Category Archives: General
If you haven’t 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 prohibit door-to-door… 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
The Jacobs Law Successfully Opposes Summary Judgment; While Court Opens Door to ‘Special Duty’ – C.A. No. 2010-2570-D, July 7, 2014
The Jacobs Law LLC represents the estate of a man killed in a car accident on Route 95 on May 22, 2009. The deceased man was one of two passengers who died and others that were injured when a vehicle drifted out of its lane and struck a second car causing that car to… Finish Reading The Jacobs Law Successfully Opposes Summary Judgment; While Court Opens Door to ‘Special Duty’ – C.A. No. 2010-2570-D, July 7, 2014
Why is a C Corporation preferable to an Limited Liability Company (LLC)? How do you determine a fair equity split among the founders? Is crowd-funding right for you? Does the Intellectual Property (IP) your business startup is built on belong to your previous employer, to you or to the business startup? Why should you… Finish Reading You’re invited to “Legal Issues in Startups: From Company Formation to IP”
Independent Contractors have become more and more common these days due, in part, to economic conditions and businesses’ unwillingness or inability to hire employees, an individual’s need to work multiple jobs, and/or other policy-related issues such as state or federal healthcare requirements if a business has a minimum number of full time employees. In… Finish Reading So You’re an Independent Contractor – Now Hire Independent Counsel to Review Your Services Contract
When Attorneys Say Dont Talk to the Insurance Company Without First Speaking to Your Attorney After an Accident or Other “Loss”, That Includes Your Own Insurance Company Too!! Here’s Why…
Although people seem to have gotten the message that they should never speak with the opposing insurance company or any of its representatives without first speaking to their attorney, this message has been lost when it comes to their own insurance company. I have recently come across several examples where one’s own words and… Finish Reading When Attorneys Say Dont Talk to the Insurance Company Without First Speaking to Your Attorney After an Accident or Other “Loss”, That Includes Your Own Insurance Company Too!! Here’s Why…
What ever happened to the sales tax on alcoholic beverages? In November 2010, the Massachusetts sales tax on alcoholic beverages was voted out by a margin of just under 4%. The sales tax on alcoholic beverages lasted just over one year (enacted on August 1, 2009 and repealed January 1, 2011), which is remarkable… Finish Reading A Note on Small, Locally-Owned Liquor Stores in Massachusetts and the Alcohol Sales Tax