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Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

The District of Columbia federal court recently ruled that a proposed $37 billion merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana cannot proceed, granting the US Department of Justice’s bid to block the combination on…more

Aetna, Anti-Monopoly, Antitrust Provisions, CMS, Competition

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7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the…more

Business Formation, Copyright, First-to-File, Legal Perspectives, Patents

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Maine Mortgagees: Send Your Mortgagor the Actual Recorded Release, Not a Copy

On September 13, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court (the “Law Court”), in a 4-2 split decision, issued an opinion that may expose mortgagees and mortgage servicers to significant liability under the Maine statute that governs the…more

Class Action, Dischargeable Debts, JPMorgan Chase, Mortgage Servicers, Mortgages

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FERC Can Reprise 1993 Delegation Order to Address Quorum Issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be left without a quorum when Commissioner Norman Bay’s resignation becomes official on February 3, 2017 and FERC’s ability to issue orders will be limited until the…more

Administrative Resignation, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC, Natural Gas Act

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Pitch Perfect - Creating a Compelling Story for Investors

Pitch decks are fundamental to your fundraising effort. If an investor is willing to give you their valuable time and attention, you should take full advantage of this chance to tell your story quickly, concisely, and…more

Business Plans, Capital Raising, Investors, Young Lawyers

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Under the Dome: 2014 Maine Election Edition

Maine’s polls closed a little more than sixteen hours ago and, except for a handful of recounts for Maine House and Senate seats, the results are in. Pierce Atwood’s Government Relations team, which includes John Delahanty,…more

Election Results, Legislative Agendas

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Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held…more

Commerce Clause, Interstate Commerce, MA Supreme Court, Motor Vehicles, Sales & Use Tax

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2015 Summary of Key Maine Environmental Legislation

The Pierce Atwood Environmental and Land Use Practice Group is pleased to provide the 2015 Summary of Key Maine Environmental Legislation enacted or carried over in the First Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature…more

Community Development, Conservation, Contamination, Department of Environmental Protection, Endangered Species

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What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Discovery in Aid of Foreign Proceedings.

The article below is the second in a series regarding "What You Need to Know About U.S. Law." Attorneys from a variety of practice groups at Pierce Atwood will author similar articles in the coming months to educate our overseas…more

Discovery, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Foreign Jurisdictions, Foreign Tribunals, Intel

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New Hampshire Enacts Business-Friendly Tax Changes

Three business-friendly tax bills have become law in New Hampshire. Each bill will result in tax reductions for those able to take advantage of them. The New Hampshire Business Profits Tax generally “piggybacks” on the…more

Business Profits, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS, Real Estate Market, Step-Up Basis

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SEC Issues Ground-Breaking Guidance: Pierce Atwood Business Counselor Q1 2014

Historically, subject to only very limited and narrow exceptions, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and many state securities regulators, have taken the position that brokers, finders and other intermediaries could not…more

Brokers, Compliance, FINRA, SEC

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Comprehensive Massachusetts Bill Enacted to Drive Energy Storage and Offshore Wind Generation Resources

Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an omnibus energy bill H.4568 that will provide Massachusetts electricity customers with the benefit of electricity produced by offshore wind and hydropower…more

Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Sector, Hydropower, New Legislation

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When Can You Appeal a Local Permitting Decision? It Just Got More Complicated.

On Tuesday, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision addressing when someone can appeal to court a local board decision that is related to another local board decision, and concluded that the appeal can be filed…more

Building Permits, Land-Use Permits, ME Supreme Court, Zoning Laws

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Obama Administration Delays ACA Employer Mandate Until 2015

In a major development in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it will delay implementation of the “employer mandate” feature of the law…more

Affordable Care Act, Deadlines, Delays, Employer Mandates, Healthcare

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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457(f)

In June 2016, the IRS issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. While the proposed regulations will generally apply to compensation deferred under a plan for…more

Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, Forfeiture, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS

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Changes To The UCC Effective July 1: Are You Prepared?

