Trademark Attorney Stacey Friends Joins Morse

Morse is pleased to welcome Stacey C. Friends to the Firm as a Member of the Trademark and Intellectual Property Groups. Stacey's practice will continue to encompass all aspects of brand selection, as well as trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement, both nationally and internationally for large and small companies. She also advises clients on various copyright, fair use, and licensing …

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Stacey Friends Interviewed by Radio Entrepreneurs

The Radio Entrepreneurs, a show that provides advice, information and connections for entrepreneurs, service providers and established companies, interviewed Morse trademark partner Stacey Friends. Stacey discusses trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement for large and small companies, as well as the recent USPTO rule change regarding specimens of use, based on the sudden influx of trademark applications from China. …

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Structuring Your M&A Transaction: Asset Purchase Versus Stock Purchase

When you are ready to buy or sell a company, it can feel like all the pieces are moving a million miles a minute. Whether you are the buyer or the seller, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind when structuring the transaction. In addition, determining the structure may be challenging as …

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Amanda Thibodeau Speaking on MCLE Program on Employment Law Issues for Gig Workers

Employment attorney Amanda Thibodeau will be speaking on the MCLE program Employment Law Issues for Gig Workers, being held on Tuesday, July 30. The program will provide an overview of the current state of the law, how various governing bodies on the state and federal levels have grappled with companies and workers in the gig …

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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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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Update: Governor Baker and Legislative Leaders Issue Joint Statement Delaying Employer Contributions

By: Amanda Thibodeau On June 11, 2019, Massachusetts government leaders announced their intent to amend the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (the “PFMLA”) to delay the employer payroll tax contribution start date, required by the PFMLA, to October 1, 2019 (from the prior start date of July 1, 2019). In connection with the announcement, Governor Charlie …

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Jill Edgar Joins Morse as Patent Agent

Morse is pleased to welcome Jill O. Edgar as a Patent Agent. Jill works with life science entities to assist with all aspects of their patent procurement, including prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents and rendering patentability and validity opinions. Jill is a Registered U.S. Patent Agent and has a broad range of interests within …

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Mike Jabbawy Partners with Shoobx in Using Technology and Predictable Fee Structures to Change the Way Startups and Lawyers Work Together

In tech startup industry moving news, legal services platform Shoobx, Inc. has launched Legal Services on Shoobx, a new program to connect startups with legal representation at a fixed, affordable fee covering not only incorporation and general corporate work but also initial equity fundraising activities. Morse corporate partner Mike Jabbawy is pioneering the program after …

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Employment Law Alert: DOL Issues Opinion Letter Classifying Workers in the Gig Economy As Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an Opinion Letter analyzing the classification of workers in the virtual marketplace or “gig economy.” This refers to companies that operate in the “on-demand” or “sharing” economy, using online and smartphone applications to connect consumers to service providers in a wide variety of services, such as transportation, cleaning, delivery, …

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Title VII at SCOTUS

By: Amanda Thibodeau In April 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear three cases related to discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity during its next term. The Court will analyze the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of …

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