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If You Are a Third-Party Beneficiary, Make Sure the Contract Is Crystal Clear!

In Be Clear if You Want to Have a “Third-Party Beneficiary” in Your Contract, I discussed that if in-house counsel wanted to ensure that a person or entity achieved the status of a third-party beneficiary, it was critical to…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Insurance

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
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology, Government Contracting

Trademark Misperceptions Revealed By Reaction to Redskins Decision

I can’t define disparagement, but I know it when I see it… On Wednesday, June 18, 2014 the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the judicial body that provides review to all Federal trademark filings and disputes relating to…more
| Administrative Law, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

What We Can Learn from Market Basket

We have all watched as the Market Basket family and business dispute has played out in the media – customers protesting, employees on strike and secret family meetings behind closed doors. What began as a small family grocery…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Concerns Regarding Tort Claim Waivers

When Richard Angelo died during a triathlon sponsored by USA Triathlon, USAT thought that the waiver/indemnity Richard had executed would protect the organization. Unfortunately for USAT, that liability limitation turned out…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury

Updates on Alimony Law

Hi there, I have a few updates on what is happening in three cases that are testing the limits of the Alimony Reform Act…more
| Family Law

Death and Taxes: Only One Is Certain

The month of April is here – that time for flower blossoms, warming hearts, baseball and… TAXES! But don’t let the tax man dampen your spring spirit. You can smile knowing you got the better of him by saving tens of…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

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

Tips From the Inside: Keith Wexelblatt, Associate General Counsel, Reebok International Ltd.

In this installment of The In-House Advisor, we interview Keith Wexelblatt, Associate General Counsel at Reebok International Ltd. After being in private practice for 5 years, Keith joined Reebok as in-house counsel in 1998. In…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

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 Torts, Real Estate - Residential

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

Reliance on MA Case Finding That Compensation Contingent on Funding is Not Owed is Risky

Historically, Massachusetts courts routinely ruled that it was a violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act to fail to pay an employee who had been promised payment for her work only after the employer received sufficient funding…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
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