News

The 2011 regular legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly was relatively quiet as far as changes to tax law are concerned. Nonetheless, there were a few changes of note for businesses and their owners: The sales and use tax on alcoholic beverages will increase from the generally applicable rate of 6% to 9% on…

Read More

Dilemma: You find out that a company has copied an article that you created from your website, and it is using it on its website as if it had written the article itself. You want to stop them from using your article but you do not have a copyright registration for anything on your website.…

Read More

You have finally finished your manuscript and are looking to close your publishing deal. The next, critical step is to retain counsel to provide legal advice on any publishing agreement. Publishing companies, in general, will use a form agreement in negotiations with an author. Keep in mind, however, that form agreements are usually drafted by…

Read More

Building a successful business can take much of a lifetime; passing it along to the next generation should not consume all the rest. Succession planning, especially if the intended successors are family members, is essential both for purposes of estate planning and ensuring that the business legacy continues in capable hands. Numerous strategies are available.…

Read More

Until the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “Tax Relief Act of 2010”) became law on December 17, 2010, the fate of a number of existing tax relief provisions were unclear. In the waning days of December 2010, it was widely believed that current tax provisions would be extended…

Read More

An interesting federal appeals court case affirms an insurance coverage rule that all businesses that carry professional liability insurance should know. The case involved an accounting firm’s professional liability policy that started on July 1, 2008, which covered the firm in the event that it was held to be liable for, “an act or omission…

Read More

Lock-out or not, the Washington Redskins lost today. In court. A federal appeals court upheld a decision that the team violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by not providing three individuals who are deaf or hearing-impaired, with access to the lyrics to music played over the speakers at the Redskins’ home stadium, FedEx Field. The…

Read More

Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which is the federal appeals court that has jurisdiction over federal courts in Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic states, upheld the constitutionality of a West Virginia law requiring all children to be immunized for diphtheria, polio, rubella, tetanus, and whooping cough as a condition to…

Read More

On March 14, 2011, revisions to the U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program become effective, marking the first time in 10 years that comprehensive changes will be made. The revisions include technical and substantive changes to ensure small businesses can properly compete and win federal government contracts. The revisions encompass changes to numerous…

Read More

Mark T. Jensen, co-founder of Bowie & Jensen and head of the firm’s transaction department, gives tips for businesses struggling with loans Towson, MD: Mr. Jensen is a co-founder of Bowie & Jensen and leads the firm’s transactional department. He has received numerous legal awards and most recently was named to SmartCEO’s legal elite. As…

Read More