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Posts from April 2014.

In this month’s Louisville Business First Legal Forum Column, BGD partner Amy B. Berge discusses the legal issues businesses should consider when developing a social media marketing strategy. 

Posted in Litigation

You may not consider sending a “friend request” on Facebook to be a lie, but if you’re not actually friends with someone, it likely violates the professional conduct rules against dishonesty. It might also violate rules against contacting jurors or opposing parties represented by counsel.

Your company’s legal department cannot ignore what marketing already knows about social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are no longer novel, or simply mainstream. They are essential. 

Posted in Tax and Finance

BGD partner Jeffrey T. Bennett focuses his practice on the always-hot topic of Indiana property taxes. “Being able to help a client save money in most of the ways they didn’t expect makes my work exciting,” he says. Following are Jeff’s top four business property tax lessons and tips.

Posted in Litigation

As the federal government expands its pursuit of health care fraud cases, even good providers are at risk of becoming targets. Consider, for example, these federal health care fraud cases in 2013:

In the recent case Hills and Dales General Hospital and Danielle Corlis, 360 HLRB No. 70 (April 1, 2014), the National Labor Relations Board held that an employer’s policy prohibiting “negative comments” and “negativity or gossip” and directing employees to represent the employer “in a positive and professional manner” in the community were unlawful. The panel found that these provisions could reasonably be construed to prohibit NLRA-protected activity.

Posted in Estate Planning

The recent Tax Court case Bobrow v. Commissioner has shut down the separate IRAs rollover strategy altogether. In the decision, the Tax Court applied the one-year IRA rollover rule to apply in the aggregate across all IRAs, thus invalidating the separate IRA rollover treatment for all taxpayers. In direct response to the Bobrow v. Commissioner Tax Court decision, the IRS issued an announcement to address the decision’s application to IRAs.

BGD attorney William J. Kishman discussed how the unionization of college athletes could impact both college sports and Kentucky businesses in this month’s Business First of Louisville Legal Forum Column.

His column is below. Don’t miss our monthly Legal Forum Column in your copy of Business First of Louisville!

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