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“All Legal Same-Sex Marriages will be Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes”
August 2013

Kimberly I. McCarthy

Over a month after the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was repealed, the US Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has finally weighed in with guidance on the issue of same-sex marriages.

“e-Discovery Update: Avoid Sanctions by Appropriately Preserving Electronically Stored Information”
July 2013

Paul M. Kessimian
Christopher M. Wildenhain

A 2013 ruling from the Rhode Island Superior Court illustrates the necessity of preserving potentially relevant information in the face of pending or threatened litigation

“Rhode Island Labor Law Changes Passed by Legislation”
July 2013

Michael A. Gamboli
Kimberly I. McCarthy
Alicia J. Samolis

The Rhode Island Legislature finished a busy season on the labor law front, passing a number of new laws that await the Governor’s signature. Among the highlights:

“Are Your Procedures in Compliance with the Updated UCC Article 9?”
July 2013

Christopher J. Currier

Despite the lack of fireworks and fanfare, July 1, 2013, ushered in new changes to the Uniform Commercial Code that are important to bankers, lenders and legal practitioners.

“Is it a Private Foundation in the Eyes of the IRS?”
June 2013

David J. Pellegrino

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") recently held in Private Letter Ruling 201323035 that a corporation that was established as a nonprofit corporation under state law should not be granted tax exempt status

“Supreme Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional”
June 2013

Kimberly I. McCarthy

Today the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. This case creates significant issues for all employers, but especially those in states in which same-sex marriage or civil unions are legal

“Rhode Island Follows Suit with Passage of the Commercial Real Estate Broker Lien Act”
June 2013

There has been an emerging trend over the past few years to give commercial real estate brokers rights to liens on seller and purchaser’s commercial real estate for services performed.

“Lessons to Learn from the Harrisburg SEC Fraud Charges”
June 2013

Eugene G. Bernardo II
Alexandra W. Pezzello

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) broke new ground when it charged Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (the “City”) with securities fraud in connection with material misstatements and omissions regarding the City’s financial condition.

“Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing May 2013”
May 2013

Robert K. Taylor

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again used an antitrust case as a vehicle to announce a potentially significant restriction on plaintiffs’ litigation, particularly class actions.

“DOMA Ruling Opens Up Estate Planning Options for Same-Sex Married Couples”
June 2013

On June 26 the United States Supreme Court held the Federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") unconstitutional.

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