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You’re fired!

Sometimes a company’s in-house counsel knows that his or her relationship with a private law firm or lawyer is just not going to work. Maybe the employment contract negotiations were a little off, or the bill had an unexplained charge. Or maybe the outside lawyer’s work seemed blatantly unprofessional.

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Case on co. handbooks sends further warning

An appellate court ruling entitling a retired employee of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to be compensated for unused sick time falls in line with previous decisions by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on issues involving company handbooks and emphasizes the ...

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Impending data breach CMR has lawyers worried

Concerned lawyers and business leaders can breathe a little easier after learning that they have been given an additional five months to comply with sweeping new regulations governing data breaches in Massachusetts. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, ...

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Decision in Wal-Mart case a balanced approach

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision, Salvas v. Wal-Mart Store, Inc., 452 Mass. 337 (2008), has provided a clarification of class action procedure that may disappoint business defendants and plaintiffs alike. On the one hand, the decision precludes business ...

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Guidelines on business abroad revamped

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, adopted in 1977, prohibits U.S. companies (public or private) from bribing foreign government officials to obtain business. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has civil enforcement powers with which to punish both the act of ...

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