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  • Proposed Legislation in Maryland Regarding the Definition of Supervisors

    By: Tiffany M. Releford

    By Tiffany Releford

  • Marla Diaz Argues the Constitutionality in Virginia Express Lanes Case

    By: Marla J. Diaz

    Marla Diaz was quoted in length in WTOP’s article, “Judge Delays Ruling on Landmark Express Lanes Case.”  The Judge's decision could have a significant impact on users of Virginia's Express Lanes.  Marla argues the fines charged to her client are excessive and violate the 8th Amendment...

  • 2015 Brings Limits on Employers' Ability to Inquire About Applicants' Criminal Histories in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia

    By: Jeffrey C. Seaman

    Montgomery County and the District of Columbia have enacted versions of what are commonly referred to as "Ban the Box" laws - laws that limit an employer's ability to inquire about a job applicant's criminal history.

  • Signing Contracts

    With the wear and tear from winter weather, and spring cleaning approaching, there may be several projects waiting in the wings for your association. Whether it be routine maintenance or a new construction project you will probably need to execute a contract for the work to be completed. Managers...

  • Claim Construction Deference: The Paradigm Shifts

    In a win for Teva Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. Supreme Court abandoned the Federal Circuit's long established rule that the patent claim construction rulings of trial courts are not to be accorded any deference upon appeal.  On January 20, 2015, the Court held in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA,...

  • Don't Send Your Association's Email Lists To Criminals

    By: Jefferson C. Glassie, Stacey L. Pine*

    By: Jeff Glassie and Stacey Pine On an almost daily basis, we hear about a high profile company falling victim to a cyber-attack.  While the news media has been replete with stories about high profile, for-profit businesses falling victim to computer hackers, nonprofit associations are now...

  • Travel Safe: Managing the Legal Risks that Arise from International Operations

    By: Jefferson C. Glassie

    By Jeff Glassie This article originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of “Risk Management Essentials” a publication of Nonprofit Risk Management Center.

  • The New Virtual Reality: Virtual Patent Marking

    The US Patent and Trademark Office submitted a report to Congress outlining the progress and underutilization of virtual patent marking in the three years since it became available under the America Invents Act (AIA). The report was directed at analyzing the effectiveness of “virtual marking” as a...

  • FTC Increases HSR Act Thresholds: "Size of Transaction" Test Increased to $76.3 Million

    By: Frank S. Jones, Jr.

    The Federal Trade Commission has revised the filing and other dollar-denominated thresholds contained in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”).  These adjustments are made annually based on ch

  • Why What We Call Our Business Is So Critical

    A trademark protects a company’s goodwill and reputation.  The owner of a legitimate trademark may prevent others from using a similar mark that is likely to cause confusion among consumers as to the relationship or affiliation of the two entities or their products or services.  A company...