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Avoid Trouble with the Maryland Unemployment Division

As employers struggle with sky-rocketing unemployment insurance premiums, some look to reorganization for relief. Unfortunately, most business reorganizations designed to reduce unemployment insurance rates are illegal and can result in serious trouble for employers. Maryland’s State Unemployment Tax Act (“SUTA”) prohibits employers from taking unlawful actions to lower their unemployment insurance tax rate below the…

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Mortgages Deemed Enforceable Despite Missing Affidavits

A recent court ruling affirmed the reach of Maryland’s “Curative Statute” to excuse certain missing formalities in the recordation of a lien on real property, though the long course of the litigation suggests lien creditors are better off getting it right the first time.  Recently, deeds of trust, the mortgage-equivalent instruments used in Maryland to…

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Government Contracts: Be Sure the Government Contract Teammates Make the Cut

The “teaming” of businesses to achieve certain advantages for bidding on government contracts has picked up especially in the area of set-asides under the 2010 Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, encouraging the award of government work to legally defined small businesses. When a large business teams up with a small business to qualify for…

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Idea theft case narrowly escapes near certain death in 2nd Circuit

The Second Circuit (an important circuit) recently decided FOREST PARK PICTURES v. UNIVERSAL TELEVISION NETWORK, INC. (June 26, 2012), allowing a “pitch man” to overcome a dismissal of his law suit that claimed Universal took his idea for a television show without paying for it. Raw ideas that cannot be patented (such as ideas for…

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University of Alabama seeing Crimson over recent ruling?

In University of Alabama v New Life Art, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals resolved a portion of a long standing dispute over the protection afforded authentic reproductions of college uniforms.  A painter made paintings (and calendars) accurately depicting University of Alabama games.  For many years this practice was unlicensed, but done with the knowledge…

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Government Contracts: Be Sure the Teammates Make the Cut

The “teaming” of businesses to achieve certain advantages for bidding on government contracts has picked up especially in the area of set-asides under the 2010 Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, encouraging the award of government work to legally defined small businesses. When a large business teams up with a small business to qualify for…

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