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How BIG is Halbig? Answer: Too early to tell

The legal challenges to the ACA just keep on coming. We discussed the mixed bag that was the Hobby Lobby decision last month. For July, it is Halbig v. Burwell. Here is the skinny: In a 2-1 opinion, the Court held that the Internal Revenue Service regulation authorizing tax credits in federal exchanges was invalid. Judge Griffith, writing for the court, concluded, “the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges ‘established by the State.” In other words, the court reaffirmed the principle that the law is what Congress enacts — the text of the statute itself — and not the unexpressed intentions or hopes of legislators or a bill’s proponents. S

Tony Stark, please call your office . . .

US Army is working on developing an "Iron Man" suit (see this WSJ video). Be warned though, flight capabilities and repulsors are still a long ways off. It is hard not to be skeptical about this actually being implemented. Though, I have zero problem with the research. I supect by the time we can develop a battle-worthy exo-suit, we will also be more likely to use ground based drones instead, i.e., Sentinels. Let's just hope they are not programmed to hunt down mutants.

Candy Company Settles Overtime Claims for $3 Million

Nine former and current employees filed suit against Russell Stover Candies, a manufacturer of fine chocolates, alleging the failure to pay overtime. Just over a year after the lawsuit was filed, Russell Stover has obtained court approval for a settlement of $3,075,000 with a class that grew to 103 claimants: On May 28, 2014, U.S. District Judge Willis B. Hunt, Jr., authorized a settlement of $3,075,000.00 in the case of Cheryl Carter, et al. v. Russell Stover Candies, Inc., No. 1:13-cv-01522-WBH. The plaintiffs were represented by Arch Stokes, John Hunt and Margaret Stokes of Stokes, Wagner, Hunt, Maretz & Terrell in Atlanta, Georgia. In Carter, nine individuals originally filed suit in Ma

Legos - The Future of Construction?

If "smart bricks" become the dominant construction material in 10 years, my boys are going to have a solid future in construction, given their passion for legos. Smart bricks are a prototype construction material made from high strength concrete. They stack and interconnect like legos: The bricks -- which are patent pending -- are much like Lego in that they come in a variety of forms for different purposes and can easily connect together, with rows of knobs along the top of bricks that slot into voids along the bottom of other bricks. A special adhesive -- which works like a super-strong double-sided sticky tape, a bit like 3M VHB -- dispenses with the need for cement. They can be deliver

Fallout from Hobby Lobby Decision

As the dust settles from the Hobby Lobby decision, it is becoming clear that this will not be the end of the matter. A TPA trade association is upset that are being stuck with the bill for contraceptives: In a letter sent Monday to the U.S. Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor departments, the Simpsonville, South Carolina-based trade group said it was “deeply concerned” about the prospect of expanding the accommodation to include religiously inclined for-profit employers, as the U.S. Supreme Court suggested in its recent ruling in favor of family-owned companies seeking an exemption from the coverage rule. The SIIA’s letter argues that the accommodation already places third-party a

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