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CONSIDER FHA REGULATION WHEN WRITING POOL RULES

This content has been archived. It may no longer be relevantMany community associations have pools and other recreational areas for the members’ use. It is common for associations to establish rules of use for these facilities. Those rules should take into account the impact of the Fair Housing Act as it relates to families with…

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Compensation and Compliance Matters: CFPB Complaint Plan Invites Abuses, Assures Higher Cost

Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set forth a new proposal to make all complaints public and sort them by subject and lender. In addition, the lender’s response would also be public. It would be up to the borrower to control whether the complaint would be publicized or remain confidential. At first blush it…

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Read|Delete: Summer Vacations for Entrepreneurs

Office Depot recently surveyed 1,500 small and medium-size business owners on their summer vacation plans. The results showed: Sixty percent of those surveyed said they weren’t planning on taking a summer vacation this year due to financial hardship. Other top reasons for not getting away include: Preference to travel during other months, unable to get away…

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Raising the Bar: 7 Hidden Threats You Need to Protect Your Small Business Against

For many small business owners, success amounts to mere survival. In fact, according to the SBA, about half of all new establishments fail within five years. Chances are you already know many of the reasons why: limited market opportunities, ruthless competition, operational difficulties, poor growth and revenue, and debt—to name a few. But for every…

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“Ban the Box” Passes in Baltimore City

Effective August 15, 2014, public and private employers with 10 or more employees working in the City of Baltimore must remove from their employment applications questions asking candidates about their criminal backgrounds and will be prohibited from questioning prospective employment candidates about their criminal background during the initial interview stages. Criminal background inquiries can be…

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Friday Factoid: USPTO Registration for “LIGHTS OUT”

On April 13, 2014, former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman sued Nike for trademark infringement relating to Nike’s use of his nickname LIGHTS OUT. Merriman owns USPTO registration to use the term LIGHTS OUT in connection with clothing. Nike now uses a LIGHTS OUT mark in connection with its own apparel line. Source: Scribd.com  …

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A Conversation with Nicolas China, Owner & Managing Partner, Pixilated Photobooth

Pixilated Photobooth has taken the photo booth experience out of the box … literally. Nic China is the owner and managing partner of this young company established in 2011, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and also serving D.C., Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay area. Nic has transformed the familiar boxy experience with photo strips into an open-air, stage-like setting that can interface…

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Why I Use the War Analogy When Talking about Divorce Litigation.

I’ve been practicing family law for almost 15 years, and I have handled hundreds of family law cases in court.  Many times when I meet with a new client they have a preconceived notion of the divorce litigation process, taken largely from television dramas or relayed through the distorted lens of a disgruntled friend who…

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The Weekly Scenario: Can I Successfully Probate This Document as a Will?

Question:  My father had to have emergency surgery and unfortunately didn’t make it. Since he didn’t have a Will I advised him to write up a Will before he went into surgery. He did in fact scribble some notes on a memo pad prior to going into surgery that he said was intended to be his…

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Motivating Your Workforce, Part III: Becoming a “Best Place to Work”

A couple years ago, an employee of a major medical provider in Maryland suffered a devastating tragedy. Her story, which I paraphrase here, was originally published in Baltimore Magazine, as supplementary material for the February 2013 article “The 24 Best Places to Work.” This employee and her husband lost their home, along with all of…

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