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Lessons From the License to Drive (and Protect) Sports Illustrated

For years, Sports Illustrated (SI) has provided exclusive, in-depth looks into some of sports’ greatest games and players, with its voice and visuals providing great entertainment and information for sports fans around the world. As an example, a signed 1975 SI cover of Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier is one of my most prized pieces…
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Betting the Farm on Solar: Leasing and Due Diligence Considerations

While imagery of the American Dream used to be picturesque farm towns, robust bounties and families gathered around the table for a meal, values have shifted, and once-robust farming communities have become forgotten lands, with few farmers left in sight. As generational values continue to evolve, many landowners are left with few options when faced…
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Accidental Termination on Purpose? S Corp Ruling Could Be Huge For QSBS Owners

Qualified Small Business Stock (“QSBS”) is arguably one of the largest “gifts” Congress has given taxpayers by excluding from a shareholder’s gross income the greater of $10 million or 10 times the shareholder’s basis in the QSBS that was sold. With the recent IRS Private Letter Ruling (“PLR”), that exemption has perhaps become easier to…
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Should Solar Developers Pursue Community Solar? Incentives Can Be Key

With the proliferation of renewable energy and sustainable technologies, individuals of every income range have tried to find ways to benefit from the technological advances. Those who have the resources and interest may purchase an electric vehicle; those who want to minimize their carbon footprint may use more efficient heating and lighting; but those who…
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Allocating Risk in Real Estate Sales: Representations and Warranties

Although a majority of buyers in real estate transactions rely on their own inspections of property, most real estate purchase and sale agreements contain some seller representations and warranties regarding key factual matters that the buyer cannot independently verify. These representations and warranties serve as closing conditions as well as a basis for post-closing indemnification.…
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Amid Shifting Policies, Employee Handbooks Can’t Be Static Manuals

As we’ve said before, one of the easiest and least expensive tools for businesses to reduce liability and insulate from (at least some) risk, is often the one most frequently overlooked. Creating, promulgating, and most importantly enforcing an employee handbook is a simple and efficient way to communicate company policy and expectations to your employees…
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Entrepreneurial Success Begins By Navigating Key Legal Lessons

As often as we hear of the success stories of entrepreneurs, we are not always as privy to the many behind-the-scenes challenges they face. We may hear even less about the legal framework guiding their entrepreneurial dreams. However, for all entrepreneurs, having an understanding of the legal landscape is essential for sustainable business growth and…
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Rent is Due: Strategies for Landlords with Financially Unstable Tenants

Even landlords who conduct in-depth analyses of tenant credit and financial health will experience some tenants who become financially unstable during the term of the lease. In an environment where replacing tenants can be challenging, many landlords should consider the potential benefits of negotiating a restructuring of the tenant’s lease obligations or offering an agreed…
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After Corporate Transparency Act Takes Hit in Ruling, What’s Next?

The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”), a significant legislative effort aimed at curbing financial crimes by increasing corporate accountability, has been declared unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.[1] On March 1, 2024, Judge Liles Burke permanently enjoined the government from enforcing the CTA, ruling in favor of the National Small…
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Investment Advisors Face Added Regulation That Could Potentially Impact Litigation

On February 13, 2024, FinCEN issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to deter criminals and foreign adversaries who seek to potentially compromise the U.S. financial system and assets through investment advisors. If passed, the new rule would make investment advisors subject to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) by expanding the definition of “financial institution”…
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