Burns & Levinson LLP

Military Divorce and the “20/20/20 Rule”

My first exposure to military divorce came not as an attorney, but rather as a child raised on a military base for most of my formative years. Any “Army/Navy/Air Force/Marine/Coast Guard Brat” can attest that there are a number…more

Divorce, Military Service Members, TRICARE

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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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Can You Undo Divorce Decrees Once They’re Final?

Tying the knot...again. Have you ever wondered if a divorce is always final or whether a divorce judgment can be “undone” or “modified?” The short answer: Like everything else, it depends…more

Divorce, Marriage

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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, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Public Projects, Wastewater

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How to Ensure that an Agreement to Negotiate in Good Faith is Enforceable

As I discussed in a prior blog post, agreements to negotiate in good faith can be enforceable. Nevertheless, I recently was reminded when re-reading Schwanbeck v. Federal-Mogul Corp., that if you really want an agreement to…more

Contract Negotiations, Good Faith, Letters of Intent

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Divorce and Lottery Winnings: What Are the Chances?

As people scramble to purchase Powerball tickets for a chance (however small) at the 1.3 billion dollar jackpot, the largest in U.S. history, I couldn’t help but think about the practical considerations that come into play when…more

Alimony, Child Support, Divorce, Lottery

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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, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Public Projects, Wastewater

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Staffing Your Estate Plan

A good estate plan can significantly reduce taxes, streamline transfers of assets after your death, sidestep costly public probate proceedings and minimize family squabbles over inheritance. But if you don’t have the right…more

Accountants, Estate Planning, Executors, Financial Adviser, Trustees

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OSHA Is Ready for the February 1 Recordkeeping Deadline... Are You?

The deadline for OSHA’s recordkeeping requirement mandating that all covered employers post a summary (300A Summary) of its prior year’s work-related injuries and illnesses is February 1. Per the mandate, this summary must be…more

OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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Leading Cases on Chapter 93A

Nearly all business disputes in Massachusetts are governed by Chapter 93A. The winning plaintiff under Chapter 93A is entitled to an automatic award of its attorney's fees, and may be awarded up to three times its actual…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Breach of Contract, Calculation of Damages, Chapter 93A

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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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The Top 7 Concerns for Employee Benefits Administrators

For years, employers have been getting a free pass from the courts for a number of different violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") relating to the operation of retirement, medical,…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Employer Liability Issues, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Human Resources Professionals

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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

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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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4 Things You Need to Know About the Earned Sick Time Law

Earlier this year, in Mandatory Paid Sick Leave — What In-House Counsel and Employers Need to Know, I previewed some of the requirements of the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law. Final regulations were issued by the Attorney…more

Best Management Practices, Earned Sick Time, Employee Rights, Final Rules, Safe Harbors

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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

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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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One Year After Alice

It has been more than a year since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. Pty, Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). Although a number of software patents have been invalidated for reciting…more

Abstract Ideas, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, DDR Holdings v Hotels.com, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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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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What you need to know about the New SEC Rules on Crowdfunding

On Oct. 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules that will enable some private companies to use the Internet for crowdfunding campaigns seeking up to $1 million per 12-month period. Please…more

Crowdfunding, Filing Requirements, FINRA, Funding Portal, JOBS Act

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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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Is It Illegal to Spank Your Stepchild?

Since many divorcing people are parents, this new case about physical discipline of children might be of interest. Spanking was more common with previous generations, the practice seems to be dropping off. Under Massachusetts…more

Discipline, Divorce, 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

Copyright, Fixed Income Investments, Grey Market, Illegal Imports, Infringement

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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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The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce – Part 2

In my previous post, The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce – Part 1, we discussed the importance of protecting email accounts and passwords, not reading your spouse’s email and not recording anything without informing them. Here…more

Divorce, Social Networks, Voicemail

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How Coparents Should Handle the Holidays

Hi there, It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it all of the holidays of the season! This time of year is particularly tough for folks who are just getting used to a coparenting…more

Child Custody, Co-Parenting, Holidays

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What you need to know about the New SEC Rules on Crowdfunding

On Oct. 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules that will enable some private companies to use the Internet for crowdfunding campaigns seeking up to $1 million per 12-month period. Please…more

Crowdfunding, Filing Requirements, FINRA, Funding Portal, JOBS Act

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