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  • Plan to Fail

    By: Jefferson C. Glassie

    Originally published in Associations Now Magazine, published by ASAE. Your association will be hacked. Are you ready? You often hear lawyers talking about risk -- potential legal and other problems that can arise for an association. Well, there is one new risk that isn’t just a possibility: Your...

  • FTC Increases HSR Act Thresholds: "Size of Transaction" Test Increased By 2.5% to $78.2 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 changes in the U.S. gross national product for the fiscal year ending...

  • New DOL Regulations: Proper Classification of Community Association Employees Matters

    By: Jennifer S. Jackman, Tiffany M. Releford

    Proper classification of employees is critical to avoid potential liability for unpaid overtime.  If that did not get your attention, then consider this:  In addition to unpaid overtime, misclassification of employees can result in liquidated damages, equitable relief and reimbursement of...

  • Shoveling Out - Snow Removal Responsibilities and Liability for Community Associations

    The DC Metro area recently endured winter storm Jonas. Many embraced the historic snow, especially kids who got a weeklong vacation. Homeowners, though, ended up spending some quality time with a shovel and were likely rewarded with a sore back. Likewise, Community Associations had to figure out...

  • Expanding the Marketability of Units in your Condominium Association to a Bigger Pool of Potential Buyers: FHA Certification and Recertification

    By: Kathleen W. Panagis

    What Does it Mean for a Condominium Project to be FHA Certified? When a condominium project is FHA certified, it means that the units located within the condominium project are eligible for FHA-insured loans.   An FHA insured loan is a Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) mortgage insurance...

  • Whiteford Gains Public Finance And Real Estate Partner

    By: Kimberly J. Min

    Law360, New York Whiteford Taylor & Preston has snagged an ambitious corporate attorney with more than a decade's experience working with public finance and real estate transactions, and who now hopes to expand her practice to develop more tax expertise in the municipal finance arena.

  • Top 5 Political Law Compliance Tips for 2016

    By: James A. Kahl, Jeffrey P. Altman, Stacey L. Pine

    Avoid Common and Costly Missteps that Accompany Political Contributions, Lobbying and Gifts

  • Montgomery County CCOC Launches Online Board Member Training Program

    By: Kevin A. Kernan

    Montgomery County law now requires common ownership community board members to receive training in basic community association management.  The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) has launched a new online training program that allows board members to comply...

  • How Associations Can Protect Their Content Rights Before Going Global

    By: Dorothy Deng

    By: Dorothy W. Deng and Michelle Sara KingReprinted with permission. Copyright, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, June 1, 2015, Washington, DC.

  • Automatic Renewal of Membership Dues and Recurring Credit Card Payment Laws

    By: Megan C. Spratt

    More associations are instituting automatic membership dues renewal programs, where members’ credit cards are stored and charged periodically.  While this payment structure is very appealing to many associations, certain legal issues should be carefully considered before proceeding.