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Ward and Smith, PA | China, USA | 12 Feb 2020

U.S.-China Trade Deal Shows Potential for Improved U.S. Intellectual Property Rights in China

A result of negotiating techniques from Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal" or a result of strategies from the ancient Chinese military…
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Ward and Smith, PA | USA | 5 Feb 2020

Challenges of New Hemp Brands

Trademarks include the elements that constitute a "brand." Trademarks typically consist of words, phrases, symbols, designs, or any combination of…
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Ward and Smith, PA | USA | 31 Jan 2020

NC Business Court Clarifies Exception to Rule that LLC Members Do NOT Owe Fiduciary Duties to One Another

One of the hallmarks of limited liability companies ("LLCs") is that members of an LLC ordinarily do not owe fiduciary duties to each other or to the…
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Ward and Smith, PA | USA | 29 Jan 2020

The SECURE Act: Elimination of the Stretch IRA

The "Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019" ("SECURE Act"), which Congress passed at the end of 2019, included changes…
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Ward and Smith, PA | USA | 23 Jan 2020

Availability and Benefits of Shelf Offerings for Public Issuers

Public issuers may benefit from the use of shelf offerings as an efficient, cost-effective alternative to Form S-1 in order to register shares as…
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Ward and Smith, PA | USA | 20 Jan 2020

Supreme Court Rules "Now or Never" to Appeal Stay Relief Denials

Under the Bankruptcy Code, filing a bankruptcy petition automatically halts efforts to collect pre-petition debts from the debtor outside of…
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Ward and Smith, PA | USA | 17 Jan 2020

Identifying All Sources of Underinsured Motorist Coverage for Injured Parties in NC Car Accident Cases

Underinsured Motorist ("UIM") coverage is an incredibly important source of insurance in car accident cases involving personal injuries...
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Ward and Smith, PA | USA | 14 Jan 2020

US Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Joint Employment

On January 12, 2020, the United States Department of Labor ("USDOL") Wage and Hour Division announced a final rule regarding joint employment under…
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Ward and Smith, PA | USA | 10 Jan 2020

When is a General Contractor's License Required for Emergency Remediation Services?

North Carolina has seen an increase in the need for building repair services following the damage caused by recent hurricanes, including Florence in…
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Ward and Smith, PA | USA | 3 Jan 2020

Tearing Up the Litmus Test: Potential Problems with Testing Employees for Marijuana Use

You observe the speed limit (or, at least, stay within five MPH of it), you don’t cheat on your taxes…
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