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Here is an updated refresher on the basics of mechanic’s liens in Maryland for contractors, subcontractors, and owners.  Each party to a construction project should know the basics of mechanic’s liens in Maryland, including the timing of bringing forth a claim, notice requirements to the parties, and other considerations. The following list consists of some…

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Congratulations to Bowie & Jensen attorney Gary Almeter who completed the Boston Marathon today! Gary ran the race last year for a charity, but wasn’t able to finish the marathon due to the tragic bombings. By returning to Boston for this year’s race, Gary represented the firm, but more importantly he was one of thousands of…

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General contractors seeking to shift the risk of non-payment to subcontractors by making payment to subcontractors contingent on payment by the owner include “pay if paid” clauses in the subcontract; however, in Maryland, a subcontractor may not bear the entire risk if the clause does not contain specific language, as required by Maryland Courts. Maryland…

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“Made in the USA” is an advertising claim that appeals to many American consumers as patriotic and as a stimulus to the American economy. In making such claims, however, manufacturers and marketers should take care to comply with regulatory standards for the truthfulness of any “Made in USA” labeling. A basic tenet of advertising law…

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A recent presidential order is likely to bring major changes in how employees are classified as qualifying for overtime pay, or as being exempt from it. The current rules, drafted when many employees were easily characterized as blue collar workers in manufacturing, will be updated to apply to the current, more service-oriented employment economy. The…

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The Maryland Home Improvement Law (“MHIL”) protects homeowners from unlicensed home improvement contractors, but it affords no such protections between contractors, such as an when an unlicensed subcontractor works for a licensed general contractor. The MHIL requires any contractor “who performs or offers or agrees to perform a home improvement for an owner” to first…

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Your business document retention practices may come into unwanted scrutiny in a lawsuit, with consequences that shift the odds against you. Among your emails to and from your company email address, your wastepaper baskets, the files in your desk, the files in the metal cabinets down the hall, the texts on your company iPhone, the…

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Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) have significant implications for employers of all different sizes. As these begin to take effect, though sometimes subject to postponement, it is time for employers to become familiar with them. Below are some of the essential points of the ACA for employers to know. Before delving into…

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Bowie & Jensen has Seven Super Lawyers Congratulations to Mark Jensen, Robert Bowie, Jr., Matt Hjortsberg, Michael Siri, Josh Glikin, Priscilla Carroll, and William McComas on their inclusions to the 2014 Super Lawyers.  They have been selected by their peers based on a rigorous, multi-phased selection process.  A special congratulations to Matt Hjortsberg on his…

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