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Eben M. Albert-Knopp

How a Facebook Page Could Empty Your – And Your Business’ – Bank Account

Malware capable of stealing your banking credentials is being spread via links posted on Facebook pages. The New York Times reports an uptick in malicious links on popular and seemingly harmless Facebook pages such as NFL fan…more

Bank Accounts, Facebook, Malware, Social Media

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Michael R. Bosse

The Construction Advantage – Issue 3

Reaffirming the Iron Hand of an Arbitration Agreement - Does the fact that the named arbitration company has gone out of business make an arbitration clause unenforceable? Given the legislative bias toward arbitration, a…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Construction Contracts, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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Lee Bragg

Tax-Exempt Bonds: Post-Issuance Compliance

Does your district have outstanding tax-exempt bond obligations? If yes, the IRS is interested in..…more

Bonds, Compliance, Due Diligence, IRS, Tax Exemptions

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Travis Brennan

HIPAA Compliance Date: Sept. 23, 2013

Impending HIPAA Compliance Date - As discussed in prior HIPAA Alerts a final 563-page Omnibus HIPAA Rule was released by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights to strengthen HIPAA’s security…more

Compliance, Data Protection, Deadlines, HHS, HIPAA

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Vera Buck

How Does DOMA Ruling Affect Your Estate and Tax Planning?

The Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor v. U.S. has effectively struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA, retroactively. Here are some tax advantages now available to married same-sex couples..…more

Annual Filings, DOMA, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes

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Naomi Butterfield

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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Talesha Caynon

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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Mary Costigan

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – The Winds of Change: Maine’s Transitioning Forest Products Industry

Maine’s economy has faced a difficult transition. Gone are the days of robust and stable economic growth based on our abundance of tangible natural resources. In weathering the consequences of the electronics age for our pulp…more

Energy, Forestry

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Rob Crawford

Establishing A Property’s Tax Valuation – Earlier is Better

Few developers think of spending precious time and resources on working with a municipality to determine the appropriate property tax valuation method and an estimated preliminary value of a real estate project during the…more

Property Tax, Property Valuation

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Asha Echeverria

The Construction Advantage – Issue 3

Reaffirming the Iron Hand of an Arbitration Agreement - Does the fact that the named arbitration company has gone out of business make an arbitration clause unenforceable? Given the legislative bias toward arbitration, a…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Construction Contracts, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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Meredith Eilers

The Construction Advantage – Issue 3

Reaffirming the Iron Hand of an Arbitration Agreement - Does the fact that the named arbitration company has gone out of business make an arbitration clause unenforceable? Given the legislative bias toward arbitration, a…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Construction Contracts, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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Steve Gerlach

IRS Grants Partial, Temporary Relief from the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate

Under the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate, employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees are required to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to at least 95% of their full-time employees (and their…more

Affordable Care Act, Employee Definition, Employer Mandates, IRS, Pay or Play

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Glenn Israel

Are You Ready for the Wage and Hour Crackdown?

Ready or not, heightened government scrutiny of your wage and hour practices is coming. President Obama’s proposed budget for 2015 includes an increase of more than $41 million for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S…more

Compliance, DOL, Wage and Hour

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Katherine Joyce

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – The Winds of Change: Maine’s Transitioning Forest Products Industry

Maine’s economy has faced a difficult transition. Gone are the days of robust and stable economic growth based on our abundance of tangible natural resources. In weathering the consequences of the electronics age for our pulp…more

Energy, Forestry

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Robert Keach

Attorney hopes Lac-Megantic victims will get compensation next year

The attorney shepherding through bankruptcy the Maine railway blamed for one of the worst rail disasters in Canadian history hopes to start getting victims some monetary compensation early next year, he said Thursday…more

Canada, Commercial Bankruptcy, Railways, Train Accidents

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Katherine R. Knox

Legislative Update & Cloture Deadline

The 126th Maine Legislature convened and the newly elected members were sworn in on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The 35 member Senate has 19 Democrats, 15 Republicans, and 1 unenrolled, and the 151 member House has 89 Democrats,…more

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Paul McDonald

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #38

We are pleased to present the 38th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent convictions in the Madoff scandal, class action litigation against General Motors in…more

Automobile Recall, Bernie Madoff, Class Action, Convictions, Criminal Prosecution

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Linda McGill

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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Kai McGintee

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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Charlie Miller

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider - Lease Rights – Should Landlords Give Tenants the Right to Sublease or Assign Interest?

