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Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Issues Alert to Corporations and Non-Profit Entities Regarding Solicitations from Council for Corporations

Numerous Maine corporations have received mailings recently from a business operating under the name Maine Council for Corporations, whose address is usually listed as 126 Western Ave., #338, Augusta, ME 04330-7252. Please be…more

Scams, Secretary of State

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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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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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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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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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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. Community Health Options to Focus on Maine by Leaving New Hampshire In 2017, New Hampshire residents…more

Affordable Care Act, Department of Environmental Protection, Governor LePage, Health Insurance, Healthcare

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FERC v. Maxim Power Corp. - Court Rejects FERC's Interpretation of Penalty Review Procedures; Respondents To Have Their Day In Court

In a July 21, 2016 order, a federal district court for the first time in a FERC enforcement matter held that review of an assessed civil penalty pursuant to Section 31(d)(3) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) entails an “ordinary…more

ALJ, Civil Monetary Penalty, Energy Market, Energy Sector, Enforcement Actions

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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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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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Bellerman v. Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co. – Lack of Injury in Massachusetts Consumer Claims

In 2014, we posted about the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Bellermann v. Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co. In that case, plaintiffs sought relief under the Massachusetts consumer protection statute, G.L…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Economic Injuries, Emergency Management Plans, Injury-in-Fact

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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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Two New Court Decisions Bookend Antitrust Risks for Integrated Hospitals

A Florida federal court recently denied summary judgment to an integrated hospital system hoping to exit a multicount antitrust and unfair trade lawsuit. Four days later, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld summary…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Healthcare, Hospital Mergers, Integrated Care Program

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EPA Decides No Additional Regulations Are Needed to Address Stormwater Discharges from Forest Roads Under the Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that, at this time, no additional regulations are needed to address stormwater discharges from forest roads under Section 402(p)(6) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The…more

Best Management Practices, Clean Water Act, Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Policies, EPA

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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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Lead Paint and Drinking Water in Maine – Now Under Even More Scrutiny: Important news for owners of residential and child care buildings

Lead paint is a well-known problem for older homes, and lead in residential drinking water from historic plumbing is also a recognized issue in Maine. Lead can be a serious problem if children or pregnant women are exposed at…more

Child Care, Construction Industry, Contractors, Drinking Water, EPA

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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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Governor Nominates McLean Commissioner of Maine Public Utilities Commission and Names Commissioner Vannoy as Chairman

Governor Paul R. LePage announced yesterday that Carlisle McLean has been nominated as Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). If confirmed by the Legislature, McLean would fill the position vacated by…more

Political Appointments, Public Utilities Commission

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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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OMNICARE: Supreme Court Clarifies Whether Statements of Opinion by Companies and their Executives are Actionable under the Federal Securities Laws

This week the Supreme Court resolved a split among federal appellate courts over whether a statement of opinion in a company’s registration statement can be actionable under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 if the…more

Material Misstatements, Omnicare, Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Registration Statement, SCOTUS

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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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Massachusetts Takes Lead in Energy Storage Initiatives

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has released its long-awaited Energy Storage Initiative Study and simultaneously announced an $11 million program designed to help fund approximately 10 to 15 energy storage projects that will…more

Electricity, Energy Projects, Energy Sector, Energy Storage, Grants

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District of Massachusetts Grapples with Campbell-Ewald’s Unanswered Questions

Chief Judge Saris and Judge Sorokin of the District of Massachusetts recently tackled questions left unanswered by the Supreme Court’s opinion earlier this year in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (2016)…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Class Certification, Class Representatives, Interlocutory Appeals

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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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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. Community Health Options to Focus on Maine by Leaving New Hampshire In 2017, New Hampshire residents…more

Affordable Care Act, Department of Environmental Protection, Governor LePage, Health Insurance, Healthcare

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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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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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The Supreme Court's Vindication of The In re Nexium Dissent

