The Road Ahead for Maryland’s Cannabis Program: Where are We Going From Here? A Tour of ‘Tors.

On August 11th, 2021, Offit Kurman’s Cannabis group talked with Taylor Kasky (Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission), Venus Hemachandra (Co-Founder and Managing Director for Herbiculture) and Bobby Zirkin (former legislator with Maryland’s Senate and House of Delegates) about the road ahead for Maryland’s cannabis program. Click here to […]

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FTC Guts Major Benefit of Antitrust HSR Process for Merging Parties

Authors:  Steven J. Cernak and Luis Blanquez On August 3, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition announced what might seem like a small technical change to the Hart-Scott-Rodino merger review process: Some proposed mergers would receive form letters at the end of the 30-day initial review period saying that an antitrust investigation remains open and that the FTC might challenge the […]

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The Weekly Scenario: Where is the Original Copy of your Will?

You should let someone know where your original Will is stored.  If one cannot be found after a person dies, a court may decide it was destroyed.  Dying without a Will means intestacy will rule the day and, in that case, state law determines how probate assets will pass. It may be a good idea […]

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Antitrust Political Developments: Biden Administration Issues Executive Order on Competition and Congress Proposes Six New Antitrust Bills

Authors: Luis Blanquez and Steven Cernak Strong winds of change keep blowing in the antitrust world. In the past weeks we’ve witnessed two new major developments in the U.S.: (i) President Biden’s Executive Order to increase antitrust enforcement, and (ii) six antitrust bills issued by the House Judiciary Committee. That’s a lot to summarize in one article, so […]

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The Rundown on Custody Evaluations: A Q&A

When a divorce involves children and a court-issued custody evaluation, the parents can understandably be uneasy about the process, what it will entail and how it will affect the outcome of the custody arrangement. The key to successfully navigating a custody evaluation is understanding how they work and having a strategy in place with your […]

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Montana Bill Prohibits Vaccine Mandates Until FDA Approval

As discussed in the previous blog, employers are within their right to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for their employees. Employers with employees in various jurisdictions must be aware of state laws that prohibit such mandates. This blog focuses on the state of Montana. (NOTE: This blog focuses on the pertinent points that relate to employment practices.) Montana […]

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How to Avoid an HSR Second Request (Maybe)

Author:  Steven J. Cernak Submitting the form and documents required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification system can be complicated. If only the initial submission must be made, however, the pain and expense can be short-lived. If, on the other hand, the parties receive a “second request” for information at the end of the thirty-day waiting period, the parties […]

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Locking Down Your Online Privacy During a Divorce

It used to be that when you met with a divorce attorney, the first concern was protecting yourself from losing assets or being followed by a private investigator. While those are still very valid concerns when spouses initially separate, in today’s constantly connected world, when the decision to divorce has been made, one of the […]

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Florida Employers: Okay to Mandate Employee COVID-19 Vaccination

As explained in the previous post, employers are well within their right to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations. Employers must be aware of any state laws that prohibit such a mandate. Currently, there is one state that prohibits such a mandate: Montana. Florida recently passed a law that states, “a business entity…may not require patrons or customers to provide any documentation […]

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OK at Work: Vaccine Mandates Revisited

On this week’s episode of OK at Work, Russell Berger and Sarah Sawyer revisit the topic of mandatory vaccination in the workplace now that the COVID-19 Delta variant has caused employers to take a closer look at their reopening plans.  It has also caused employers to weigh the risks of mandating the vaccine versus the risks associated with an […]

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Some Employers Required to Provide Paid Leave for Employee Family Member Vaccinations

On July 29, 2021, the Department of Treasury announced that the American Rescue Plan now includes two additional situations where employees can take Expanded Family Medical Leave or Paid Sick Leave. While the IRS announces this as something that could be optional, the American Rescue Plan renders it mandatory for some employers. Before getting into the details of the amendment, […]

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COVID-19 and Sexual Harassment: Addressing Risks for Employers

Think that sexual harassment at work is out of the picture because of COVID-19? Last week the public was reminded that sexual harassment did not end with the #MeToo movement back in 2017. The findings of the New York State Attorney General relating to Andrew Cuomo and his subsequent resignation demonstrate that there is still liability for […]

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