Legal Articles

These Legal articles will give you the news and information you need to stay up to date in the ever changing Legal industry.

April 28, 2014 – 1,283 views
Legal Compliance Resource
Every law firm is privy to a lot of information about each of the clients that they represent. Law firms must know everything about a client so that they can represent them well. However, a lot of information that law firms have on clients is usually very sensitive and clients expect the highest level of confidentiality from their lawyers. Law firms are also obligated by the law to protect all the data that they have on clients. This is why data security is such an issue for all law firms. Full Story 
April 24, 2014 – 1,257 views
Suzanne Newcomb - SmithAmundsen LLC
Yesterday the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action programs overturning a 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision which had ruled the ban an unconstitutional violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Full Story 
April 18, 2014 – 1,622 views
Legal Compliance Resource
Domestic Asset Protection trusts are set up in various states of the United States to protect certain assets of the person. This means that in any legal situation where assets have to be split or transferred, domestic asset protection trusts will ensure that a part of the overall assets of the person belong solely to him or her. In the United States, a domestic asset protection trust or DAPT can be set up only in a few states such as Alaska, Nevada, Delaware and South Dakota. Asset protection trusts allow granters to move away some of their possessions or keep assets away from their taxable assets and estate. Full Story 
April 16, 2014 – 1,177 views
Legal Compliance Resource
Last Friday, President Obama signed the flood insurance relief bill into law. The law protects homes built in flood prone areas from sudden spikes in flood insurance rates. According to the new law, the premiums on flood insurance will be capped. People who are buying homes in flood prone areas will be given access to below market premium rates through policies subsidized by tax payers. Full Story 
April 15, 2014 – 1,589 views
Legal Compliance Resource
There have been many cases when organizations have deliberately underbid on projects to win government contracts. Full Story 
April 4, 2014 – 1,167 views
Beverly Alfon - SmithAmundsen LLC
This should be an easy one to cross off your to-do list. Dust off the confidentiality and non-disclosure language that you require your non-supervisory employees to adhere to – whether through a specific agreement, employee handbook or general company policy. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit served up a reminder that what used to be considered standard language regarding an employer’s expectation of confidentiality, now opens the door to potential liability under federal labor law, for both union and non-union employers. Full Story 
March 28, 2014 – 1,200 views
Legal Compliance Resource
Municipalities often face a cash crunch when they have to provide new infrastructure services to citizens. In such a scenario, they either cut down on expenditure or seek to raise funds in a creative manner. Crowdfunding is one of the most sought-after methods to raise finances for a particular project, and municipalities are taking to it like never before. Full Story 
March 25, 2014 – 1,169 views
Legal Compliance Resource
The Target data breach case, where consumer data was stolen by hackers with individuals’ privacy being compromised, is an important lesson for companies on how to handle similar scenarios. Many lawsuits have been filed against Target, but they are not very strong and the retail giant may emerge a winner. However, every company should pay close attention to how Target reacted to the breach. Full Story