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Spectator Who Helped Game Officials
Is Protected Volunteer

Holder of first down marker is not liable
when football player runs into pole during game

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Whistleblower Retaliation Claim
Does Not Stop Removal of Director

California Court refuses to extend whistleblower
protection to prevent removal of volunteer

Church Did Not Violate Consumer
Protection Laws in Tourist’s Trip Over Step

Court also denies liability under state’s
recreational use statute when visit was free

Lessons from Litigation

Board can’t pass standards expressly delegated to committee

Lawyer disciplined for bi-state practice, misleading communication
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Employment Law

Whistleblowers’ retaliation charge dismissed
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Behind the Numbers

Court says façade easement is worth nothing
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Ready Reference

Ready Reference Page No. 129
IRS Issues Streamlined Form 1023-EZ
For Exemption of Small 501(c)(3) Groups

Only organizations expecting less than $50,000 a year may use it; Critics are concerned about lack of specific data and possible abuse
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Risk and Reward

Tips on reducing risks of litigation and liability by Melanie Herman, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Risk Mangement Center, Washington, D.C.

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Behind the Numbers

Clear explanations of financial and accounting issues for nonprofits.

Behind the Numbers
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