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Estate Tax Audits for Large Estates Are a Virtual Certainty

What you need to know: Recent audit statistics show that federal estate tax returns are facing increased scrutiny from the IRS…more

Audits, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, IRS

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Chancery Court Provides Additional Room for Shareholders Challenging Change of Control Transactions

What you need to know: In its recent decision in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, Delaware’s Court of Chancery held that directors and officers may be found to have acted in bad faith, thereby breaching their fiduciary duty of…more

Bad Faith, Board of Directors, Change in Control, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Officers

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Fifth Circuit Holds That a TPEE in a CGL Policy Can Exclude Pollution Claims Even in the Face of a UREC

What you need to know: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Texas law, held that a Total Pollution Exclusion Endorsement in a CGL Policy did not irreconcilably conflict with, and therefore was not superseded by,…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Pollution Exclusion

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Private Equity Funds Can Be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Plan Obligations

What you need to know: The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held that a private equity fund can be a “trade or business,” allowing the fund under certain circumstances to be liable under ERISA for the…more

Employee Benefits, ERISA, Investment Portfolios, Pensions, Private Equity

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2014 Hart-Scott-Rodino Requirements

What you need to know: HSR filing thresholds will be adjusted upward effective February 24, 2014. What you need to do: Parties involved in a large merger or acquisition should analyze whether it will exceed…more

Acquisitions, DOJ, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Mergers

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Proposes Elimination of Most Non-Compete Agreements and Adoption of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

What you need to know: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently proposed legislative reform that would abolish non-compete agreements made in the technology and life sciences sectors, as well as other, currently…more

Confidentiality Agreements, Employer Mandates, Employment Policies, Hiring & Firing, Independent Contractors

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Fifth Circuit Holds That a TPEE in a CGL Policy Can Exclude Pollution Claims Even in the Face of a UREC

What you need to know: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Texas law, held that a Total Pollution Exclusion Endorsement in a CGL Policy did not irreconcilably conflict with, and therefore was not superseded by,…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Pollution Exclusion

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Chancery Court Provides Additional Room for Shareholders Challenging Change of Control Transactions

What you need to know: In its recent decision in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, Delaware’s Court of Chancery held that directors and officers may be found to have acted in bad faith, thereby breaching their fiduciary duty of…more

Bad Faith, Board of Directors, Change in Control, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Officers

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Estate Tax Audits for Large Estates Are a Virtual Certainty

What you need to know: Recent audit statistics show that federal estate tax returns are facing increased scrutiny from the IRS…more

Audits, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, IRS

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Supreme Court Rules That Naturally Occurring DNA is not Eligible for Patent Protection

What you need to know: In the long-awaited decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., the US Supreme Court yesterday held that naturally occurring, yet “isolated” DNA, is not eligible for…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Gene Patenting, Human Genes, Myriad

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First-in-the-Nation Decision Upholds the Attorney-Client Privilege for Law Firms, Emphasizing the Important Role of Their In-House Counsel

What you need to know: The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld the attorney-client privilege for in-house counsel in law firms. This is the first such decision in the nation…more

Attorney Malpractice, Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel

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Private Equity Funds Can Be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Plan Obligations

What you need to know: The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held that a private equity fund can be a “trade or business,” allowing the fund under certain circumstances to be liable under ERISA for the…more

Employee Benefits, ERISA, Investment Portfolios, Pensions, Private Equity

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Chancery Court Provides Additional Room for Shareholders Challenging Change of Control Transactions

What you need to know: In its recent decision in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, Delaware’s Court of Chancery held that directors and officers may be found to have acted in bad faith, thereby breaching their fiduciary duty of…more

Bad Faith, Board of Directors, Change in Control, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Officers

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FINRA Enhances Public Offering Review Process, Including Same Day Clearance

What you need to know: FINRA has enhanced its review process for approving underwriter compensation arrangements in public offerings by implementing new procedures for immediate same day clearance of shelf registrations…more

