Burns & Levinson LLP

College Costs for Divorcing and Divorced Spouses

As attorneys, we frequently get text messages and emails referring us to sensational stories related to our practice area. Last week was no exception, as our inboxes were flooded with links to various articles concerning the…more

Divorce

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Children’s Privacy and the Internet - Changes in COPPA Take Effect July 1st: Do You Comply?

What is COPPA? The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), and the COPPA Rule, 16 C.F.R. Part 312, promulgated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under that Act, require that website operations and…more

Compliance, COPPA, Data Collection, Data Protection, Deadlines

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How We're Different: Partner-Level Attention

It is an unfortunate fact of life for those of us who represent lenders that our bills are paid by the people on the other side of the table — the borrowers. While this is the custom, it adds extra weight to the usual concern…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, General Motors, JPMorgan Chase, Law Firm Partners, Law Practice Management

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New Connecticut Noncompetition Requirements for Employees of Surviving Entity of Mergers and Acquisitions

On June 24, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a new law to become effective on October 1, 2013, that imposes additional requirements for noncompete agreements in Connecticut. Public Act No. 13-309, broadly entitled…more

New Legislation, Non-Compete Agreements, Surviving Entity

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Who Knows Best? When Parental Authority is Revoked

Can you imagine bringing your child to an esteemed children’s hospital for care and medical treatment, only to have your child taken away from you and placed into state custody? Well, that was and is the reality of Justina…more

Child Custody, Parental Rights

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Who Knows Best? When Parental Authority is Revoked

Can you imagine bringing your child to an esteemed children’s hospital for care and medical treatment, only to have your child taken away from you and placed into state custody? Well, that was and is the reality of Justina…more

Child Custody, Parental Rights

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Public-Private Partnerships Offer Alternative Model for Water Infrastructure Projects

In February 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts completed a study of the state’s drinking, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs that identified a funding gap of at least $39 billion over the next 20 years. The…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Infrastructure, P3s, Public Projects, Public-Private Partnerships

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Choice of Law and Liquidated Damages

Two weeks ago, I participated on a panel for a webinar on liquidated damages with three other panelists from New Jersey, Florida and Texas. In preparing with the other panelists, I was surprised to learn that while there are…more

Contract Drafting, Jurisdiction, Liquidated Damages, Webinar

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Gray Divorce: Retirement Accounts and Estate Planning

DIVIDING RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS - There are important differences associated with dividing retirement plans that are already in pay status and those that are not. Some people divorcing later in life are already retired, and…more

Divorce, Estate Planning, Grey Divorce, Pensions, QDRO

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Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.’s Impact on Government Contracts

A decision by the Supreme Court of the United States on June 6, 2011 has a great impact on the interpretation of the Bayh Dole Act as well as assignment of contracts relating not just to the Bayh Dole Act but to assignments in…more

Assignment of Inventions, Assignments, Bayh-Dole Act, Federal Contractors, Patent Infringement

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Design & Construction Practice: 2012 Year in Review

It was another memorable year for the construction industry in Massachusetts. As the economic recovery continued to take hold, commercial construction market activity continued to stabilize and public projects remained a source…more

AIA Construction Forms, American Institute of Architects, Bid Protests, Competitive Bidding, Construction Contracts

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Public-Private Partnerships Offer Alternative Model for Water Infrastructure Projects

In February 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts completed a study of the state’s drinking, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs that identified a funding gap of at least $39 billion over the next 20 years. The…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Infrastructure, P3s, Public Projects, Public-Private Partnerships

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Maximize Your Charitable Gift With Your IRA

Valentine’s Day is a great time to count your blessings and make good on your charitable intentions. Why not provide for your loved ones while also providing for a charity that is near and dear to your heart? Clients with an…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Remainder Trust, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, IRA

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Update on Chapter 93A

Chapter 93A is the dominant law in Massachusetts governing business litigation. It applies to nearly all business disputes. The winning plaintiff under Chapter 93A is entitled to an automatic award of its attorney's fees, and…more

Attorney's Fees, Chapter 93A, FDCPA, FTC, Preemption

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Tax Extenders for the 2014 Tax Year: A Holiday Tax Gift from D.C.

Just days before the 2014 tax season draws to a close, new legislation was enacted in D.C. to provide a one-year retroactive extension for over 50 tax benefits and incentives which had expired in 2014. The one-year extension is…more

Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Tax Extenders

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ERISA Fiduciary Duties for Plan Investments

Many employers offer 401(k) and other retirement plans for their employees as part of the cost of doing business. Too often, retirement plans are established and operated without much thought given to the numerous legal…more

401k, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Retirement Plan

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Why "Side Agreements" with your Customers are a Bad Idea

Your Sales and F&I teams are probably willing to go the “extra mile” to close a sale with a customer, but when that “extra mile” includes making a “side agreement” to lend the customer money to close the deal, it’s time to…more

Automotive Industry, Car Dealerships, Salespersons, Side Agreements

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A Closer Look at the Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Ruling

With the announcement of last week’s Supreme Court decision, proponents of same sex marriage rejoiced and Facebook became much more colorful. After a weekend of celebrating the new-found rights of my gay and lesbian friends,…more

Due Process, Equal Protection, Fourteenth Amendment, LGBT, Marriage

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Rare Decision Finds Workers Were Properly Classified as Independent Contractors

Convincing a court that a company has properly classified a worker as an independent contractor has become increasingly difficult in Massachusetts. So, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision just last week that…more

Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, MA Supreme Court, Taxi Cabs

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Focus Newsletter - Winter 2014

