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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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The intellectual property attorneys at Bowie and Jensen discuss a recent high-profile copyright infringement case in the world of pop music. Intellectual property cases often involve esoteric criteria for determining whether someone’s work has been improperly appropriated. When that decision is literally in the ear of the beholder the distinction becomes even more difficult, and…

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In recent years, the Maryland Legislature has passed several laws addressing the issue of retention on construction contracts. Historically, an owner would hold back, or retain, ten percent of the balance due on an invoice to secure final completion. As a result, this ten percent hold back flowed down to each subcontractor and supplier. Through…

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The employment law attorneys at Bowie & Jensen LLC explain the recent minimum wage change in Maryland and plans for future increases. On January 1, 2015, the hourly minimum wage in Maryland increased from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour, the first in a series of graduated increases that will see it reach $10.10 by 2018.…

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Once again the attorneys at Bowie & Jensen LLC have been selected to the 2015 Maryland Super Lawyers and 2015 Maryland Rising Stars lists. Super Lawyers annually recognizes attorneys across the country who have excelled in their legal practice and achieved a high-degree of peer recognition. Attorneys undergo a thorough, patented selection process in order…

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