U.S. Supreme Court Rules EEOC Charge is Procedural Requirement, Not Jurisdictional

By: Amanda Thibodeau As previously discussed on our Employment Law Blog, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also prohibits retaliation against individuals who assert rights under the statute. To assert a …

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Payroll Software and Services Company MPAY Acquires BenePAY and IDM Solutions

Firm client MPAY, Inc. has acquired Michigan-based payroll company, BenePAY, a leader in payroll, tax and HR services, to accelerate MPAY's national payroll and human resource services expansion strategy through its Payentry brand. MPAY has also acquired California-based payroll and insurance company, IDM Solutions, further expanding its reach and giving MPAY its first West Coast …

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MBBP Represents Hyperplane Venture Capital in Connection with Investment in Cambridge-Based Startup Modulate

Cambridge-based startup Modulate raised a $2 million seed financing round co-led by 2Enable Partners and MBBP client Hyperplane Venture Capital. Modulate produces voice features for digital characters in video games and online experiences and gives users the freedom to sound however they want. A MBBP team led by Mike Jabbawy represented Hyperplane Venture Capital in …

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MassChallenge Awards cleancult with $50,000 Gold Prize

On October 17th, MassChallenge held an award ceremony to announce the winners of the $1 million in cash prizes as part of its 2018 Boston Startup Competition and Accelerator. Awards were handed out to 15 of the Accelerators highest-impact finalists from the original 128 startups admitted into the program. MBBP client cleancult was named a $50K Gold Winner for …

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Electric Car Charging Company, SparkCharge, Wins $1 Million Grand Prize at Startup Competition

MBBP client SparkCharge won a $1 million grand prize at this year's 43North startup competition in Buffalo, NY. SparkCharge developed portable charging solutions for electric vehicles, ending range anxiety for electric car owners. This year's 43North competition had 485 applicants, with 10 startups ultimately pitching at the finals. With the earnings, it plans to hire more …

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Heuresis Selected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Provide Handheld X-Ray Imagers

MBBP client Heuresis Corporation has been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide handheld reflective x-ray imagers, with a value of up to $28.8 million. The HBI-120 x-ray imagers enable law enforcement and security professionals to perform narcotics interdiction and threat detection missions better, …

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Design Mentor, Inc. Awarded Grant at Children’s National Pediatric Device Symposium

At the Children's National 6th Annual Pediatric Device Symposium, MBBP client Design Mentor, Inc. was awarded a $25,000 grant for presenting its innovative medical device, VentriFlo, that addresses significant unmet needs in pediatric healthcare at the "Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!" competition. VentriFlo is an extracorporeal blood pump for short-term cardiopulmonary support of …

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The New Mass Noncompetition Legislation: Old Wine in New Bottles? An Employer’s Perspective

By: John Hession Our Republican governor, Charlie Baker, recently signed into law a boon and a blessing for the average hourly worker, the minimum wage Walmart employee, or the lower level service industry employee. But for venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, senior executives and key employees, nothing much may have changed in the landscape of …

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Improved Forecast for IP Harvest: Gathering Seeds from USPTO Memo on Vanda

    Following the Federal Circuit’s decision in Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, 887 F.3d 1117 (Fed. Cir. 2018), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a memo to the patent examination corps clarifying the patent eligibility of certain method of treatment claims. In particular, the USPTO’s guidance clarifies that method of treatment claims which …

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Sully’s Brand Teams Up with Target to Design Boston T-Shirts

Peabody-based apparel company and MBBP client Sully's Brand is teaming up with Target to design Boston-themed t-shirts. After Target previously had to pull Boston t-shirts from stores due to errors, Chris Wrenn, the founder of Sully's Brand, reached out to Target and suggested it use a local designer to assist with the Boston shirts. Target agreed …

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