In this issue: - On Being “Mid-Sized” and the Future of Law Practice - 2014 Message from the Managing Partner - Amazing Clients: Broadview Ventures, Inc. - "Pumping Up Promising Treatments for Heart Disease…more

Law Practice Management

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Why "Side Agreements" with your Customers are a Bad Idea

Your Sales and F&I teams are probably willing to go the “extra mile” to close a sale with a customer, but when that “extra mile” includes making a “side agreement” to lend the customer money to close the deal, it’s time to…more

Automotive Industry, Car Dealerships, Salespersons, Side Agreements

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Focus - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - IRS Audits: Understanding Criminal Rights and Risks - Amazing Clients®: Ravago: A Big Company with a Low Profile - When is a Mom not a Mom?: De Facto Parenting in Massachusetts - Can the Private…more

Audits, Funding, Infrastructure, Investigations, IRS

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The USPTO Glossary Pilot Program

On March 24, 2014 the USPTO announced a Glossary Pilot Program following one of the White House’s recommendations aimed at improving clarity and increasing the quality of patents. In view of our last blog post, the Glossary…more

Glossary Pilot Program, USPTO

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6 Ways for Car Dealers to Avoid a $540,000 Sexual Harassment Jury Verdict

Many dealers took notice of the recent sexual harassment jury verdict against a Massachusetts Lexus dealer, in which a jury awarded $500,000 in punitive damages against the dealership although it awarded only $40,000 in…more

Automotive Industry, Best Management Practices, Car Dealerships, Emotional Distress Damages, Employer Liability Issues

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United States v. Windsor: Tax Issues

Although the decision of the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor invalidating much of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affects at most approximately 20% of the population of the United States, it has…more

DOMA, Due Process, Employee Benefits, Equal Protection, Estate Tax

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SEC Proposes New Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and their…more

CEOs, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Form 10-K, Pay-for-Performance

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Tax Extenders for the 2014 Tax Year: A Holiday Tax Gift from D.C.

Just days before the 2014 tax season draws to a close, new legislation was enacted in D.C. to provide a one-year retroactive extension for over 50 tax benefits and incentives which had expired in 2014. The one-year extension is…more

Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Tax Extenders

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Adopting a Stepchild

I am frequently asked by stepparents what is involved in adopting their spouse’s child. The process is often quite simple, and brings a sense of wholeness and belonging to the child and family…more

Adoption, Stepchildren

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Focus - Fall 2013

In this issue: - Creating an Effective Corporate Strategic Venture Capital Program - "Amazing Clients: Victor Del Regno, Producer and Director of "Till Then - A Journey Through WWII Love Letters" -…more

Beneficiaries, Divorce, Estate Planning, Venture Capital

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Networking With the Horde at INTA

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has just launched its annual ginormous conference here in America’s Finest City. My colleagues back at the office feign jealousy that we are in San Diego on a ‘junket.’ But the…more

Professional Conferences, Professional Networking, Trademarks

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Focus Newsletter - Winter 2014

In this issue: - On Being “Mid-Sized” and the Future of Law Practice - 2014 Message from the Managing Partner - Amazing Clients: Broadview Ventures, Inc. - "Pumping Up Promising Treatments for Heart Disease…more

Law Practice Management

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Maintaining Our Focus - Winter 2013

In This Issue: - Message from the Managing Partner - Amazing Clients®: ACell: Medical Miracles - The Age of Bionic Reconstruction Arrives - Rethinking Today’s “Fixed Income” Investments - Can Gray…more

Bionic Reconstruction, Copyright, Extra Cellular Matrix, Fixed Income Investments, Grey Market

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Focus Newsletter - December 2014

In this issue: - ABC's of a Product Recall - Amazing Clients® Lumenpulse Inc. - A Bright Future for a Company That Is Lighting Up the World - Delaware Corporate Law Becomes More User-Friendly -…more

FDA, Food Recalls, Product Recalls

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Focus - Fall 2013

In this issue: - Creating an Effective Corporate Strategic Venture Capital Program - "Amazing Clients: Victor Del Regno, Producer and Director of "Till Then - A Journey Through WWII Love Letters" -…more

Beneficiaries, Divorce, Estate Planning, Venture Capital

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Focus Newsletter - Winter 2014

In this issue: - On Being “Mid-Sized” and the Future of Law Practice - 2014 Message from the Managing Partner - Amazing Clients: Broadview Ventures, Inc. - "Pumping Up Promising Treatments for Heart Disease…more

Law Practice Management

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Focus Newsletter - December 2014

In this issue: - ABC's of a Product Recall - Amazing Clients® Lumenpulse Inc. - A Bright Future for a Company That Is Lighting Up the World - Delaware Corporate Law Becomes More User-Friendly -…more

FDA, Food Recalls, Product Recalls

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Police Your Patent Marking and Your Patent Promotion

Despite the curtailment of previously rampant patent false marking suits by the 2011 America Invents Act (“AIA”), patent owners still must mark to provide statutorily required notice of their patents in connection with their…more

Advertising, America Invents Act, False Advertising, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Children’s Privacy and the Internet - Changes in COPPA Take Effect July 1st: Do You Comply?

What is COPPA? The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), and the COPPA Rule, 16 C.F.R. Part 312, promulgated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under that Act, require that website operations and…more

Compliance, COPPA, Data Collection, Data Protection, Deadlines

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Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage!

Hi there, There have been rumors for months that the SJC was going to make a final decision about how America will handle gay marriage. As of today, I’m thrilled to report that gay marriage is now the law of the…more

Fourteenth Amendment, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Obergefell v. Hodges, Same-Sex Marriage

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SEC Proposes New Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and their…more

CEOs, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Form 10-K, Pay-for-Performance

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