Clearance, Compliance, Filing Requirements, FINRA, Public Offerings

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Chancery Court Provides Additional Room for Shareholders Challenging Change of Control Transactions

What you need to know: In its recent decision in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, Delaware’s Court of Chancery held that directors and officers may be found to have acted in bad faith, thereby breaching their fiduciary duty of…more

Bad Faith, Board of Directors, Change in Control, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Officers

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New Delaware Law May Facilitate the Use of Tender Offer Structures in Merger Transactions

What you need to know: In August 2013, a new law went into effect in Delaware that allows buyers, subject to certain conditions, to quickly consummate a back-end merger without stockholder approval following a tender…more

Fiduciary Duty, Mergers, New Legislation, Shareholder Votes, Short-Form Mergers

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Estate Tax Audits for Large Estates Are a Virtual Certainty

What you need to know: Recent audit statistics show that federal estate tax returns are facing increased scrutiny from the IRS…more

Audits, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, IRS

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Chancery Court Provides Additional Room for Shareholders Challenging Change of Control Transactions

What you need to know: In its recent decision in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, Delaware’s Court of Chancery held that directors and officers may be found to have acted in bad faith, thereby breaching their fiduciary duty of…more

Bad Faith, Board of Directors, Change in Control, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Officers

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Recent Decisions Underscore Importance of Carefully Drafted Make-Whole Premium Provisions in Loan Documents

What you need to know: Two recent decisions have shown that courts will rely heavily on the plain meaning of contract language when considering the enforceability of make-whole provisions. The United States Court of…more

Consumer Bankruptcy, Contract Drafting, Debt, Loans, Make-Whole Premium

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US Supreme Court Issues Modest Ruling in ‘Software Patent’ Case

What you need to know: Thursday’s highly anticipated US Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank was modest in scope and largely stuck to the tests it previously applied in Bilksi and Mayo for patent eligible…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Paying the Price: Physician Group Faces Hefty Penalty and OCR Oversight After Failure to Conduct Security Risk Assessment and Implement Policies

What you need to know: The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health & Human Services is continuing its trend toward more aggressive enforcement of HIPAA violations. Small provider entities are not immune…more

Corrective Actions, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Electronic Medical Records, Enforcement Actions

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Recent Decisions Underscore Importance of Carefully Drafted Make-Whole Premium Provisions in Loan Documents

What you need to know: Two recent decisions have shown that courts will rely heavily on the plain meaning of contract language when considering the enforceability of make-whole provisions. The United States Court of…more

Consumer Bankruptcy, Contract Drafting, Debt, Loans, Make-Whole Premium

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Chancery Court Provides Additional Room for Shareholders Challenging Change of Control Transactions

What you need to know: In its recent decision in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, Delaware’s Court of Chancery held that directors and officers may be found to have acted in bad faith, thereby breaching their fiduciary duty of…more

Bad Faith, Board of Directors, Change in Control, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Officers

See All Updates »

Fifth Circuit Holds That a TPEE in a CGL Policy Can Exclude Pollution Claims Even in the Face of a UREC

What you need to know: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Texas law, held that a Total Pollution Exclusion Endorsement in a CGL Policy did not irreconcilably conflict with, and therefore was not superseded by,…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Pollution Exclusion

See All Updates »

Private Equity Funds Can Be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Plan Obligations

What you need to know: The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held that a private equity fund can be a “trade or business,” allowing the fund under certain circumstances to be liable under ERISA for the…more

Employee Benefits, ERISA, Investment Portfolios, Pensions, Private Equity

See All Updates »

First-in-the-Nation Decision Upholds the Attorney-Client Privilege for Law Firms, Emphasizing the Important Role of Their In-House Counsel

What you need to know: The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld the attorney-client privilege for in-house counsel in law firms. This is the first such decision in the nation…more

Attorney Malpractice, Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel

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Estate Tax Audits for Large Estates Are a Virtual Certainty

