Burns & Levinson LLP

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125 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110-162, United States
Phone: 617-345-3000
Fax: 617-345-3299
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Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Bans Salary History Inquiry, and So Much More

The Act to Establish Pay Equity, amending G.L. c.149, §105A (MA Pay Equity Law), goes into effect July 1, 2018. All employers, regardless of number of employees, whose employees perform all or the greater part of their work in…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Domicile: It's More Than Where You Live

The terms “domicile” and “residence” are frequently used interchangeably, but for tax purposes, they are distinct legal concepts that carry different meanings and significance. Residence refers to a person’s place of abode…more
 /  Taxation

The First Things to Do: Ways to Avoid Financial Loss in the Wake of a Loved One's Passing

The occasion of a loved one’s passing is a shock, and the loss can often throw those nearest and dearest off their guard. In fact, despite the difficulty of doing so, this is when at least one survivor must step up and take…more
 /  Law Practice Products & Services, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

President Trump Indicates Softer Stance on Cannabis

After threatening to block any Department of Justice nominations following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ revocation of the Cole Memorandum, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado said in a statement that President Trump has given…more
 /  Conflict of Laws, Criminal Law, Elections & Politics

Client Spotlight: A Q&A with New England Cannabis Trailblazer, TaShonda Vincent-Lee

The CannaBusiness Advisory is pleased to spotlight some of the Burns & Levinson clients that are pushing the cannabis industry forward, in Massachusetts and beyond. First up is TaShonda Vincent-Lee, co-founder and director of…more
 /  Business Organizations

Momentum Grows for Capital Raises in MJ Markets

The capital raised in the first five weeks of 2018, alone, matched deals for all of 2016. And the feeding frenzy has not decelerated, with the overall first quarter of 2018 seeing almost $3 billion in capital raises—more than…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Licenses, SaaS, and the Cloud

Some Legal Issues to Consider When Migrating to Become a Service Provider - Although everyone’s into blockchain and the “Internet of Things,” believe it or not, there are still plenty of traditional software developers out…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Inter Partes Review: After Five Years, What Will 2018 Bring?

In 2012, inter partes review (IPR) came into effect as a procedure to correct errors in granting patents. As part of the enactment of the latest revision of the patent law, a procedure known as inter partes reexamination, which…more
 /  Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Pregnant Workers Entitled to Special Accommodations in MA

Effective April 1, 2018, for employers with six or more employees, Massachusetts’ prohibitions on discrimination in the workplace have been expanded to prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and pregnancy-related…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

The Attorney-Client Privilege When Non-Party Experts Are Part of the Communications

It is not unusual for business people and/or in-house counsel to consult with accountants or other non-party experts when contemplating a potential business transaction. As the defendants in The C Company, Inc. v. Hackel…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Green Hands Aren’t Unclean Hands: 9th Circuit BAP Retreats from Mandatory Dismissal in Marijuana Cases

A 92-year-old landlord who leased a storefront to a marijuana dispensary will receive a new hearing after a court dismissed her bankruptcy case on the grounds that acceptance of rent payments from the dispensary disqualified her…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

Data Mining and GDPR Compliance: Dealing with Obtaining EU Personal Information from Third Parties Under the GDPR (Including a Notification Checklist!)

As the effective date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) draws near, companies that collect, process, and use data relating to EU citizens need to be thinking proactively about issues they will face under the new…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Privacy

Amend Plans Now For New Disability Claims Procedure

New federal rules apply for processing disability claims made under employee benefit and executive deferred compensation plans after April 1, 2018. Employers sponsoring retirement plans, disability plans, or nonqualified…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

ERISA Audit Season: Is It Raining on Your Parade?

An employer is required to file an annual audit report of its retirement plan with the federal government if the plan has over 100 participants. Form 5500 submissions that omit a required audit report in any year invite…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Bank On It: States Taking a Proactive Approach to Cannabis Banking

When it comes to the cannabis industry, banks and other financial institutions can find themselves in a particularly murky legal waters (see Banking & Cannabis: Where Do Things Stand?). Federal rules dictate that banks and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking
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