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  • Court refers discovery contests to ‘conciliators’

    By: Thomas Mugavero

    Thomas Mugavero was quoted at length in the article, “Court refers discovery contests to 'conciliators,'” which appeared in Virginia Lawyers Weekly: "...Many of the referred motions are “straight motions to compel,” where one side simply hasn’t responded to discovery requests and the other side...

  • “Alice” and the Ensuing Rabbit Hole for Patents

    By: Steven E. Tiller

    By Steven E. Tiller The United States’ patent system has become a popular target for criticism with some claiming that far too many obvious products and methods are being patented, while others contend that the Patent Office is far too restrictive in issuing patents. The only thing that each...

  • The Post's Endorsements For Prince George's House And Senate Elections

    By: Erek L. Barron

    By Editorial Board, October 23, 2014 [There] are some high-quality candidates this year. We’ve tried to focus our attention on them, without making endorsements in every district…

  • What to Do When a Customer Files for Bankruptcy

    By: Stephen B. Gerald

    The attached article was originally published in Strategic Finance magazine, and is reprinted here with permission. If you've been working as a management accountant or finance professional in the past five years, it's a safe bet that you've encountered the bankruptcy process in some fashion....

  • Tax Tangles: REIT Spinoffs: Opportunities and Issues

    By: Michael J. Grace

    This installment of Tax Tangles explains why more and more companies find enticing the prospect of transferring their real estate to a Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) and highlights tax and business issues to consider in contemplating this strategy. Readers interested in learning more about...

  • Federal Trade Commission Cracking Down on Professional Associations That Inhibit Competition

    By: David L. Cahn

    Take-away:  While it is tempting for a professional association to tell its members not to “poach” each others’ customers, doing so violates federal antitrust law.

  • Is Your Sick Leave Policy in Compliance with District of Columbia Law?

    By: Tiffany M. Releford

    In November 2008, the District of Columbia enacted the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 (“ASSLA”) which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, as well as safe leave for absences related to domestic violence or sexual abuse.  Effective March 2014, ASSLA was amended...

  • In Court, A Trademark Battle Turns Personal For Two Fish Sauce Makers

    By: Steven E. Tiller

    Federal trademark trial pits a family-owned industry behemoth against a fledgling maker of artisan fish sauce In court, two fish sauce makers recount their personal ties to the staple in Vietnamese cooking By VICTORIA KIM, LOS ANGELES TIMES, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-fish...

  • The "Unpaid" Intern

    By: A. Ari Ghosal

    This article appeared in the Special Focus: Employment Law section of Association TRENDS, June 2014, and is reprinted with permission of the publisher. You are contemplating hiring an “intern” for your organization.  You have budget constraints, but you could sure use the extra help. ...

  • Applicants' Criminal Histories May Soon Be Off Limits in Initial Interviews in Montgomery County and District of Columbia

    By: Jeffrey C. Seaman

    The District of Columbia has enacted a law that will prohibit employers with 10 or more full-time employees from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history during the initial application process.  There is similar legislation pending in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a public hearing...