Archive for July 2015

Construction Market Now Booming After a Slow First Quarter

After seeing minimal activity in the first quarter of 2015, the construction market has picked up its performance and experienced significant action to date. The greatest amount of activity was seen in the building of commercial properties, especially offices and hotels. The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s…

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Bowie & Jensen Attorney R. Michael Smith Featured in New York Law Journal

R. Michael Smith, a member of Bowie & Jensen’s litigation and employment law practice groups, was quoted in a recent New York Law Journal article titled, “Claims Narrowed in Attorney’s Suit Against Former Firm.” The article explains how Judge Ronnie Abrams narrowed a lawsuit between a New York attorney and the Washington D.C.-based law firm where…

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You Gotta Fight for Your Right to IP

One year ago, a federal court jury in New York awarded popular rap group, the Beastie Boys, $1.7 million resulting from the unauthorized use of several of its songs by marketers of Monster brand energy drink. Recently, the judge in the same case ordered Monster to pay an additional $668,000 toward the group’s legal fees.…

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Law Lends Finality to Planning With Revocable Trusts

A law emerging from this year’s session of the Maryland legislature now extends certain probate estate protections to revocable trusts, enhancing their utility as an estate planning tool. A flaw in the sometimes commercially touted strategy of beating estate probate with a revocable trust has been that creditor claims against the creator of the trust…

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