Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 29

Who owns the Hulk? The legal battle continues…

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The heirs of Jack Kirby, creator/co-creator of the Hulk and many other iconic comic book characters who permeate the movie business such as Iron Man, Spider Man, the Avengers, the X-Men and Thor, have been battling Marvel over the basis for Marvel’s copyright to these characters. The main dispute is as to whether the creation …

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Jul 28

Daubert & Kumho Expert Challenges Increase, Moving Away From Their Original Purposes

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) issued a study of what has occurred with financial (usually damages) experts since the 1999 Supreme Court decision in Kumho Tire Co. vs. Carmichael clarified that the Daubert criteria for challenges to expert witnesses extended to non-scientific experts. The reliability of underlying data is the most frequent reason why testimony is excluded. This …

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Jul 28

Daubert & Kumho Expert Challenges Increase, Moving Away From Their Original Purposes

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) issued a study of what has occurred with financial (usually damages) experts since the 1999 Supreme Court decision in Kumho Tire Co. vs. Carmichael clarified that the Daubert criteria for challenges to expert witnesses extended to non-scientific experts. The reliability of underlying data is the most frequent reason why testimony is excluded. This …

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Jul 27

Another way of measuring inflation…

Americans are continuing to feel their wallets pinched at gas and food stores (among other places).   Why are these feelings so widespread when the inflation rate appears to be still relatively low?   Shockingly (or maybe not so much), the answer lies in government statistics.  The Federal Reserve generally focuses on the “core” Consumer Price Index (CPI).  The core CPI ignores food …

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Jul 26

Your Human Capital May Be Your Biggest Asset

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Most people are wealthier than they think.  Traditionally, people add up all their assets (i.e. cash, stocks, bonds, retirement accounts, real estate) and subtract their debt to get their net worth.  That number often seems too small and truly is when people forget to add the value of themselves.  What is the value of your future …

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Jul 25

Disgorgement Returned As A Monetary Remedy In Delaware Cases

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Although the case at issue involves insider trading, the limitations involving disgorgement as a monetary remedy could be applied to many other circumstances. The Delaware Supreme Court took little time in reversing a lower court decision that could have had widespread effects. Thus, Delaware law on this point returns to a classic election of remedies …

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Jul 22

This time, believe the Fed

The Federal Reserve Chairman once again issues the same grave warnings to Congress that he has been repeating for months:  the economic consequences of failing to raise the U.S. debt ceiling will be “catastrophic”, “self defeating”, and “dire.”  In his semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress last week, Mr. Bernanke said: Clearly, if we went so far as to default on …

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Jul 21

Another Apple Record Quarter

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Once again Apple has beaten analysts expectations in their 3Q11 financial performance, showing a net income of $7.3 billion compared to $3.25 billion in the same quarter of the prior year.  Once again the company’s fortunes were raised by one region and one product being the hero.  Which may be why the analysts have found …

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Jul 21

The Apple Store that Isn't

The blog A Bird Abroad comes from an American health worker for an international agency stationed in Kunming, China, a city which she describes as ‘thousands of miles from some really great places!’  But she reports (with the following photographs as proof) that even though Kunming might be the Fargo of China, it is moving up …

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Jul 21

The Apple Store that Isn’t

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The blog A Bird Abroad comes from an American health worker for an international agency stationed in Kunming, China, a city which she describes as ‘thousands of miles from some really great places!’  But she reports (with the following photographs as proof) that even though Kunming might be the Fargo of China, it is moving up …

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