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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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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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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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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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Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

C corporation taxpayers have their work cut out for them. New rules provide a fifty-two page guide on how to compute Rhode Island apportionment (or the slice of total income Rhode Island is able to tax), and require familiarity…more

Apportionment, C-Corporation, Corporate Taxes, Market Based Approach, Sales & Use Tax

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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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Department of Labor Issues Final Changes to the Overtime Law

As we first reported in June of last year President Obama directed the Department of Labor to review and update the regulations governing exemptions for executive, administrative, professional and other employees under the…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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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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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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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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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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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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The Nature of Workers’ Compensation as Affected by Pain and Suffering

Under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act, M.G.L. c. 152, § 1, et seq., particularly § 15, an employee who is injured in a work-related incident due to the acts of an unrelated third party may seek redress of that injury…more

Pain and Suffering, Recoupment, State Law Tort Claims, Statutory Liens, Third-Party

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Department of Labor Issues Final Changes to the Overtime Law

As we first reported in June of last year President Obama directed the Department of Labor to review and update the regulations governing exemptions for executive, administrative, professional and other employees under the…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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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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Recent Legislation Brings Rhode Island out of the Past and into the Present in the Area of Adult Guardianships

On July 10, 2015, Rhode Island enacted significant legislation to address the ever-growing reality of incapacitated adults (persons having attained age eighteen) who need a guardian but spend time in more than one state. …more

Guardians, New Legislation, Special Needs Adults

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Department of Labor Issues Final Changes to the Overtime Law

As we first reported in June of last year President Obama directed the Department of Labor to review and update the regulations governing exemptions for executive, administrative, professional and other employees under the…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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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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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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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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The Nature of Workers’ Compensation as Affected by Pain and Suffering

Under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act, M.G.L. c. 152, § 1, et seq., particularly § 15, an employee who is injured in a work-related incident due to the acts of an unrelated third party may seek redress of that injury…more

Pain and Suffering, Recoupment, State Law Tort Claims, Statutory Liens, Third-Party

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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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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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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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Part II: Taking Investment Advice with a Grain of Salt: The DOL Fiduciary Rules May Help Your 401(k) Plan Participation

If you have a 401(k) plan and are trying to increase participation, you are aware of this frustrating trend: a participant comes to you when she turns 59.5 or is about to retire, and wants to withdraw everything and roll it…more

401k, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, IRA

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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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Department of Labor Issues Final Changes to the Overtime Law

As we first reported in June of last year President Obama directed the Department of Labor to review and update the regulations governing exemptions for executive, administrative, professional and other employees under the…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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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, Fair Housing Act (FHA), HUD

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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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Contact

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

Contact: Jennifer O'Leary Cathell

  • (401) 861-8200
  • (401) 861-8210

Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
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  • Bankruptcy
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Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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