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NAD Recommends Changes to Online Travel Agency’s Search Engine Marketing Claims

UntitledThe Council of Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division (NAD) has recommended that, as a result of a complaint filed by Expedia, two online travel sites change several aspects of their search engine marketing (SEM) to avoid misleading consumers.  While SEM is a common and long-standing practice, the NAD’s decision emphasizes that there are still emerging issues that companies engaged in this type of marketing should observe.

Expedia’s Challenges

Expedia filed a challenge with the NAD alleging that the SEM practices of Fareportal Inc., the operator of travel sites and, were misleading.

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Veronica Franco speaks at Buildex Vancouver’s PAMA Sessions

Today, Veronica Franco spoke at the Buildex Vancouver PAMA Sessions. BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries.

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Carmen Tham presents at CBA Law Series on 2014’s insurance developments

This morning, Carmen Tham presented at a Canadian Bar Association Law Series on insurance developments. The webinar included other key speakers and offered attendees great value through perspectives from all over Canada.

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DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

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Robert S. Groban, Jr. and the Immigration Law Group of Epstein Becker Green recently issued an alert that will be of interest to technology, media, and telecommunications employers.

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. H-4 spouses who fit the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for employment authorization starting on May 26, 2015.

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Buntin-PhotoRoyal Oak, Michigan, February 26, 2015:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Stephanie S. Buntin has joined the firm.  She will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas Office.

Ms. Buntin concentrates her practice on intellectual property. She focuses on domestic and foreign patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, as well as trademark clearance, policing and enforcement.

Ms. Buntin received her B.A. from Vassar College in 2008 and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – William S. Boyd School of Law in 2011. She is a member of the American and Clark County Bar Associations as well as the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada. Ms. Buntin is licensed to practice in the State of Nevada as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. More…

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Multistate Tax Update – February 26, 2015


In late January, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (OTCA), the agency charged with reviewing and approving applications for tax credit assistance, granted tax incentives to 14 business projects throughout the state. The Plain Dealer reported that these projects are expected to create or retain more than 2,400 jobs, result in more than $32.5 million per year in new payroll, and spark millions in business investments. Six of the recipients are in Central Ohio, and six are in the Cincinnati area. The remaining two are near Dayton and Toledo.

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Access Board Seeks to Revise Accessibility Standards for Information and Communications Technology of Federal Agencies and Certain Technology Manufacturers, Moving to Functionality-Based Approach

On February 18, 2015, the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (the “Access Board”) announced the release of its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (“NPRM”), refreshing and revising the existing accessibility requirements under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“508 Standards”) and Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934 (the “255 Guidelines”), and merging them into a single rulemaking intended to support the accessibility of Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”) for individuals with disabilities in the federal sector.

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Ontario Court Addresses Rarely Considered E&O Exclusion

By David Buxton-Forman

In its recent decision in Hollowcore v. Visocchi, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice analyzed a rarely considered exclusion typically found in the errors and omissions (“E&O”) policies issued to engineers and architects. The exclusion removes cover for losses arising from the professional’s failure to complete drawings, specifications or schedules in time, unless the delay is the result of error or inaccuracy in the document preparation. It appears the Hollowcare judgment is the first reported judicial comment on this exclusion in Canada.

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ERISA at 40: A Time to Assess Multiemployer Defined Benefit Pension Plans

As the 40th anniversary of the landmark Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is noted, an article by Allen B. Roberts featured in the Winter 2014 Benefits Law Journal observes that participating employees and contributing employers – as the primary stakeholders in the fortunes of multiemployer defined benefit pension plans – may not be among the celebrants. Employees who should benefit from retirement contributions and the employers who fund the payments are encountering a world different from that anticipated with the passage of ERISA. Increasingly, employers and their employees are questioning whether the promise of retirement security can be delivered cost effectively — or at all — by defined benefit pension plans maintained under union contracts. While some employers have avoided, or moved away from, the defined benefit plan model – favoring defined contribution plans or other retirement programs – those having ongoing commitments must face the current and prospective realities of the multiemployer defined benefit plans to which they are obligated to contribute.

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Charities Forum 2015

We co-hosted Charities Forum 2015 today with Vancouver Foundation. It was a great success with over 150 attendees. Industry experts discussed key issues facing charities and gift planning.

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