Cockfighting is illegal in 49 states and it's a federal crime to sell depictions of animal cruelty. But Advanced Consulting and Marketing webcasts its cockfights from Puerto Rico, where it's legal, and the company claims, the federal law is violation of its First Amendment rights, The New York Times reports. The question of whether the First Amendment allows the government to ban depictions of illegal conduct, as opposed to the conduct itself, is a difficult one, legal experts said. "We believe firmly that broadcasting and selling legal cockfighting over the Internet is not a crime,” said David O. Markus, a lawyer for the company, which runs the site www.toughsportslive.com. "As bullfighting is part of Spanish culture and as violent human fighting is part of our culture, cockfighting is part of Puerto Rican culture." A Virginia man who was sentenced to three years for selling videotapes of dog fights is also challenging the law, which makes it a crime to sell depictions of … [Read more...] about Cockfighting webcasters challenge law against depictions of Internet cruelty
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The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit last month to block AT&T's $39 proposed bid for T-Mobile USA, and now Puerto Rico is signing on as well. Puerto Rico's secretary of justice Guillermo A. Somoza Colomba explained in a statement (translated below): Through this action, the Department of Justice (DOJ) of Puerto Rico seeks to ensure safeguarding the benefit of a competitive market to Puerto Rican consumers. As the transaction is proposed, it would result in a substantial lessening of competition in the relevant geographic market for mobile telecommunications services, both in Puerto Rico, and the rest of the nation. Sprint chimed in again in support of its new ally. Vonya B. McCann, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Sprint, said in a statement: Today Guillermo Somoza-Colombani, the Attorney General of Puerto Rico, announced that Puerto Rico has joined with the U.S. Department of Justice, seven other state Attorneys General, C-Spire Wireless and Sprint … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico joining sides with DOJ against T-Mobile, AT&T merger
Medtronic, which supplies about half of the world’s pacemakers, recently announced that the company is investing $5 million for a second facility in Puerto Rico. Baxter, another medical products giant, employs 4,000 people in its plants across the island. Why are many of the world’s biggest medical device companies investing millions on this island—a U.S. jurisdiction with a foreign-like tax structure? According to Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), a government economic development branch, more than $5 billion in shipments of medical devices leave Puerto Rico each year. The government recently enacted Law 73, which provides up to a 50 percent tax credit of qualified research and development expenses for developing new technologies. After last month’s AdvaMed 2010: The Medtech Conference in Washington, I talked with Victor Merced, the PRIDCO’s business development officer for Life Sciences, to learn why the medical device industry … [Read more...] about Why do medical companies want to do business in Puerto Rico?
Lawmakers calling for open government have a saying that "sunlight is the greatest disinfectant," arguing that when government has to disclose what it's doing, voters can better hold it accountable. It seems the same holds true for disclosure of enterprise security breaches.The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, updated April 28, shows that as more states and other global jurisdictions adopt laws requiring enterprises to notify the public of security breaches, the number of breaches attributed to negligence has declined significantly. The report shows that the number of reported breaches attributed to negligence dropped to just 34 in the second half of 2009 from 110 in the first half of 2008. At the same time, the number of breaches attributed to "attacks," such as hacking or installations of malware on a network, remained relatively constant over that same period at about 20 incidents.Today, 46 states, the Distrtict of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have … [Read more...] about Disclosure laws push companies to improve security
Happy New Year to all our readers. I’m not a lawyer but I play one on TV. But seriously!This is an article I have been meaning to write ever since we performed an IT audit for a large law firm a year or so ago. The firm was responding to the HIPAA law that requires all third-party vendors working with healthcare organizations to have a Risk Assessment. This further proves my point that most businesses won’t do much in the area of cyber security or compliance, not even an IT risk assessment unless required by law.It’s hard to believe that even at this stage with countless breaches over the past few years Target, Sony, Anthem, OPM, Yahoo and so on. It’s no longer a matter of if you will be breached, but rather a matter of when or have you already been breached and you just don’t know it. Every person, SMB or large corporation that has an internet connection is vulnerable. So every connected device on the internet must meet minimum compliance standards and … [Read more...] about Law firms subject to same cyber risk as others, but is compliance required?
