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  • 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...

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

    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

    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...