Burns & Levinson LLP

Military Pensions Could See Significant Changes

Pending Federal legislation could have a huge impact on how judges will divide military pensions during a divorce. In a previous post, I discussed at length how military pension plans currently could be divided in the context of…more

Divorce, Military Service Members, Pending Legislation, Pensions, Retirement Plan

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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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Spouse’s Trust Interest Shielded from Division in Divorce

Hi there, I continue to be amazed by the distinguished group of divorce and probate lawyers I have the privilege to work with at Burns & Levinson. Today’s decision on Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, a case which will guide…more

Divorce, Estate Planning, Irrevocable Trusts, Marital Assets

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It’s STILL Not Too Late to Act!

Hi there, I usually take no position on pending legislation but the proposed changes to the alimony law will adversely affect thousands of pre-existing divorce agreements. If you can, please take the time to read this…more

Alimony, Amended Regulation, Divorce, Pending Legislation

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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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A Spring Thaw in the Availability of Patents for Software Inventions?

Patent lawyers, strategists, entrepreneurs and investors in software and Internet enterprises are acutely aware of “the Alice problem.” The Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International caused a chill in…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Microsoft, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Section 101, Software

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IRS Proposes Regulations That Will Eliminate Most Valuation Discounts on Family-Owned Entities

On August 2, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that would eliminate or limit the use of certain valuation discounts regularly applied when valuing interests in family-owned entities for gift and estate tax…more

Estate Planning, Fair Market Value, Family Businesses, IRS, Proposed Regulation

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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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Water Public-Private Partnership Bill Advances

On March 16, the state legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight issued a favorable report of legislation that would authorize municipalities to use public-private partnership (P3) delivery…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Proposed Legislation, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Public Utility, Water

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The Validity of Oral Modifications and Waivers Is Not Always Intuitive

In an ideal world, any modification of a contract would be in writing, signed by the parties, notarized and witnessed by an independent third party. In the real world, not only are contracts modified, or terms waived, without…more

Contract Amendments, Contract Waiver, Enforceability, Oral Modification, Public Policy

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Potential Changes to Interstate Custody Dispute Law in Massachusetts

After a three month maternity leave, and a few months adjusting to being a full-time working mom, I’m excited to be back to contributing my thoughts to this blog! I’m also excited to be writing on a topic that I not only find…more

Child Custody, Child Support, Exclusive Jurisdiction, Jurisdiction

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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 Records Overhaul Signed Into Law

After a year of intense debate, legislation overhauling the state’s public records law for the first time in over 40 years was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on June 3rd (becoming Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016, the “Act”). The…more

Amended Regulation, Governor Baker, Public Entities, Public Records Act

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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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Chapter 93A's Increasing Role in IP Litigation in Massachusetts

Chapter 93A, with its low and vague standards of liability and powerful remedies of multiple damages and attorneys, is playing an increasingly central role in intellectual property disputes in Massachusetts. Please see full…more

Chapter 93A, Gilead Sciences, Harvard University, IP Litigation, Pharmaceutical Patents

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Massachusetts Department of Revenue Offering Amnesty

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“MA DOR”) is offering a limited opportunity for taxpayers who have failed to register, failed to file a tax return, and/or failed to report the full amount of tax owed on a previously…more

Department of Revenue, Income Taxes, Tax Amnesty

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Auto Dealers Lead the Way for Ignoring Certain Federal Regulations

Not all federal regulations reflect a rule of law. In fact, some are not even given deference by the courts as a legitimate interpretation of the law. The U.S. Supreme Court recently concluded that certain federal regulations…more

Car Dealerships, Chevron Deference, DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA

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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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Whistleblower Immunity Required Under Defend Trade Secrets Act

The new Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) allows owners of trade secrets to now bring a civil action in federal court to protect their trade secrets and confidential information. Further, under the DTSA, a trade secret owner may…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Confidential Information, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Statutory Immunity, Trade Secrets

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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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Supreme Court Substantially Lowers Standard for Proving Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the Supreme Court issued a longawaited opinion dramatically altering the standard Federal Courts use for determining whether to increase patent infringement damages under 35…more

Abuse of Discretion, Enhanced Damages, Halo v Pulse, Preponderance of the Evidence, SCOTUS

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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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Misinterpreting the Law Doesn’t Negate an Alimony Agreement

The Appeals Court decision in DeMarco v. DeMarco reminds us that a deal is a deal, even when it’s entered into based upon advice from a trial judge who misinterprets the law…more

Alimony, Divorce, Modification, Settlement Agreements

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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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What Are We Going to Do About Amazon?

My client Sarah is a talented graphic designer who developed the idea of printing unique designs on curtains. She began selling them on Amazon and the product became wildly successful. Due to this popularity, counterfeiters…more

Amazon Marketplace, Counterfeiting, eBay, Internet Retailers, Trademark 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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Supreme Court Substantially Lowers Standard for Proving Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the Supreme Court issued a longawaited opinion dramatically altering the standard Federal Courts use for determining whether to increase patent infringement damages under 35…more

Abuse of Discretion, Enhanced Damages, Halo v Pulse, Preponderance of the Evidence, SCOTUS

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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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Why You Should Care About Federal Computer Privacy

An often-stated truth is that you shouldn’t access the email of others. Here, “others” means the person you have divorced, are now divorcing, or plan to divorce in the not too distant future. No matter how often this is said,…more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Data Collection, Divorce, Facebook, Wiretapping

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It’s Back to School Time Again!

Hi there, Despite the oppressive heat, it’s almost back to school time again. By this point in the summer most parents are pretty ready for school to begin. One of the best ways to make the school year smoother for your…more

Co-Parenting, Parenting Plans, Students

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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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