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Part I: Taking Investment Advice with a Grain of Salt: The DOL Fiduciary Rules May Make You Rethink that Rollover
April 13, 2016

Kimberly I. McCarthy
Brian J. Reilly

You probably know when you can withdraw/rollover money from your 401(k) plan (generally when you leave employment, turn 59.5, or retire).

Crowdfunding Commercial Real Estate: Panacea or Path to Disaster?
March 2016

Richard Nadeau

As seen in the March 14, 2016 edition of the Providence Business News.

The Nature of Workers’ Compensation as Affected by Pain and Suffering
March 2016

David J. Pellegrino
Paul M. Kessimian

Under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act, M.G.L. c. 152, § 1, et seq., particularly § 15

Plan Now to Comply with New Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act
February 2016

John E. Ottaviani

Businesses, organizations, state and local governmental entities and individuals who collect and store personal information about Rhode Island residents should start planning now to comply with the new Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act

Cross-Border Banking and Out-of-this-World Penalties
February 2016

Michael Duffy
Kimberly I. McCarthy

Dealing with the IRS when you have Foreign Bank Accounts

Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules That Condominium Assessment Liens Could Extinguish First-Priority Mortgages
January 2016

Cale P. Keable

First mortgage holders in Rhode Island beware: in a 4-1 decision handed down on December 4, 2015

Contractors can be Liable for Following Owners’ Directives
January 2016

Drew W. Colby

In Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-001-16), the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled a contractor can be liable for violating building codes despite the fact that the party suing it directed the contractor to perform the non-compliant work.

New Federal Tax Legislation Impacts Executors AND Beneficiaries
January 2016

This summer, new federal legislation was enacted which requires executors of decedents' estates to file information statements with the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") as well as with estate beneficiaries, or face penalties.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Refusal to Register Disparaging Trademarks Struck Down on First Amendment Grounds
January 2016

John E. Ottaviani

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a 9-3 decision in In re Tam, has declared a provision of the federal trademark law unconstitutional as violating the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.

Don’t Worry: The IRS Isn’t Asking Santa for your Donor’s SSNs
December 2015

Kimberly I. McCarthy

Recently, you may have received emails and alerts concerning proposed IRS regulations requiring charities to disclose donor Social Security Numbers ("SSN").


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