LawMatters - April 2018

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Offit Kurman Promotes Four Associate Attorneys to Principals


Offit Kurman is pleased to announce the promotion of four attorneys in Maryland and Virginia. Attorneys Caroline Solano, James Gaither, Brian Dorwin, and Joe Mathis have been elevated from Associate to Principal...Read More

Also See: Offit Kurman Partners with Maryland Carey Law


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May 18, 2018 at 7:30 am



Bankruptcy Wave Hits Retail: What Trade Creditors Need to Know
by Joyce Kuhns, Esq.

Toy’s “R” Us. The Limited. HHGregg. Radio Shack. In 2017, the pace of chapter 11 retail filings picked up significantly. So did store closings by Sears and Kmart, J.C. Penney’s, and Payless Shoes, to name a few. The uptick in activity reflects increased competition between “bricks and clicks” retailers and changes in how and where customers shop. With the anticipated rise in interest rates, bankruptcy filings and store closings are expected to continue in 2018, according to Moody’s and Fitch Ratings...Read More

Also See: Tony Soprano was a Government Contractor by Bryan King, Esq.

Meet Ryan Hogan the CEO of Hunt A Killer. Described as "a real-world escape room," Hunt A Killer is a subscription box service that puts members in the shoes of a detective conducting a manhunt for a serial killer. In this Exclusive CEO minutes interview, Ryan describes how Hunt a Killer was founded out of his military background, the creative process behind the game...CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW

The Legal Minute Video Series: How to Keep Your Legal Fees Down

Newsflash: litigation is expensive. Hiring a lawyer is an expensive undertaking. Most lawyers at my experience level charge $350 to $450 per hour! That’s why it’s important to approach a lawyer-client relationship with efficiency in mind. When you are in the midst of a legal dispute, hiring counsel is absolutely necessary. But how you interact with that lawyer will often dictate the size of your bill....Read More


Also see: Family Law FAQ - How can I change my child support amount?


Federal Courts at Odds Over Whether Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation by Katherine Witherspoon, Esq.

Attorneys, advocacy groups, and legal scholars have debated the question for decades: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects individuals from employment discrimination on the basis of sex, also cover a person’s sexual orientation? Last month, in Zarda v. Altitude Express, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that, yes, Title VII does in fact prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The case involved a skydiving instructor named Donald Zarda, who lost his job after telling a client he was gay. In a 10–3 decision, the Second Circuit affirmed that Altitude Express, Zarda’s former employer, had terminated him unlawfully because—in the words of Chief Judge Robert Katzmann—“sexual orientation is a function of sex.”...Read More



Also See: Telebriefs®: Employers Receiving More Demand Letters Regarding Sexual Harassment Claims by Howard Kurman, Esq.