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U.S. Senate Passes Historic Patent Reform Bill

On March 8, 2010 something happened that seemed nearly impossible less than one year ago with overwhelming bipartisan support, the United States Senate passed a sweeping patent reform bill, the “America Invents Act” (Senate Bill S.23). Chances for approval in the House of Representatives seem high, and if passed by the House and signed into …

Employers Beware! Are Your Independent Contractors Really Employees?

The media have been having a hay day with the efforts of various governors around the country to reign in years of executive neglect that resulted in outsized state employee wages and benefits packages. The governors in Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey and Indiana, to name a few, have asked their state workers unions for concessions …

Financial Reform: A Quick Overview of the Dodd-Frank Act

Posted in Finance on April 26, 2011 by rbarton

In July 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) into law. Dodd-Frank was passed as a response to the financial crisis of the late 2000s. The new legislation represents the most significant change to financial regulation in the United States since the 1930s, and will undoubtedly impact the …