Burns & Levinson LLP

Top 9 Tips to Make Your Deposition Less Stressful

A deposition is a commonly used discovery device in many divorce cases. Many people are nervous or even afraid of being deposed. Follow these nine tips to help relieve some of the anxiety surrounding a deposition. A…more

Depositions, 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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International Parental Child Abductions – The Hague Convention Can Help

Ever wonder what happens when a child is wrongfully taken across international borders? - What happens if a child who lives in the United States is wrongfully removed by a parent, taken to France, and kept there? -…more

Child Abduction, Child Custody, Hague Convention

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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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The Devil is in the Details of Forum Selection Clauses

While no in-house attorney drafting a business contract wants to focus on being in litigation with her business partner, as I discussed in a 2013 blog post, thinking like a litigator at the drafting stage is critical in order to…more

Contract Drafting, Forum Selection Clause

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Are Custody Laws Different in MA and RI?

Thinking of moving? Different child custody laws in each state may make things even more complicated. While the borders between Massachusetts and Rhode Island appear to be incredibly permeable, this is just not the case when…more

Child Custody, Divorce, Primary Residence

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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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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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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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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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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

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 “Clawback” Rules for Incentive-Based Executive Compensation

On July 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed new rules that would direct securities exchanges to establish listing standards requiring listed issuers to adopt so-called “clawback” policies relating to…more

Clawbacks, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Incentive Compensation

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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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Every Child Deserves Representation in a Contested Adoption

In my previous post on Adopting a Stepchild, I explained the steps to go through for an uncontested adoption. Many adoptions are very simple and straightforward. However, in situations where there are disagreements about what is…more

Adoption, Child Custody, Child Protective Services, Family Courts

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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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Divorce Is Hard

Hi there, As the summer winds down and kids start back to school, a lot of folks decide to take their first real step in the divorce process. I routinely see a lot of people in August who haven’t decided what to do and need…more

Divorce

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SEC Proposes “Clawback” Rules for Incentive-Based Executive Compensation

On July 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed new rules that would direct securities exchanges to establish listing standards requiring listed issuers to adopt so-called “clawback” policies relating to…more

Clawbacks, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Incentive Compensation

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Areas of Practice
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