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  • 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, 2014

  • 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...

  • Employer Liability for Harassment of Employees by Strangers

    By: Jennifer S. Jackman

    True or False:  Employers can be held liable for harassment of their employees by third parties (non-employees).  TRUE.

  • Alexander Koff Recognized in Who's Who Legal for Trade & Customs Law

    By: Alexander W. Koff

    Baltimore -- Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is delighted to announce that Alexander Koff has been selected again in the International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers. He has been continuously listed since 2010.

  • D.C., Maryland and Virginia: Open Meeting Requirements

    By: Alexander N. Rouhani

    Takeaway:  Open Meeting requirements restrict how and when a Board of Directors may discuss Association business. In general, they require that all meetings, including those of any committee or subcommittee, be open to all members of the Association, but provide a limited set of circumstances...

  • Delaware Legislation Update: The New Ombudsman

    By: Chad J. Toms

    On August 12, 2014, Delaware’s governor signed a bill into law creating an Office of the Common Interest Community Ombudsman within the Department of Justice.  What is the Ombudsman charged with doing, and how will it affect your community? Under the new law, the Ombudsman is empowered to help...