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Patricia Antonelli

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Failure To Strictly Comply With The Statutory Notice of Right To Cure Does Not Automatically Void A Foreclosure Sale

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently issued a landmark decision, U.S. Bank, Nat. Ass’n v. Schumacher, on an issue the Massachusetts Superior and Housing Courts have been grappling with for the past four…more

35A Notices, Foreclosure, Notice Requirements, Right To Cure

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Kerri Burke

Don’t Lose Trademark Rights by Failing to Register Your Marks

A recent case from the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court whose rulings cover Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Puerto Rico, demonstrates how important it is for business owners to register…more

Hotels, Registration, Trademarks, USPTO

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Drew Colby

Snooping e-Mail Case

Tempted to snoop on someone’s emails; perhaps to gain advantage in a dispute? DON’T DO IT. The Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) prohibits unauthorized access to web-based email accounts. …more

Corporate Counsel, Email, Privacy Policy, Stored Communications Act, Young Lawyers

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Christopher Currier

Are Your Procedures in Compliance with the Updated UCC Article 9?

Despite the lack of fireworks and fanfare, July 1, 2013, ushered in new changes to the Uniform Commercial Code that are important to bankers, lenders and legal practitioners. The revisions to UCC Article 9 (“Article 9”)…more

Article 9, Compliance, Creditors, Debtors, Financial Statements

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Deborah DiNardo

Federal Estate Tax Laws Allow Planning Opportunities - Finally!

For over a decade, the federal estate tax law has changed from year to year. The rates have risen and fallen. The federal estate tax exemption went from $650,000 to $1,000,000. Then it increased to $1,500,000, then $2,000,000,…more

Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift-Tax Exemption, Tax Rates

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Thomas Enright

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Failure To Strictly Comply With The Statutory Notice of Right To Cure Does Not Automatically Void A Foreclosure Sale

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently issued a landmark decision, U.S. Bank, Nat. Ass’n v. Schumacher, on an issue the Massachusetts Superior and Housing Courts have been grappling with for the past four…more

35A Notices, Foreclosure, Notice Requirements, Right To Cure

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Michael Gamboli

RI Increased Employee Absences (and Headaches) due to the 2014 Temporary Caregiver Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2014, all Rhode Island employers must allow their employees four (4) weeks of time off per year under the Temporary Caregiver Insurance (“TCI”) Law. Like Temporary Disability Insurance ("TDI"), the program…more

Caregivers, Employee Benefits, Employee Handbooks, Employee Rights, FMLA

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Jeffrey Gladstone

Important Rhode Island Filing Deadline Approaching for Appealing Property Tax Assessment

Deadline Approaching for Filing Important Notice with Rhode Island Cities and Towns: Taxpayers Who Miss Deadline Prohibited From Appealing Property Tax Assessments In Superior Court. January 31st marks an important deadline…more

Appeals, Property Tax, Tax Assessment, Valuation

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Theodore Howell

SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation for Certain Private Offerings

Background - On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) into law. The JOBS Act is intended to “increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access…more

Crowdfunding, Dodd-Frank, General Solicitation, JOBS Act, Private Placements

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Lawrence Hunt

Fast-Approaching Deadline for Recharacterizing a Roth IRA Conversion

If you converted a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in 2012, you have until October 15, 2013 to “recharacterize” the account and revert back to a traditional IRA. …more

Deadlines, IRA, Retirement Plan

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Christian Jenner

e-Discovery Update: Avoid Sanctions by Appropriately Preserving Electronically Stored Information

A 2013 ruling from the Rhode Island Superior Court illustrates the necessity of preserving potentially relevant information in the face of pending or threatened litigation, and the harsh consequences that can result from a…more

Criminal Sanctions, Electronic Evidence, Electronically Stored Information, Evidence

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Paul Kessimian

e-Discovery Update: Avoid Sanctions by Appropriately Preserving Electronically Stored Information

A 2013 ruling from the Rhode Island Superior Court illustrates the necessity of preserving potentially relevant information in the face of pending or threatened litigation, and the harsh consequences that can result from a…more

Criminal Sanctions, Electronic Evidence, Electronically Stored Information, Evidence

