IRS Publishes New Business Travel Per Diem Rates for 2021

Most business travel was temporarily suspended during the spring and summer months. Now some people have started traveling for business purposes again, albeit less than before the COVID-19 pandemic began. With travel cutbacks, now may be a good time to review — and possibly simplify — how your company reimburses its workers forout-of-town lodging, meals and […]

William H. ShawnCo-Managing Partner, ShawnCoulson

New Maryland Law Requires Hotels to Provide Lower Beds in Accessible Guestrooms

by Jordan B. Schwartz With relatively little fanfare, the State of Maryland recently enacted a law requiring hotels and other places of lodging (with at least 4 guestrooms) to provide beds of certain heights in accessible guestrooms for individuals with disabilities.  Of note, providing beds of specified heights in accessible guestrooms is not required by […]

Kara MacielFounding Partner, Conn Maciel Carey

Vietnam, UK Look to Strengthen Economic Ties, Potential Trade Deal

Following the ratification of the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), the UK and Vietnam remain keen to further strengthen ties and expand on their bilateral relationship. Most recently, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Hanoi on September 29-30 and discussed Vietnam UK relations with Pham Binh Minh, Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Gunning for a […]

Alberto VettorettiManaging Partner, Dezan Shira & Associates

Proposed Regulation of EU Cryptoasset Markets to Include Utility Tokens

The EU is setting up a legal framework for ‘cryptoassets’ and the use of ‘distributed ledger technology’ (DLT) in the financial sector. Some such assets may already fall within the regulated scope (where they have the features of a ‘security’ or ‘e-money’), so the European Commission has proposed a new regulation on markets in cryptoassets that aren’t […]

Larry FenelonPartner, Leman Solicitors

Intesi Group the first Enterprise reseller in Italy of Adobe Sign

Milano – May 13, 2020 – Intesi Group, a private company and a Qualified Trust Service Provider joins the Adobe Sign Partner Program, becoming the first Italian Enterprise Reseller and the second in Europe. A partnership that will make the digital document management experience lean and effective, for all business realities. At a complex time when many companies are […]

Viky ManailaTrust Services Director, Intesi Group S.p.A.

Highlights from the 2020 Clio Cloud Conference

The 2020 Clio Cloud Conference was without a doubt our biggest and most unique event yet. As lawyer, writer, and media consultant Bob Ambrogi wrote, “The 2020 Clio Cloud Conference [moved] to a venue apropos of its name—the cloud.” With 4,500+ attendees from over 45 countries joining remotely, the eighth annual Clio Cloud Conference—and the […]

Nefra-Ann MacdonaldAffinity Program Manager, Clio

Satisfaction Guaranteed?

If you’re in the business of selling or manufacturing products, then you’re in the business of offering warranties — whether you realize it or not. Basically, a warranty is a guarantee that an item is of a certain quality or has certain attributes. Offering written warranties makes good business sense. They help assure customers that you […]

William H. ShawnCo-Managing Partner, ShawnCoulson

[Webinar Recording] Conducting Background Checks: Federal, State, and Local Law Considerations

On October 13th, Andrew J. Sommer, Daniel C. Deacon and Ashley D. Mitchell presented a webinar regarding Conducting Background Checks: Federal, State and Local Law Considerations. Employers must consider an array of federal, state, and local laws when implementing background checks. Notably, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) imposes strict disclosure and authorization requirements that employers must follow prior to obtaining […]

Kara MacielFounding Partner, Conn Maciel Carey

Superior Court Holds Arbitration on Breach of Contract Claims Does Not Preclude Mechanics’ Lien Enforcement Action

to a master construction contract with Dollar Texas Properties XV, LLC c/o GBT Realty Corporation to construct two Dollar General Stores in Pennsylvania. The contract contained a dispute resolution clause requiring that all disputes be settled by binding arbitration. However, the dispute resolution clause specifically stated that “[n]othing in this article shall limit any rights […]

Howard K. KurmanPrincipal, Offit│Kurman

OLG München: Golden color not protected as trademark acquired through use

The golden color of a chocolate Easter bunny is not protected as a color mark. The Oberlandesgericht (OLG) München – the Higher Regional Court of Munich – found that the producer in question did not enjoy any trademark rights in relation to the color.  In the weeks leading up to Easter, supermarket shelves are stacked […]

Alberto VettorettiManaging Partner, Dezan Shira & Associates