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  • Dryer Vent Safety

    By: Roberto M. Montesinos

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 15,000 home fires are caused each year by faulty or improperly maintained dryers. More than half of these fires are caused by dryer vents that have failed to be cleaned. As temperatures begin to rise, it is time for community...

  • Contract Review For Associations

    By: Stacey L. Pine

    Originally published in Association TRENDS.

  • Fed. Circ. Revives Patent On De-Icing Roads With Molasses

    By: Steven E. Tiller

    By Law 360 Reporter, Kat Greene  Law360, Los Angeles (August 31, 2016, 6:26 PM ET) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday revived a patent for a molasses byproduct used as a de-icing agent on roads, finding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board didn’t present enough evidence to show that...

  • Increasing Number of Condominium Projects Eligible for FHA Certification and Recertification through New Federal Law

    By: Kathleen W. Panagis

    Approval of Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act

  • Harry Johnson at ABA

    By: Harry S. Johnson

    This photograph was taken 8/5 at the ABA meeting in San Francisco.  Pictured, from left to right, are Karol Corbin Walker, Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, and a former President of the New Jersey Bar; Harry S. Johnson, Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Public...

  • Our CEO Wants to Host a Candidate Fundraiser: What Are the Risks?

    By: Jeffrey P. Altman, James A. Kahl, Stacey L. Pine

    Every election year, corporations, associations, their PACs, and their leaders are asked to host or participate in fundraising events for federal candidates.   All incorporated entities –  corporations, trade associations, or advocacy organizations – are barred from making contributions (...

  • Let's Discuss Employee Probationary Periods

    By: Steven E. Bers

    Originally published in Association TRENDS, May-June 2016.

  • Form 990-Schedule B: Can states demand your confidential donor information - even if they do not need and cannot protect this information?

    By: Jeffrey P. Altman

    Originally published in Association TRENDS, May-June 2016. In the case of California, a federal judge recently ruled NO! The Court held that requiring nonprofits to file their confidential Schedule B donor information in order to register to solicit contributions unduly burdened First Amendment...

  • A "Smart" Version of the Form I-9 is on the Horizon

    By: Tiffany M. Releford

    Originally published in Association TRENDS magazine, June 2016. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for newly hired employees to verify the employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States.  Failure to complete the Form I-9 can result in severe penalties against...

  • Act Now on Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues!

    By: Jefferson C. Glassie

    Originally published in Association TRENDS magazine, June 2016.