We have commented previously on several aspects of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Tyson Foods. One additional important aspect that deserves special attention in the First Circuit is the issue of how to cull uninjured…more

Actual Injuries, Article III, Class Action, Class Certification, Nexium

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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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New Amendments to SEC's Rules of Practice in Administrative Proceedings

On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted several amendments to its Rules of Practice regarding administrative proceedings. The amendments address, among other things, the timing of proceedings…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Corporate Counsel, Depositions, Disclosure

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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 v. Maxim Power Corp. - Court Rejects FERC's Interpretation of Penalty Review Procedures; Respondents To Have Their Day In Court

In a July 21, 2016 order, a federal district court for the first time in a FERC enforcement matter held that review of an assessed civil penalty pursuant to Section 31(d)(3) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) entails an “ordinary…more

ALJ, Civil Monetary Penalty, Energy Market, Energy Sector, Enforcement Actions

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Lead Paint and Drinking Water in Maine – Now Under Even More Scrutiny: Important news for owners of residential and child care buildings

Lead paint is a well-known problem for older homes, and lead in residential drinking water from historic plumbing is also a recognized issue in Maine. Lead can be a serious problem if children or pregnant women are exposed at…more

Child Care, Construction Industry, Contractors, Drinking Water, EPA

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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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New York High Court Adopts Delaware's Deferential Business Judgment Review for Controlling Stockholder Buyouts

In re Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Shareholder Litigation - We previously reported on the Delaware Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (MFW) applying the deferential, defendant-friendly…more

Business Judgment Rule, Buyouts, Class Action, Controlling Stockholders, 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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EPA Decides No Additional Regulations Are Needed to Address Stormwater Discharges from Forest Roads Under the Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that, at this time, no additional regulations are needed to address stormwater discharges from forest roads under Section 402(p)(6) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The…more

Best Management Practices, Clean Water Act, Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Policies, EPA

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FERC v. Maxim Power Corp. - Court Rejects FERC's Interpretation of Penalty Review Procedures; Respondents To Have Their Day In Court

In a July 21, 2016 order, a federal district court for the first time in a FERC enforcement matter held that review of an assessed civil penalty pursuant to Section 31(d)(3) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) entails an “ordinary…more

ALJ, Civil Monetary Penalty, Energy Market, Energy Sector, Enforcement Actions

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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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New York High Court Adopts Delaware's Deferential Business Judgment Review for Controlling Stockholder Buyouts

In re Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Shareholder Litigation - We previously reported on the Delaware Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (MFW) applying the deferential, defendant-friendly…more

Business Judgment Rule, Buyouts, Class Action, Controlling Stockholders, 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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New FERC NOPR Will Have Impacts on the Financial Trading Community

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, FERC issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Data Collection and Surveillance, which is to replace the prior Connected Entities and MBR Ownership NOPRs. The new NOPR will apply to: (1)…more

Data Collection, Derivatives, Electricity, Energy Market, Energy Sector

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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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New Amendments to SEC's Rules of Practice in Administrative Proceedings

On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted several amendments to its Rules of Practice regarding administrative proceedings. The amendments address, among other things, the timing of proceedings…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Corporate Counsel, Depositions, Disclosure

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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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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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FERC v. Maxim Power Corp. - Court Rejects FERC's Interpretation of Penalty Review Procedures; Respondents To Have Their Day In Court

In a July 21, 2016 order, a federal district court for the first time in a FERC enforcement matter held that review of an assessed civil penalty pursuant to Section 31(d)(3) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) entails an “ordinary…more

ALJ, Civil Monetary Penalty, Energy Market, Energy Sector, Enforcement Actions

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Governor Nominates McLean Commissioner of Maine Public Utilities Commission and Names Commissioner Vannoy as Chairman

Governor Paul R. LePage announced yesterday that Carlisle McLean has been nominated as Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). If confirmed by the Legislature, McLean would fill the position vacated by…more

Political Appointments, Public Utilities Commission

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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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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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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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