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Question of the Week

December 3-10, 2019
During a recent public forum of our community theater group, two former board members accused the current board of violating Robert’s Rules of Order in our protocols, and of making decisions to benefit board members and their families financially.  They said this could jeopardize our 501(c)(3) charity status and might constitute a crime.  We pay our small production staff an honorarium of no more than $500 for the run of a play.  Is there any validity to this charge, and/or should we be concerned? Answer

Employment Law

December 2, 2019

A maintenance worker employed by a nonprofit adult day-care center is not entitled to coverage...Read more

Who pays worker’s comp for Rabbi’s housekeeper?

Lilia Orellana worked as an “off the books”...

Red Cross volunteer not entitled to workers’ comp

A volunteer “community ambassador” for the...

Bar Association not an “employer” under ADA

A claim against the Hispanic National Bar...

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Lead Stories

December 2, 2019

Hotel magnate Eugene Eppley commissioned renowned American artist Grant Wood to paint a mural...

Trump Must Pay $2 Million For Violation of Foundation Rules

President Donald J. Trump has been ordered to...

Who Is Entitled to Bequest Left to Dissolved Church?

In December, 2010, Ruth Stumm executed her...

Who Has Authority to Increase Dues For Girl Scouts of USA?

The Supreme Court of Alaska has ruled that...

Lessons from Litigation


A member of the general public has been denied the right to review the corporate records of a...Read more

No recusal because defendant and judge aided same charity

A magistrate judge in Indiana has refused to...

Request for membership list survives motion to dismiss

A timeshare owner’s request to copy the...

Be careful what you ask for

Brentwood War Memorial, a local post of the...

Tax Matters


The City of Allentown, PA, cannot impose a business privilege tax on revenue received by the...Read more

Outpatient surgical center denied real estate tax exemption

An outpatient surgical center owed and...

Court rejects IRS definition of “educational institution”

A federal District Court in Minnesota has...

Cost to repair crucifix not deductible by evangelist

A self-proclaimed religious evangelist may...

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