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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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The Bankruptcy Trustee Took My Tuition Payment

The steep and steady rise of tuition for their children may drive some parents to bankruptcy and put the completed payment itself in jeopardy. Tuition payments made by parents to their child’s private school, college or university may be subject to claw-back when the parents later file for bankruptcy. Those sizable tuition payments are becoming…

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Remedies Vary for Wrongful Termination of a Construction Contract

Sufficient justification of the termination of a construction contract must exist or the terminating party may be liable for damages arising out of the wrongful termination. The results of any such termination typically are governed by termination clauses, or in their absence, Maryland statute. On occasion, owners or general contractors will terminate a construction contract,…

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Michael Siri Receives Top Volunteer Award From the Homeless Persons Representation Project

Michael Siri, a partner at Bowie & Jensen LLC and a member of the firm’s litigation department, was recently presented with the volunteer of the year award from the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP). Mr. Siri has handled 42 criminal expungement cases through HPRP’s criminal expungement program, which assists individuals clear their records of criminal charges…

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Bowie & Jensen Attorneys Earn a Unanimous Victory at Maryland’s Highest Court

The Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court, handed a unanimous victory to Bowie & Jensen partner Michael Siri and associate Carolyn Mech following oral argument in a dispute to enforce neighborhood restrictive covenants. The land use case began when two homeowners sought to construct a second sellable home on their lot, a violation of the…

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Mark T. Jensen Presents Members of Ebola Treatment Response Teams with the Maryland Hospital Association’s Highest Honor

Mark T. Jensen, co-founder and partner at Bowie & Jensen LLC, recently presented caregivers on Maryland’s Ebola treatment response teams with the Distinguished Service Award at the Maryland Hospital Association’s (MHA) Annual Membership Meeting. The event was held June 1-2, 2015 at the Four Seasons Baltimore. Mr. Jensen, Chairman of the Board for the MHA,…

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Construction Workers in Confined Spaces Will Come Under New Protection Rule

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that construction workers who work in confined spaces such as tanks and manholes will come under a new rule that will provide them with increased protection. In an effort to prevent deaths on the job, multiple employers at a work site will be required to…

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