Kevin Smith's LUV HandlesSilent Bob chose the wrong time to speak up. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) apologized to movie director Kevin Smith on Monday after he was removed from a plane he had boarded at Oakland International Airport because he was too big for his seat. As a part of its "Customer of Size" policy, the Dallas airline requires oversized passengers to purchase two seats if they are unable to fit in one and lower both armrests. Smith, who created and portrayed a non-speaking character called Silent Bob in movies including Clerks and Mallrats, protested his treatment via Twitter.
Pfizer's Fuzzy PatentThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is getting Pfizer's ( PFE) goat in a very big way. Pfizer's patent on its impotence drug Viagra was partially rejected late last week after the government ruled that it wasn't sufficiently different from a Chinese herb Yin Yang Huo, otherwise known as Horny Goat Weed. An appeals board within the patent agency held that the method of treating male erectile dysfunction did not cover a new invention, according to Bloomberg. The patent claim was part of an infringement suit Pfizer had filed in 2002 against rival Eli Lilly ( LLY) over its competing Cialis drug. Yes, we are serious. It's called Horny Goat Weed and, no, you don't smoke it -- at least we think you don't. That said, we are not sure what Pfizer was smoking in the first place when it tried to patent an impotence fighting idea.
WellPoint's WorriesThose still unsure as to which piper is calling the tune for corporate America -- Washington or Wall Street -- can learn an important lesson from WellPoint's ( WLP) sorry dance this week. Shares of the health insurer closed 1.2% lower after Tuesday's bull run, after the company canceled its investor day scheduled for later this month to prepare for a congressional hearing on premium rate increases. A congressional panel called upon WellPoint CEO Angela Braly to testify about reports that its
Google's Buzz KillFor a long time, the geniuses at Google ( GOOG) could do no wrong. But this time, they've hit a buzz saw. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google CEO Eric Schmidt blamed the less-than-stellar launch of its