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Mortgage Foreclosure Ordinances Preempted by Existing State Law

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) recently decided that two mortgage foreclosure ordinances adopted by the City of Springfield were preempted by existing state law. In Easthampton Savings Bank v. City of…more

Foreclosure, Local Ordinance, Mediation, Mortgages, Preemption

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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 Bankruptcy Court Holds that Homestead Protection is Available for Certain Home Offices

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts recently issued a decision in the case of In re Walter D. Catton, Jr. shedding light on the Massachusetts homestead statute and its application to home…more

Bankruptcy Court, Consumer Bankruptcy, Home Office Deduction, Homestead Exemption

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Massachusetts Sick Leave Law – Safe Harbor for Employers

The Massachusetts paid sick leave law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2015. A recent client alert provides a summary of the law: Massachusetts Voters Pass Mandatory Paid Sick Time. While regulations have been…more

Earned Sick Time, Employer Liability Issues, Paid Leave, Paid Sick Leave Act, PTO

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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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Could Eight Words Spell the End of “Obamacare” ?

The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in the latest challenge to federal health care reform. And this challenge, though highly technical, is anything but minor – it could unravel the entire infrastructure of federal…more

Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare Reform, King v Burwell

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Mortgage Foreclosure Ordinances Preempted by Existing State Law

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) recently decided that two mortgage foreclosure ordinances adopted by the City of Springfield were preempted by existing state law. In Easthampton Savings Bank v. City of…more

Foreclosure, Local Ordinance, Mediation, Mortgages, Preemption

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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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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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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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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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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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Contact

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

Contact: Laura Pedrick

  • (401) 861-8200
  • (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
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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