Morse Welcomes Corporate Attorney Victoria Elman to the Firm

  Morse is pleased to welcome Victoria Elman to the Firm. Victoria joins the Corporate Practice Group as a Member. Victoria's practice focuses on counseling emerging companies and investors in venture capital transactions, M&A transactions, corporate governance, and commercial transactions. She works closely with clients in a range of industries and provides advice in an outside general counsel capacity. Victoria's extensive …

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COVID-19 Alert: Covid-19 Relief Law Decoded: What Clients Need To Know Now

By: Matthew Mitchell, Joe Hunt, & Amanda Thibodeau On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “CAA”) passed into law. The CAA includes long-anticipated measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. The CAA supplements and extend measures enacted earlier this year, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the …

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New York Extends Its Right of Publicity and Penalizes Sexually Explicit Deepfakes

By: Howard Zaharoff On November 30, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill S5959D, effective on May 29, 2021, to amend New York law in two ways. First, the bill establishes the right of publicity for certain deceased individuals, and second, it provides a private right of action for unlawful dissemination or publication of certain sexually explicit depictions. …

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Attorneys Elevated to Member and Senior Attorney

We are pleased to announce that Amanda Schreyer has been elevated to Member, and Joe Hunt and Ryan Perry have been elevated to Senior Attorney. An experienced transactional lawyer, Amanda represents a variety of media and technology clients in connection with content creation and licensing, marketing and advertising, and intellectual property protection and enforcement. She has been with the Firm since 2017, most recently as …

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FTC Issues 6(b) Orders to Social Media and Video Streaming Services

On December 14, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued orders to nine social media and video streaming companies, requiring them to provide a special report on data collection, advertisement, and user engagement practices. By a vote of 4 to 1, the FTC issued the orders to conduct a study, authorized by section 6(b) …

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IoT Baby-Steps: The Feds Enact Cybersecurity Improvement Act

By: Howard Zaharoff On December 4, 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 (H.R. 1668, 116th Cong.) (the “Act”) was signed into law. This bipartisan bill requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create minimum cybersecurity standards for IoT devices purchased or used by the federal government. Guidelines are to be developed over the next several months, so …

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Trademark Fees Increasing January 2, 2021

By: Stacey Friends and Sean Detweiler For the first time in three years, The USPTO is setting and adjusting Trademark and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board fees through its Final Rule, effective January 2, 2021. The goals of the fee increases, as stated by the USPTO, are to: Enhance the quality of examinations Achieve optimal examination times Invest in modernizing USPTO systems and infrastructure …

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Morse’s Faith D. Kasparian Named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law for 2020

  It is with real pleasure Morse announces that our friend and partner, Faith D. Kasparian, has been named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of its Top Women of Law for 2020. The prestigious honor, intended to recognize “exceptional women lawyers who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models”, will be celebrated at a socially distanced virtual event …

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Small Business Administration Issues New Guidance That Impacts M&A Transactions Involving PPP Loan Recipients

By Matthew L. Mitchell and Scott R. Bleier     On October 2, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced new guidelines that apply the SBA “Change of Ownership” procedures to the PPP context. As a 7(a) loan program, the PPP loans are subject to the same regulations that apply to 7(a) loans. These regulations …

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COVID-19 Alert: Massachusetts Extends Administrative Tax Relief for Small Businesses

By: Joe Hunt On September 15, 2020, Massachusetts announced the extension of administrative tax relief measures for certain small businesses. Sales taxes, meals taxes, and room occupancy taxes originally due to the Commonwealth from March 2020 through April 2021 are deferred until May 2021. To qualify for the deferral, Massachusetts businesses must have collected less …

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