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  • Scared Staff / Reassigned Manager

    By: Jeffrey C. Seaman

    A recent federal court decision in a discrimination / retaliation case will be of interest to Maryland employers, HR managers, and people who mistreat their staff.

  • Restaurant and Retail Franchisors: Could This Be You in 2014?

    By: David L. Cahn

    The case of Wojcik v. Interarch, Inc., currently pending in the U.S.

  • Recent Franchise Non-Compete Cases Show Unpredictability of Enforcement

    By: David L. Cahn

    Summary: Recent cases involving attempted enforcement of covenants not to compete by franchisors show the unpredictability of the results in such cases. However, careful reading of the factual circumstances of the cases also supports the adage that “bad facts make bad law.” So it behooves...

  • WTP's Marla Diaz Wins Summary Judgment on BMA -- Renoir Case

    By: Marla J. Diaz

    “A federal court judge made a ruling Friday that will award title to an 1879 painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir to the Baltimore Museum of Art — though it may be some time before the tiny water view of the River Seine makes it back home to Baltimore. Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District...

  • The State Acts: the Environmental Impact on Business, 2013 and 2014

    By: M. Trent Zivkovich

    The close of 2013 saw several developments in environmental regulatory matters that Maryland businesses and individuals should consider as they make plans for the coming year and beyond.  A common theme in many of these state programs and initiatives is the role and cost of stormwater...

  • Protecting An Association's Trademarks

    By: Dana O. Lynch

    When we think of trademarks, most consumers think of famous international brands, such as Coca-Cola, Nike and Apple. Trademarks, however, are not just for traditional “for-profit” corporations. Trademarks can be very important assets to associations and can have significant value in advancing their...

  • Copyrights Are Critical For Associations

    By: Jefferson C. Glassie

    Books, publications, websites, white papers, conference proceedings, magazines and newsletters constitute some of the most valuable property that associations have. These materials may be protected by the copyright laws, and it’s critical that associations maximize such protection. It’s important...

  • Privacy Matters

    By: Howard R. Feldman

    The obligations imposed by the data breach laws enacted by almost every state and many foreign countries (particularly the European Union) and various federal privacy laws do not distinguish between for profit businesses and nonprofit organizations. Therefore, trade and professional associations...

  • Cyberattacks Are Equal Opportunity Threats

    By: S. Keith Moulsdale

    You may think that most cyberattacks happen to for-profit businesses and government agencies. But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security; when it comes to collecting and storing valuable data, many trade associations and nonprofits could give a like-sized corporation a run for its money.

  • Top Court Could Expand Rights of Nonparties to File Amicus Briefs

    By: Dwight W. Stone II

    By Steve LashThe Daily Record ...But Dwight W. Stone II, a co-chair of Maryland Defense Counsel's appellate practice committee, predicted the new rules would not substantially change the practice of advising corporate clients to file an amicus brief when an issue before the court can affect their...