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  • The Changing Impact of Comprehensive Planning on Zoning

    By: John B. Gontrum

    Recent decisions from trial and appellate courts have marked a major point in the evolution of importance of comprehensive plans to zoning decisions.   Although there has always been a close relationship between comprehensive plans and development regulations, the relationship between...

  • Protecting Your Community: Considerations in Creating a Safe Community Environment

    By: Roberto M. Montesinos

    The transition into the cold and dark of winter offers an excellent opportunity for community associations to analyze safety and security issues. In this article, we will examine some of the routine steps a community association can take in order to minimize the risk of crime and prevent injury in...

  • The Power of the Super-Priority Lien

    By: Jhumur Razzaque

    An Overview

  • The Hiring Process: What You Should Never Ask

    By: Jennifer S. Jackman

    Associations should exercise care when hiring new employees --   not only in selecting the right candidate but in avoiding questions that could create liability.   This can be especially important when boards of directors, who typically include directors with little to no...

  • Trends in Intellectual Property: The Securitization of IP Assets

    The current economic market of low interest rates has sparked a revival of securitization of risky assets.  Traditionally, lenders secure loans with tangible assets; however, intellectual property assets are becoming increasingly popular with both lenders and borrowers as a means to close a...

  • Montgomery County's Criminal Background Law Enacted With Significant Changes

    By: Jeffrey C. Seaman

    The purpose of this note is to summarize the significant differences between the criminal background check bill introduced in the Montgomery County Council in July (“Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards”) and the version of that bill that was passed into law by the Council on October 28, 2014...

  • 3D Printing & Intellectual Property Rights

    Many people are pointing to 3D printing as the next big thing. This has led many others to point to intellectual property issues that will almost certainly become hot button questions in the near future. With the arrival of accessible 3D printing comes the capacity to alter business and effect...

  • Proposed Partnership Reliance Regs Describe Application Of Code Sec. 751(b) To "Hot Assets"

    By: Michael J. Grace

    Michael Grace spoke about partnership reliance regulations in an article which appeared in Federal Tax Weekly: "...CCH Take Away. "Section 751(b) represents perhaps the least understood and most uncomplied with provision in all of Subchapter K," Michael J. Grace, JD, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston...

  • 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

    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 side can agree on is that...