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Defending trade secrets (access required)

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The world’s most famous trade secret, the vigilantly guarded recipe for Coca-Cola, is kept in a purpose-built vault in the company’s Atlanta headquarters. Most trade secrets, howev­er, are kept on computers, where they are decidedly more vul­nerable to hackers and ...

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Make sure your beneficiary designations are heir tight (access required)

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An often-neglected area in the world of benefit plan administration is the beneficiary designation form. Many participants complete their beneficiary designations incorrect­ly because they don’t read the in­structions carefully or don’t under­stand the instructions. Beneficiary designation forms are often filed ...

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Posner on prose: writing advice from a federal judge (access required)

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Judge Richard Posner, the formi­dable jurist on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, recently pub­lished in the legal journal “Green Bag” a delightfully readable two-part article: “What is Obviously Wrong With the Federal Judicia­ry, Yet Eminently Curable.” Some of ...

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4th Circuit reshuffles casino dealers’ lawsuit (access required)

The one ironclad law of gambling is that it’s impossible to beat the house. A group of casino dealers in Maryland has moved one step closer to doing just that, however, after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived ...

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Five lessons from working with divorcing couples (access required)

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Handling negotiations between di­vorcing spouses is not work for the faint of heart. I finish each work day after these meetings feeling emo­tionally exhausted and, at times, unclear as to what has been ac­complished. With more time and reflection, I ...

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Tracking child-related costs? There’s an app for that (access required)

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The cost of raising children includes many ex­penses beyond the day-to-day, from summer camp tuition to medical bills to algebra tutors. But between divorcing parents, disputes over incidental costs that fall outside regular child support responsibilities can escalate quickly. An ...

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