Seek, Never Hide: Massachusetts Federal Court Enters Rare Default Judgment for Plaintiffs After Defendants Fail to Comply with ESI Discovery Orders
By: Janet R. Barringer, Esq. and Andrew M. Vandini
On September 8, 2022, Judge Mark T. Wolf, longtime federal judge from Massachusetts’ District Court, entered a default judgment in favor of Plaintiffs in Red Wolf Energy Trading, LLC v. …
Massachusetts SJC Expands Rights of Property Owners in Eminent Domain Cases
By: Marc Finkel
In a landmark ruling involving the rights of property owners under the Massachusetts “quick take” eminent domain statute (M.G.L. c. 79), the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently determined that the “quick take” statute allows for a property …
Massive Unemployment Fraud Brings Some Taxpayers Another Nasty Pandemic Surprise
By: Barry Miller
Last spring FMG reported that the pandemic was making accountants attractive targets for hackers. Extended tax deadlines and stimulus checks keyed to tax information created the incentive for fraud. This year, Krebs on Security warns that “…
CDC Issues Relaxed Alternatives to Previous Quarantine Guidelines
By: Margot Parker
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new quarantine guidelines for people exposed to Covid-19, reducing the previous two-week quarantine time to seven to ten days in asymptomatic cases.
While a 14-day quarantine is …
A Temporary Reprieve for New Jersey Employers: Delay and Changes to the Amended New Jersey WARN Act
By: Stephanie Greenfield
Six months ago, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to pass a law obligating employers to provide severance to employees affected by a mass layoff. …
CARES Section 18006 Encourages Schools to Retain Staff to the “Greatest Extent Practicable”
By: Tia Combs
As many schools around the country make the final decision to remain closed for the school year, it may be tempting to cut back on staff to save money for what is predicted to be a historic …
Summary of Courts Operating Status in FMG Venues
FMG’s Coronavirus Task Force has produced this summary of court orders related to COVID-19 affecting the status of courts in each the jurisdictions served by our offices. This summary of each states includes their federal courts by district, applicable federal …
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Top 10 Tips For Taking the State Bar
We’ve asked our attorneys for their advice for taking the bar. Here are our top 10 tips.
- Start studying early and create a study schedule.
This can be difficult to do with law school, but if you have a free …
Fourteen Seconds Plus Emergency Lights Equals Probable Cause To Arrest
By: Charles Reed
There is a saying that “nothing good ever happens after midnight.” Both City of Hollywood, Florida police officer Ronald Cannella and citizen Livingston Manners would become very familiar with this saying after the events of June 24, …
Employers Don’t Have to Report Pay Data on EEO-1 Form
By: Paul H. Derrick
As we previously reported, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee put the future of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s revised Form EEO-1 in doubt by inserting a rider into the annual budget proposal that would prohibit the …
Don’t Hand Me No Lines And Keep Your Hands To Yourself.
By: Shaun Daugherty
Maybe the Georgia Satellites would consider allowing a cover of their hit “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” for Taylor Swift’s next album. Turns out that the Colorado federal jury believed the victim’s testimony regarding the events that …