The article offers an outlook for manufacturing in 2018, including the intersection of state, federal, and global issues.
Presented and hosted by the Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association, the program provided an overview of the history and structure of Boston zoning and offered insights for navigating the unique permitting processes of the City of Boston.
Mr. Anderson served as a panelist at the annual joint breakfast meeting of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and the Exit Planning Exchange (XPX). The event featured a ‘mock negotiation’ regarding a company sale. The goal of the session was to involve the audience in arriving at a resolution so each side could move forward to a successful closing.
In the article, Mr. Mirer, Ms. Naughton, and Ms. Shanley cover the heightened scrutiny faced by H1-B petitions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American Executive Order.” The article goes on to say “foreign nationals can still qualify for the increasingly narrow H-1B category. To do so, the employer must understand the type of positions that qualify for an H-1B visa and describe the requirements for the position with specific, yet limited degree requirements, choose the most accurate prevailing wage category and wage level, and, present evidence that the position and the foreign national qualify for an H-1B visa.”
The webinar featured an overview of the history of planned unit developments (PUDs), best practices for regulating PUDs, legal issues that may arise in the regulation of PUDs, and alternatives to PUDs.
Sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, the panel covered the use and selection of court-appointed experts, the ways these experts work with the court and parties, and the types of cases where these appointments are typically made.
The workshop is offered as part of CI's Project Management Certification program. Mr. Faulkner has presented at this workshop for the past several years, and it remains one of CI's most well-attended programs. This year, the program was structured to provide a two hour online session, followed by a two hour live presentation. Mr. Faulkner addressed how early knowledge of potential issues on a project can help mitigate any associated legal consequences and costs. In the session, the participants reviewed potential legal issues that can arise from missteps; examined case law examples that resulted from construction-related issues; and discussed the importance of considering legal hurdles before making decisions.
The session identified areas of conflict that can arise between primary and excess property insurers and between multiple insurers providing quota share coverage in the same layer of insurance. Mr. DeMeo covered strategies to proceed with orderly claims adjustment without allowing conflicts to interfere with providing timely payments of covered losses to the insured.
Presented by the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA), the program covered new licensing requirements, examination and enforcement priorities, electronic notifications, electronic closings and other legislative and regulatory developments impacting the origination and servicing of residential lending in CT, MA and RI.
The presentation took place during the 44th Annual TIPS Mid-Winter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits—Life, Health and Disability, and ERISA: Emerging Issues and Litigation. Presented by the Life Insurance Committee of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), the symposium was hosted in Coral Gables, Florida. Ms. Jacobson discussed suspicious death and suicide claims, and evaluated the unique, mysterious and often complex investigations, coverage analyses, and litigation that arise from such claims.
Attendees were led through an interactive discussion on the intricacies of recognizing situations in which attorney-client privilege is preserved and when it may be inadvertently waived in communications between in-house counsel and insurance claims adjusters.
The presentation was the first in a newly launched “Insurance In-House Counsel CLE Series” that offers continuing legal education (CLE) and networking catered exclusively to in-house counsel and attorney claim professionals in the insurance industry.
In this American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Newsletter article, Ms. McGarrity and Ms. Sullivan cover the benefits and resources available to employees by human resource management to assist those who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Published in the official newsletter for Fiduciary Investment Advisors (FIA), an independent, employee-owned investment consulting firm that works with fiduciary clients including retirement plan sponsors, institutions, non-profit organizations, and private clients
The webinar reviewed several areas in which planners interact with the First Amendment, including in the areas of sign regulation, religious land uses, adult businesses, and social media use by local governments and public employees. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.
The sessions involved deposition and trial testimony for both public and private fire investigators .
Mr. Sullivan covered the origins of bad faith law in Connecticut and the nuances of the common law and statutory causes of action that have developed over the past few decades. Mr. Varga addressed the proper investigation and documentation of third-party and first-party insurance claims, and the statutory and common law rules and standards governing those functions. He also led an interactive discussion on the discoverability of material in an insurer’s claim file, including the applicability of the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine to confidential communications with in-house and outside counsel.
