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Utility to Small Business of New Top Level Domain Names Questioned

In 2011, ICANN decided to permit the creation of completely new generic top level domain names (gTLDs), allowing businesses to obtain domain names that more precisely identified their brand and geographic locations. ICANN has completed its review of proposed gTLDS which it started in 2012 to ensure that they did not violate existing trademarks or threaten the security or stability of the internet. Additional gTLDs will be released as ICANN completes its review, however, it remains to be seen whether the promise of domain names using new gTLDs will be realized for small businesses.

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Baltimore City Council Adopts IgCC

Lost in the noise from the Baltimore City Council’s recent adoption of legislation requiring policy body cameras and banning plastic bags, was news of the Council’s adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).  Although its adoption slipped by quietly, this new building code will have significant consequences for the design of new buildings in the City in 2015, and has the potential to impact existing buildings as well.

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MIA Says Price Optimization Violates Statute; Opportunity for Regulatory Challenge Arrives in 2015

The Maryland Insurance Administration is the first regulatory agency in the country to come out with a clear position on price optimization, issuing Bulletin 14-23 that states that the practice violates § 27-212(e)(1) of the Insurance Article. It calls for any insurer using price optimization to file a corrective action plan by January 1, 2015 and concludes by stating that, “Failure to submit a corrective action plan and to re-file rates/rules that are compliant with Maryland law may result in administrative action.” 

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What Should I Know About Maryland Estate and Gift Taxes in 2014?

On May 15, 2014, Governor O’Malley signed the Maryland legislature’s measure to ease the burden of the Maryland estate tax.

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Past Articles

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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Filing a National Flood Insurance Claim in State Court is No Better Than Filing it in the Kitchen Dr

In Woodson v. Allstate Ins. Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit…

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Texas Federal Judge Enjoins U.S Department of Labor from Implementing and Enforcing its Final Rule R

U.S. District Judge Mazzant from the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction…

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Family Businesses Beware: IRS Shifts Bullseye with Newly Proposed Tax Regulations

With the recent issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code,…

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