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Real-life vacant houses don’t shelter ghosts or poltergeists, but the problems they cause can be as daunting to vanquish as any fictional apparition. A recent supreme court case illuminates the effect of zombie properties on homeowners, lenders, and surrounding communities. Although the decision offers some resolutions, many questions remain.
By Justin M. Mertz, Benjamin Patrick Payne & Kail J. Decker
Laws protecting and rewarding employees or other individuals who report companies’ internal problems present risks of legal, financial, and business reputational costs and damage too large for all entities, even the smallest, to ignore. This article offers suggestions for managing risk based on the hard lessons learned by companies exposed to enforcement action.
By Patrick S. Coffey
The Internet marketplaces has changed the retail landscape, and many believe the time has come to update the sales tax treatment of e-commerce transactions crossing state lines. This article presents an overview of sales and use taxation, the current tax treatment of e-commerce transactions across state lines, and potential legislation and judicial action related to e-commerce retailers.
By Andrew Pascaly

Web Extras

Fewer cases are going to trial and that means young lawyers are no longer getting the experience they need for future litigation. Young lawyers should proactively seek mentoring opportunities and do some self-learning to help build that experience, says Jesse Blocher.
A lawyer's first trial can be a nerve-racking experience. Once you get the opportunity to represent a client at trial, what should you do to prepare? Start with finding a good mentor who does trial work, then really get to know your evidence, says Andrew Wier.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • President's Message
  • Atticus Abides
  • Despite controversy about Go Set a Watchman, Ralph Cagle says To Kill a Mockingbird still inspires readers to service.
  • Your State Bar
  • Different, But the Same
  • George Brown relays advice on closing the law profession’s gender gap from countries around the globe.
  • On Balance
  • Sleep Your Way to Success
  • Want to feel better and be more productive? Paul Davis-Laack urges dropping the “busyness” and getting more zzzzs instead.
  • Final Thought
  • Don’t Shoot the Messenger
  • Diane Diel urges lawyers to hear the message and start leading client-centered professional and practice changes.

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