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As Retailers Show, You Have to Go Dark Sometimes to Bring a Crisis into the Light

Not that it’s the job of the press to toss bouquets, but I still found the headline on a recent [9-26-16] Boston Magazine story on a new web initiative by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) to be surprisingly…more
| Elections & Politics

In a Leona Helmsley Moment, Trump Goes Afoul of Sasso's Analytic Device

To measure last night’s presidential debate, let’s grab the John Sasso Gauge from the political toolbox. Sasso, a chief of staff to former Governor Michael Dukakis and a high-ranking field officer in two Democrat…more
| Elections & Politics

When Kaufman Writes His Memoirs, Let's Hope for a Chapter on that July 3rd Party

For the chance to chew the fat with Ron Kaufman, I would have gladly volunteered to drive one of the golf carts shuttling guests from a party at Kaufman’s Beacon Hill condo on the night of July 3 to the Boston Pops rehearsal…more
| Elections & Politics

Massachusetts energy storage report

A Massachusetts state energy office has issued a report finding that Massachusetts has the potential to develop for 600 MW of energy storage by 2025, which could lower costs, reduce carbon emissions, and improve grid…more
| Energy & Utilities

NY blueprint for offshore wind master plan

A New York state energy office has released its Blueprint for the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Acting's a Big Part of the Party Chair's Job, which Puts McGee at Disadvantage

A week ago yesterday, Tom McGee announced he would not be a candidate this November for a second four-year term as chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. The election of the chairman and other party officers will take…more
| Elections & Politics

Maine WC Alert: WC Board Appellate Division Rules on Medical Marijuana Reimbursement

The Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division recently issued decisions in Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Company, WCB App. Div. No. 16-26 (August 23, 2016) and Noll v. Lepage Bakeries, Inc., WCB App. Div. No. 16-25 (August…more
| Insurance, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

NHPUC considers PSNH divestiture auction format

As the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission prepares for an auction of the state's largest utility’s generating assets, its auction advisor J.P. Morgan has recommended a broad public auction of the assets, using a two phase…more
| Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking

Kauai small conduit hydro exemption terminated

U.S. hydropower regulators have terminated an exemption from licensing for a small conduit hydroelectric facility proposed for development in Hawaii. The case concerns the 5.3-megawatt Puu Lua Hydropower Project No. 14069. …more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

U.S., China ratify Paris climate agreement

The U.S. has formally ratified the global climate change agreement reached in Paris last year, as has China. This moves the Paris climate agreement closer to legal effectiveness -- but more nations must accept the pact before…more
| Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

US releases new offshore wind strategy

U.S. executive branch agencies have released an updated report presenting a national strategy to facilitate the domestic development of offshore wind energy. According to the administration, the strategy could enable 86…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

FERC's PURPA questions

U.S. energy regulators have invited comments on two issues related to the implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA): its so-called "one-mile rule," and minimum standards for PURPA-purchase…more
| Energy & Utilities

Employees Find “Cat’s Paw” Theory to be the Cat’s Meow

Employees are continuing to find success with the “cat’s paw” theory to prove employment discrimination, evidenced by two recent federal court decisions. The “cat’s paw” theory references an old Aesop’s fable in which a…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Vermont's new net metering program

Acting under a 2014 law, this summer Vermont utility regulators established a revised net-metering program to take effect in 2017. In a pair of orders, the Vermont Public Service Board prospectively changed the rules governing…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Divided Court Rules Proof of Claim for Stale Debt Does Not Violate FDCPA

With its recent opinion in In re Eric Dubois, Case No. 15-1945, the Fourth Circuit has joined Second, Third, and Seventh Circuits in ruling that proofs of claim filed for stale debt does not violate the Fair Debt Collection…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking
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