Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

40 Westminster Street Suite 1100
Providence, Rhode Island 02903–7104, United States

Contact: Laura Pedrick

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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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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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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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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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U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Major Challenge to Federal Health Reform

Are Employers in the 34 States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties? - Despite the fact that there is no longer any disagreement in the lower courts, the Supreme Court on Friday, November 7, 2014, made the unusual and…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandates, Healthcare Reform, SCOTUS, Tax Credits

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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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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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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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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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U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Major Challenge to Federal Health Reform

Are Employers in the 34 States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties? - Despite the fact that there is no longer any disagreement in the lower courts, the Supreme Court on Friday, November 7, 2014, made the unusual and…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandates, Healthcare Reform, SCOTUS, Tax Credits

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New Standard for Environmental Assessments Gaining Traction

The American Society for Testing and Materials ("ASTM") standard for Environmental Assessments was revised in 2013 for the first time since 2005. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has now adopted the updated…more

ASTM, CERCLA, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Policies, EPA

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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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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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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Reduce Filing Fees

Effective January 17, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reducing filing fees for new U.S. trademark applications filed and processed electronically from $325 to $275 per class (and as low as $225 if certain strict…more

Electronic Filing, Filing Fees, Trademarks, USPTO

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Resolve Whether the FHA Provides for Disparate Impact Liability.

A major change to federal law governing mortgage lending may be on the horizon. On October 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) not only imposes liability for…more

Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act, Gender Discrimination

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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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U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Major Challenge to Federal Health Reform

Are Employers in the 34 States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties? - Despite the fact that there is no longer any disagreement in the lower courts, the Supreme Court on Friday, November 7, 2014, made the unusual and…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandates, Healthcare Reform, SCOTUS, Tax Credits

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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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Bankruptcy Court Sheds Light on MA Homestead Protection of Downstream Trust Beneficiaries

Suppose the following: Title to a home is held by Trust A. The beneficiaries of Trust A are three natural persons and Trust B. Trust B holds a 25% beneficial interest in Trust A. The sole beneficiaries of Trust B are Mom and…more

Beneficiaries, Homestead Exemption, Primary Residence, Trusts

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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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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Resolve Whether the FHA Provides for Disparate Impact Liability.

A major change to federal law governing mortgage lending may be on the horizon. On October 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) not only imposes liability for…more

Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act, Gender Discrimination

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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
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Massachusetts
Number of Attorneys

25-50 Attorneys

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