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Understanding Shareholders’ Rights in Derivative Actions

When someone who controls a corporation, such as a CEO or director, engages in conduct that a shareholder believes has harmed the corporation in some way, what can the shareholder do about it? In some circumstances, a shareholder may file a derivative lawsuit. Shareholders are investors in a corporation but they do not have control Read More

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Can China Be Held Legally Responsible for the COVID-19 Epidemic?

A bill recently introduced in Congress would allow Americans to sue the Chinese government for harm caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The measure, called the Holding the Chinese Communist Party Accountable for Infecting Americans Act, is the most recent in a series of attempts by legislators to saddle China with legal liability for the spread Read More

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How COVID-19 Might Affect Your Estate Tax Planning

It should not take a pandemic to remind us all of our own mortality and the need to plan for our loved ones. However, the lethal spread of the COVID-19 virus highlights why it is so important to have a sound strategy in place to minimize taxes and maximize the value of your estate. We Read More

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Complying with Corporate Annual Meeting Requirements during the COVID-19 Quarantine

How do you hold a corporate annual meeting when the entire country is in lockdown? On the surface, it might seem like a simple matter of using a favorite video conferencing tool and perhaps checking to see if it’s been hacked. Annual meetings for corporations are more than get-togethers. They are legally mandated proceedings that Read More

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Due to COVID-19, the IRS Pushes Tax Deadline Back to July 15

The traditional tax day of April 15 has passed and millions of Americans are taking advantage of the three-month reprieve given by the federal government and many states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on your individual circumstances, you might be looking to file as quickly as possible in order to collect your refund. Read More

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Key Aspects of the CARES Act Provisions Authorizing Small Business Loans

Small business owners are necessarily prepared for various types of challenges, but what do you do when the government orders you to close for an indefinite amount of time? Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has put millions in this very difficult position. Even worse, it is still unclear in many places when authorities will allow businesses Read More

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When Can a Worker Sue for Defamation?

Your ability to earn a livelihood depends in large part on your reputation, which can be heavily based on what your present and previous employers or clients say about you. If you believe that anyone connected with your career made disparaging remarks that hurt your prospects for a job or a promotion, you may be Read More

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Potential Tax Effects Associated with the CARES Act Stimulus

Since March, federal and state governments have engaged in a variety of methods designed to safeguard Americans’ health and financial security in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. At any time, taxes have a direct impact on our lives, so it’s natural that some of the key provisions of the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Read More

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How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations? The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty Read More

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Tips for Defending Your Business Reputation Online

In cyberspace, a single negative review, tweet or Facebook post can inflict damage on a business that is difficult to undo. Effectively defending your company’s online reputation demands taking a proactive role rather than waiting until your company is attacked to jump into crisis-management mode. Here are some preventative steps you can take immediately: Control Read More

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