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MFI stockholders retain attorney-client privilege in acquisition by Post

April 18, 2014 by Michael Glasser

Under the parties' agreement and plan of merger, the stockholders and option holders of MFI Holding Corp. will retain the attorney-client privilege in the company's acquisition by Post Holdings Inc. … Read More

Today in 2007: The Supreme Court upholds Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

April 18, 2014 by Jeremy Byellin

On April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court ruled in Gonzales v. Carhart, upholding the federal partial birth abortion ban, despite it lack an exception for the mother's health. … Read More

Today’s business development requires “bold”

April 9, 2014 by Allan Colman

While may be tempting to take the easy road and play it safe when it comes to business development, but taking the bold approach may be the only way to close. … Read More

Is it a good thing that ‘Boston Strong’ can’t be trademarked?

April 18, 2014 by Will Ashenmacher

Around the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, you probably saw a multitude of products bearing the words “Boston Strong.” Despite what you might think, this is a slogan, but not a trademarked one. “Boston Strong is a message, it’s an attitude and it doesn’t speak to who made the items, so no one really owns it,” Boston trademark attorney Susan Mulholland told ESPN Boston. That’s because phrases borne of everyday speech or news events generally can’t be trademarked. They’re considered commonplace, so since they’re something used by everyone, no one party can own or control them. That doesn’t … Read More

News in Brief: IRS issues guidance for virtual currency

April 18, 2014 by Melissa Sachs

The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance March 25 on how U.S. federal tax laws apply to virtual currency that is convertible to real money. Virtual currency, sometimes called cryptocurrency because of the computer algorithms used to create it, is not recognized as legal tender in any jurisdiction worldwide, the guidance notes. However, it may be substituted for real currency in economic transactions that have tax consequences, the guidance says. Therefore, the agency advises that for federal tax purposes, “virtual currency is treated as property.” For example, income, payroll or self-employment tax and reporting rules will apply when compensating employees or … Read More

Legal writing: Walking the legalese tight rope in your demand letters

April 16, 2014 by Jeremy Byellin

Using legal terminology in your demand letters is a balancing act between using too much and losing the message, and using too little and having it not taken seriously. … Read More


From “Dis” to Disciplined

Conduct of disrespectful and confrontational remarks to district judge, which are disruptive and personally insulting to judge, warrants suspension from…

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