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Condominiums May Not Opt Out Of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Provisions

Under Section 11-114 of the Maryland Condominium Act, Condominium Associations must maintain property insurance on the entire condominium including units, excepting improvements and betterments installed by the Unit Owner. Condominiums may not opt out of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Coverage provisions, and any changes in statue requirements must be amended by the Legislature, arguments published in a recent court opinion following a declaratory judgment action in Elasik, et al. v. Queen's Landing Council of Unit Owners, Inc.

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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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Past Articles

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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Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Tenants Pose Substantial Risks for Landlords

Although medical marijuana growing, processing, possession and distribution are now legal under Maryland…

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The New Overtime Regulations: What Employers Need to Know

For the first time since 2004, and only the seventh time since the Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted,…

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The Challenge of Banning the Box

Labor and employment attorney Paul M. Finamore, Esq. discusses the impact of "ban the box" legislation…

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