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Providence, Rhode Island 02903–7104, United States
Contact: Jennifer O'Leary Cathell
Phone: (401) 861-8200
Fax: (401) 861-8210
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Contractors can be Liable for Following Owners’ Directives

In Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-001-16), the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled a contractor can be liable for violating building codes despite the fact that the party suing it directed the…more

Appeals, Building Codes, Contractors, Damages, Property Owners

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Do You Blur the Lines Between Your Separate Companies? The Courts Might Too.

Is your business divided into separate entities? It isn’t an uncommon practice. Business owners often establish separate legal entities to manage different aspects of their business. One reason for doing so is to prevent the…more

Bankruptcy Court, Business Ownership, Case Consolidation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Separate Entity Rule

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Regulation Crowdfunding: Worth the Wait?

You’ve been waiting more than four years since Congress passed the JOBS Act to use equity crowdfunding to raise capital for your company. On May 16, 2016, the SEC’s final crowdfunding rules under the Securities Act of 1933…more

Accredited Investors, Crowdfunding, Early Stage Companies, JOBS Act, Regulation C

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Privacy, Please

Studies show that Americans are more worried than ever about data privacy and security on the internet. Every time you go online, you reveal a lot of information about yourself: what you browse, where you shop and what you buy,…more

Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Data Protection, Data Security, FCC

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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, Creditors, Flood Insurance, Lenders, New Legislation

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New Federal Tax Legislation Impacts Executors AND Beneficiaries

This summer, new federal legislation was enacted which requires executors of decedents' estates to file information statements with the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") as well as with estate beneficiaries, or face penalties. …more

Beneficiaries, Estate Tax, Executors, Filing Deadlines, Internal Revenue Code (IRC)

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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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Holding the Bag: Update Your Operating Agreement or Face the Tax Consequences

New Law – Direct Assessment of LLC Tax Liability - The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (“TEFRA”) has governed the procedures for auditing partnerships since 1982. Under TEFRA, if the IRS audited an LLC taxed as a…more

IRS, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Operating Agreements, Partnerships, Tax Liability

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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, Creditors, Dewsnup, Junior Lenders

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Massachusetts High Court Concludes that State Anti-Discrimination Laws Protect Medical Marijuana Users

In May 2017, we reported on Callahan v. Darlington Fabrics and the Moore Company, a Rhode Island Superior Court decision that applied workplace anti-discrimination protections to medical marijuana users. Massachusetts has now…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Disability Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Discrimination, Hiring & Firing

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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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Forget That Prince Had No Will, What About the Estate Tax Problems?

There has been a fair amount of buzz in the days after Prince’s death about his estate plan, whether he has a Will, whether he did or did not do any planning. Time will see this out. Prince’s heirs at law appear at this time to…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Intellectual Property Litigation, IRS, Prince

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Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules That Condominium Assessment Liens Could Extinguish First-Priority Mortgages

First mortgage holders in Rhode Island beware: in a 4-1 decision handed down on December 4, 2015, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that pursuant to the Rhode Island Condominium Act, RIGL § 34-36.1-1.01 et seq., liens…more

Condominiums, Foreclosure, Liens, Mortgages, Popular

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New Supreme Court Decision Reminds Parties to Bankruptcies to Keep their Priorities Straight

In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court turned aside the efforts of a debtor and a group of creditors to make an end-run around the Bankruptcy Code’s priority rules by distributing assets to junior creditors ahead of…more

Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Creditors, Czyzewski v Jevic Holding Corp, Debtors

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House Attempts to Stall Change to Overtime Law

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill to delay the Department of Labor's upcoming increase to the amount of salary an employer needs to pay in order to be eligible to classify a worker as exempt from overtime…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, Minimum Salary, Over-Time

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Tax-Advantaged Savings Accounts for Individuals with Special Needs Finally Available in Rhode Island

In 2014, new federal legislation was enacted to help relieve the financial strain often faced by so many individuals with disabilities or special needs. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (“ABLE Act”) was signed into law…more

529 Plans, ABLE Act, Disability, Savings Accounts, Special Needs Trust

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Make Your Charity Great Again; Double-Check Your Compliance With State Registration Laws

Earlier this month, the New York Attorney General’s office ordered Donald Trump’s foundation to immediately stop soliciting charitable donations in the state. The attorney general also demanded that the Trump Foundation provide…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Charitable Trusts, Form 990, IRS

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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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Massachusetts High Court Concludes that State Anti-Discrimination Laws Protect Medical Marijuana Users

In May 2017, we reported on Callahan v. Darlington Fabrics and the Moore Company, a Rhode Island Superior Court decision that applied workplace anti-discrimination protections to medical marijuana users. Massachusetts has now…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Disability Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Discrimination, Hiring & Firing

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Massachusetts High Court Concludes that State Anti-Discrimination Laws Protect Medical Marijuana Users

In May 2017, we reported on Callahan v. Darlington Fabrics and the Moore Company, a Rhode Island Superior Court decision that applied workplace anti-discrimination protections to medical marijuana users. Massachusetts has now…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Disability Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Discrimination, Hiring & Firing

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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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High Hopes Dashed -- Challenges in Protecting Trademarks for Marijuana-Related Products and Services

BluHawaii. Purple Kush. Willie’s Reserve. Kiva. California Finest. Altai. Are these the names of new beverages? To the contrary, these are some brand names for competing strains of marijuana. Legalized marijuana sales in the…more

Marijuana, Marijuana Related Businesses, Trademark Registration, Trademarks, USPTO

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Ruling will Lead to More Disappointments for Employers who Purchase EPLI Policies

Are you sleeping better knowing that you have purchased Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) to cover your company against employment claims? Well it may be time to wake up…more

Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Practices Liability Coverage, Insurance Industry, MA Supreme Judicial Court

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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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Holding the Bag: Update Your Operating Agreement or Face the Tax Consequences

New Law – Direct Assessment of LLC Tax Liability - The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (“TEFRA”) has governed the procedures for auditing partnerships since 1982. Under TEFRA, if the IRS audited an LLC taxed as a…more

IRS, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Operating Agreements, Partnerships, Tax Liability

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Ruling will Lead to More Disappointments for Employers who Purchase EPLI Policies

Are you sleeping better knowing that you have purchased Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) to cover your company against employment claims? Well it may be time to wake up…more

Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Practices Liability Coverage, Insurance Industry, MA Supreme Judicial Court

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Make Your Charity Great Again; Double-Check Your Compliance With State Registration Laws

Earlier this month, the New York Attorney General’s office ordered Donald Trump’s foundation to immediately stop soliciting charitable donations in the state. The attorney general also demanded that the Trump Foundation provide…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Charitable Trusts, Form 990, IRS

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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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Lending Industry Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Scope of Right to Sue Under Federal Fair Housing Act

A city’s lawsuit against various banks under the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) to recover property tax revenues allegedly lost due to discriminatory lending practices has survived . . . for now. In a recent decision, the U.S…more

Article III, Bank of America, Fair Housing Act (FHA), Financial Institutions, Housing Discrimination

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Regulation Crowdfunding: Worth the Wait?

You’ve been waiting more than four years since Congress passed the JOBS Act to use equity crowdfunding to raise capital for your company. On May 16, 2016, the SEC’s final crowdfunding rules under the Securities Act of 1933…more

Accredited Investors, Crowdfunding, Early Stage Companies, JOBS Act, Regulation C

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