Effective July 1, multiple amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) became effective in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and 39 other states…more

Creditors, Debtors, Driver's Licenses, Due Diligence, Forms

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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Testimony on Tax Surcharge Bills - This week, the Legislature’s Taxation Committee heard…more

Amazon Marketplace, E-Commerce, Governor LePage, Internet Retailers, Legislative Agendas

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FERC Can Reprise 1993 Delegation Order to Address Quorum Issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be left without a quorum when Commissioner Norman Bay’s resignation becomes official on February 3, 2017 and FERC’s ability to issue orders will be limited until the…more

Administrative Resignation, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC, Natural Gas Act

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Maine DEP Marches Toward Rulemaking on its Wind Energy Standards Rule

Expecting to initiate a formal rulemaking in March of this year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invited final public comment on its pre-rulemaking draft Wind Energy Standards rule at a workshop held on…more

Clean Energy, Department of Environmental Protection, Energy Projects, Energy Sector, Environmental Policies

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Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins and the No-Injury Class Action

Class action practitioners have been closely watching Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, a case before the Supreme Court on appeal from the Ninth Circuit. Spokeo presented the Court with the opportunity to decide whether a plaintiff may…more

Article III, Class Action, FCRA, Injury-in-Fact, Putative Class Actions

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Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held…more

Commerce Clause, Interstate Commerce, MA Supreme Court, Motor Vehicles, Sales & Use Tax

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Virtual Marking for Patented Articles

The AIA introduced many changes to US patent law, including an amendment to 35 USC 287, which is frequently referred to as the “marking” statute. Marking a patented article provides constructive notice to the public of the…more

America Invents Act, Marketing, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform

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Maine DEP Developing New Rule For Wind Power Projects

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it is developing a new Site Law rule that will address certain development standards for wind projects. The standards that will be addressed by the new rule are…more

Comment Period, Energy Policy, Energy Projects, Energy Sector, New Guidance

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What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: You Really Need to Register Your Copyrights

As explained by the United States Supreme Court in Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick, registering a copyright is an essential element of a cause of action for copyright infringement. Lesser appellate and trial courts have…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Registration, DMCA, Intellectual Property Protection

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Under the Dome Special Edition: 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws

We are pleased to share our 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws enacted during the Second Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature, which adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. We provide you this summary to help you stay…more

Biomass, Business Development, Child Abuse, Conservation, Construction Industry

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District of New Hampshire Denies Remand Under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

On November 30th, in Brown v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., United States District Judge Joseph Laplante of the District of New Hampshire denied plaintiffs’ motion to remand two related class action lawsuits based on…more

CAFA, Class Action, Contamination, Homeowners, Manufacturers

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What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: The Polar Code - Regulating Shipping in the Arctic

Diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas is allowing navigation in previously impassable waters. Intercontinental voyages through the Arctic during the summer months, either via the Northwest Passage north of…more

Maritime Transport, Navigable Waters, Shipping, Shipping Cargo, Vessels

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What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Trademark Opposition and Cancellation Primer

Similar to the laws of the EU and its member states, as well as other countries around the world, U.S. trademark law provides a mechanism through which parties with standing can oppose pending third-party applications or seek…more

Standing, Trademark Cancellation, Trademark Opposition Proceedings, Trademark Registration, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

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Using Joint Venture Analysis to Limit Antitrust Risks of Energy Sector Collaborations

In an antitrust case where two competitors admittedly engaged in concerted action to block a third competitor’s access to a natural gas gathering system, a federal appeals court recently upheld summary judgment for the…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Article III, Competition, Discovery

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Maine DEP Marches Toward Rulemaking on its Wind Energy Standards Rule

Expecting to initiate a formal rulemaking in March of this year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invited final public comment on its pre-rulemaking draft Wind Energy Standards rule at a workshop held on…more

Clean Energy, Department of Environmental Protection, Energy Projects, Energy Sector, Environmental Policies

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New HIPAA Rules Affect Business Associates And Their Subcontractors

The new HIPAA rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services have made substantial changes to the way in which covered entities (e.g., hospitals, health insurers, etc…) and their business associates (entities which…more

Business Associates, Covered Entities, HHS, HIPAA, HITECH

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MEDEP Proposes to Adopt EPA's Solvent Wipes Rule

For many years, both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) have wrestled with the practical question of how solvent-contaminated wipes should be…more

