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First SJC Clarification of the New Alimony Reform Act

With the coming of spring comes a fresh interpretation of some relatively new legislation that has been closely watched by attorneys around Massachusetts. Any new law will require interpretation by the courts, going up through…more

| Civil Procedure, Family Law

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

| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

From Up-Skirting to Up-Kilting and Beyond

Just a few weeks ago, the Massachusetts legislature enacted a statute to close a loophole in the law in order to make “upskirting” a crime. While the law appeared to have universal support, one man apparently does not think the…more

| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics

Exercising Contractual Rights Can be Risky if it is for an Ulterior Purpose

As I discussed in “Be Cautions When Tempted to Leverage Another into an Agreement,” exerting leverage to force a business partner into settling a dispute could constitute deceptive or unfair acts or practices in violation of…more

| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Business...

Watch out USPTO, JPO is Coming!

The Japanese government has announced an initiative to reduce patent examination time from 2.5 years to about 14 months. When they achieve 14 months examination time, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) will provide the shortest…more

| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Update on the Mass. Bill Re: Divorce and Dating

Well, here’s the explanation for all the coverage, mine included, of that loony bill out of Wrentham, MA that would require permission from a judge for a divorcing spouse to have sex with a new partner in their home..…more

| Family Law

Divorcing and Dating: New Mass. Bill Could Kill the Mood

Hi there, The Twitterverse, (one of my favorite time wasters) and the news media in Massachusetts were a buzz yesterday as word spread that a State Senator filed on behalf of one of his constituents a bill that would ban…more

| Family Law

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

| Family Law

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

| Family Law

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