small Business Administration, released a report entitled Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, an annual analysis of each state’s small businessesThe new and improved state profiles include information on the number of firms, employment, demographics and other topics using the most recently available government data.

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Thune E-Cigarette Youth Marketing Hearing Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, delivered the following prepared remarks at today’s “Aggressive E-Cigarette Marketing and Potential Consequences for Youth” full committee hearing:

Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank today’s witnesses for appearing before the Committee. 

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than one billion smokers in the world.  Sadly, in one year alone, more than 5 million of those...

Aggressive E-Cigarette Marketing and Potential Consequences for Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. titled, “Aggressive E-Cigarette Marketing and Potential Consequences for Youth”, to review e-cigarette advertising and promotional practices that appeal to kids. Over the past few years, products known as e-cigarettes have surged in popularity, including among American youth.  Along with serious concerns about potential health impacts of youth exposure to e-cigarettes, there is mounting evidence that t...

Five Ways to Undo your Own Class-Action Settlement

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:00pm
“This settlement is so unfair, it cannot be fixed.” That statement marked the beginning of the end of a federal district court judge’s opinion, as well as the class-action settlement to which the opinion referred. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Judge William Alsup’s May 29 opinion in Daniels v. Aéropostale West, […]
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“How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy”

Education & the Workforce Committee - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:00am
Joint Hearing: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies and Education

Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. titled, “Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products,” chaired by Consumer Protection Subcommittee chair Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). The Subcommittee hearing will examine the deceptive advertising and marketing practices of weight-loss products and their effects on American consumers, including actions by the ...

DOL Releases Proposed Rule Increasing Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:46am
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On June 17, 2014, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015, and beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, to an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor.  This applies to new contracts, contract-like instruments, and solicitations including (1) procurement contracts for services or construction; (2) contracts for services covered under the Service Contract Act; (3) concessions contracts; (4) contracts entered into with the Federal Government in connection with Federal property or lands and related to offering services for Federal employees, their dependents, or the general public; and (5) the wages of workers governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act, Service Contract Act or Davis Bacon Act.  

On June 17, 2014, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their work

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