Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Texas Attorney General’s office issued a statement last week after a Travis County district court granted the state’s request for an asset freeze and temporary restraining order against Austin-based Just for People, Inc., and its directors and affiliates:
“Texas law is quite clear about who is authorized to provide immigration consulting services – and Just for People does not pass the test. Tuesday’s court order prohibits Just for People from unlawfully offering or providing unauthorized immigration consulting services. The order also prohibits the defendants from continuing to threaten clients or charge customers for services that are never actually rendered.”
According to the state’s enforcement action, Elizabeth Gabriella “Gabby” Paneque – director of Just for People Inc. – and her affiliates defrauded their clients by providing unauthorized legal advice, document preparation and other services in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).
State investigators found that none of the defendants are attorneys or accredited by the federal Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) as required by law. Furthermore, neither Just for People, Inc., nor its affiliate, Lead God, is a registered nonprofit organization permitted to provide immigration services or representation.
The state’s enforcement action further asserts that Paneque and her affiliates primarily targeted Spanish-speaking customers in the Austin area and charged thousands of dollars for immigration services that were never actually provided.
In one case, a customer paid more than $10,000 after Paneque promised “work visas” for several of the customer’s family members. In an affidavit, the customer swore that each time he inquired about the status of his family’s immigration cases, Paneque “…became very insulting and aggressive, and threatened me.” The customer testified that despite his payments to Paneque, he never obtained a visa or work permit for anyone in his family.
The state’s enforcement action seeks civil penalties of up to $20,000 for each DTPA violation as well as a permanent injunction against the defendants.
Defendants named in the state’s enforcement action:
• Just for People, Inc.
• Elizabeth Gabriella “Gabby” Paneque, also known as Nilda Odalys Paneque, also known as Gabriella Gatjnes, individually and doing business as Lead God
• Frank Alarcon Marimon, also known as Frank Alarcon, individually and doing business as Lead God
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