If Governor Did These 10 Things, He Could Ruin His Popularity in No Time

Charlie Baker has been our governor for 11 months and hasn't yet met a poll he didn't like. In the past week alone, there were two news reports on polls showing that Baker enjoys a level of popularity most pols only…more
| Elections & Politics

FERC 2015 Report on Enforcement

The enforcement arm of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released a report describing its enforcement activities in fiscal year 2015. The 69-page 2015 FERC staff report on enforcement draws its organization from…more
| Energy & Utilities

Take Your Damn Free Speech Elsewhere: T Public Property Not a Legal Public Forum

The MBTA, we learned this week, is reworking its already strict guidelines for advertising on T property. Metro Boston’s transit system wants to prohibit “ads concerning political issues or matters of public debate,”…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Transportation

That’s Patentable? The Far-Reaching Definition of an “Invention”

U.S. patent law provides that “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor,” 35 U.S. Code §101…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

ISO-NE files IRC-related values for 2019-2020

In advance of an upcoming auction to sell electric generating capacity into the New England market, regional grid operator ISO New England Inc. has submitted key information about its plans to the Federal Energy Regulatory…more
| Energy & Utilities

What Can Go Wrong – It's Just A Non-Disclosure Agreement

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”), also known as a Confidentiality Agreement, is an agreement that precludes the use of confidential information provided by one party (a “Disclosing Party”) to another party (a “Receiving…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Report: solar panels add home appraisal value

"How will putting rooftop solar panels on my home affect its value?" is a common question among those considering residential-sited solar energy projects…more
| Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

FERC considers 2015 enforcement report

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is scheduled to consider its 2015 Report on Enforcement when it meets later this week. The FERC is an independent federal agency charged with regulating certain U.S. energy resources…more
| Environmental Law

Somerville Mayor's First Impression of Casino Footbridge May Not Be His Last

Now Steve Wynn has sweetened the deal for his Eastern Massachusetts casino with a pedestrian bridge over the Mystic River. The span would lead from the casino site in Everett to the fast-rising neighborhood at Assembly Row in…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

DONG Energy proposes Massachusetts offshore wind farm

A subsidiary of Danish energy company DONG Energy has proposed an offshore wind development to be located in federal waters off the Massachusetts coast. The "Bay State Wind" project would be a utility scale offshore wind farm,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

Recent Decision Provides Case Study on Managing Suspected Alcohol Impairment

If an employer suspects that an employee may be coping with a substance abuse issue, such as alcoholism, what steps can it take to ensure that the employee is not coming to work impaired? A recent federal court case explored…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB’s Views on Employee Social Media Use

Last year, the National Labor Relations Board held for the first time that “liking” a comment on a Facebook page may qualify as protected activity if it relates to comments that are otherwise protected under Section 7 of the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

US auctions NJ offshore wind sites

The U.S. Department of the Interior has auctioned the rights to lease nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for potential offshore wind energy development. Under federal law, the Department of the Interior's Bureau of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

Tide Mill Institute 2015 conference

The Tide Mill Institute will hold its 11th annual conference on November 6-7, 2015, at the Cummings Center in Beverly, Massachusetts. Participants will explore the past, present, and future uses of tidal energy through expert…more
| Energy & Utilities

Record low prices in summer 2015 New England wholesale electricity market

The summer of 2015 brought New England the lowest wholesale electricity prices since 2003, thanks to record low prices for natural gas. According to regional grid operator ISO New England Inc., this illustrates what happens…more
| Energy & Utilities
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