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Rhode Island General Assembly Clarifies Intent of Foreclosure Mediation Law

In what can only be perceived as a response to a recent Superior Court decision, the Rhode Island General Assembly amended the applicability of the Foreclosure Mediation Law, R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-27-3.2, for the third time in as…more

Amended Legislation, Borrowers, Default, Delinquent Borrowers, Exemptions

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Owners and Developers Should Review Permits Now Before Time Runs Out

At the end of June, Governor Raimondo signed into law legislation that suspends the running and expiration of all development permits until June 30, 2016. This suspension further expands a permit toll that has been in place,…more

Building Permits, Environmental Management Systems, Land Developers, Land-Use Permits, Natural Resources

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US Department of Labor to Aggressively Pursue Misclassification Matters

Employers have many ways of getting into trouble. We hope that after reading this you will avoid one of them; namely, misclassifying employees as independent contractors…more

DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Strategic Enforcement Plan

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New Requirements Regarding Flood Insurance in Massachusetts

On July 23, 2014 , Governor Deval Patrick signed into law “An Act Further Regulating Flood Insurance”, effective November 20, 2014. Links to the Act and to “Frequently Asked Questions” prepared by the Massachusetts Division of…more

Banks, Flood Insurance, New Legislation, Secured Creditors, Secured Lenders

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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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Rhode Island General Assembly Clarifies Intent of Foreclosure Mediation Law

In what can only be perceived as a response to a recent Superior Court decision, the Rhode Island General Assembly amended the applicability of the Foreclosure Mediation Law, R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-27-3.2, for the third time in as…more

Amended Legislation, Borrowers, Default, Delinquent Borrowers, Exemptions

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United States Supreme Court Begrudgingly Extends Dewsnup Decision

United States Supreme Court Begrudgingly Extends Dewsnup Decision in Holding That Chapter 7 Debtors May Not Strip Off Wholly Unsecured Junior Mortgages in Bankruptcy - On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court, in a…more

Bank of America, Chapter 7, Dewsnup, Junior Lenders, Junior Liens

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President Obama Announces Proposed Sweeping Change to Federal Overtime Law

On June 29, 2015, President Obama announced a Department of Labor rule change aimed at raising wages for up to five million people as soon as 2016. Currently, with some exceptions, Americans who make less than $23,660…more

DOL, FLSA, Over-Time, Wage and Hour

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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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Tom Brady: Give Malcolm that Truck!

I am not much of a true football fan. I have little interest in Monday night games, player stats, or the draft. But as a true New Englander, in support of my family and friends who love the Patriots, I’ll always make a point to…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Estate-Tax Exemption, Gift Tax, Gift-Tax Exemption

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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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Harsh & Costly Lesson from Unilateral Use of E-Discovery Tools

As technological developments have greatly expanded the world of available information, the cost of harvesting electronically stored information (ESI) has risen exponentially. In recent years however, technology has also begun…more

Banks, Discovery, Electronically Stored Information, FDIC, Keyword Search

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Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs Available to Creditors in Bankruptcy

On June 12, 2014 the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Clark v. Rameker, 13-299, ruling that inherited IRA accounts are available to creditors in bankruptcy. At issue was a Bankruptcy Code provision that exempts…more

Chapter 7, Clark v. Rameker, Consumer Bankruptcy, IRA, Pensions

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New Massachusetts Guardianship Law

On January 1, 2015, the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJ) takes effect in Massachusetts…more

Guardians

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Healthcare.gov Too Big to Fail: Supreme Court Once Again Upholds the Administration on ACA Challenge

Today's surprising decision from the Supreme Court accepted the government's argument: that a technical glitch cannot be allowed to undermine the fundamental purposes of the law, so the statute must be interpreted to provide…more

Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Public Health Insurance Marketplace, SCOTUS

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Hold the (cell) phone! NFL Lawsuit May Hinge on Spoliation

Across New England, armchair attorneys and quarterbacks alike are talking spoliation, discovery, and cell phones. With National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s announcement of his decision on New England…more

Cell Phones, Discovery, Duty to Preserve, Electronically Stored Information, NFL

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Time to Revisit Your UST Protocols!

On July 15, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published final revisions to its Underground Storage Tank (“UST”) regulations. This publication represents the first time in 27 years that the EPA has significantly revised…more

Amended Regulation, EPA, Federal Register, Inspections, Training Requirements

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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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Don’t Lose Out on Your .BANK Domain Name

In just a few months, perhaps as early as mid-May, the new .BANK generic Top Level Domain will become available to banks around the world. The new domain promises to be more secure than the traditional .COM, with enhanced…more

Banks, Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Sunrise Periods

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Supreme Court Holds That Parties May Consent to Adjudication by Bankruptcy Court of “Stern-Type” Claims

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court in Wellness Int’l Network, LTD v. Sharif answered one of the foremost questions left open after its decision in Stern v. Marshall – is it permissible for litigants in a Bankruptcy Court to…more

Alter Ego, Article III, Chapter 7, Debtor-Creditor, SCOTUS

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Rhode Island General Assembly Clarifies Intent of Foreclosure Mediation Law

In what can only be perceived as a response to a recent Superior Court decision, the Rhode Island General Assembly amended the applicability of the Foreclosure Mediation Law, R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-27-3.2, for the third time in as…more

Amended Legislation, Borrowers, Default, Delinquent Borrowers, Exemptions

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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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Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs Available to Creditors in Bankruptcy

On June 12, 2014 the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Clark v. Rameker, 13-299, ruling that inherited IRA accounts are available to creditors in bankruptcy. At issue was a Bankruptcy Code provision that exempts…more

Chapter 7, Clark v. Rameker, Consumer Bankruptcy, IRA, Pensions

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New Statutory Elective Share for Surviving Spouses in Rhode Island

A surviving spouse’s rights and interests to assets of a deceased spouse have been clarified and expanded by a new spousal “elective share” statute in Rhode Island (R.I.G.L. § 33-28-1 et. seq.)…more

Beneficiaries, Surviving Spouse

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RI Employers (Large and Small) Required to Accommodate Healthy Pregnant Workers and New Moms. No, FMLA Leave is Not Enough.

Last month, the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act was amended to require employers with 4 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to employees and prospective employees with a “condition”. Such…more

Amended Legislation, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FMLA, Hiring & Firing

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Does the Independent Contractor Statute Apply to Real Estate Salespersons?

A few months ago we wrote about a case awaiting decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) entitled Monell, et al. v. Boston Pads LLC, et al., SJC-11661, a case then on appeal from a decision of the Suffolk…more

Appeals, Independent Contractors, MA Supreme Court, Misclassification, Real Estate Agents

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Changes Affecting Massachusetts Credit Union Branching

On January 7, 2015, former Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation permitting Massachusetts credit unions to establish branches in the other five New England states and New York, subject to certain limitations and…more

Banking Sector, Credit Unions, Deval Patrick, New Legislation

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Lending Industry Take Note: Federal Fair Housing Act Provides For Disparate-Impact Liability

The status quo stands, to a degree. By a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court has concluded that the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) authorizes lawsuits not just for intentional discrimination, but for conduct taken…more

Affordable Housing, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, FHA, HUD

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Contact: Laura Pedrick

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