An issue that creates a great deal of discussion in lease negotiations relates to the right of a tenant to assign or sublease its interest in a lease to an unrelated party. This complex situation opens up several considerations…more

Assignments, Commercial Leases, Landlords, Real Estate Market, Subletting

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Dan Mitchell

Federal Lawsuit Outlines Online Banking Procedures By Dan Mitchell

Originally published in MainBiz on November 26, 2012. Last July, the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals issued a first-of-its kind decision regarding the obligations of banks and their commercial customers in response…more

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N. Joel Moser

Is It Sewer or Stormwater – and Who Pays?

What’s in the pipes? Is it sewer, stormwater, or both? Which customers pay for upgrades and administration costs?…more

Environmental Liability, Storm Sewers, Storm Water

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Shana Mueller

Legislative Changes to Maine’s TIF Statute Take Effect Oct. 9, 2013

What is Tax Increment Financing? - Maine’s municipal TIF statute is an economic development tool for municipalities. When a municipality designates a TIF district, the assessed value of property within the district from…more

Economic Development, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities, Property Tax, Tax Increment Financing

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Daniel J. Murphy

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #38

We are pleased to present the 38th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent convictions in the Madoff scandal, class action litigation against General Motors in…more

Automobile Recall, Bernie Madoff, Class Action, Convictions, Criminal Prosecution

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Wendy Paradis

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Tips for Tenant Defaults & Terminations

When a tenant defaults in payment of rent, or other terms of the tenancy, tempers flare. Landlords and tenants may make exaggerated allegations or rashly give notices via cell phone, text or email. As a commercial or residential…more

Eviction, Landlords, Leases, Notice of Default, Notice Requirements

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Pat Peard

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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Emily Rice

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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Daniel P. Riley

Legislative Update & Cloture Deadline

The 126th Maine Legislature convened and the newly elected members were sworn in on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The 35 member Senate has 19 Democrats, 15 Republicans, and 1 unenrolled, and the 151 member House has 89 Democrats,…more

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Ned Sackman

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

In This Presentation, Ned Sackman, an attorney and member of Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, explores ways companies can secure intellectual property using the following tools: • Non-disclosure,…more

Copyright, Exit Interviews, Non-Compete Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreement, Non-Solicitation Agreements

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Philip Saucier

Recent Amendments to Maine’s Freedom of Access Act

The Maine Legislature recently enacted several important changes to Maine’s Freedom of Access Act that go into effect October 9, 2013. The new laws contain several new provisions that will have an impact on how municipalities…more

Document Requests, FOIA, New Regulations

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Ronald Schneider

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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Jaimie Schwartz

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider: Negotiations & Stimulating Deal Flow

How do attorneys stimulate deal flow and keep everyone engaged and moving forward? And, more importantly how do clients receive value from their attorney? Good attorneys are cost-effective, and since we are in the transaction…more

Law Practice Management, Real Estate Market, Transactional Attorneys

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Edward Shumaker

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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Richard Smith

Real Estate Tip: Hire Your Own Surveyor to Avoid a Close Call

A recent New Hampshire real estate closing was stalled at the 11th hour when the parties realized that a survey plan did not show the location of a no-build area created by private restriction in the chain of title. Since part…more

Chain of Title, Easements, Real Estate Investments, Real Estate Professionals, Surveys

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Matthew Tarasevich

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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Roy Tilsley

New Hampshire LLCs: New Statute & Increased Protections

A new statute, RSA 304-C, governing limited liability companies in New Hampshire went into to effect January 1, 2013. The new act, which entirely modifies the law governing LLCs in New Hampshire, is designed to be user-friendly…more

Duty of Loyalty, LLC, Operating Agreements, Opt-In, Real Estate Holding Companies

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Peter Van Hemel

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider: Shifting Sands – A historical perspective behind the law of Kennebunkport’s Goose Rocks Beach case

You may not have thought it was possible, but Maine’s iconic coastline has become even more interesting, at least at Goose Rocks Beach in the Town of Kennebunkport. Residents and visitors alike are dealing with the aftermath of…more

Prescriptive Easements, Public Trust Doctrine, Real Estate Market

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Kelsey Wilcox

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm resolution…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Benefits

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