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The New Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Law – Impact on the Insurance Industry

On December 15, 2016, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (the “Act”) became effective, decriminalizing marijuana ownership and use for private citizens in the Commonwealth, and mandating the creation of a regulatory...more

The Nature of Workers’ Compensation as Affected by Pain and Suffering

Under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act, M.G.L. c. 152, § 1, et seq., particularly § 15, an employee who is injured in a work-related incident due to the acts of an unrelated third party may seek redress of that...more

Rhode Island General Assembly Clarifies Intent of Foreclosure Mediation Law

In what can only be perceived as a response to a recent Superior Court decision, the Rhode Island General Assembly amended the applicability of the Foreclosure Mediation Law, R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-27-3.2, for the third time in...more

Lending Industry Take Note: Federal Fair Housing Act Provides For Disparate-Impact Liability

The status quo stands, to a degree. By a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court has concluded that the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) authorizes lawsuits not just for intentional discrimination, but for conduct taken...more

New Rhode Island Banking Regulations to Promote Uniformity

Rhode Island has repealed certain banking regulations and replaced them with new regulations in order to promote uniformity. Banking Regulations 98-14 “Licensees”, 98-14.1 “Lenders and Loan Brokers”, and 98-14.4 “Check...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Resolve Whether the FHA Provides for Disparate Impact Liability.

A major change to federal law governing mortgage lending may be on the horizon. On October 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) not only imposes liability for...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Failure To Strictly Comply With The Statutory Notice of Right To Cure Does Not...

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently issued a landmark decision, U.S. Bank, Nat. Ass’n v. Schumacher, on an issue the Massachusetts Superior and Housing Courts have been grappling with for the past four...more

Changes to Rhode Island Foreclosure Statute Require Mediation for Certain Foreclosures

Changes to Rhode Island foreclosure law are set to become effective for certain mortgage foreclosures on September 12, 2013. New Section 34-27-3.2 entitled “Mediation Conference” has been added to Rhode Island General Laws,...more

Is it a Private Foundation in the Eyes of the IRS?

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") recently held in Private Letter Ruling 201323035 that a corporation that was established as a nonprofit corporation under state law should not be granted tax exempt status because its...more

Many States Switching to Uniform MLO Test

In 2013, three New England states will no longer require the state-specific test component for licensing mortgage loan originators (MLOs) due to the implementation of the new National SAFE MLO Test with a uniform state...more

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