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Friday Factoid – 8.16.13

August 16, 2013

Unique sounds can be registered as a trademark or service mark. For example, the USPTO registered NBC’s chimes sound, MGM’s…

Revisiting the Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

August 15, 2013

When Edith Windsor’s spouse passed away in 2009, Windsor elected the estate tax exemption for surviving spouses. The Internal Revenue…

Health Care Law & Employee Contracts: Is Social Media Covered?

August 14, 2013

With the not-so-recent emergence of social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+, employers have taken it upon themselves…

Labor and Employment FAQs: What does a Non-Compete Clause cover?

August 13, 2013

Starting a new job can be rather overwhelming, between the new company, new people, and all of the paperwork. You…

Compliance Checklist for CFPB Examinations

August 12, 2013

As you may remember from one of our previous blogs, “Financial Institution Compliance and Loan Officer Compensation,” the Consumer Financial…

Landlord Alert: Bedbug Verdict

August 12, 2013

On May 29th a jury in Anne Arundel County returned an $800,000 verdict for a tenant for injuries she sustained…

The Weekly Scenario from Steve Shane – 8.12.13

August 12, 2013

Question:  Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), what implications…

Zoning Laws and your New Building

August 9, 2013

When it comes to zoning laws, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it could really…

Friday Factoid – 8.9.13

August 9, 2013

A new web site and app (UFaker) rewards people who report evidence of counterfeit goods and provides companies with a…

Employee Misclassification and Labor and Employment Law: Am I at risk?

August 9, 2013

According to the United States Department of Labor (DOL), 30% of employers are guilty of employee misclassification of independent contractors.…