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Massachusetts Gun Licensing Law Upheld

On November 2, the Massachusetts Gun Licensing law, Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 140, § 131, as applied in Boston and Brookline was upheld by the Federal First Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Gould, et al. v. Morgan, et al. The firearm laws in those towns (like New Bedford) required applicants to show […]

Massachusetts Passes Non-competition Agreement Statute

After ten years of debate, the Massachusetts Legislature has passed and Monday the Governor signed a law regulating non-competition agreements. I have been drafting and litigating non-competition agreements for most of my career. It is fair to say that the new law represents a sea change benefiting employees. Some of the highlights of the statute […]

Are Online Reader/User Agreements Enforceable?

Have you ever wondered whether the user agreements you see online are enforceable in court? Have you ever read Apple’s or Amazon’s user agreements? Lately, agreement notices are being displayed on CNN indicating if you use the site, you are agreeing to its terms. Have you read the agreement? These agreements consent to cookies, which […]

Newpaper Delivery People are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Last week, the Massachusetts Appeals Court held that Gatehouse Media, the company that owns the Patriot Ledger (and the New Bedford Standard Times) misclassified its newspaper delivery drivers as independent contractors and ruled that they were employees with all of the rights and protections afforded to employees. This is a very important decision and unless […]

Home Mortgage Interest and the New Tax Law

Most of our clients own their own homes and some have second homes. The new tax law significantly impacts the deductibility of the interest on mortgages on those properties. We received an excellent summary of those changes and how they may impact you from the accounting firm of Adler Blanchard & Associates LLP today. Rather than reinvent […]

Tax Law Changes and Estate Planning

We at RBF&A hope you have had a great holiday season with your family and friends. Having two three day weekends in a row certainly has helped by giving us that extra time to enjoy our families, friends and our special interests. We work for a reason and this is it! It would be hard […]

Accountants Responsible to Non-Clients for Material Misrepresentations in Audit

In a very important case, the Business Litigation Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court has ruled that an accounting firm and one of its partner accountants were responsible for misrepresentations contained in an audit report of its client’s financial statements. Plaintiffs were investors who lost millions of dollars in investments in a car loan company. […]

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