Mr. Sullivan spoke to a group of state and local fire marshals as part of a day-long session on various aspects of the litigation process. He shared his experience in cross-examination of experts in fire cases, offered insight into his thinking as he prepares for this cross-examination, discussed various grounds on which expert opinions are challenged, and offered advice for preparation and testimony in a fire case.
The webinar covered RLUIPA's basic provisions. The program also included a discussion of ten lessons municipalities and their counsel should heed based on the past 10+ years of RLUIPA litigation. Ms. Chaffee, Ms. Neeves, and Mr. Peloso offered insight on proactively planning for religious uses and educating local decision makers. Click here to view the presentation.
This one-hour video recorded lecture covered the process of obtaining zoning relief in Massachusetts (both legal and practical considerations), how to analyze a project to determine what zoning relief is required, how to prepare and file an application for a variance or special permit, how to prepare for and represent an applicant at a hearing, and procedures and other issues related to zoning decisions under Massachusetts law and practice.
During this afternoon plenary session, Mr. Merriam discussed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Murr v. Wisconsin, drones, and short-term rentals.
Serving as a primer on arbitration, the seminar covered the contractual right to arbitrate, what disputes are most suited to arbitration, arbitration forums, procedural considerations, and more.
The authors argue that current zoning and subdivision regulations are riddled with structural deficiencies and biases that must be corrected if communities are to foster sustainable development. The authors devote a chapter to each of the following critical areas, where they argue that the modifications to the local development controls they propose can be effective in correcting most problems that these controls have created and in implementing real estate development policies that are needed today: (1) Relating Development to the Natural Environment, (2) Managing Climate Change Locally, (3) Encouraging Walking by Mixing Land Uses and Housing Types, (4) Preserving Historic Landmarks, (5) Creating More Affordable Housing and Promoting Environmental Justice, and (6) Establishing Design Principles and Standards for Public Spaces and Buildings. A seventh chapter addresses how to implement these proposed regulatory modifications while safeguarding private property interests. In his review of the book, Christopher Leinberger of the George Washington University School of Business and the Brookings Institute, observed that "[r]arely has such a comprehensive and readable book been written about how we regulate development in the United States. Technically and legally rigorous, this book examines how we invest society’s wealth in where we live, work and build." Click here to read more about Reinventing Development Regulations on the Lincoln Institute's website for new publications. Click here to view the cover of the book.
The session, "Domicile, Estate, and Income Tax," addressed domicile issues for purposes of the Connecticut income, estate, and gift taxes. The program also offered insight into how to effectively change domicile and how to structure certain deferred compensation to avoid additional Connecticut taxes.
The workshop covered the risks presented to critical infrastructure resulting from a cyber incident, and how cybersecurity incidents can affect water and wastewater systems in a variety of ways, including interfering with the operation of equipment, making unauthorized changes to programmed instructions, changing or disabling alarms and disrupting water access and flow to customers. Ms. Freedman offered practical insights on how to protect against and reduce the risk of cybersecurity threats.
The conference was attended by almost 200 fire service, insurance, and legal professionals. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Murphy explored the different types and purposes of testimony in both civil and criminal cases; the development of law of expert testimony, including the recent decision of the Florida Supreme Court on the standard for admissibility of expert testimony; and common challenges to qualifications and methodology of experts in fire cases, including challenges related to NFPA 921 and NFPA 103. They also provided insight and advice on what experts in fire cases can expect both in the preparation for testifying and during cross-examination.
The panel included Joe Vorih (Omega Engineering, Inc.), Taz Brutch (Stanley Black & Decker), and Betsy Conroy (The Siemon Company). The discussion focused on how manufacturers are using IoT technology both to monitor business development opportunities and to manage their facilities. The program was filmed by CT-N and is available here.