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Category Archives: Business Litigation

Boston Businesses & Beyond, Beware – Overtime Laws Are Changing Again!

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Boston-based businesses and beyond should be aware, be very aware – the federal government is changing overtime laws again! Revisions to what is titled the Federal Labor Standards Act (or FLSA) are expected to take effect by the end of next year. For small and mid-sized employers today, that may mean rethinking that new… Read More »

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MA Legislature Excludes Non-Compete Provisions From Economic Development Bill

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Business owners concerned about the invalidation of prior, existing and future non-compete {contracts, agreements, provisions} can relax, for now. But the threat of elimination of non-competes is still very much an ongoing reality. You may recall that this past spring Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had proposed a law that would have mostly invalidated non-compete… Read More »

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Protecting Your Online Business Reputation

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For most small business owners, {consumer, user, business} review websites like {Yelp, Angie’s List, Google+ Local, OpenTable.com} are critical for establishing and maintaining a good business reputation.  For consumers, these websites are the go-to tool for researching the local businesses where they will spend their money and to voice their opinions (good and bad)… Read More »

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Your Social Media Account May Violate Your Non-Compete or Non-Solicitation Agreement

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Recent Court Ruling Identifies How a Social Media Profile May Violate a Non-Compete or Non-Solicit Agreement Many business owners and their employees, such as a sales representatives, consultants and account managers, regularly use their personal accounts on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to promote their business, identify sales leads and communicate which existing… Read More »

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UCC Battle of the Forms

The UCC: Contracts, Invoices, & Sales Slips For the Purchase and Sale of Goods

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The UCC’s Battle of the Forms & Knock-Out-Rule: Don’t get TKO’d by Conflicting Terms A recent avvo.com post reminded me that along with the American resurgence in manufacturing, is a resurgence in the importance of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Then only days later I received an email promoting a conference titled something like… Read More »

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First Contact by Agents of the Sec

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These days, zealous thieves use all types of methods to steal your personal information. They may pose as your bank, your school, your credit card company and contact you via phone, email or even an official looking letter. In a recent federal criminal case involving false statements to the SEC (U.S. v. Binette, Cr…. Read More »

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Developers Now Have Options to Fight Extortionate Permit Conditions and Permit Denials

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In Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the US Supreme Court recently held that the takings clause of the US Constitution not only applies to cases in which a proposed development or project is approved with extortionate conditions, but to proposals that are denied because the developer refused to comply with the… Read More »

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My Business Has Received an MGL 93a Demand Letter, What Do I Do Now?

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Massachusetts has a very powerful consumer protection law in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93A (MGL 93A) that allows consumers to file a lawsuit against a business for unfair or deceptive business practices. MGL 93A allows the consumer (or other businesses in certain circumstances) to recover severe heightened penalties which are often referred to as… Read More »

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A Condo Unit Owner Has Not Paid Condo Fees in Months, What Can I Do Now?

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Condos Are Subject to M.G.L. ch.183A Every {Condominium, Condo} is subject to a specific statute in Massachusetts titled Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 183A (“MGL c.183A”). {Condominiums, Condos} are special entities and have legal independence, but are distinct from a non-profit entity or a corporation. {Condominium, Condo} are established as “Trusts” with Beneficiaries and at… Read More »

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Can My Phone & Social Media Accounts Be Used Against Me? …You Bet!…

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The days of being protected against disclosure of the things you do in the privacy of your own home are over. But, in part and in most cases, you have no one to blame but yourself. These days people post personal and otherwise “private” details online, on their social media accounts (like Facebook, Google+,… Read More »

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