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Massachusetts Packaging Plant Pays Nearly $485K Penalty For Environmental Violations

A packaging company in Dudley, MA has agreed to pay $484,900 in penalties to settle EPA claims that the company violated numerous federal and state regulations. The violations occurred at the company’s liquid and aerosol…more

Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Environmental Liability, EPA, EPCRA

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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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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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Maine Tax Alert: Interesting Tax Changes Made By Maine's 126th Legislature (And One By Maine Revenue)

The 2nd Regular Session of the 126th Legislature has adjourned and as usual the Taxation Committee had a number of issues to address. However, unlike last session, the issues tended to be narrow and targeted, as opposed to the…more

Income Taxes, State Budgets, State Taxes, Tax Reform

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EPA Amends All Appropriate Inquiries Rule To Clarify Best Practices

The EPA has amended its "All Appropriate Inquiries" Rule (AAI Rule) to reference the recently published ASTM International E1527–13 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment…more

ASTM, CERCLA, Contaminated Properties, Environmental Assessments, EPA

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Caution: Your Mobile App May Unintentionally Violate COPPA

As online activity shifts to mobile devices, regulators are watching. Last week, Yelp agreed to settle a claim with the FTC for $450,000 for its alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). As…more

COPPA, Data Collection, Data Protection, FTC, Internet

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Maine Tax Alert: Interesting Tax Changes Made By Maine's 126th Legislature (And One By Maine Revenue)

The 2nd Regular Session of the 126th Legislature has adjourned and as usual the Taxation Committee had a number of issues to address. However, unlike last session, the issues tended to be narrow and targeted, as opposed to the…more

Income Taxes, State Budgets, State Taxes, Tax Reform

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Unions Can Now Use Your Email to Organize Your Workforce

The Prior Rule - The NLRB held in its 2007 Register Guard decision that employers could prohibit the use of company email for non-business purposes, including engaging in concerted protected activity. Arguing that this…more

Email, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Purple Communications, Unions

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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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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

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

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Water, Water everywhere …

There were two court decisions this week regarding regulation of Maine rivers, one from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Watts v. BEP, and one federal, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay v. Hydro Kennebec, LLC…more

Clean Water Act, Critical Habitat, Dams, ESA, Habitat Conservation Plan

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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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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

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

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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. COMPOSITION OF 127TH LEGISLATURE FINALLY SET - This week, the winner of the race for Senate…more

Election Results, Legislative Agendas

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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. COMPOSITION OF 127TH LEGISLATURE FINALLY SET - This week, the winner of the race for Senate…more

Election Results, Legislative Agendas

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Employers Must Use The New Form I-9 Starting May 7, 2013; Is Your Organization Prepared?

A new version of Form I-9 was released by USCIS on March 8, 2013. Employers were required by law to begin using the new version of Form I-9 effective immediately, but USCIS gave employers a 60-day grace period to implement the…more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, USCIS

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NESCOE Proposes ISO-NE Facilitate Addition Of New Electric Transmission Infrastructure & Natural Gas Capacity

The New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) has proposed that ISO-New England (ISO-NE) facilitate the addition of new electric transmission infrastructure to access renewable resources and increased natural gas firm…more

Infrastructure, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Utilities Sector

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Maine DEP Proposes to Revamp Solid Waste Rules

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued several public notices detailing numerous proposed changes to Maine’s solid waste rules. These changes are being proposed largely in response to legislation passed…more

Environmental Policies, Solid Waste, Waste, Waste Disposal

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Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corporation: Finding CAFA To Be As Clear As An LCD

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court once again weighed in with a decision regarding class actions, but this time with a twist. In what is a rare event in the class action context, the Court handed down a unanimous decision in…more

CAFA, Class Action, Class Certification, Mass Action, Parens Patriae

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Maine Tax Alert: Interesting Tax Changes Made By Maine's 126th Legislature (And One By Maine Revenue)

The 2nd Regular Session of the 126th Legislature has adjourned and as usual the Taxation Committee had a number of issues to address. However, unlike last session, the issues tended to be narrow and targeted, as opposed to the…more

Income Taxes, State Budgets, State Taxes, Tax Reform

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Unions Can Now Use Your Email to Organize Your Workforce

