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2018 Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit – APPLICATION DEADLINE 9/15/18

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

On August 20, 2018, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Secretary, Dr. James D. Fields, announced that applications for the 2018 Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit Program (hereinafter referred to as the “Relief Program”) are now being accepted. The… Read More

Jury awards $6.6 million to executive as compensation for sale of old Sparrow Point steel mill to developers

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Represented by Thomas & Libowitz, P.A. attorney Andrew O’Connell, a federal jury in Baltimore, MD awarded a multimillion dollar verdict against a St. Louis based developer for wrongfully refusing to pay a former employee a commission he earned on the… Read More

Dispelling A Few (Mostly) False Beliefs About Divorce in Maryland – No.1: Adultery

Friday, July 27th, 2018

By Margaret L. Argent A series of posts about some common divorce law misconceptions that I have encountered over my years of family law practice, in no particular order. (Ok, well that’s not true. Let’s start with sex. That’s a… Read More

Litigation Holds – The Triggers and Consequences For Failing to Preserve Evidence

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

  In 2012, when Plantronics received notice of GN Netcom’s antitrust lawsuit against it, the company informed its employees to preserve information that could be relevant to the lawsuit through a litigation hold — an instruction to hold, or stop,… Read More

Maryland Minimum Wage Goes up on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Make sure your business is prepared.

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Maryland’s minimum wage will increase effective this Sunday, July 1, 2018. For employers in all counties except Prince George’s and Montgomery, the new minimum wage will be $10.10 per hour, up from the $9.25 that has been in effect since… Read More

Counsel Derrick Wang’s music and lyrics featured on album ‘Notorious RBG in Song’

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Derrick Wang, Counsel at Thomas & Libowitz, P.A., is a featured composer and lyricist on Cedille Records’ new album Notorious RBG in Song. The album, released on June 8, 2018, celebrates U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 25 years… Read More

2017 Tax Act and Changes in Rules for Like-Kind Exchanges

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

An exchange of property, like a sale, generally is a taxable event. However, under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code prior to the enactment of the 2017 Tax Act, no gain or loss is recognized if property held for… Read More

Derrick Wang to speak at Columbia Law School on music copyright law

Monday, January 29th, 2018

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, composer and attorney Derrick Wang speaks at Columbia Law School on the topic of “Music Copyright from a Composer’s Perspective” as part of the Kernochan Center IP Speaker Series. For more information: http://www.law.columbia.edu/events/kernochan-center-ip-speaker-series-music-copyright-from-composers-perspective

Scott Marder interviewed by WBFF Fox45 regarding lawsuit alleging BCPS violations of the Maryland Public Information Act.

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Thomas & Libowitz attorney Scott Marder was interviewed on the WBFF Fox 45 Project Baltimore segment. http://foxbaltimore.com/news/project-baltimore/city-schools-project-baltimore-bound-for-court-battle-over-public-records-request

Good News: year-end tax legislation increases the 2018 contribution limits for cash gifts to public charities and private foundations.

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Generally, income tax deductions for charitable gifts remained unchanged under the new tax law.  There was one notable positive twist for charity.  The recently passed tax act allows for an increase in deductibility for gifts of cash (and only cash)… Read More