In a unanimous 8-0 decision today, the US Supreme Court ruled on an issue that has been crucial to the success of patent trolls, who are known for filing infringement lawsuits over low-quality patents in pursuit of out-of-court settlements. More than a third of all patent-infringement lawsuits filed between 2014 and 2016 were filed in just one of the 94 federal courts: the Eastern District of Texas, which some say is friendly to trolls. Not only has the East Texas court received a disproportionate amount of all patent lawsuits, but more than three-quarters of the cases that end up there are suits that were filed by highly litigious plaintiffs (read: likely patent trolls).
Danny Kofke, a 41-year-old middle-school teacher outside of Atlanta, often looks at a picture of a family trip to Disney World from a few years ago -- to him, it exemplifies what he’s working toward in his retirement: more trips and long-lasting happy memories. He and his wife, Tracy, a former schoolteacher and now a technology coach, started saving when they were first married in 2000, putting away money every month and increasing their savings as they received raises. They recently had to adjust their contributions to pay off the last of their debt, and plan to be debt-free this fall, but they’re making it up with sound and stringent financial decisions. “Having an eye on the bigger prize helps
It has been about a month since the last earnings report for Kinder Morgan, Inc. KMI. Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at the most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important drivers. Kinder Morgan reported first-quarter 2017 earnings of $0.17 per share from continuing operations.