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Watch our new Estate Planning Videos!

Estate Planning attorney Steven Heinl frequently presents for various groups on Estate Planning 101 topics. He recently presented to a group of seniors at the Pikesville Senior Center. Visit the Hyatt ...
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Hyatt & Weber is Growing Again! Welcome Amitis Darabnia

Hyatt & Weber is pleased to welcome our newest Associate, Amitis Darabnia, to the firm's Commercial Litigation and Employment Law practices. Amitis works on cases involving trade secret ...
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Broadneck Booster Club Sells Naming Rights to Lockers

Hyatt & Weber paralegal Michele Shipley, President of the Broadneck High School Boosters Club, has been working closely with Broadneck Athletic Director Ken Kazmarek to raise funds for the ...
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Hyatt & Weber Sponsors Annual Paca Girlfriends to Benefit Historic Annapolis

The annual Paca Girlfriends Flower Power Party is a night of food, fine wine, friendship, flowers, and fun! It is THE event of the summer in Annapolis. Guests experience the charm of the William Paca ...
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Appellate Court Upholds Vulgar Facebook Post as Protected Concerted Activity

In National Labor Relations Board v. Pier Sixty, LLC, 855 F.3d 115 (2d Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a decision by the National Labor Relations Board ...
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When is a Settlement Agreement Enforceable?

When parties negotiate terms of an agreement, particularly a settlement agreement, they often confirm certain terms in writing with the understanding that “standard” terms, such as ...
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Supreme Court Rules on Definition of Debt Collector

In Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. , 137 S. Ct. 1718 (2017), the United States Supreme Court gave some clarity as to who is a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection ...
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Court Applies Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine to Defend Trade Secrets Act Case

In Molon Motor & Coil Corp. v. Nidec Motor Corp. , No. 16 C 03545, 2017 WL 1954531 (N.D. Ill. May 11, 2017), a federal court in Illinois was asked to decide whether the complaint before it alleged ...
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Dot Your I's, Cross Your T's, and Place Your Commas

When drafting contracts, briefs, and other documents, the significance of placing a comma is often overlooked. The decision to include or omit a comma, however, could be dispositive in a dispute over ...
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BWI Business Partnership Celebrates Annual Meeting with Southwest

On May 31, 2017, hundreds of local businesses celebrated the BWI Business Partnership's annual meeting in the Observation Deck at BWI Airport. Tom Nealon, President of Southwest Airlines, flew in ...
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Hyatt & Weber Mourns the Passing of Beth Towers

The attorneys and staff of Hyatt & Weber are sad to announce the passing of one of our own, longtime paralegal, Beth Towers. Beth passed away surrounded by her husband, Francis, children and ...
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Wine, Women & Shoes Raises over $130,000 for MD Families with Breast Cancer

On May 7, 2017, Hyatt & Weber was pleased to join over 30 sponsors and hundreds of volunteers and guests in supporting The Red Devils' Wine, Women & Shoes event at The Hunt Valley Inn. The ...
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Federal Appellate Courts Reach Different Conclusions As To Whether Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Prohibited By Title VII

Two federal appellate courts recently revisited the issue as to whether discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation constitutes sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights ...
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Central Maryland Chamber 1st Annual Meeting

On May 2, 2017, Hyatt & Weber attorneys Stephen Stern and Robert Miller attended the 1st annual meeting of the newly merged Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce at Maryland Live! David Cordish, ...
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Attorney Chris Buck Visits Maritime Institute & Conference Center

On April 28, 2017, Chris Buck was invited to the Maritime Institute ( MITAGS-PMI ) and Conference Center in Linthicum, MD to experience the MITAGS Simulator - one of the world's largest simulator ...
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Supreme Court Rules Abuse of Discretion Standard Applies to District Court's Enforcement of EEOC Subpoenas and EEOC Has Broad Subpoena Power

In McLane Co., Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 581 U.S. --, -- S. Ct. --, 2017 WL 1199454 (2017), the United States Supreme Court was asked to decide whether a federal appellate court ...
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Fourth Circuit Establishes New Test for Joint Employer Liability Under the FLSA

In Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc. , 848 F.3d 125 (4th Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit established a new test for determining whether two or more persons or ...
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Does a Company Waive the Attorney-Client Privilege When it Forwards Emails to Other Company Employees, Employees of a Subsidiary, or Former Employees?

When dealing with communications protected by the attorney-client privilege, companies face an added challenge that does not apply to most individuals. As we all know, emails can and are forwarded ...
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Employee's Failure to Mention Nature of Grandfather's Relationship Was Not Sufficient to Deny Employee's Request for FMLA Leave

In Coutard v. Municipal Credit Union, 848 F.3d 102 (2d Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held (1) that an employee met the eligibility requirements for leave under ...
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When is a Staffing Agency Employee an Employee of the Company to Which He/She is Assigned to Work?

In Interstate Fire & Casualty Company v. Dimensions Assurance Ltd. , 843 F.3d 133 (4th Cir. 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit was asked to determine whether a nurse ...
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Appellate Court Answers Whether Reassignment to a Vacant Position Without Competition Constitutes a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

In E.E.O.C. v. St. Joseph’s Hospital, Inc. , 842 F.3d 1333 (11th Cir. 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit addressed several issues concerning a former ...
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Hyatt & Weber named a Constant Contact All Star

Hyatt & Weber, P.A. delivers meaningful, relevant news & updates to our clients & colleagues. We are proud to be in Constant Contact's top 10% of customers who receive the annual All ...
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Welcome Chris Buck & our new Maritime Practice!

Hyatt & Weber is pleased to welcome attorney Christopher D. Buck to our Business, Real Estate and NEW Maritime Law practice groups. Chris’ work in maritime and admiralty law has included ...
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Evidence Posted on Facebook Led to Dismissal of Claim

As we all know, social media can be utilized in a variety of ways, many of which are productive and useful tools. It even can serve as a resource for evidence in litigation – in all types of ...
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Stephen Stern Presents for Montgomery County SHRM

On February 15, Stephen Stern, an employment law and commercial litigator with Hyatt & Weber, presented, "The Nuts and Bolts of Employee Handbooks and Trade Secret Misappropriation" for ...
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