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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Amanda Schreyer Quoted in Business Insider on Influencer ‘Usage Rights’

Business Insider recently interviewed Morse media and marketing attorney, Amanda Schreyer, along with several brand influencers and managers, in regards to 'usage rights,' a highly-negotiated part of brand contracts. What are 'Usage Rights'? Generally regarded as one of the most important things influencers should consider when signing a contract with a brand, the term itself …

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Protect Your Blogs and Posts: Copyright Office Announces New Group Registration Process for Short Online Literary Works

By: Howard Zaharoff Good things come to those who register their copyrights, including the rights to sue for infringement (you can claim copyright in any original work, but you can sue for infringement only if you’ve registered the work with the Copyright Office) and to recover statutory damages and attorneys’ fees when your registered work …

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Morse Client Co-founder Named E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year New England Finalist

Vishal Sunak, CEO and co-founder of Morse client LinkSquares — provider of the fastest and most comprehensive AI-powered SaaS contract lifecycle management and analysis tool — has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2020 New England Award finalist. The program, which honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they …

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PPP Loan Update: “Forgiveness Portal” Open; FAQs Posted

By Matthew L. Mitchell and Scott R. Bleier     On August 10, 2020, the Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) opened the “Forgiveness Portal," permitting lenders of Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) loans to accept forgiveness applications from PPP loan recipients. In addition, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PPP Loan Forgiveness (the “FAQs”) were published, and …

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Payroll Tax Memo: Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing Pandemic

By: Joe Hunt On August 8, President Trump signed an executive order, the Payroll Tax Memo, which seeks to defer the due date for the employee portion of federal payroll taxes, originally due September 1, 2020, until December 31, 2020. Under the Payroll Tax Memo, employers are allowed (but not required) to defer payment of …

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NVCA Updates Industry Standard Model Legal Documents for VCs & Startups

The NVCA recently announced the release of the latest version of the NVCA model venture capital documents. The effort was led by the NVCA General Counsel Advisory Board, including Morse corporate partner Jon Gworek. The NVCA also announced that they are launching an Enhanced Model Term Sheet as part of the suite of Model Legal …

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Amanda Schreyer Participating in Boston University’s Graduate Program in Media Ventures Pitchfest

Amanda Schreyer will be participating in this year's Pitchfest, hosted by Boston University's Media Ventures Program. While the final semester of the program is typically held in person at BU's LA campus, this year's event will be held virtually on July 30th. As the culmination of their year-long graduate program, the students will pitch their …

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