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D.C. Council Passes Sports Betting Bill

February 20, 2019

On Tuesday February 19, 2019, the DC Council passed the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 (B 22-944), which permits retail, online and mobile sports gambling in the District. While the bill is subject to mayoral and Congressional review and approval, there were emergency measures also passed that will kick things into gear today.

Building the Wall: Suing Based on Eminent Domain

February 20, 2019

President Trump’s declaration of national emergency announced recently has specific legal consequences for landowners on the border. Under Eminent Domain law, the government can “take” private property for public use – but must provide landowners with just compensation. 

Maryland’s Minimum Wage Is Poised to Increase — Is Your Business Ready?

February 19, 2019

If your business has employees in Maryland, get ready to start issuing pay raises. The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering a bill that would steadily increase the state’s minimum wage by approximately 50% in four years. Maryland’s current minimum wage is $10.10 per hour, $2.85 higher than the federal minimum established by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Offit Kurman Attorney Seymour Stern Voted Best Lawyer in Frederick County

February 19, 2019

Readers of Frederick Magazine recently voted Offit Kurman attorney Seymour Stern the best lawyer in Frederick County, Maryland. Mr. Stern appears in the “Best of Frederick 2019” list in the magazine’s February issue.

The Weekly Scenario: Online Will Programs

February 18, 2019

Question: I’m interested in having a Will drawn up.  How good are the online Will programs?

Read Delete: The World’s Most Innovative Fintech Companies 2019

February 18, 2019

The world’s top fintech companies, otherwise known as companies that provide financial technology services, have two things in common: they are using technology to simplify financial transactions and because of that, they are getting a lot of attention from investors. The growth of the fintech market has seen a drastic increase over the last decade, with 39 of the top companies receiving more than $100 million in outside funding. 

Commemorating Sergeant Eddison Hermond’s Heroic Sacrifice in the Ellicott City Floods of 2018, Offit Kurman and Partners Contribute to Culinary Scholarship Fund

February 15, 2019

Months after National Guard Sgt. Eddison Hermond’s heroic death during the Ellicott City Flood, a group of business partners—along with help from Matt Stover and his Players Philanthropy Fund—have raised money from public donations to ensure the National Guardsman’s legacy lives on.

Saturday Side Hustle: Side Bar – Technology and Patents

February 15, 2019

You may be aware that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published guidance in the Federal Register on January 7, 2019 that relates to patentable subject matter in the tech space. If you have a tech business and have ever attempted to patent your technology in the United States, you have probably been told at least once by a patent examiner that your invention amounts to an “abstract idea” that is not patentable…

Offit Kurman Attorney Kathryn E. Pettit Elected VP of MBCEA Mid-Atlantic Chapter

February 14, 2019

Kathryn E. Pettit, a construction law attorney with Offit Kurman, has been elected vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA).

Friday Factoid Quiz: Inventions by Women

February 14, 2019

February 15th is the birthday of civil rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony. On this day, we honor our nation’s efforts to promote equal treatment for women. To honor the occasion, test your knowledge of the following items invented by women. Did you know in the early years of our nation’s history a woman could not obtain a patent in her own name because her property was required to be titled in the name of her father or husband?