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Archive for March 2011

Calling All Authors – Protect Yourself Before You Publish

You have finally finished your manuscript and are looking to close your publishing deal. The next, critical step is to retain counsel to provide legal advice on any publishing agreement. Publishing companies, in general, will use a form agreement in negotiations with an author. Keep in mind, however, that form agreements are usually drafted by…

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Built to Last – Business Succession

Building a successful business can take much of a lifetime; passing it along to the next generation should not consume all the rest. Succession planning, especially if the intended successors are family members, is essential both for purposes of estate planning and ensuring that the business legacy continues in capable hands. Numerous strategies are available.…

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New Tax Law Provides Greater Certainty in Business Tax Planning

Until the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “Tax Relief Act of 2010”) became law on December 17, 2010, the fate of a number of existing tax relief provisions were unclear. In the waning days of December 2010, it was widely believed that current tax provisions would be extended…

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Are You Really Covered?

An interesting federal appeals court case affirms an insurance coverage rule that all businesses that carry professional liability insurance should know. The case involved an accounting firm’s professional liability policy that started on July 1, 2008, which covered the firm in the event that it was held to be liable for, “an act or omission…

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Lock-Out Or Not, the Washington Redskins Lost

Lock-out or not, the Washington Redskins lost today. In court. A federal appeals court upheld a decision that the team violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by not providing three individuals who are deaf or hearing-impaired, with access to the lyrics to music played over the speakers at the Redskins’ home stadium, FedEx Field. The…

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Constitutionality of Requiring Vaccines for School Children

Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which is the federal appeals court that has jurisdiction over federal courts in Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic states, upheld the constitutionality of a West Virginia law requiring all children to be immunized for diphtheria, polio, rubella, tetanus, and whooping cough as a condition to…

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Business Law: SBA Makes Changes to the 8(a) Business Development Program

On March 14, 2011, revisions to the U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program become effective, marking the first time in 10 years that comprehensive changes will be made. The revisions include technical and substantive changes to ensure small businesses can properly compete and win federal government contracts. The revisions encompass changes to numerous…

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