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Increasing Risk of Data Breaches Prompt New Legal Requirements for Maryland Businesses

Although recent data breaches involving large corporations such as Equifax, eBay, Target and Yahoo are well known for their widescale size and impact, there are thousands of other breaches occurring daily. Maryland’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) defines a breach and sets forth the requirements for businesses (which includes any type of business entity, including non-profits) facing a data breach. PIPA has been amended to expand the scope of the statute effective January 1, 2018. 

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GOP Tax Bill Proposes Estate Tax Repeal…Hooray?

On November 2, the GOP released its tax reform bill, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H. R. 1), which proposes to phase out the federal estate tax, a.k.a. the “Death Tax,” over the next five years and beginning in 2018 increase the federal estate tax exemption to $10,000,000 per person. The proposed repeal of the estate tax - while flashy for headlines – does not impact the overwhelming majority of estates, which will be affected by several important factors: the extent of your wealth, and where you live.

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Maryland Condominium and Homeowner Associations Face New Rules for Amendment of Governing Documents

A new law passed by the Maryland General Assembly (House Bill 789, Chapter 480) and signed by Governor Hogan, changes the definition of Maryland homeowners in community associations who were entitled to vote on amendment of documents.

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Judge awards $0 after Plaintiffs’ counsel seeks $1.1 million in attorneys’ fees after winning bad faith case

In a scathing, 100-page opinion from the The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Court reiterated that the decision whether to assess attorneys’ fees, costs, and interest under the Pennsylvania bad faith statute is completely within the discretion of the trial court. The court noted that although it may assess attorneys' fees upon a finding of bad faith, it is not required to do so and the party seeking attorneys’ fees bears the burden of demonstrating the reasonableness of the fees, thus denying any fee award after plaintiffs' counsel petitions for $1.1 million in attorneys' fees. 

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Past Articles

Increasing Risk of Data Breaches Prompt New Legal Requirements for Maryland Businesses

Although recent data breaches involving large corporations such as Equifax, eBay, Target and Yahoo…

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GOP Tax Bill Proposes Estate Tax Repeal…Hooray?

On November 2, the GOP released its tax reform bill, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H. R. 1),…

read more »
Maryland Condominium and Homeowner Associations Face New Rules for Amendment of Governing Documents

A new law passed by the Maryland General Assembly (House Bill 789, Chapter 480) and signed by Governor…

read more »
Judge awards $0 after Plaintiffs’ counsel seeks $1.1 million in attorneys’ fees after winning bad fa

In a scathing, 100-page opinion from the The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania,…

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Impact of Overtime Regulations on Employers After DOL Files Reply Brief

Employers now have a clear picture of the Department of Labor’s position on its ability to…

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