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Jeff Trueman and Patrick Coughlan: Managing multiparty construction disputes


Litigated construction disputes often involve numerous parties, such as developers, general contractors and various subcontractors, architects, engineers, and perhaps financial institutions and public entities. Numerous claims, cross-claims and counterclaims are asserted, often arising under the contract and/or professional negligence theories. ...

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Law firms are committing to the cloud


It’s hard to believe that the pandemic has been with us for nearly six months — and will likely be around for months — or even years — to come. As a result of COVID-19 and its effects, some firms are busier ...

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Ruling upends Muslim marriage tradition


In the consolidated appeals of Nouri v. Dadgar and Ghazirad v. Mojarrad, 245 Md. App. 324 (2020), the Court of Special Appeals enunciated a new stringent standard to apply to enforcement of an agreement  involving a “mahr,” the promise of ...

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Top 10 tips for brief writing


A good brief writer starts with a solid skeleton and, after putting flesh on the bones, edits the document to tighten and simplify. What you ultimately file should be easy on the eyes and even easier on the brain.  Here ...

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When indecision rules


Months ago, I can recall optimists speculating that COVID-19 and its vast economic damage would be winding down by Memorial Day. They just failed to specify which Memorial Day. Meanwhile, in the M&A environment, we’ve seen the majority of qualified ...

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Body cameras don’t make police more accountable


The death last spring of George Floyd has led to calls for greater accountability for police, appeals that are both reasonable and familiar. One way departments have responded to earlier such demands, following similar such incidents, has been to adopt ...

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Can you trust your mobile payment app?


Money transfer apps including Venmo, Cash App and PayPal have surged in popularity during the pandemic as people seek safe, contactless ways to send and receive money. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the limitations of these payment platforms or how ...

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Rosen and Coppel: Medicaid, Medicare provider agreements in bankruptcy


Under applicable law, when a health care provider assigns a Medicare or Medicaid provider agreement as part of the health care provider’s sale of assets, the purchaser of those assets will have to assume liability for the amounts owed to ...

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Tips for conducting post-trial juror interviews


To be a fly on a wall during a jury deliberation is perhaps a dream for most attorneys. While on some level this dream can be achieved through jury research, including focus groups and mock trials, the inner workings of ...

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Reforming the sentencing commission


The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force’s wide-ranging proposals include recommendations for the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  The commission is an obscure federal agency that plays a major role in the criminal justice system. As such, the task force is right to draw ...

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