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DOE report finds Solyndra gave "false and misleading" info

The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General has released a special report finding that failed solar panel maker Solyndra, Inc. provided the Department with inaccurate and misleading information during the application…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking

Navy signs solar energy deal

The U.S. Department of the Navy has announced an agreement for the development of a 210 megawatt (DC) solar project to supply electricity to Navy and Marine Corps facilities in California. The Navy described the deal as the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

Cross-border infrastructure and presidential permits

A recent report casts doubt on whether proposed federal legislation would actually accelerate decisions on the siting of cross-border energy infrastructure. Cross-border pipelines and electric transmission lines play an…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

As MassPort Boss Reminds Us, Boston Wouldn't Be The Hub without Fishing, Seafood

Tom Glynn was careful to describe Boston’s hottest new neighborhood as the South Boston Waterfront in an op-ed piece he wrote for the Boston Globe the other day. You would expect nothing different from the CEO of the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Northern Pass proposes new transmission plan

The developer of a proposed $1.4 billion electric transmission line connecting Quebec to New Hampshire has released a revised route for the project, following public opposition to earlier plans. The new vision for the Northern…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Winn Everett's Environmental Virtues Are Yin to the Yang of Casino Profits

The site in Everett where Steve Winn wants to build a resort/destination casino at a cost of more than a billion dollars has got to be the most run-down, contaminated, crummy looking oceanfront properties in Greater Boston. I…more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Is Patentability Smothered by the “All Encompassing” Prior Art Reference?

Patent owners may welcome the Allergan, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. decision earlier this month when the Federal Circuit affirmed the validity of five patents relating to the pharmaceutical formulation Lumingan ® .01%. The Federal…more
| Business Torts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Block Island offshore wind celebrated, challenged

U.S. and Rhode Island officials recently celebrated the start of construction on the Block Island Wind Farm, which is on track to be the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S. The five-turbine, 30-megawatt project…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial

EPA proposes methane rules for oil and gas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a suite of new and modified rules affecting the oil and natural gas industry. Collectively, the proposed rules released on August 18 are designed to reduce methane emissions…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Westfield's Three-Branch Pierce Begins Sunset Ride with Blessing from Supremes

If you held a high position in the judiciary and were doing a bad job, I don’t think the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court would issue a press release saying good things about you when you filed for retirement. No, in…more
| Elections & Politics

New Social Media Privacy Law in Maine

Maine has a new Employee Social Media Privacy law that prohibits employers from requiring employees and job applicants to provide access to their social media accounts. In passing the law, Maine joins at least twenty other…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

An Outside-the-Box Thought on Proposals to Tax Vacation Home Rentals

I even have a suggestion on where one of those colonies might go: Morris Island, in Chatham.  The miles of beaches on Morris Island are public, while the interior of the island is privately owned and taken up with estates owned…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Principal May Not Be Held Liable Under “Joint Action” Theory for Breach of Contract By Company, But May Have Individual Liability for Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently issued an opinion in Joseph General Contracting, Inc. v. Couto, (SC 19209) that preserved the limited liability of a principal for breach of contract claims against the company, but opened…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Globe Retrospectives on Demise of Olympic Bid Reach Opposite Conclusions

If you're the one deciding the contents of a newspaper, you get to have it both ways. Case in point: two recent Boston Globe pieces on the ill-fated attempt to bring the Olympic Games to Boston in 2024…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

Resources on Clean Power Plan

Yesterday President Obama announced his administration's "Clean Power Plan," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations limiting power plant carbon emissions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. EPA's…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law
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