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Devon MacWilliam

Snooping e-Mail Case

Tempted to snoop on someone’s emails; perhaps to gain advantage in a dispute? DON’T DO IT. The Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) prohibits unauthorized access to web-based email accounts. …more

Corporate Counsel, Email, Privacy Policy, Stored Communications Act, Young Lawyers

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Kristin Matsko

New [Neon Pink!] Rhode Island Form of Advance Directive

A Medical Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (“MOLST”) is a direction by a terminally ill patient to require or refuse resuscitative and life-sustaining measures. It is entirely voluntary and only comes into effect in the…more

Healthcare, MOLST

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Kimberly McCarthy

The War on Charity: Nonprofits Should Take a Page from the For-Profit Handbook to Survive & Thrive

Nonprofit organizations do good, improve lives, strengthen communities, and lighten the burdens of government and society as a whole. Unfortunately charities are, more than ever before, facing exponentially growing needs, but…more

Charitable Donations, Marketing, Non-Profits, ROI

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Daniel Meyer

SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation for Certain Private Offerings

Background - On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) into law. The JOBS Act is intended to “increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access…more

Crowdfunding, Dodd-Frank, General Solicitation, JOBS Act, Private Placements

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Richard Nadeau

Usury Savings Clauses No Longer Save Lenders

Commercial lenders in Rhode Island may no longer rely upon a Usury Savings Clause in loan documents. Most commercial loan documents contain such a clause, which usually states that any payments made by a borrower in excess of…more

Commercial Loans, Savings Clause, Usury

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John Ottaviani

Does Your Company Have An Information Security Program? Is it Up To Date?

The data breaches that Target, Michael’s, Nieman Marcus and other large companies have suffered recently have gained a great deal of attention in the media. These public and costly embarrassments serve as reminders that all…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Michaels, Neiman Marcus

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David Pellegrino

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Failure To Strictly Comply With The Statutory Notice of Right To Cure Does Not Automatically Void A Foreclosure Sale

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently issued a landmark decision, U.S. Bank, Nat. Ass’n v. Schumacher, on an issue the Massachusetts Superior and Housing Courts have been grappling with for the past four…more

35A Notices, Foreclosure, Notice Requirements, Right To Cure

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Alexandra Pezzello

Beware: Deceptive Corporate Compliance Notices

It has come to our attention that numerous Rhode Island corporate clients have received by mail, solicitation letters from a company indicating that it could assist in the corporation’s compliance with Rhode Island General Law…more

Annual Meeting, Compliance, Secretary of State, Year-End Compliance Checklist, Year-End Planning

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David Raymon

Fast-Approaching Deadline for Recharacterizing a Roth IRA Conversion

If you converted a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in 2012, you have until October 15, 2013 to “recharacterize” the account and revert back to a traditional IRA. …more

Deadlines, IRA, Retirement Plan

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Alicia Samolis

RI Increased Employee Absences (and Headaches) due to the 2014 Temporary Caregiver Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2014, all Rhode Island employers must allow their employees four (4) weeks of time off per year under the Temporary Caregiver Insurance (“TCI”) Law. Like Temporary Disability Insurance ("TDI"), the program…more

Caregivers, Employee Benefits, Employee Handbooks, Employee Rights, FMLA

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Ryan Sawyer

Usury Savings Clauses No Longer Save Lenders

Commercial lenders in Rhode Island may no longer rely upon a Usury Savings Clause in loan documents. Most commercial loan documents contain such a clause, which usually states that any payments made by a borrower in excess of…more

Commercial Loans, Savings Clause, Usury

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Lauren Verni

Don’t Lose Trademark Rights by Failing to Register Your Marks

A recent case from the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court whose rulings cover Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Puerto Rico, demonstrates how important it is for business owners to register…more

Hotels, Registration, Trademarks, USPTO

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Christopher Wildenhain

e-Discovery Update: Avoid Sanctions by Appropriately Preserving Electronically Stored Information

A 2013 ruling from the Rhode Island Superior Court illustrates the necessity of preserving potentially relevant information in the face of pending or threatened litigation, and the harsh consequences that can result from a…more

Criminal Sanctions, Electronic Evidence, Electronically Stored Information, Evidence

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