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Posted on Wed, 2015-05-06 14:47 by in Business Services


Got an innovative idea? Starting a new business?  Decided to incorporate? Now what?!

One of the first decisions a budding entrepreneur encounters when starting a new business is where to incorporate their new venture.  In my corporate and business law practice, I tend to point clients in one of two directions, either their home state (the state where the business operates), or Delaware.  For this article we will assume the home state of the entrepreneur is the State of Maryland.

Posted on Thu, 2015-04-30 13:57 by Matthew E. Kreiser in

As a labor and employment attorney, I am often asked by potential clients if they have a viable claim against their employer for being subjected to a “hostile working environment.” And why would they not? Many people feel they are subjected to difficult working conditions, and the word “hostile” is a loaded term, perceived to be attention grabbing and capable of capturing interest. Although it sounds like an all-encompassing claim, the law has very particular requirements to satisfactorily allege that one was, indeed, subjected to an unlawful, hostile working environment.

Posted on Fri, 2015-04-17 11:07 by Eleanor A. Hunt in


Making a Legal Will

Posted on Tue, 2015-04-14 16:31 by Jay P. Holland in


Amendments to False Claims Act expanded remedies for retaliation against contractors and others.

Hillary Clinton came in for criticism when word emerged that she'd bypassed her government email account while running the State Department in favor of her private account. But Corporate America is in no position to criticize, we learn in this special section—mixing of private and company email is rampant, and dangerous. We also investigate the difficulties liberal marijuana laws raise for employers and changes in federal whistleblower-protection laws.

Posted on Thu, 2015-03-26 16:05 by Vijay Mani in

Equal Pay For Women            

            Last week the Institute for Women’s Policy Research released a report[1] about the employment and earning status of women in the U.S. The report noted that at the current rate of progress, from 1960 to today, the wage gap between men and women will finally close in ... 2058! That’s right, wage equality is a mere 43 years away. The pressing nature of the wage equality issue was also raised last month at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, when Patricia Arquette[2], who, after winning for Best Supporting Actress, said, “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” The speech was met with rousing applause and support not just from Hollywooders, but also from Hillary Clinton[3] and Nancy Pelosi[4], who echoed the actress’s words. 

Posted on Tue, 2015-03-03 08:16 by Brian J. Markovitz in


The Avengers teaches Effective Management and Leadership Skills

The Leadership Qualities Captain America Taught My Seven-Year-Old

            There’s a wonderful scene in the first Avengers superhero movie that made a huge impact on my seven-year-old son.  Aliens are invading NYC.  It’s a total mess. Iron Man turns to Captain America and says, “Call it Cap.”  Cap starts telling each Avenger what their roles are, and they get to it.  The last guy is the Hulk, who isn’t exactly known for following orders.  Cap’s final instruction, “And Hulk  . . . smash.”  The Hulk smiles a big, toothy grin because going on a rampage is what he does best. At that moment, you know Cap’s team is clicking, and the aliens don’t have a chance.  

Posted on Mon, 2015-03-02 15:08 by Matthew J. Focht in


In a recent ruling from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Blue v. Arrington, Case No. 1036, Sept. Term 2013, (January 30, 2015), the court upheld the provision of the Maryland Local Government Tort Claims Act (“LGTCA”) which prohibits a local government employee from suing “a fellow employee for tortious acts or omissions committed within the scope of employment if the injury sustained by the local government employee is compensable under the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act.” See Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 503(c).

Posted on Thu, 2015-02-26 12:41 by Darin L. Rumer in


Preparation for Custody Hearings (Part 1)

A Maryland family court making child custody decisions makes two mutually exclusive determinations:  1) legal custody (a determination of which parent may make decisions regarding the health, education, religion and welfare of the child); and 2) physical custody (who the child will reside with).

Posted on Fri, 2015-02-20 14:12 by Levi S. Zaslow in

“Man has long been diversely fascinated with animals.” [1]  Mike Tyson counted pet tigers among his pets, Kristen Stewart and her mother raise wolf-dog hybrids, and Tippi Hedren kept a 400-pound mature lion in her home – allowing it to play by the pool, lounge in the living room, raid the fridge, and even permitted her daughter (Melanie Griffith) to take it to bed. They are hardly alone.[2] Just two weeks ago reports surfaced that former Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Terrence Cody kept an alligator in his Baltimore County home. In fact, owning exotic pets is nothing new. Almost two centuries ago John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, lodged an alligator in a bathtub in the White House’s East Room.

Posted on Tue, 2015-01-13 12:11 by Brian J. Markovitz in False Claims Act


To secure to each labourer the whole product of his labour, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government. 
Abraham Lincoln, 1847

Government Contractor Wage TheftPresident Lincoln rightly believed that workers should get paid what they earn.  But as many of us know, stealing money from workers on government contracts by underpaying them below the prevailing wage[1] is often the industry standard. 

When unions and their members learn of prevailing wage theft, in response, one of two well-intentioned but futile actions usually are taken.  They start a very public protest campaign – either in the newspapers or by physically protesting at the jobsite/headquarters of the offending company.  Or, they file a complaint with the Department of Labor.  Most times, neither action works.  Trying to shame a shameless employer who didn’t pay people properly in the first place does not work.  And, in this government-shutdown, low-morale, underfunded era, the Department of Labor’s resources are so strapped that it often can’t force the bad actors in to compliance. 



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