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Commentary: Avoid misclassifying independent contractors

On Sept. 15, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it awarded over $10 million in grants to 19 states to help improve efforts to detect employers who improperly classify employees as independent contractors. The DOL contends that these grants ...

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Your spouse is always right?

(Dolan Media Newswires) – Your spouse is always right. You’ve probably heard that before, but the results of a recent survey indicate that many corporate CEOs and business owners take it to heart, even turning to their better halves for ...

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Commentary: The ethics of Candy Crush

The rules of professional responsibility, much like the wheels of justice, are slow to come around. But the American Bar Association’s Standing Ethics Committee finally pulled together a formal opinion regarding searching and reviewing certain social media accounts of potential ...

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John Doe fights back

Copyright

“John Doe 1” received the letter on behalf of Metro Media Entertainment LLC in May 2012. He, along with 46 other John Does, was being accused of violating federal copyright laws by illegally downloading a film. A pornographic film. “We ...

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A Hollywood beginning

(Dolan Media Newswires) – Who wants Gov. Andrew Cuomo to win a second term more than anyone? The movie industry. A Bloomberg report this week notes the governor has collected nearly $1 million in campaign contributions from Hollywood interests since ...

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Commentary: Federal agency may begin to wade deeper

In spring 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency published its draft “Waters of the U.S.” rule for public comment. The rule would redefine which waters are subject to federal regulation – commonly known as jurisdictional waters – and greatly increase the ...

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Commentary: The world’s a stage, even the legal arena

As a relatively new lawyer, I’ve gone to some (perhaps silly) lengths to hide any evidence of my personal life from colleagues and clients. My office phone rolls over to my cellphone, creating the illusion that I am always at ...

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Commentary: It’s all political — and it’s not good

Politics is ubiquitous. It’s not simply because it is election season and political ads are about to run 24/7. It is more fundamental than that. It is the reality that American society — including every institution, product, television show, and ...

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Gen X struggles with mortgages, impeding market

The housing market is in a morass largely caused by the plight of Generation X homeowners. In a new report on homeowner equity, Zillow finds that homeowners aged 39 to 49 got hit hard by the financial crisis and are ...

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Parents create ‘dial-a-lawyer’ service for college students

A Marblehead, Massachusetts, couple hopes to make prompt, quality legal advice as ubiquitous on college campuses as sticker-covered laptops and red Solo Cups. Bonnie and Jim Garaventi’s creation of StudentDefend.com was motivated by personal experience. They’re withholding the specific details, ...

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Commentary: 4 tips on rethinking cross-selling

Business flows into law firms through any number of channels, and there is myriad ways to market legal services. Unfortunately, one of the most accessible methods of business development historically has had trouble gaining traction: cross-selling. Lawyers often report that ...

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