Burns & Levinson LLP

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
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Government Contracting

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
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law

Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage!

Hi there, There have been rumors for months that the SJC was going to make a final decision about how America will handle gay marriage. As of today, I’m thrilled to report that gay marriage is now the law of the…more
| Constitutional Law, Family Law

Parental Right to Spank Upheld

Hi there, As a parent and grandparent I have long felt it was a necessary right of parents to swat their kids on the behind occasionally. Swift justice often makes the most impact…more
| Family Law

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
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Adopting a Stepchild

I am frequently asked by stepparents what is involved in adopting their spouse’s child. The process is often quite simple, and brings a sense of wholeness and belonging to the child and family…more
| Family Law

Choice of Law and Liquidated Damages

Two weeks ago, I participated on a panel for a webinar on liquidated damages with three other panelists from New Jersey, Florida and Texas. In preparing with the other panelists, I was surprised to learn that while there are…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

ERISA Fiduciary Duties for Plan Investments

Many employers offer 401(k) and other retirement plans for their employees as part of the cost of doing business. Too often, retirement plans are established and operated without much thought given to the numerous legal…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

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
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Caitlyn Jenner Opens the Discussion on Transgender Issues

Hi there, It’s a rainy Monday, and Caitlyn Jenner is all over the place. (As an aside I have to confess to owning two goats named Kim and Khloe, after the Kardashian girls.) While she was a very good looking man, she is a…more
| Family Law

SEC Proposes New Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and their…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC's Proposed Rules

On April 29, the SEC proposed rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and executive compensation actually paid. HIGHLIGHTS…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Liquidated Damages Can Create a Cap on What You Can Recover

When thinking about liquidated damages, most people focus on the fact that a properly drafted liquidated damages provision will enable the non-breaching party to recover a set amount without ever having to prove how much, if…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential

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
| Intellectual Property, Law Firm Marketing

Is “i” Passé? What the Apple Watch is Telling Us About Technology Branding

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I suffer from a terrible affliction called “early adopter syndrome.” I had a cell phone when it really was more of a brick with a speaker and the first smartphone, I can tell you, was not…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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