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Bowie & Jensen LLC is pleased to announce that Patrick R. Buckler has joined the firm as a partner in the litigation department. Mr. Buckler’s practice focuses in the area of business litigation. Mr. Buckler brings more than 15 years of experience to the firm. He has represented businesses, governmental entities and individuals in an…

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On occasion, owners or general contractors will terminate a construction contract, alleging the lower-tiered contractor has failed to meet its contractual obligations on a project. The basis for termination will range from failure to perform or arrange to have performed any duties under the contract to the refusal to make any payments to subcontractors or…

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As a follow-up to the previous article Critical Construction Clauses: Termination for Convenience, this focuses on the effects of another means of contract termination, termination for cause by the owner in a construction project in Maryland. A right of termination for cause is standard in public and private construction projects, permitting a party to terminate…

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A recent decision of Maryland’s high court may result in more lawsuits here against out-of-state employers as their local employees choose to stake their wage claims on Maryland’s more favorable statute. Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law enables employees to sue for unpaid compensation, such as salary, commissions, bonuses, and vacation pay. The statute applies…

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“Ban the Box” laws already prevent employers in many Maryland local jurisdictions from checking an applicant’s criminal background in the early stages of the hiring process. A bill now pending in the Maryland legislature would take such protections much further – to prohibit any inquiry at all into a specified range of crimes. Current Ban…

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The real estate magnate Leona Helmsley was famously maligned when word got out after her death in 2007 that she had named her Maltese dog Trouble as the beneficiary of a $12 million trust fund. After a court battle, Trouble was forced to scrape by on trust principal reduced to $2 million. It seemed silly…

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