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This is a challenging time. The Covid-19 virus has created local, national and international concerns about the effect on business operation and commercial transactions. Court and arbitration systems have limited access to litigants, postponed most trials and hearing dates, or offer hearings by electronic means only. Our chief priority remains the safety and well-being of

On March 18, 2020, the President Trump signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” into law. The law becomes effective no later than 15 days after enactment. It is not clear when the law will actually go into effect, but that information should be forthcoming from the Department of Labor. It is safe to assume

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The Court of Appeals of Maryland has determined that the statute of limitations governing an action for back rent is three years.  This result is not altered for a residential lease signed under seal, where the limitation is typically twelve years, or by waiver language contained within the lease.      In Smith v. Wakefield, LP,

The Court of Appeals of Maryland has determined that the statute of limitations governing an action for back rent is three years.  This result is not altered for a residential lease signed under seal, where the limitation is typically twelve years, or by waiver language contained within the lease.      In Smith v. Wakefield, LP,

Enforcement of the anti-business referral provisions of the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act1 has certainly had its ups and downs over the years. Originally enacted in 1974, RESPA provides the following prohibition against payment or receipt of anything of value in exchange for the referral of settlement service business in connection with a federally-related

In recent years, the Maryland Fair Scheduling, Wages, and Benefits Act (the “Act”) has been introduced to the General Assembly, and it is likely to be on the minds of many law makers again during the 2019 session that began on January 9, 2019. Early versions of the Act required, among other things, that employers

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is changing the requirements for its reverse mortgage program. The changes are expected to help protect taxpayers while still pursuing the mission of the program. The purpose underlying the changes is to protect other programs in place that are

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