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Proposed IRS Regulations Go After the Family Limited Partnership

If your client operates a business through a Family Limited Partnership, professional responsibility requires that you apprise them of possible changes on the horizon that could substantially affect these entities' tax exposure.

This is big news for high net-worth families who have successfully utilized the Minority Interest Discount to reduce estate taxes for the next generation. But how do you break the news to your rich clients?

Can the corporate law department transform the legal profession? Yes. And it is. In-house law departments are leading the change in legal technological innovation, reimagining how legal services are delivered, and even reshaping the face of the legal industry itself.

To celebrate those efforts, ALM and Inside Counsel have recently named the recipients of the seventh annual Transformative Leadership Awards, recognizing "pioneers in the economic empowerment of women in corporate law."

Hotels Accuse Expedia, Orbitz of Deceit, 'Bait and Switch'

A small hotel has brought a suit against travel company Expedia alleging that it used underhanded tactics in order to siphon booking business to its partner hotels instead.

The case is currently in the courts being reviewed for class action certification. Causes of action include false advertising, unfair competition and -- of course -- "bait and switch" business tactics.

In-House Lawyer's Intro to Trade Secrets

When it comes to intellectual property, everyone talks patents. Trademarks, copyrights, and other bits of intellectual property are scattered about. Even attorneys can sometimes fall into the trap of knowing just enough to be dangerous to themselves.

Less known is the trade secret. Trade secret law mostly gets invoked in the context of employment law. Almost everyone has signed a lengthy employment contract that stipulates in prolix language that the employee will not divulge valuable trade secret information to third parties. But what key factors should in-house lawyers be aware of when it comes to this lesser known aspect of intellectual property?

Univision, the Spanish-language broadcast company, won the auction to buy Gawker Media yesterday, for an offer of $135 million. Univision will take over Gawker after outbidding the digital media company Ziff Davis, by $45 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gawker Media, whose network of websites pioneered the gossipy, confessional medium of blogging, declared bankruptcy last month, after the former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $140 million invasion of privacy lawsuit against them. The sale should be approved by a bankruptcy judge sometime this week.

Zika Virus in the Workplace: Legal Considerations for Employers

By now you've heard: Zika is in the United States and it's spreading.

As with anything, this too shall pass. Not to say that a national dialogue and public diligence is a bad thing, but people tend to get caught up in irrational panic when a new disease threatens the public. Remember swine flu?

A few employers are wondering how the virus will implicate employer and workplace laws. Today, we'll step into the weeds and give our take on this issue.

Snapchat, the self-destructing-photo sharing and messaging app, is buying up the search startup Vurb, for a cool $110 million, according to the Information. The deal will be 75 percent stock and 25 percent cash, with Snapchat paying almost as much in retention payouts to Vurb's current employees, bringing the total price to nearly $200. Devoting 50 percent of the deal's cost to retention, Business Insider notes, is "an unusually high proportion."

So, what's behind the buy?

Religion in the Workplace: A Primer for In-House Lawyers

There are a number of things that should not be discussed casually at the office: politics, compensation, and of course, religion. Employees will inevitable bumble into these topics, which is usually okay. But things start getting dicey when the employer starts making decisions based on the political information he or she learned over the water cooler.

In-house counsel should be equipped with a solid understanding of religious discrimination in the workplace in order to best advise their corporate clients.

Forget weapons trafficking or illegal hacking. When it comes to crime, illegal logging ranks near the top. "Illegal logging is the most lucrative environmental crime and one of the most profitable organized criminal activities, alongside narcotics trafficking, counterfeiting, and human trafficking," according to a new white paper by Thomson Reuters. (Disclosure: Thomson Reuters is FindLaw's parent company.)

Deforestation, ecosystem disruption, and damage to the climate are some of the obvious effects of illegal logging, but its consequences aren't just environmental. Illegal logging's consequences can include significant impacts on human life and well-being, and, if illegal logging taints your supply chain, significant legal headaches.

Is Obesity a Protected Disability Under the ADA?

As America's waistline has gotten bigger, so too have the number of lawsuits that have asked the very important question: is obesity a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? Well, the short answer is no, but the more lawyerly answer is "yes, practically."

Below we get into the weeds of obesity and its relationship with the Americans with Disabilities Act.