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On Friday, before Snowzilla descended on Washington, DC, the Supreme Court dropped a bomb on collective actions across the board when it issued an opinion in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez. On the surface, Cambell-Ewald is a case about the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, in which...

Many small businesses employ independent contractors for a variety of purposes. However, according to a "new" interpretation issued by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Divisions, your independent contractor may actually be a short-term employee . The consequences of improperly classifying an employee...

Although this video comes from the University of Maryland Technology Entrepreneurship Program, I thought a brilliant summation of the importance of intellectual property. The video operates from the viewpoint of a technology start up, it can apply to any business. https://vimeo.com/mtecheducation/review/135984018/73ab171e54 the video is a short three...

When I started my own practice, I specifically set out to operate my practice in a way that was different. I wanted to attract good clients, clearly, but I wanted to be a different kind of lawyer. Well, as it turns out, that is easier said...

Today is the start of National Small Business Week. The Small Business Administration is hosting a series of events across the country, check out the link here. If you are a small business in Maryland, we are here to help you make your plans come true. If...

This is the fourth in an occasional series of posts examine Commercial Lease Agreements. Previous posts examined  percentage rent provisions, term length and stuffed definitions, and relocation clauses. This post will examine audit rights for the tenant. Many, if not most, commercial leases are "triple net"...

Last week, a good friend and client asked for my advice about how to price a new project that she was about to undertake. In doing so, I said that it was difficult for me to do that since there are some subjective criteria involved,...

The Maryland General Assembly is considering and may pass two laws that directly affect small businesses and their relationships with their employees. Two bill sin particular have a pretty good chance of making it to Governor O'Malley's desk for signature at the end of the...