Is My Intermediary A “Finder” Or “Broker”?

Companies seeking to raise capital from outside investors might turn to an intermediary to help them identify or connect with new investors. Before retaining an intermediary, however, it is imperative for the company to determine whether the intermediary is a finder or broker according to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). If …

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Are you ready for the new reporting obligations under the Corporate Transparency Act?

On January 1, 2021, Congress overrode former President Trump’s veto of H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (the “NDAA”). Title LXIV of the NDAA enacts the Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”). The CTA, among other things, requires every business entity that meets the definition of a “reporting company” to make a filing with …

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What is a Subpoena and How Do I Properly Respond to it?

Most people react in one of two ways when they receive a subpoena: they either ignore it, or they panic. Of these two responses, panicking is the better one because it at least prompts you to call your attorney. In her article, What is a Subpoena and How Do I Properly Respond to it?, Paige K. Zacharakis …

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U.S. Court of Appeals affirms jury verdict and judgment in favor of ITyX Solutions

On February 27, 2020, Morse litigator Scott Magee won an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on behalf of client ITyX Solutions AG. The Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict and $9.2 million judgment in favor of ITyX in a 28-page opinion. ITyX Solutions created and sells intelligent document recognition software. …

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Top 7 Tips for Handling Internal Investigations

By: Scott R. Magee All types of businesses occasionally run into situations where they need to undertake an internal investigation. Sometimes the need for an investigation is prompted by an inquiry from a governmental agency such as the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or a state attorney general’s office. Sometimes the internal …

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Litigation

By: Scott R. Magee It’s only natural that a business would rather spend its time growing, selling, and servicing its clients and customers than engaged in a legal battle. However, part of the cost of doing business is the risk of getting involved in a lawsuit. Most companies are not regularly engaged in litigation, so …

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5 Issues Regarding Disputes in Small Businesses, Family Businesses, or Close Corporations

Small businesses, family businesses, and close corporations are common and offer special opportunities to create and preserve value in a way that can be very personally meaningful. However, these businesses can also be fraught with issues of mismanagement, failure to follow controlling documents, or disappointed expectations. Pre-litigation advice is a key tool for avoiding or …

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NYSE’s Corporate Board Member Online Magazine Brings in MBBP’s Carl Barnes for Insights on D&O Liability

NYSE's publication, Corporate Board Member, has recently published an article, "Sidestepping D&O Liability". This piece brings to light the year 2015 as a record-breaking one for securities litigation against directors and officers, and how this trend is continuing into 2016. The level of whistleblower activity has significantly increased, as exemplified by the astonishing 119 filings …

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Howard Zaharoff and Erin Bryan Speaking at 2016 Intellectual Property Law Conference

Intellectual Property Law 2016: The 19th Annual New England Conference will take place on June 23rd at the MCLE Conference Center in Boston, MA. This conference will focus on new developments, trends, and industry-specific guidance that IP, business, and litigation counsel must know. MBBP attorneys Howard Zaharoff and Erin Bryan are both on the Faculty, with Howard …

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Massachusetts 2016 Tax Amnesty Program Ending Soon – Action May be Required by May 31, 2016

Businesses and individuals who owe Massachusetts back taxes may be able to take advantage of the Massachusetts 2016 Tax Amnesty Program.  Eligible participants may benefit by having the accrued penalties and interest on penalties related to their tax liability waived. The window for participating ends on May 31, 2016, however.  Go to the Massachusetts Department …

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