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The ever-evolving Fourth Circuit

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In April 1865, as Ulysses S. Grant and the Union army made their way into the Confederate capital of Richmond, fleeing rebel soldiers set fire to bridges and warehouses. That fire quickly spread out of control and torched huge swaths ...

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Federal protections for pregnant, nursing employees coming

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On Dec. 23, 2022, President Biden signed into law two measures that expand the rights of pregnant and breastfeeding workers: the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers, or PUMP Act. Both measures were ...

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It’s time for employers to embrace the ‘Big Quit’ and adapt

Growing up, I watched my immigrant parents build their small business and attempt to navigate the tricky regulations of the automobile industry. Year by year, their workforce grew, and they evolved by implementing more employee-friendly policies. Before the pandemic, a ...

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Tell the whole truth? I’ll do better than that

Lawyer talking to client during deposition

My high school coach told me that for every advantage you gain, there are disadvantages. I remember this clearly — as a bench warmer, I wasn’t distracted by playing when the coach was philosophizing. A tall basketball player rarely dribbles ...

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3D printing: New frontier in potential product liability claims

Companies employ 3D printing technology now more than ever, leveraging devices in pioneering ways. Its widespread usage helps businesses cut costs and manufacture products efficiently. At the same time, the legal landscape surrounding 3D printers is underdeveloped, so those who ...

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How employers can prepare for a possible non-compete ban

Employee non-compete agreements have faced mounting scrutiny in recent years. Proponents say non-competes are indispensable for protecting trade secrets and other business interests. Critics say they hurt employee mobility and wage growth. Now the federal government has stepped into the ...

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The Speluncean Explorers case: How would you decide?

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The year is 4300. Defendants on appeal are convicted of murder, sentenced to hang. They seek reversal from the Supreme Court of Newgarth. (“The Case of the Speluncean Explorers,” Lon Fuller, Vol. 62, Harvard Law Review 616 (1949).) Consider yourself ...

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Marketing is vital, but leave it to an assistant

Marketing is what drives the growth of a law firm. To me, it is the single most important function of a practice, because outside of word-of-mouth referrals, typically there are no clients walking through the door without marketing. But if ...

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