By Thomas Zeno and Lindsay Holmes AvMed recently paid $3.5 million to settle a data breach lawsuit in which class members could not prove actual damage. Will your organization be next? Plaintiffs' lawyers, as well as federal and state governments, are likely to file "unjust enrichment" claims against organizations that do not ensure safe transmission and storage of personal data. Whether your organization handles financial or medical data, the price of IT compliance may be high, but the price of non-compliance is even higher. In 2009, AvMed, a Florida-based health insurer, reported the theft of two laptops containing unencrypted personal information of more than 1.2 million customers, including names, social security numbers, and health-related information. Class action litigation began in 2010. Based on the October 2013 settlement agreement, AvMed is required to implement data security measures it should have had in the first place, including mandatory … [Read more...] about Data security laws and penalties: Pay IT now or pay out later
Walmart and Puerto Rico are entering a feud over what the company is calling "onerous and unconstitutional" tax increases. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock It was such a dramatic tax increase the Walmart is estimating that they will have to pay nearly 92% of its net income within Puerto Rico in taxes - over three times what Walmart would pay elsewhere. This is due, in part, to the fact that Puerto Rico is extremely short on cash (they are over $70 billion in debt) and has accused Walmart of causing even more problems because it isn't paying its fair share of taxes.Part of the plan to dig their way out of that debt is to double the taxes on big companies like Walmart that get their supplies from off the island. According to CNN Money, the tax only applies to companies that make over $2.75 billion a year."No government should be permitted to drive a company -- the largest private employer -- out of business through a special tax applicable at its highest … [Read more...] about Walmart Vs. Puerto Rico?
In a first, astronomers have traced the source of a mysterious radio signal to a dwarf galaxy more than three billion light years from Earth. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock The "sporadically repeating milliseconds-long signal" is one of the rare and brief bursts of cosmic radio waves that have puzzled astronomers since they were first detected nearly a decade ago.The new information rules out several suggested explanations for the source of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) including one that suggested the signal could be coming from within or near our own Milky Way galaxy."We now know that this particular burst comes from a dwarf galaxy more than three billion light-years from Earth," said lead author Shami Chatterjee of Cornell University."That simple fact is a huge advance in our understanding of these events," Chatterjee, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology -Madras, added.Fast Radio Bursts are highly-energetic, but very short-lived … [Read more...] about Mysterious FRB Signal Traced To Distant Dwarf Galaxy
More than four million small businesses nationwide are eligible this year for tax credits created by the Affordable Care Act this year, which will help companies afford the ever-rising cost of health insurance. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has teamed up with advocacy group Small Business Majority to hold a series of free educational webinars that will tell small businesses how to reap these benefits.SBA regional administrators and hosts from Small Business Majority will host a series of webinars broken down by region and state April 11 to 14 to explain how the Affordable Care Act affects the small business community and, specifically, how they can claim the new tax credit. There will also be a national webinar that focuses on women small business owners.The one-hour events will cover a variety of topics, including small business tax credits — who’s eligible and how to claim them, state insurance exchanges , high-risk pools, shared responsibility, cost containment … [Read more...] about Free Webinar Series Explains Small Business Health Care Tax Credits
Growing up in a family-owned business, my brother Robin and I learned old-fashioned customer service values from a young age. We looked for business ventures when we were younger, but decided to put our entrepreneurial spirits aside and pursue careers as firefighters.Eventually, we realized that our love for cooking and dream of owning our own business was something we wanted to finally become a reality. After going back to the drawing board and hitting a few interesting business ventures along the way – rock 'n' roll, real estate, wedding videographer and yes, even a Christmas tree farm, the stars — or should we say subs — aligned: The idea of Firehouse Subs was born on a napkin one day in a competitor's parking lot.We opened our very first restaurant in 1994 in our hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. To say it was a huge leap of faith for my brother and me is an understatement. I was still a firefighter at the time and Robin put all of his focus on the restaurant. … [Read more...] about Feeding the Entrepreneurial Fire: From Firefighters to Restaurateurs