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  • Secure Bike Parking Now Required in D.C. Residential Buildings

    By: Jhumur Razzaque

    By Jhumur Razzaque The District of Columbia has adopted rules requiring residential buildings with eight or more units to provide secure bicycle parking spaces, effective as of November 28, 2014. These rules have been added as sections 1214, 1215, and 1216 to Chapter 12 of Title 18 of the District...

  • A Brief Overview of Maryland's New Law, "Charitable Enforcement and Protection of Charitable Assets"

    In 2014, Title 6.5, entitled “Protection of Charitable Assets,” was added to the Business Regulation Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  This new law went into effect on June 1, 2014.  The new title relates to “charitable assets” that are given, received or held for a “charitable...

  • Ex-Officio Directors Get Voting Rights in California

    By: Eileen Morgan Johnson

    Take-away: Beginning January 1, 2015, a nonprofit organization that was incorporated in California will no longer be able to have ex officio directors who do not have voting rights.  

  • 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...