Environmental Policies, EPA, Hazardous Waste

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Mobile Apps – New Frontier of the Video Privacy Protection Act

The First Circuit Court of Appeals, in its recent decision in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., breaks new ground, extending the reach of the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (VPPA) to video content…more

Advertising, Cartoon Network, Digital Downloads, Mobile Apps, Online Videos

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FERC Can Reprise 1993 Delegation Order to Address Quorum Issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be left without a quorum when Commissioner Norman Bay’s resignation becomes official on February 3, 2017 and FERC’s ability to issue orders will be limited until the…more

Administrative Resignation, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC, Natural Gas Act

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New SEC Rule 506(c) - Accredited Investor Verification Requirements

We recently published a Business Alert regarding the SEC’s adoption of the final rule to lift the ban on general solicitation and advertising in Rule 506 offerings to accredited investors…more

Accredited Investors, Advertising, Dodd-Frank, General Solicitation, Marketing

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In a Groundbreaking Decision, Third Circuit Provides Framework for Evaluating Numerosity

One of the least disputed elements of class certification is Rule 23(a)(1) numerosity, and so there is relatively little analysis from the courts about it. Last month, however, a divided panel of the Third Circuit provided a…more

Anti-Monopoly, Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations, Cephalon, Class Action

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U.S. District Court Denies Penobscot Nation's Claim to Penobscot River

On December 16, 2015, Judge Singal issued his decision in the Penobscot Indian Nation v. Mills lawsuit, in which the Penobscot Indian Nation (PIN) had claimed that their reservation included the entire main stem of the Penobscot…more

Tribal Lands, Water Rights

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FERC Can Reprise 1993 Delegation Order to Address Quorum Issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be left without a quorum when Commissioner Norman Bay’s resignation becomes official on February 3, 2017 and FERC’s ability to issue orders will be limited until the…more

Administrative Resignation, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC, Natural Gas Act

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Ninth Circuit Widens Circuit Split on Ascertainability in Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc.

On this blog, we have previously written about the growing split among the federal circuits concerning courts’ approaches to ascertainability. The Third Circuit, in a string of cases within the last five years, adopted a test…more

Ascertainable Class, Class Action, Class Certification, ConAgra, Rule 23

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Maine Mortgagees: Send Your Mortgagor the Actual Recorded Release, Not a Copy

On September 13, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court (the “Law Court”), in a 4-2 split decision, issued an opinion that may expose mortgagees and mortgage servicers to significant liability under the Maine statute that governs the…more

Class Action, Dischargeable Debts, JPMorgan Chase, Mortgage Servicers, Mortgages

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DOJ/FTC Joint Guidance for Human Resources Professionals Suggests Broad Antitrust Risks

Provisions restricting the hiring of another company’s employees are often included in vendor agreements and a variety of corporate transactions and licenses. And it’s not unusual to see similar constraints adopted in…more

Antitrust Provisions, DOJ, FTC, Healthcare, Hiring & Firing

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Highlights From USPTO's Abstract Idea Examples

On January 27, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a set of examples for analyzing claims under the abstract idea exception to subject matter patent eligibility. The Abstract Idea Examples…more

Abstract Ideas, Computer-Related Inventions, Interim Guidance, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held…more

Commerce Clause, Interstate Commerce, MA Supreme Court, Motor Vehicles, Sales & Use Tax

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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Testimony on Tax Surcharge Bills - This week, the Legislature’s Taxation Committee heard…more

Amazon Marketplace, E-Commerce, Governor LePage, Internet Retailers, Legislative Agendas

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Maine DEP Marches Toward Rulemaking on its Wind Energy Standards Rule

Expecting to initiate a formal rulemaking in March of this year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invited final public comment on its pre-rulemaking draft Wind Energy Standards rule at a workshop held on…more

Clean Energy, Department of Environmental Protection, Energy Projects, Energy Sector, Environmental Policies

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Maine Mortgagees: Send Your Mortgagor the Actual Recorded Release, Not a Copy

On September 13, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court (the “Law Court”), in a 4-2 split decision, issued an opinion that may expose mortgagees and mortgage servicers to significant liability under the Maine statute that governs the…more

Class Action, Dischargeable Debts, JPMorgan Chase, Mortgage Servicers, Mortgages

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CAFA, PART II?

