Category Archives: General
Massachusetts face a constant cat & mouse game with underage patrons who are now able to purchase near perfect fake IDs online. Massachusetts and Federal authorities have been aware of this for years, but Liquor Licensees almost exclusively bear the burden of the consequences for selling alcohol to ‘underage’ patrons, while those underage patrons… Finish Reading Liquor Licensees & Underage Drinkers: A Never-ending Cat & Mouse Game
If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed it. Amazon has modified their Brand Registry program and instituted new rules and tools for merchants to protect their brands, logos and products from counterfeiters – Transparency and Project Zero. Not only can merchants register their brand but Amazon uses, and now makes available to… Finish Reading Amazon Brand Registry Requires a USPTO Registered Trademark
Technology has become an integral part of our daily life both personal and work. Technology can make operating your business easier and more efficient. However, the increased use of more invasive technology has given rise to employee and staff privacy concerns. According to Norton (an international virus software provider), around 65% of businesses have… Finish Reading Technology in the Office
The Supreme Court recently released a decision in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media [Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, No. 18-481 (U.S. Jun. 24, 2019)] that may be beneficial to your business. The issue began when a South Dakota newspaper owned by Argus Leader Media submitted a FOIA request to a government… Finish Reading Notable News: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Business Privacy
As a small business owner, you may have co-owners, partners, or employees that you have authorized to do basic functions such as signing checks on the company’s behalf, making deposits, or even doing basic online banking. However, whether you trust them to act in good faith may not be the only obstacle when deciding… Finish Reading Do You Know Your Bank Signatories?
If you have not heard of “Do Not Knock” laws yet, you will soon. And if you own or operate a business that does any door-to-door sales, you need to be aware of these local / municipal ordinances. In Massachusetts Haverhill, Methuen and most recently, Marlborough, among potentially others, have all passed ordinances that… Finish Reading List of ‘Do Not Knock’ Towns is Growing
Recently, our offices received a phone call from a District Court clerk’s office requesting an additional $360 for a complaint filed earlier that week. The complaint filed with the District Court was for breach of contract by 3 plaintiffs against 2 defendants. Our offices submitted the usual filing fee for a district court complaint, which… Finish Reading Are Some District Courts Overcharging Plaintiffs?
In the context of selling or buying a business, the term “sandbagging” refers to when the buyer in an acquisition agreement (asset purchase agreement or purchase and sale agreement) seeks post-closing indemnification for breaches of representations and warranties that the buyer was aware of prior to signing the acquisition agreement, or in some cases, closing the… Finish Reading Selling a Business? Don’t Get ‘Sandbagged’!
On June 3rd, 2015 the SJC ruled in Monell, et al. v. Boston Pads, LLC, et al., that the Real Estate Licensing Statute G.L.c. 112 §87RR (“Real Estate Licensing Statute”) trumps the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law (G.L.c. 149, §148B) for purposes of determining whether real estate salespersons must be classified as employees or independent… Finish Reading SJC Issues Narrow Ruling Allowing Classification of Real Estate Agents as Contractors
Tick Tock Goes The Sick Time Clock… The new Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law takes effect on July 1, 2015, and will likely lead to the next wave of ‘wage and salary’ type lawsuits in Massachusetts. Your business needs to comply or it could be subject to civil citations of up to $25,000 per… Finish Reading MA Sick Time Law Effective July 1, 2015