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Senate Wants to Spend $2 Million to Gain Much More Than That in Tobacco Taxes

Before long we could have a new, state-funded team of revenue agents targeting the illegal sale of tobacco products in Massachusetts, a surprising profitable criminal endeavor. The Massachusetts Senate included $2 million…more
| Elections & Politics, Taxation

Coal power plants retiring in 2015

The U.S. portfolio of electric power plants will continue to shift in 2015, according to a federal assessment projecting that nearly 16 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity will retire in 2015. Most of the capacity to be…more
| Energy & Utilities

House subcommittee considers reliability draft

A congressional committee is considering legislation to assure reliability and security of the U.S. electricity grid. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power's discussion draft includes a series of provisions designed to…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Project Management Firm Not Liable for Subcontractor’s Injuries

The Suffolk (MA) Superior Court, in Rodrigues, et al. v. Tribeca Builders Corp., et al. (Civil Action No. 13-00730-C), recently granted summary judgment to a project management firm retained by a property’s landlord/owner, who…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Personal Injury

State May Not Disclose Trade Secrets Submitted as Part of RFP Response

If you have ever agonized about whether to include certain confidential business information in a bid for a state contract in New Hampshire because of concerns that your competitors might get their hands on it, you should find…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Health, Intellectual Property, Government Contracting

Blogster's Miscellany, or How the FBI Could Be as Stupid as Any Outfit in History

‘DON’T WORRY, MR. HOOVER, WE’RE ALL OVER THAT DANGEROUS SONG.’ From the story of Whitey Bulger and the unfaithful federal agents he bent to his will, we know the Federal Bureau of Investigation is vulnerable to corruption. …more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law

FERC proposes geomagnetic disturbance reliability standard

Is the U.S. electric grid ready for solar storms and other geomagnetic disturbances? Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed approving a new reliability standard for the grid to address its vulnerability to…more
| Energy & Utilities

Maine Law Court Weighs In Again on Whistleblower Claims

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, acting as the Law Court, recently issued a decision reiterating the scope of protected activity under the Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. The decision is a win for employers and clarifies…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

ISO-NE projects slow growth in electricity demand

New England's electric grid operator predicts slow growth in annual energy usage in the region over the next decade, with slightly quicker growth in peak demand…more
| Energy & Utilities

IP Owners Beware! A Con Artist May Be Behind that Official-Looking Letter

The World Wide Web promised an infrastructure for the free flow of information. For Intellectual Property (IP) owners, this meant free, instant access to patent and trademark administrative details and status. Unfortunately,…more
| Criminal Law, Intellectual Property

Right to Work - Chapter 4

Yesterday, May 6, 2015, the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research, & Economic Development held work sessions on a number of bills pertaining to “Right to Work” policy. The Maine AFL-CIO held a morning rally in…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Report on Maine renewable portfolio standard in 2013

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a report on Maine's use of renewable electricity in 2013. The report shows the impact of Maine's renewable portfolio standard, a state law requiring electricity suppliers to…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Right to Work - Chapter 3

The Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development heard testimony Monday on six proposed bills that would seek to alter the relationship unions have with employees and…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Champlain Hudson Power Express gets Army Corps permit

The Champlain Hudson Power Express, an electric transmission line proposed from Quebec to New York, has completed its federal permitting process according to project developer Transmission Developers Inc. Project…more
| Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Jointly Owned Inventions and Patents

Difficulties can arise with respect to jointly owned inventions and patents if a written agreement is not in place which specifies the rights and responsibilities of the respective joint owners. Do not rely on oral…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property
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