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Montgomery County Business Alert!

On July 1, 2021, the minimum wage increases for employers in Montgomery County Maryland increases to: $15 for employers with 51 or more employees, $14 for employers with 50 or fewer employees, and $13.50 for employers with 10 or fewer employees. This is part of Bill 28-17 which was signed into legislation on November 17, […]

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Why Did Amazon Drop its Arbitration Clause? – When Arbitration is Not Cost-Effective | By: Elizabeth J. McInturff, Esq., with Jared Stape, Law Clerk

Why Did Amazon Drop its Arbitration Clause? – When Arbitration is Not Cost-Effective Elizabeth J. McInturff, Esq., with Jared Stape, Law Clerk Surprisingly, Amazon has dropped its mandatory arbitration clause. However, don’t uncork the champagne yet—this decision was more about Amazon’s bottom line—not so much about customer care. In the past 16 months, around 75,000 […]

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What to Do When Clients Want to Postpone/Cancel or Get a Refund Due to the Pandemic | By: Elizabeth J. McInturff, Esq. and Jared Stape

COVID-19 has forced many couples to postpone or even cancel their weddings. Subsequently, this has prompted a growing number of disputes between clients and their event vendors about rescheduling/cancellation policies and refunding retainers and other fees. Given the unusual circumstances, vendors were left wondering what their rights are and what protections they have. The good […]

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What Maryland’s New Parenting Plan Means for You and Your Children | By: Elizabeth J. McInturff, Esq., with Claire Kretschmer, Law Clerk

Until recently, Maryland was one of the few states that did not require parents in a custody action to file a “Parenting Plan”, a document where the parents aim to agree to basic guidelines for how they raise their children. However, recently enacted Rule 9-204.1 now requires all parents in a custody dispute case to […]

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