What you need to know: Recent audit statistics show that federal estate tax returns are facing increased scrutiny from the IRS…more

Audits, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, IRS

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Supreme Court Rules That Naturally Occurring DNA is not Eligible for Patent Protection

What you need to know: In the long-awaited decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., the US Supreme Court yesterday held that naturally occurring, yet “isolated” DNA, is not eligible for…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Gene Patenting, Human Genes, Myriad

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Conflict Minerals Filing Tips – Deadline Approaching

What you need to know: Public companies are required to submit their conflict minerals filings by June 2nd. SEC guidance issued after a recent federal appeals court decision has effectively eliminated the…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, Dodd-Frank, Filing Deadlines, Filing Requirements, Form SD

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New Delaware Law May Facilitate the Use of Tender Offer Structures in Merger Transactions

What you need to know: In August 2013, a new law went into effect in Delaware that allows buyers, subject to certain conditions, to quickly consummate a back-end merger without stockholder approval following a tender…more

Fiduciary Duty, Mergers, New Legislation, Shareholder Votes, Short-Form Mergers

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Supreme Court Rejects Presumption for ERISA Fiduciaries, But Makes Clear Stock-Drop Claims Are Difficult to Sustain

What you need to know: In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, et al., decided earlier this month, the Supreme Court seemingly handed a victory to the plaintiff’s bar, striking down a presumption of prudence that ERISA…more

ERISA, ESOP, FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer, Fifth Third Mortgage Company, SCOTUS

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Recent Decisions Underscore Importance of Carefully Drafted Make-Whole Premium Provisions in Loan Documents

What you need to know: Two recent decisions have shown that courts will rely heavily on the plain meaning of contract language when considering the enforceability of make-whole provisions. The United States Court of…more

Consumer Bankruptcy, Contract Drafting, Debt, Loans, Make-Whole Premium

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Estate Tax Audits for Large Estates Are a Virtual Certainty

What you need to know: Recent audit statistics show that federal estate tax returns are facing increased scrutiny from the IRS…more

Audits, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, IRS

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Private Equity Funds Can Be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Plan Obligations

What you need to know: The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held that a private equity fund can be a “trade or business,” allowing the fund under certain circumstances to be liable under ERISA for the…more

Employee Benefits, ERISA, Investment Portfolios, Pensions, Private Equity

See All Updates »

Fifth Circuit Holds That a TPEE in a CGL Policy Can Exclude Pollution Claims Even in the Face of a UREC

What you need to know: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Texas law, held that a Total Pollution Exclusion Endorsement in a CGL Policy did not irreconcilably conflict with, and therefore was not superseded by,…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Pollution Exclusion

See All Updates »

Recent Decisions Underscore Importance of Carefully Drafted Make-Whole Premium Provisions in Loan Documents

What you need to know: Two recent decisions have shown that courts will rely heavily on the plain meaning of contract language when considering the enforceability of make-whole provisions. The United States Court of…more

Consumer Bankruptcy, Contract Drafting, Debt, Loans, Make-Whole Premium

See All Updates »

US Supreme Court Issues Modest Ruling in ‘Software Patent’ Case

What you need to know: Thursday’s highly anticipated US Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank was modest in scope and largely stuck to the tests it previously applied in Bilksi and Mayo for patent eligible…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

See All Updates »

Supreme Court Rules That Naturally Occurring DNA is not Eligible for Patent Protection

What you need to know: In the long-awaited decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., the US Supreme Court yesterday held that naturally occurring, yet “isolated” DNA, is not eligible for…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Gene Patenting, Human Genes, Myriad

See All Updates »

Supreme Court Lets Basic Presumption Stand for Securities Fraud Class Actions

What you need to know: The Supreme Court has declined to overturn a longstanding presumption that investors acquiring shares in an efficient market can be deemed to have relied on alleged misrepresentations. The…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Proposes Elimination of Most Non-Compete Agreements and Adoption of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

