November 15, 2010 |
When three salesmen from a rival firm offered to come on board at Standard Medical Supply Inc., founder Tony Ferrante thought it would be a way to expand the company. Two years after they arrived, they quit and started a competing business. Now, Ferrante and his erstwhile sales crew are in court in Delaware County, arguing about whether the crew built their new business by making unfair use of Standard's pricing strategy for its product line of bedpans, catheters, and oxygen tanks. When the economy is moving up or down, sensitivity can be heightened to such things as breaches of confidentiality and employee duty of loyalty, trade secrets, and noncompete contracts.
April 28, 2010 |
ANDREW Voudouris was only 15 when he joined his older brother, Steve, then 17, and their good friend Chris Francy in launching an online company called Xoxide.com (pronounced ex-oxide) in his parents' garage. They began by selling custom-built computers - and sold them pretty quickly. The company soon morphed into a computer-accessories store, selling everything from elaborately designed cases to PC tachometers, a "speedometer for computers" that the guys invented to measure how hard a computer is working.
August 18, 2009 |
Citing undisclosed health reasons and a possible appeal of his conviction and sentence, lawyers for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo yesterday asked a federal judge to postpone his Aug. 31 surrender to the Bureau of Prisons. If U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter, who on July 14 sentenced Fumo to 55 months in prison, grants the request, the 66-year-old South Philadelphia Democrat could avoid prison for months as legal issues are sorted out. Federal prosecutors filed a notice this month setting the stage for an appeal of Fumo's sentence, which they had called "unduly lenient.
June 5, 2009 |
City Council's smoldering distaste for the Board of Ethics it created three years ago erupted yesterday as Council Majority Leader Marian B. Tasco called for the ouster of its executive director. Tasco demanded the removal of J. Shane Creamer Jr., the only person to hold the post, based on his admitted violation of the board's confidentiality code last month when he discussed an investigation of Democratic district attorney candidate R. Seth Williams with a Philadelphia Daily News reporter.
May 27, 2009 |
In an unusual action, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics has fined its own executive director $500 for violating a city rule on confidentiality. The violation, disclosed in a news release at 5 p.m. Friday, occurred in the days leading up to the May 19 primary election for district attorney. The fine represented "nothing more than the fact that we are trying to be even-handed even with our own, and that if there are mistakes, we will deal with them," Ethics Board chairman Richard Glazer said yesterday.
March 17, 2008 |
Comics Guy had planned on reviewing a book that has hit much of comicdom like an atomic bomb and (almost) broke the Internet in half, but that will have to wait until next week. This week, I would like to highlight a book that has flown under the radar: "Batman Confidential. " For the first year of its publication, I questioned the necessity of this title's existence. The first story arc was mediocre at best, was made worse by artist Whilce Portacio's horrific depiction of the Dark Knight and featured - yawn - Lex Luthor as the villain.
January 31, 2008 |
A prominent researcher who reviewed a critical study on the diabetes drug Avandia for a major medical journal leaked the findings before publication to the drug's maker, GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C., according to the journal Nature. The reviewer, Steven M. Haffner, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, breached confidentiality rules of the New England Journal of Medicine by faxing the study to a friend working for GlaxoSmithKline, in Upper Merion.
November 9, 2007 |
Formula One's spying scandal took another twist yesterday when Renault was accused by the sport's governing body of possessing confidential information belonging to rival team McLaren. FIA has summoned Renault officials to a hearing of the World Motor Sport Council on Dec. 6 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, to answer a charge of having "unauthorized possession of documents and confidential information" of Mc-Laren cars between September 2006 and October 2007. The information includes "but [is]
November 7, 2007 |
Even as lawmakers boast that open-records legislation pending in the Capitol would greatly expand access to government documents, legislators are moving to make Pennsylvania the only state in the nation to keep all e-mail confidential. A bill scheduled to be voted on later this month in the House of Representatives would make e-mail by public officials and employees protected records, no matter how routine the subject. Lawmakers contend this is necessary to allow unfettered policy-making and constituent service.