Burns & Levinson LLP

New SEC Rules Allow Private Companies Access to Larger Amounts of Capital (Regulation A+)

Many companies should be able to take advantage of new SEC rules that will permit them to sell up to $50 million of securities to investors in a 12-month period without “going public.” TWO TIER SCHEME - Rules for…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

SEC Rules Expand Access to Capital via Larger Private Offerings (Regulation A+)

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued new rules that will enable private companies to raise as much as $50 million in a 12-month period through private offerings of securities exempt from the…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Paltrow Isn’t Divorcing, She’s “Conscious Uncoupling”

Hi there, My clever coworker, Abigail Munafo, pointed out to me today that I have a category entitled “Celebrity Trash,” and I haven’t posted to it in a while. So, it was extremely timely to read that Gwyneth Paltrow is…more
| Family Law

Divorce Papers Served Via Facebook

Hi there, The internet is abuzz with news that a woman successfully served her soon-to-be-ex husband divorce papers via Facebook. “Service of process,” also known as “serving divorce papers,” is one of those things…more
| Civil Procedure, Family Law

Tips From The Inside: Stacey Constas, Senior Corporate Attorney, Standex International Corporation

In this installment of The In-House Advisor, we interview Stacey Constas, Senior Corporate Attorney / Corporate Governance Officer at Standex International Corporation, a global manufacturer of industrial components and food…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure

Employers Beware: New Standard Issued for Accommodating Pregnancy

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that a new test applies for pregnancy discrimination. In Young v. UPS, the Supremes decided that in pregnancy discrimination actions under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Start your new life!

A friend recently sent me a quote. I love it because it’s so hopeful. February and March are historically a very busy time for new divorce filings. In general, divorce attorneys see a lot of new clients in the first quarter of…more
| Family Law

Specify When and Under What Circumstances Your Contract Will End

It makes perfect sense that when entering into a new business relationship the parties (and their counsel) are keenly focused on getting things started. While there is nothing wrong with this, sometimes parties forget to…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Track More Than Case Law When Drafting a Noncompete Covenant

No doubt, ensuring that any agreement is consistent with judicial precedent is critical if you want to enforce that agreement at some point in the future. Nevertheless, merely incorporating precedential concepts or language into…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

New Retainage Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a new retainage law applicable to most private construction projects that took effect on Nov. 6, 2014. The Retainage Law limits retainage to 5 percent of each payment and regulates the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

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
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property

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
| Finance & Banking, Law Practice Products & Services

Six School Vacation Week Tips for Co-Parents

Hi there, Spring vacation is almost here for many private schools and April vacation is just around the corner. Whether you’re taking the kids on vacation by yourself for the first time or you’re going to be the parent…more
| Family Law

Is Your Liquidated Damages Provision Sufficient to Make You Whole?

The obvious purpose of a liquidated damages provision is to make your client whole in the event that your business partner breaches the agreement. Nevertheless, K.G.M. Custom Homes. v. Prosky highlights that simply having a…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

Hey Guys, You Get “Maternity” Leave, Too!

For years, the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (“MMLA”), M.G.L. c. 149, §105D, only applied to female employees by its literal terms. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), the agency tasked with…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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