What you need to know: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently proposed legislative reform that would abolish non-compete agreements made in the technology and life sciences sectors, as well as other, currently…more

Confidentiality Agreements, Employer Mandates, Employment Policies, Hiring & Firing, Independent Contractors

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Supreme Court Lets Basic Presumption Stand for Securities Fraud Class Actions

What you need to know: The Supreme Court has declined to overturn a longstanding presumption that investors acquiring shares in an efficient market can be deemed to have relied on alleged misrepresentations. The…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Governor Signs Law to Raise Massachusetts Minimum Wage

What you need to know: Governor Deval Patrick recently signed a law that will raise the Massachusetts minimum wage from its current $8 per hour to $11 per hour over the next three years. The first increase, to $9 per…more

Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Wage and Hour

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Supreme Court Rules That Naturally Occurring DNA is not Eligible for Patent Protection

What you need to know: In the long-awaited decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., the US Supreme Court yesterday held that naturally occurring, yet “isolated” DNA, is not eligible for…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Gene Patenting, Human Genes, Myriad

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District Court Holds That Pre-Employment Conduct Is Not Covered by Chapter 93A

What you need to know: The United States District Court of Massachusetts recently held that an executive could not pursue a claim against a former employer for alleged misrepresentations made during the course of his…more

Chapter 93A, Hiring & Firing, Misrepresentation, Termination

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Paying the Price: Physician Group Faces Hefty Penalty and OCR Oversight After Failure to Conduct Security Risk Assessment and Implement Policies

What you need to know: The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health & Human Services is continuing its trend toward more aggressive enforcement of HIPAA violations. Small provider entities are not immune…more

Corrective Actions, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Electronic Medical Records, Enforcement Actions

See All Updates »

Fifth Circuit Holds That a TPEE in a CGL Policy Can Exclude Pollution Claims Even in the Face of a UREC

What you need to know: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Texas law, held that a Total Pollution Exclusion Endorsement in a CGL Policy did not irreconcilably conflict with, and therefore was not superseded by,…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Pollution Exclusion

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Governor Signs Law to Raise Massachusetts Minimum Wage

What you need to know: Governor Deval Patrick recently signed a law that will raise the Massachusetts minimum wage from its current $8 per hour to $11 per hour over the next three years. The first increase, to $9 per…more

Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Wage and Hour

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Recent Decisions Underscore Importance of Carefully Drafted Make-Whole Premium Provisions in Loan Documents

What you need to know: Two recent decisions have shown that courts will rely heavily on the plain meaning of contract language when considering the enforceability of make-whole provisions. The United States Court of…more

Consumer Bankruptcy, Contract Drafting, Debt, Loans, Make-Whole Premium

See All Updates »

Estate Tax Audits for Large Estates Are a Virtual Certainty

What you need to know: Recent audit statistics show that federal estate tax returns are facing increased scrutiny from the IRS…more

Audits, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, IRS

See All Updates »

Private Equity Funds Can Be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Plan Obligations

What you need to know: The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held that a private equity fund can be a “trade or business,” allowing the fund under certain circumstances to be liable under ERISA for the…more

Employee Benefits, ERISA, Investment Portfolios, Pensions, Private Equity

See All Updates »

First-in-the-Nation Decision Upholds the Attorney-Client Privilege for Law Firms, Emphasizing the Important Role of Their In-House Counsel

What you need to know: The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld the attorney-client privilege for in-house counsel in law firms. This is the first such decision in the nation…more

Attorney Malpractice, Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel

See All Updates »

Recent Decisions Underscore Importance of Carefully Drafted Make-Whole Premium Provisions in Loan Documents

What you need to know: Two recent decisions have shown that courts will rely heavily on the plain meaning of contract language when considering the enforceability of make-whole provisions. The United States Court of…more

Consumer Bankruptcy, Contract Drafting, Debt, Loans, Make-Whole Premium

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Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
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Number of Attorneys

100+ Attorneys

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