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Did Led Zeppelin Steal the Stairway to Heaven?

Did Led Zeppelin copy the opening of its iconic song “Stairway to Heaven” from a lesser-known band? A jury in California will decide in May whether the song copied elements of “Taurus,” a 1967 instrumental track from the band…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

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
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Part I: Taking Investment Advice with a Grain of Salt: The DOL Fiduciary Rules May Make You Rethink that Rollover

You probably know when you can withdraw/rollover money from your 401(k) plan (generally when you leave employment, turn 59.5, or retire). But many folks don't realize that in most cases, those withdrawals/rollovers are…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

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
| Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation

Plan Now to Comply with New Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act

Businesses, organizations, state and local governmental entities and individuals who collect and store personal information about Rhode Island residents should start planning now to comply with the new Rhode Island Identity…more
| Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Cross-Border Banking and Out-of-this-World Penalties - Dealing with the IRS when you have Foreign Bank Accounts

A United States citizen or resident that owns (or has signatory authority over) an account at a foreign bank with a value in excess of $10,000 annually must file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account (or “FBAR”) with…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

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
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

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
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

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
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Refusal to Register Disparaging Trademarks Struck Down on First Amendment Grounds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a 9-3 decision in In re Tam, has declared a provision of the federal trademark law unconstitutional as violating the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. The provision…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Don’t Worry: The IRS Isn’t Asking Santa for your Donor’s SSNs

Recently, you may have received emails and alerts concerning proposed IRS regulations requiring charities to disclose donor Social Security Numbers ("SSN"). While donor privacy is a major concern, the proposed regulation should…more
| Nonprofit Law, Privacy, Taxation

Outsmart the Pending Changes to the Overtime Law with Advance Planning

In June we alerted you to the fact that the Department of Labor (“DOL”) was planning to increase the minimum weekly salary an employee must be paid in order to qualify for an exemption from overtime. Since that time, the DOL…more
| Labor & Employment Law

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
| Elections & Politics, Family Law

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
| Environmental Law

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
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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