In February 2017, Representative Goodlatte introduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017. The Act, as with its 2015 predecessor, covers a lot of ground. It permits certification of damages classes only where…more

Appeals, CAFA, Class Action, Class Certification, Disclosure Requirements

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Answers to Ten Key Questions about the New Form I-9

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, which all employers must use beginning no later than 1/22/17. We’ve closely tracked its release. Here are answers to 10 key questions about the new Form I-9…more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, Required Forms, USCIS

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What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Product Regulations and Importing into the United States - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You – and Could Destroy Your Business

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of…more

Advertising, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), EPA, FDA, FTC

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Supreme Court Lowers Burden in Insider Trading Prosecutions

On December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its first insider trading decision in nearly two decades unanimously affirming the Ninth Circuit and holding that an insider’s “gift” of confidential information to a “trading…more

Confidential Information, Dirks v SEC, Financial Markets, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading

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Massachusetts Seeks Delegation of Clean Water Act Permitting Program

Massachusetts is known for its comprehensive and innovative environmental laws and regulations. One exception has been the administration of the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit…more

Clean Water Act, Discharge of Pollutants, EPA, NPDES, Permits

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Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board Rejects Utility Loss Carryback

Massachusetts Electric Company v. Commissioner of Revenue - Appellate Tax Board Docket No. C310170 (February 24, 2016) - The Appellant, Massachusetts Electric Company (“MEC”), was a Massachusetts public utility…more

Energy Sector, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Natural Disasters, Public Utility, Tax Appeals

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Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held…more

Commerce Clause, Interstate Commerce, MA Supreme Court, Motor Vehicles, Sales & Use Tax

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FERC Can Reprise 1993 Delegation Order to Address Quorum Issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be left without a quorum when Commissioner Norman Bay’s resignation becomes official on February 3, 2017 and FERC’s ability to issue orders will be limited until the…more

Administrative Resignation, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC, Natural Gas Act

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EPA's Focus on Boatyards and Marinas Continues

Earlier this year, EPA Region 1 identified shipyards/boatyards and marinas as the continuing focus of the Agency’s Clean Air Act regulatory compliance and enforcement efforts. Storm water compliance is also a continuing focus…more

Clean Air Act, Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Policies, EPA, General Permit

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Massachusetts High Court Draws Bright Line in Sand on Expansion of Easement Rights to Additional Land

In his recent blog post, “SJC Keeps Bright-Line Test for Overloading of Easements,” Pierce Atwood real estate partner Don Pinto discusses Taylor v. Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, a recent decision in which the…more

Bright-Line Rule, Easements, Land Use Restrictions, Residential Real Estate Market, Trusts

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Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held…more

Commerce Clause, Interstate Commerce, MA Supreme Court, Motor Vehicles, Sales & Use Tax

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Alternative Duties for Alternative Entities: High Court Allows LLC and LLP Managers to Limit or Waive Fiduciary Duties

The nation’s leading forum for business and shareholder disputes recently confirmed that alternative entities such as limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs) and master limited partnerships (MLPs) can…more

Appeals, Conflicts of Interest, Contract Terms, Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, DE Supreme Court

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Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held…more

Commerce Clause, Interstate Commerce, MA Supreme Court, Motor Vehicles, Sales & Use Tax

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Maine DEP Plans to Tighten Opacity Standards in Response to EPA SIP Call

You think maintaining compliance with opacity standards is a challenge now – just wait. As anyone who has started a campfire knows, opacity (the density of the smoke) tends to be high when starting and ending fuel burning, as…more

Air Pollution, Biomass, Boilers, Carbon Emissions, Comment Period

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Using Joint Venture Analysis to Limit Antitrust Risks of Energy Sector Collaborations

In an antitrust case where two competitors admittedly engaged in concerted action to block a third competitor’s access to a natural gas gathering system, a federal appeals court recently upheld summary judgment for the…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Article III, Competition, Discovery

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Publishes Proposed Rule Precluding Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses

