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Proposed Changes to Rules for Loan Purchases, Sales and Participations by Massachusetts-Chartered Credit Unions

06/18/2012   |   BY Steven D. Eimert

Last month, the Division of Banks issued proposed changes to its parity rules intended to clarify and arguably expand the... Read More »

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1031 Exchanges: 3 Common Pitfalls to Avoid

06/13/2012   |   BY Gary M. Markoff

Unless Congress comes to terms with itself before year’s end, all indications point to rising income tax rates next year. One... Read More »

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Liquor License Applications – Counsel and Patience Required

06/06/2012   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

In their two-page “How to Get a Liquor License in Massachusetts” article, the instructional website eHow.com claims: “applying for your... Read More »

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Gaming in Massachusetts: What are the stakes to play in the new regulatory system?

05/30/2012   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

On November 22, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Establishing Expanded Gaming in the Commonwealth (the “Act”),... Read More »

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U.S. D.O.J. Extends ADA Compliance Date For Pools And Spas

05/29/2012   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Public accommodations with pools and spas built before March 15, 2012 now have until January 31, 2013 to comply with... Read More »

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Thoughts on DEP “Reg Reform”

05/25/2012   |   BY Ronald W. Ruth

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection released its Final Action Plan for Regulatory Reform at Mass DEP on March 5,... Read More »

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“Stretching” the Stretch Energy Code

05/23/2012   |   BY John J. Slater III

The Board which promulgates the State Building Code is considering amendments to the State Energy Code which will increase the... Read More »

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Importance of Carefully Drafting Commercial Leases

05/16/2012   |   BY Joshua M. Alper

Two recent decisions by the Massachusetts Appeals Court highlight the importance of carefully drafting commercial leases.  In Panagakos v.  Collins,... Read More »

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Private Development of Public Land: 7 Key Tips for Developers

05/09/2012   |   BY Peter Friedenberg

Developers seek out publicly-owned land for private development projects for a number of reasons, ranging from the unique locations available... Read More »

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What is “Main Street Fairness” or “Marketplace Fairness”?

05/02/2012   |   BY Joshua M. Bowman

Given the amount of media attention that the issue of “Marketplace Fairness” (formerly called Main Street Fairness) has attracted from... Read More »

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5 Basics of Title Insurance Endorsements

04/18/2012   |   BY

Title insurance, in the form of owner’s and lender’s policies, has long been a mainstay of real estate practice.  As... Read More »

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6 Tips for Retail Tenants: Traps Preventing Lease Transfers

04/11/2012   |   BY

Retail tenants entering into long term leases should be aware that tenants’ rights to assign or sublet may prove illusory... Read More »