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Grammar Hammer: In a World Gone Mad, the Earth Keeps Spinning
EXPERT ALERTS:Air Traffic Control Towers: A Needed Precaution
David NortonAviation Attorney and Pilot
Shackelford, Melton & McKinley in
Dallas"The announcement that the FAA has delayed the planned closure of 149 air traffic control towers nationwide is indicative of the significant struggle the federal agency is encountering in trying to balance mandates to cut costs as part of the 2013 budget sequestration against its primary purpose of preserving safety in the national airspace system. There are procedures in place that certainly make it possible to safely operate an airport without a control tower; however, the larger and more active the airport is, the more important it is to have an active control tower in order to ensure the safety of pilots, passengers and everyone on the ground." Media Contact:
Bill Could Increase Trade Secret Litigation
Joe AhmadAttorneyAhmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C."Pending legislation that would apply the Uniform Trade Secrets Act to
Texas could result in an uptick in trade secret litigation. Sponsored by State Sen.
John Carona, Senate Bill 953 includes a provision requiring that any alleged trade secrets disclosed during the course of litigation be kept confidential. Under current law, many companies choose *not*
to pursue a trade secret lawsuit out of concern that whatever secrets they're trying to keep might become public. Knowing that the UTSA places a cone of confidentiality over their trade secrets, or at least what they claim are trade secrets, gives companies the peace of mind they might need to go ahead and file suit without fear that they'll risk disclosure of the very information they're trying to keep secret." Media Contact:
Corporate Cyberthreats on the RiseRose RomeroAttorney and Former Regional Director of the SECThompson & Knight in
Dallas"The risk of corporate cybersecurity breaches continues to grow, despite greater awareness of the dangers and improved information sharing about threats. Even the federal government is not immune, as shown by the Pentagon's disclosure of a massive data leak that included defense documents and more than 500,000 emails regarding the cases of
Guantanamo Bay detainees. Unfortunately, the likelihood of a data breach is less a question of 'if' and more a question of 'when.' Public companies are required to meet high standards of reporting and notification about these incidents. It's more critical than ever for corporate managers to understand these regulations, make the investment to limit such attacks, and follow plans for disclosure when a breach occurs."Media Contact: