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Recent Articles

The Onus of Owning: Recent Reduction in ‘Minor Privilege’ Fees in Baltimore City
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One of the onuses (and irritants) of owning a building in Baltimore is the City’s imposition of fees for so-called “minor privileges” for items like awnings, cornices and signs. Recently, the City took steps to reform the minor privileges system, which culminated in the adoption of business-friendly revisions to waive annual fees for certain items, convert annual fees to one-time fees, and remove outdated charges. 

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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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Another Delay in the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate - A Reprieve for Many Employers

The Obama administration announced last week that some mid-sized businesses would have an additional year to comply with the employer mandate or “pay or play” provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The employer mandate requires businesses with at least fifty (50) employees to either offer health plans that meet minimum coverage and affordability standards or pay a penalty known as the “employer responsibility payment.”

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Passing the Buck: The Impact of Maryland's New Stormwater Fees on Commercial Leases

Dubbed a “rain tax” by its critics, the new Maryland legislation imposes stormwater remediation fees on all property owners based on the share of stormwater service related to the property in ten separate EPA-licensed storm sewer system ("MS4") jurisdictions. The new stormwater fee program may motivate both Landlords and Tenants of commercial properties to review their leases to determine if these fees can be passed through under the lease terms in the affected jurisdictions.  

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Past Articles

Regulation Best Interest: Higher Standards for Broker-Dealers, Strengthened Protections for Investor

On June 5, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a new regulation…

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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…

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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…

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The Requirements and Impact of the Insurance Data Security Model Law

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

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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,…

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