Articles

Our lawyers are thinkers as well as doers—and have published numerous informative and insightful articles on topics related to their respective practices and our clients’ industries. Read what our people have to say about what’s important to you.

Articles

Recent Articles

Maryland Takes on the SEC in Debate Over Fiduciary Standard of Care

The Maryland legislature may soon be considering legislation that would require Maryland-licensed broker-dealers to abide by a fiduciary standard of care when recommending stocks, bonds and mutual funds to Maryland consumers. The same law would require Maryland-licensed insurance agents to abide by a fiduciary standard of care when recommending insurance products to Maryland consumers.  

read more »

Baltimore City Increases Recordation & Transfer Taxes for Some Real Estate Transactions

In a bid to provide a reliable source of funding for an affordable housing trust, Baltimore City Council has adopted a new excise tax on real estate transactions of more than $1 million, increasing the combined transfer and recordation taxes in Baltimore from 3% to 3.75%, taking effect on January 11, 2019.

read more »

Preparing, Adapting and Responding to Cyber Incidents: Marriott International Case Study

Cybersecurity is an issue that every company, of every size, must address as part of standard risk identification. The Marriott International data breach case study provides lessons learned in preparing for a proactive data security strategy, adapting to cyber threats, and responding to vulnerabilities for a company of any size operating anywhere in the world. 

read more »

Changes in 2018 Maryland Condominium and HOA Laws

Several changes in Maryland condominium and HOA laws will affect the operation of condo and homeowners associations in 2018. Community associations and their Board of Directors are advised to act cautiously when interpreting amendments to the Maryland Homeowner Association Act and the Maryland Condominium Act. 

read more »

Past Articles

When “Going Green” Isn’t Attractive – MD Court of Special Appeals Determines HOA Architectural Commi

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals provides helpful guidelines to homeowners and HOAs in addressing…

read more »
Regulation Best Interest: Higher Standards for Broker-Dealers, Strengthened Protections for Clients

In June, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted a new regulation, Regulation…

read more »
The Requirements and Impact of the Insurance Data Security Model Law

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners recommended that states pass the Insurance Data…

read more »
SEC Imposes New Requirements for Brokers and Advisers in Adoption of Regulation Best Interest

On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Regulation Best Interest,…

read more »
Representations & Warranties Policies: A Coverage Primer

Representation and Warranties policies (R&W policies) insure representations made by a Seller…

read more »