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  • Supreme Court disparages ban on offensive trademarks

    Year End 2017
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: What’s offensive is often in the eye of the beholder. Where federal trademark registration is sought, this has long meant that registration could be denied if the mark was considered disparaging. This article examines a landmark 8-0 decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the so-called “disparagement clause” in federal trademark law, opening the door to the registration of marks that may have been rejected as offensive in the past. A sidebar looks at how the Court handled the question of whether trademarks are commercial speech. Matal v. Tam, No. 15-1293, June 19, 2017 (U.S.)

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  • Choosing between a calendar year and a fiscal year

    Year End 2016
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: Business owners typically use a calendar year as their company’s tax year. But for businesses whose primary operating season doesn’t fall neatly within a single calendar year, choosing a fiscal year end can make more sense. This article notes the tax implications of both a calendar and a fiscal year and discusses the reasons for choosing one over the other.

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  • International estate planning: How to avoid tax traps

    May / June 2016
    Newsletter: Planning for Prosperity / Wealth Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: For non-U.S. citizens (resident aliens and nonresident aliens) married to citizens, estate planning can be particularly challenging. This article helps couples avoid common tax traps, such as assuming the unlimited marital deduction will be available, and explains such tools as the qualified domestic trust. A sidebar discusses estate planning for families containing unmarried parents of adopted children and married parents with unadopted stepchildren.

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  • Crowdfunding: An alternative to an IPO?

    April / May 2016
    Newsletter: Public Company Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: At long last, the SEC has adopted final rules permitting equity crowdfunding under Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. This article discusses the issue of companies that are eligible for crowdfunding, the advantages and disadvantages of this tool, and how critical it is to adhere to the reporting and disclosure requirements. A short sidebar discusses the investment limits of crowdfunding.

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  • Planning for business interruptions reduces risk

    Spring 2016
    Newsletter: Management & Tax Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: One of the most serious risks companies face is a business interruption that renders them unable to manufacture products or deliver services. One solution to this problem is to engage in formal business continuity and resiliency planning. This article explains the process of developing a business continuity plan. A sidebar discusses business interruption insurance.

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  • Year end tax planning – Key points for managing your liability

    September / October 2015
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: Now is a good time for contractors to consider their year end tax liabilities and take any steps possible to minimize them. As usual, 2015 has brought some changes to the tax laws and, as of this writing, there’s been no congressional action on various tax-law “extenders” that may affect businesses. Nonetheless, this article offers several key points for construction company owners to keep in mind. A sidebar discusses provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are taking effect in 2015.

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  • Pumping up profitability

    Fall 2014
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: Dealerships can sell truckloads of vehicles and still run into problems if owners lose sight of the bottom line — the overall profitability of the sales they’re making. This article discusses a number of ways to boost profitability, including moves related to managing inventory, choosing dealer management software, and joining an automotive dealership “20 Group.” A sidebar explains how dealers who are planning new facilities or improving existing ones can benefit from a cost segregation study.

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  • Is your nonprofit ready to pass the baton?

    June / July 2014
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: Baby boomer nonprofit leaders continue to retire in vast numbers nationwide. A succession plan can be the difference between a nonprofit carrying on its mission without interruption and its operations grinding to a halt. This article discusses three approaches to succession planning that are common among nonprofits and notes the important role of key person insurance. A sidebar mentions numerous online planning toolkits that can help a company start a succession plan.

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  • Tax-smart investing – For income-seekers, municipal bonds may be worth a look

    March / April 2014
    Newsletter: Planning for Prosperity / Wealth Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: Municipal bonds (often referred to as “munis”) can be attractive to income-seeking investors because they provide an income stream exempt from federal and, in certain cases, state and local income taxes. As this article explains, they traditionally have been of greatest use for upper-income taxpayers, but they are not without risks, such as vulnerability to higher interest rates and the risk that a bond issuer won’t be able to repay its debts. A sidebar shows how to compare taxable and tax-free bonds.

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  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Are your employee health benefits up to snuff?

    Spring 2013
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Some of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have already gone into effect. Others that could affect nonprofit employers will become law in 2014. The primary employer provision of the law applies only to larger nonprofits, but the act offers a tax credit to encourage smaller nonprofits to offer health care benefits to their staff members. This article offers a summary of some of the actions nonprofit employers are expected to take. A sidebar addresses nonprofit hospital accountability.

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  • Fraud experts “like” social media evidence — with good reason

    September / October 2011
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: Thanks to the surging popularity of social networking media, investigators can now tap into a wealth of potential evidence that was nearly impossible to find only a few years ago. This article discusses the fact that many people are posting incriminating material online, and summarizes the regulatory limitations that apply when it comes to obtaining evidence from social media. A sidebar looks at the use of “social network analysis” (SNA) to detect sophisticated fraud schemes.

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  • F&I products – Are you paving your service lanes with promise?

    March / April 2011
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: A growing number of owners are finding unconventional ways to put their dealerships’ service lanes to better use by expanding product lines beyond batteries and floor mats. Service writers are being trained to talk about the value of service contracts and prepaid maintenance plans and how to close them. This article discusses how to determine the most likely customers and how to train service personnel to sell effectively to them. However, there’s at least some potential for fraud by service writers, so a sidebar discusses how to head it off.

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  • The rule has changed – Expanded work product protections win out in revised Rule 26

    Fall 2010
    Newsletter: Expert / Valuation & Litigation Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Absent congressional intervention, proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will likely foster significant changes in expert witness practices. The proposed amendments, with three exceptions, make expert draft reports between an expert and the retaining attorney subject to work product protections. This article discusses these amendments, the impetus for their creation, and their implications for the development and discovery of testifying witnesses’ draft reports. A sidebar talks about the effect of a similar rule upon discovery practices in New Jersey.

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  • From the ground up – Rebuilding a basic budget for your construction company

    Summer 2010
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: In the hustle and bustle of moving from one project to the next, some contractors may let their budget slip onto the back burner or out of sight completely. If so, it’s important that they start rebuilding it so as to properly manage revenue and cash flow. In particular, three elements— income statement, cash flow statement and balance sheet — should serve as the foundation of a sound budget. A sidebar to this article takes a look at the pay-for-performance model to help keep labor costs in line.

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  • 5 ways to boost your nonprofit’s income

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Profitable Solutions for Nonprofits

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 848

    Abstract: With donor contributions dropping for many nonprofits, you may be looking for ways to make up the difference in income. This is the time to revisit some of the time-tested ways for nonprofits to generate revenue. It’s also time to get creative and brainstorm some new potential money makers for your organization.

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