Monday, December 27, 2004

Mylan prohibited from making generic antibiotic

This story from WNEP-TV 16 notes that Judge Keeley has ruled that Mylan Laboratories won't be able to produce a generic version of the brand-name antibiotic Levaquin "until at least December 2010." She found that Thursday that Mylan had failed to prove that the Levaquin patent is invalid.

Levofloxacin, the generic form of Levaquin Mylan wanted to produce, is used to treat a variety of conditions, including bronchitis, sinusitis and urinary tract infections, according to the article.

Eliminating ATMs in Gambling Parlors

The Wheeling Intellgiencer has a sensible suggestion here: ban automatic teller machines from the premises of mini-gambling establishments. I'm not talking about the state's "racinos," because they offer much more than booze and gambling. But for these little bars that have just a few video slots, I think this is a great idea.

The legalization of the gray machines has brought gambling to every corner, which makes gambling away a whole month's pay easier than it has ever been. A bill outlawing ATMs at these easy-access establishments would be a modest measure to prevent problem gamblers from gambling away their entire bank accounts.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

"Redneck" is not a protected class

The Legal Reader points out this 3d Circuit case affirming dismissal of a Title VII suit brought by a man who was fired for refusing to stop displaying Confederate flags in his workplace. He had claimed it was illegal to discriminate against "Confederate Southern-Americans" in his suit. Storey v. Burns Int'l Security Servs., No. 03-2246 (3d Cir. 2004).

The Third Circuit affirmed, but avoided the "delicate intricacies" of the man's claim of national origin and religious discrimination by finding that he had suffered no adverse employment action:
Although Storey’s complaint speaks of being discharged because of his national
origin and religion, Storey concedes that he was fired because he refused to
cover or remove his Confederate flag symbols when his employer told him to. In
fact, Storey alleges the security guard captain told him that “he had been fired
because of his stickers.” The record reflects that, had Storey complied, he
would not have been terminated. Rather, he would have continued working for
Burns as a “Confederate, Southern American” and Christian. Therefore, even if we
assume arguendo that he is a member of a protected class and if we further
accept the claim that the Confederate flag may be viewed as a religious symbol,
Storey still has not established a cause of action.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

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More details about grid computing

A few months ago, I posted a link to an article announcing that West Virginia was authorizing the development of the country's first state-sponsored open public internet computing grid. Un case you have been wondering, What the hell are Grids anyway? I refer you to this aptly-named ZDNet UK article.

Is "the Grid" the next "big thing" after "the Web?"

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Has the ugliness of the judicial campaign no end?

WOWK-TV - Huntington/Charleston, WV - 13 News has this article:

Justice McGraw Sues Over Election Ads
December 2, 2004

He Accuses Massey President, WOWK's Owner of Libel

The Associated Press

State Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw has sued the chairman of Massey Energy Co., a former state Democratic chairman and a Charleston-based media group, claiming his failed re-election bid was damaged because of misleading political ads involving the case of a sexual offender.

The libel lawsuit centers on broadcast ads that criticized McGraw for his vote in support of a March Supreme Court ruling that allowed Tony Dean Arbaugh Jr. to remain on probation.