“Report: Manufacturing still strong in Alabama“: Alabama has nearly 6,900 manufacturers and industrial suppliers registered – with 520 on the list for the first time, according to the latest edition of the Alabama Manufacturers Register.
In Oklahoma: “Republican legislators lashed out Friday at Gov. Brad Henry for vetoing a bill they touted as a lawsuit reform measure. …The governor Friday vetoed House Bill 2458, which would have required an expert opinion confirming professional negligence before a civil lawsuit could be filed
From The Orange County Register: “LAKE FOREST – Authorities today confiscated more than $200,000 worth of counterfeit handbags and jewelry with high-end price tags from the home of a woman who was selling them through the Internet…Designer labels such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Tiffany are suspected as being sold by the woman who was asked three years ago by attorneys from some of the companies to stop selling the counterfeit merchandise, authorities said.” The fakes originated in China.
From the Staten Island Advance: “A Staten Island man who may have thought that he’d get off with just a ticket when he was pulled over for turning without signaling yesterday is facing more than a minor traffic infringement after cops say they found over 500 bootleg handbags in the trunk of his car.” The fakes originated in China.
From Dow Jones: “GENEVA, May 10, 2008 (Dow Jones Commodities News Select via Comtex) — — The World Trade Organization has drawn up a report urging China to enhance steps to protect intellectual property rights with stiffer fines and criminal penalties for offenders, a copy of the report obtained by Kyodo News showed Saturday. …The report, titled “Trade Policy Review,” was prepared for a WTO meeting that will review China’s trade policies slated for May 21-23 in Geneva.”