The Prior Rule - The NLRB held in its 2007 Register Guard decision that employers could prohibit the use of company email for non-business purposes, including engaging in concerted protected activity. Arguing that this…more

Email, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Purple Communications, Unions

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2013 Summary Of New Maine Laws & Carried Over Legislation

As an on-going service to our clients, Pierce Atwood is pleased to provide this updated summary of selected new Maine laws enacted during the 126th Maine Legislature’s 1st Regular Session and 1st Special Session, as well as…more

Legislative Agendas, New Legislation

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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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EPA Rewrites Hazardous Waste Recycling Rules (Again)

The U.S. EPA recycling rules for “hazardous secondary materials” have been like the mathematical word problems you wanted to avoid on the algebra test: complicated and mind-bending. But what wastes are exempted from hazardous…more

EPA, Hazardous Substances, Recycling, Waste Disposal

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Shedding Light on the Vexing Problem of Issue Certification

This week I attended the annual Class Actions Seminar sponsored by DRI (the Defense Research Institute). It was an excellent program, covering many recent trends in class action practice of interest to corporate counsel and…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Professional Development, Rule 23(b)(3)

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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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EPA Rewrites Hazardous Waste Recycling Rules (Again)

The U.S. EPA recycling rules for “hazardous secondary materials” have been like the mathematical word problems you wanted to avoid on the algebra test: complicated and mind-bending. But what wastes are exempted from hazardous…more

EPA, Hazardous Substances, Recycling, Waste Disposal

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Dealing with a Data Broker? Here's What you Need to Know

The FTC recently released its report, “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability.” The report is the result of a study of nine data brokers and provides legislative recommendations..…more

Data Brokers, Data Collection, Data Protection, Data Retention, Data-Sharing

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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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How I Began My Class Action Practice

Two years ago, the extent of my knowledge of and experience in class actions was limited to a complex litigation course I took in law school. I had four years of general litigation practice under my belt and had always thought…more

Class Action, Rule 23

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Proposed Changes to Proof of Claim Procedure Require Mortgagees to Provide More Information in Less Time

On August 15, 2014, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure published a preliminary draft of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Forms. If adopted,…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Mortgages, Proof of Claims

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Alice was a Game-Changer: Federal Circuit Changes Course on Advertising Patent

The third time is the charm in Ultramercial v. Hulu: After twice finding that an advertising method patent was directed to patent eligible subject matter, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s third Ultramercial…more

Advertising, Bilski, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Myriad-Mayo, Online Advertisements

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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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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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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. COMPOSITION OF 127TH LEGISLATURE FINALLY SET - This week, the winner of the race for Senate…more

Election Results, Legislative Agendas

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Maine Supreme Court Affirms Broad Review Powers for BEP in Clearing Way for Wind Project

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court (the Law Court) recently issued an important decision that confirms the broad authority of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) to review decisions of the Commissioner of the Maine…more

Department of Environmental Protection, Energy, Energy Policy, Environmental Policies, Wind Power

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Employers Must Use The New Form I-9 Starting May 7, 2013; Is Your Organization Prepared?

A new version of Form I-9 was released by USCIS on March 8, 2013. Employers were required by law to begin using the new version of Form I-9 effective immediately, but USCIS gave employers a 60-day grace period to implement the…more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, USCIS

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Unions Can Now Use Your Email to Organize Your Workforce

The Prior Rule - The NLRB held in its 2007 Register Guard decision that employers could prohibit the use of company email for non-business purposes, including engaging in concerted protected activity. Arguing that this…more

Email, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Purple Communications, Unions

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Maine Tax Alert: Legislature Moves To Slash Pine Tree Zone Benefits And R&D Super Credit

The Supplemental Budget just released by the Legislature (LD 1843), if passed as written, may hurt Pine Tree Zone Business as well as businesses that engage in a substantial amount of research and development in Maine…more

State Budgets, State Taxes, Tax Credits

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For-Profit Corporations Can Object to Federal Laws on Religious Grounds

The United Statutes Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision holds that for-profit closely held corporations can object, on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs, to the contraception mandate imposed by the Patient…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Closely Held Businesses, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Healthcare

