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Court rules on discoverability of Facebook messages (access required)

For litigators, social media platforms have increasingly become an invaluable source of evidence. So it’s not surprising that discovery disputes often arise regarding the scope of requests for social media-related information. In February, one of those discovery disputes reached the ...

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Employers can be liable for workers’ actions even off the job (access required)

Historically, corporations and firms have chosen to provide benefits to employees because it was to their advantage to do so. In order to attract the right talent or to fill jobs, they had to provide more than just wages. In ...

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Copyright, a musician’s stock in trade

Music is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. The engine behind this monstrous financial machine is not, principally, the sale of goods or services as would be the case in a typical industry. A musician’s “stock in trade” ...

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LinkedIn and Twitter are valuable business tools (access required)

Some professionals are still reluctant or skeptical about the use of social media as part of their marketing strategies. Overuse and misuse of the various tools can be problematic, but the benefits of effective use of social media far exceed ...

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Standard form construction contracts: uses and misuses (access required)

Standard form construction contracts are ubiquitous in the industry and for good reason. They are cost-effective, the terms have been vetted over years of drafting and redrafting – and through court challenges – and most property owners, design professionals and ...

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Potential impacts of autonomous vehicles on real estate (access required)

Over the last few years, autonomous vehicles (AVs) have gone from science fiction to near reality. Already, prototype vehicles zip through cities like Pittsburgh and Miami; autonomous trucks travel long-haul routes in multiple Western states and deliver freight in Atlanta. ...

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New tax law revolutionizes international finance for U.S. companies (access required)

The importance of the changes to the U.S. international tax system and their impact on business are hard to overstate. Historically, the United States has had a worldwide tax system under which U.S. companies were taxed on profits earned overseas ...

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How businesses are reacting to 2017 changes in tax policy (access required)

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed, reactions were mixed. Many economists and business leaders took a “wait-and-see” stance, with the most optimistic believing that slashing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to a flat 21 ...

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Click-through rate outdated as the best metric for judging ad success (access required)

Since its inception, digital advertising has been graded and evaluated by a metric known as click-through rate (CTR). This metric is calculated by the number of times your ad is clicked divided by the number of times your ad is ...

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A new era of delegated design: more risk, less certainty (access required)

It is old news that construction is all about time and managing risk. The contracting parties have always used contracts to allocate the risks of unexpected costs associated with construction. Historically, an owner would hire a design professional who furnished ...

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