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  • Year end accounting for contractors – Put yourself in prime position for 2016

    Fall 2015
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 936

    Abstract: Year end represents an excellent opportunity for contractors to perform a number of accounting-related tasks that can put them in prime position to have a successful and profitable 2016. This article offers several detailed examples of such tasks, while a sidebar suggests three important questions to ask about tax planning.

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  • Uniloc v. Microsoft – Federal Circuit rejects “25% rule” for patent damages

    July / August 2011
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 936

    Abstract: Financial experts may use certain theoretical tools — or rules of thumb — to calculate infringement damages. But in Uniloc USA Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit made it clear that experts should base their calculations on a case’s facts, rather than rely on abstract theoretical tools, especially those used arbitrarily. This article explains why the court decided the commonly used “25% rule” and “entire market value” rule were improper in this case. A sidebar notes that the court reaffirmed the use of the Georgia-Pacific factors to frame the question of reasonable royalties in patent infringement cases.

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  • 4 tips for boosting noninterest income

    Spring 2011
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 936

    Abstract: Noninterest income is declining for many banks. There are many reasons for this, including general economic conditions and regulatory changes, such as opt-in requirements for overdraft protection fees and limitations on credit card fees and debit card interchange fees. This article discusses four strategies for increasing noninterest income: improving collection of current fees, getting to know the competition, putting a value on banking relationships, and buying life insurance on the lives of key employees. A sidebar discusses the circumstances in which tax-advantaged bank-owned life insurance (BOLI) benefits are available.

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  • Get it in writing … or else! Proving the value of missing warranties can prove difficult

    November / December 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 936

    Abstract: Warranties are common and advisable arrangements for general contractors on construction projects. But one common issue at the conclusion of a project is failure of subcontractors to supply written warranties for their portions of the work. And, unless the general contractor buys the missing warranty from another supplier or trade contractor, it might be difficult to prove how much the missing warranty is worth. This case shows that the general contractor may not be able to recover any damages at all for failure of the trade contractor to supply the missing warranty. A sidebar looks at another issue in this case: apportionment of damages.

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  • Minimizing growing pains – Expansion strategies essential for borrowers

    September / October 2008
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 936

    Abstract: In the midst of the excitement of internal expansion or external acquisition, lenders can serve as the voice of reason by 1) requiring borrowers to provide financial statement projections and other analyses, and 2) reviewing expansion plans skeptically — asking key questions — before approving an expansion or acquisition loan.

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