As we reported last year, in October 2015 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published an outline of proposals that would limit the use of arbitration provisions in contracts for consumer financial products. On May 5,…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Testimony on Tax Surcharge Bills - This week, the Legislature’s Taxation Committee heard…more

Amazon Marketplace, E-Commerce, Governor LePage, Internet Retailers, Legislative Agendas

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Alternative Duties for Alternative Entities: High Court Allows LLC and LLP Managers to Limit or Waive Fiduciary Duties

The nation’s leading forum for business and shareholder disputes recently confirmed that alternative entities such as limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs) and master limited partnerships (MLPs) can…more

Appeals, Conflicts of Interest, Contract Terms, Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, DE Supreme Court

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Highlights From USPTO's Abstract Idea Examples

On January 27, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a set of examples for analyzing claims under the abstract idea exception to subject matter patent eligibility. The Abstract Idea Examples…more

Abstract Ideas, Computer-Related Inventions, Interim Guidance, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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Fiscal Cliff Averted: Estate, Gift And GST Tax Changes

The country was heading for a “fiscal cliff” as the Bush-era tax cuts were scheduled to expire on January 1, 2013. But the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted in the final hours to make those tax cuts permanent for…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Estate Tax, Family Limited Partnerships, Fiscal Cliff, Generation-Skipping Transfer

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FERC Can Reprise 1993 Delegation Order to Address Quorum Issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be left without a quorum when Commissioner Norman Bay’s resignation becomes official on February 3, 2017 and FERC’s ability to issue orders will be limited until the…more

Administrative Resignation, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC, Natural Gas Act

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3 Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Some startups want to tout big fundraising numbers. Resist that urge. Focus on a smart valuation and return focus to the product…more

Business Formation, Fundraisers, Legal Perspectives, Startups, Venture Capital

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What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Product Regulations and Importing into the United States - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You – and Could Destroy Your Business

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of…more

Advertising, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), EPA, FDA, FTC

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Supreme Court Lowers Burden in Insider Trading Prosecutions

On December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its first insider trading decision in nearly two decades unanimously affirming the Ninth Circuit and holding that an insider’s “gift” of confidential information to a “trading…more

Confidential Information, Dirks v SEC, Financial Markets, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading

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7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the…more

Business Formation, Copyright, First-to-File, Legal Perspectives, Patents

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EPA's Focus on Boatyards and Marinas Continues

Earlier this year, EPA Region 1 identified shipyards/boatyards and marinas as the continuing focus of the Agency’s Clean Air Act regulatory compliance and enforcement efforts. Storm water compliance is also a continuing focus…more

Clean Air Act, Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Policies, EPA, General Permit

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FERC Can Reprise 1993 Delegation Order to Address Quorum Issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be left without a quorum when Commissioner Norman Bay’s resignation becomes official on February 3, 2017 and FERC’s ability to issue orders will be limited until the…more

Administrative Resignation, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC, Natural Gas Act

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FERC Can Reprise 1993 Delegation Order to Address Quorum Issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be left without a quorum when Commissioner Norman Bay’s resignation becomes official on February 3, 2017 and FERC’s ability to issue orders will be limited until the…more

Administrative Resignation, Energy Sector, Federal Power Act, FERC, Natural Gas Act

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What You Need to Know About U.S. Law - Punishing the Dishonest Competitor

The article below is the first in a series regarding "What You Need to Know About U.S. Law." Attorneys from a variety of practice groups at Pierce Atwood will author similar articles in the coming months to educate our overseas…more

Competition, False Advertising, Injunctive Relief, Lanham Act, Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

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Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

The District of Columbia federal court recently ruled that a proposed $37 billion merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana cannot proceed, granting the US Department of Justice’s bid to block the combination on…more

Aetna, Anti-Monopoly, Antitrust Provisions, CMS, Competition

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Maine Mortgagees: Send Your Mortgagor the Actual Recorded Release, Not a Copy

On September 13, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court (the “Law Court”), in a 4-2 split decision, issued an opinion that may expose mortgagees and mortgage servicers to significant liability under the Maine statute that governs the…more

Class Action, Dischargeable Debts, JPMorgan Chase, Mortgage Servicers, Mortgages

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