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EPA Rewrites Hazardous Waste Recycling Rules (Again)

The U.S. EPA recycling rules for “hazardous secondary materials” have been like the mathematical word problems you wanted to avoid on the algebra test: complicated and mind-bending. But what wastes are exempted from hazardous…more

EPA, Hazardous Substances, Recycling, Waste Disposal

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OFCCP Publishes New Affirmative Action Requirements For Protected Veterans And Individuals With Disabilities - What Federal Contractors Need To Know: Added Burdens And Significant New Legal Risks

On August 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced Final Rules that make changes to the regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance…more

ADA, Affirmative Action, Disability, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing

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Amending Your Bylaws to Mitigate the Cost of Shareholder Litigation: Fee-shifting and forum selection provisions

Shareholder litigation is on the rise, increasing the cost of doing business; and companies often face litigation on multiple fronts, further increasing litigation exposure. In 2013, 94 percent of M&A deals were challenged by…more

ATP Tours, Fee-Shifting Statutes, Forum Selection Clause, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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Teach Appropriate Speech - Or risk liability for employees' derogatory on-line comments about customers

Recent District of Hawaii decision suggests social media policies are more important than ever, despite NLRB’s dramatic limits on employers’ ability to police employee speech on the Internet - Howard v. Hertz -…more

Employer Liability Issues, Facebook, Free Speech, Hate Speech, Hertz

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Maine Budget Contains Significant Tax Changes

Averting a potential government shutdown, the Legislature voted to override Governor LePage’s veto of the biennial budget…more

Income Taxes, Property Tax, Sales & Use Tax, State Budgets

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Maine Supreme Court Affirms Broad Review Powers for BEP in Clearing Way for Wind Project

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court (the Law Court) recently issued an important decision that confirms the broad authority of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) to review decisions of the Commissioner of the Maine…more

Department of Environmental Protection, Energy, Energy Policy, Environmental Policies, Wind Power

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U.S. Senate Confirms Colette Honorable as a FERC Commissioner

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Colette Honorable as a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Receiving bipartisan praise throughout the process, Honorable’s confirmation cleared the full U.S. Senate on…more

Administrative Appointments, Confirmation Proceedings, FERC

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Amending Your Bylaws to Mitigate the Cost of Shareholder Litigation: Fee-shifting and forum selection provisions

Shareholder litigation is on the rise, increasing the cost of doing business; and companies often face litigation on multiple fronts, further increasing litigation exposure. In 2013, 94 percent of M&A deals were challenged by…more

ATP Tours, Fee-Shifting Statutes, Forum Selection Clause, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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Alice was a Game-Changer: Federal Circuit Changes Course on Advertising Patent

The third time is the charm in Ultramercial v. Hulu: After twice finding that an advertising method patent was directed to patent eligible subject matter, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s third Ultramercial…more

Advertising, Bilski, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Myriad-Mayo, Online Advertisements

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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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U.S. Senate Confirms Colette Honorable as a FERC Commissioner

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Colette Honorable as a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Receiving bipartisan praise throughout the process, Honorable’s confirmation cleared the full U.S. Senate on…more

Administrative Appointments, Confirmation Proceedings, FERC

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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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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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New FEMA Flood Zone Maps: Is Your Property About To Be Included In A High Risk Zone?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is set to finalize new flood zone maps for the coastal areas of New England in the next few weeks. On many of these new maps, coastal flood zones are likely to shift, putting many…more

Disaster Preparedness, FEMA, Flood Zones

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Massachusetts Long-Term Contract For The Purchase Of Renewable Energy And Recs

Massachusetts Utilities Submit Long-Term Contracts for the Purchase of Renewable Energy and RECs from Five Maine Wind Projects and One New Hampshire Wind Project to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for Approval…more

Renewable Energy, Utilities Sector, Wind Power

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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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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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DOMA Undone

Signed into law in 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, defined “marriage” for purposes of federal law as a union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and “spouse” as a person of the opposite sex…more

DOMA, Due Process, Equal Protection, Estate Planning, Estate Tax

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Areas of Practice
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  • Bankruptcy
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  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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