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Collateral 101: Perfecting Security Interests in Common and Uncommon Collateral

July 14 2016 As most people (at least in the banking world) know, a security interest is the granting of an interest in property to secure obligations, usually…

Negative Pledge Pros and Cons

March 28 2016 Does a Lender really get any protection from a Negative Pledge provided by a Borrower? In some situations where a Lender would like to have security…

How Physicians Can Plan For The New 20% Deduction For Qualified Business Income From Pass Through Entities

February 13 2018 On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" into law. Effective as of January 1, 2018, the Act represents the most…

Morbidly Obese Employee Entitled to Leave of Absence As Reasonable Accommodation

October 4 2016 A case decided by a Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Hearing Officer on September 21, 2016 serves as a reminder that, even if an…

Securing the deposition of a Massachusetts resident for use in a Connecticut action

April 26 2016 Imagine this scenario: A Bank issues a loan to two co-borrowers. One co-borrower relocates to Massachusetts. The co-borrowers default on the loan and…

Your Mid-Year Estate Planning Checklist

July 11 2018 Now that the summer is in full swing, the kids are out of school, and the boats are in the water, it's a good time to take a fresh look at the work…

SCOTUS Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Location Records

June 22 2018 Today, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that the government's acquisition of information regarding an individual's location based on a…

Property Managers Lack Standing to Bring Eviction Actions on Behalf of Property Owners

June 21 2018 In a decision issued on May 15, 2018, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ("SJC") clarified the issue of who has legal standing to bring…

Contractor's Intentional and Material Breach of Contract Does Not Automatically Bar Claim For Work Performed

June 21 2018 In a case closely watched by the construction industry, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") has overturned a Superior Court's decision…

OCR Issues Guidance on the Use of HIPAA Authorizations for Research

June 15 2018 This week, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance on the use of HIPAA-compliant authorizations for…