Austin Dillon set a NASCAR Nationwide Series record with his fourth consecutive Coors Light Pole. He also set a track record with a 191.882 mph circuit around Michigan International Speedway ahead of Saturday’s Alliance Truck Parts 250. Record fourth consecutive Coors Light Pole gives Dillon first pit pick Dillon led the first ever Richard Childress Racing top-three Nationwide Series qualifying sweep. RCR teammates Paul Menard and Brian Scott qualified second and third followed by Trevor Bayne and Alex Bowman.The No. 3 team chose the first pit stall at pit out, heading into Turn 1. Menard’s No. 33 team chose the 13th pit stall, which is the first opening closest to pit out. The No. 2 team chose the 23rd stall, right at the start/finish line.Watch the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at 2 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has again vacated the judgment that would have required ION to pay more than $93 million to WesternGeco for lost profits from surveys performed by ION’s customers outside of the United States. According to ION, the Federal Circuit Court had the case on remand from the United States Supreme Court, which, in June, ordered the Federal Circuit to determine whether it was appropriate to reinstate the jury’s verdict for lost profits in this case.The lost profits stem from a verdict that ION infringed several patent claims held by WesternGeco.Since the jury verdict, a majority of the patent claims have been found to be invalid by the Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Circuit Court, meaning that the patents underlying the claims should never have been granted, ION explained. Of the patent claims that were not invalidated, only one is asserted by WesternGeco to have supported the lost profits award.In its ruling, the Federal Circuit Court remanded to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas to determine whether to hold a new trial as to lost profits.The Federal Circuit Court held that the lost profits award can be reinstated by the District Court if the existing trial record establishes that the jury must have found that the technology covered by the one remaining patent claim was essential for performing the surveys upon which lost profits were based.If the District Court concludes that WesternGeco established at trial, with undisputed evidence, that the remaining claim covers technology that was necessary to perform the surveys, then the District Court may deny a new trial and reinstate lost profits. Otherwise, the District Court must order a new trial.
NZ Herald 29 May 2012The Families Commission will lose six out of seven of its commissioners under reforms proposed by the Government, and more than half of its budget will be redirected into a new research unit. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced the major shake-up yesterday, in which the commission will take on a new monitoring and research role. About $4 million of the Families Commission’s $32.5 million budget would be redirected into parenting programmes and relationship education in schools. Some of this would also go into Prime Minister John Key’s social media-based mental health scheme for young people. Of the remaining funding, $14.2 million would be invested in a new Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10809170