How a Drug Company Made $114 Billion by Gaming the U.S. Patent System

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Description: AbbVie for years delayed competition for its blockbuster drug Humira, at the expense of patients and taxpayers. The monopoly is about to end. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 28, 2023 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/28/business/humira-abbvie-monopoly.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues related to how businesses, governments, insurance companies and consumers are connected to the drug Humira. Is this… Read more »

How Instagram, Discord, and other social media platforms balance teen attention with parents’ concerns

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Description: Last week, Instagram announced Quiet mode, which lets users pause notifications to “set boundaries.” The app prompts teens to enable Quiet mode at night. In the same week, Discord bought Gas, adding the teen compliment-giving app into the messaging platform’s fold. Source: Insiderintelligence.com/eMarketer Date: Jan 23, 2023 Link: https://www.insiderintelligence.com/content/instagram-discord-social-media-platforms-balance-teen-attention-parents-concerns?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eDaily%201.23.2023&utm_id=eDaily%201.23.2023&utm_term=eMarketer%20Daily%20CORE/EMEA%20%28Mon-Fri%29 Questions for discussion: How are these… Read more »

Law Professor Urges FTC To Regulate Ad-Tech

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Description: Many online ad practices are “unfair, deceptive, and privacy-invasive,” Brooklyn Law School professor Jonathan Askin says in a petition filed this month with the Federal Trade Commission. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Jan 19, 2023 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/381747/law-professor-urges-ftc-to-regulate-ad-tech.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=129023&hashid=xIhhTnG4Qdmubrqstxmgaw Questions for discussion: What is the goal of the petition? Do you think it is justified and regulations should be adopted?… Read more »

Why Florida Makes $20M A Year From Gatorade

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Description: The Gatorade shower is a post-game ritual seen from the Sandlot to the Super Bowl. Celebrations aside, Gatorade is the most popular sports drink in the world, bringing in billions of dollars every year to its parent company, PepsiCo. But Pepsi doesn’t get to keep every dollar. Over the last few years, Pepsi has… Read more »

Nest smart thermostat co-founder is back with a new device for the home, focused on food

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Description: Matt Rogers has always liked to look at areas that are overlooked. Before he left Apple to start smart device company Nest Labs in 2010, for instance, no one thought twice about their home thermostat and took its technology for granted. Nest’s smart thermostat, which allows users to control their home’s heating from an app on their… Read more »

How the secret $40 billion food fraud market works

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Description: The food in your kitchen cabinets may not be what it seems. Fraudsters motivated by economic gain secretly infiltrate the global food market through a variety of means, including counterfeits, dilutions, substitution and mislabeling, according to the Global Food Safety Initiative. This not only adds to your food bill, but can put your health… Read more »

How health insurance may have made health care more expensive

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Description: Widespread medical debt is a uniquely American problem. Roughly 40% of U.S. adults have at least $250 in medical debt, according to a survey conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 08, 2023 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/08/how-health-insurance-may-have-made-health-care-more-expensive.html Questions for discussion: What is the explanation presented in this report for higher health care… Read more »

May ‘Bad Spaniels’ Mock Jack Daniel’s? The Supreme Court Will Decide.

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Description: The justices have agreed to hear a trademark dispute with First Amendment overtones involving a dog toy’s bathroom humor and a distinctive whiskey bottle. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 05, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/05/us/politics/bad-spaniels-jack-daniels-dog-toy.html?smid=em-share Questions for discussion: What are the branding issues in this dispute? What is your opinion on the limits and rights of the… Read more »

Will U.S. Holiday Shoppers Reward Companies for Doing Good?

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Description: The recent Bentley-Gallup Force for Good study found that most Americans are willing to pay a premium for products from companies that have a reputation for doing good. Specifically, majorities of at least 60% said they would be willing to pay extra for a simple consumer good — a T-shirt — if the company that made… Read more »

Meet the Man on a Mission to Expose Sneaky Price Increases

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Description: Edgar Dworsky has become the go-to expert on “shrinkflation,” when products or packaging are manipulated so people get less for their money. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 27, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/26/climate/fighting-shrinkflation-consumer-products.html?smid=em-share Questions for discussion: Summarize the concerns Edgar Dwarsky has about marketing practices and pricing. Do you think the majority of consumers are upset by… Read more »