November 2019

Proposed SEC Exemptive Order Provides Limited Municipal Advisor Relief

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed exemptive order (Release No. 34-87204) that would permit a registered municipal advisor, acting on behalf of a municipal issuer or obligated person, to solicit certain institutional…

When Are Cannabis Cafés Coming to Massachusetts?

This month marks one year since legal adult-use marijuana sales began in Massachusetts and made the Bay State the first state on the East Coast to implement legal, recreational sales of cannabis. Since then, the Cannabis Control Commission has approved doz…

Selecting Distinctive, Registerable & “Ownable” Brand Names

Selecting a brand name for a company or its products or services is often one of the most challenging and complex initiatives that a company can undertake. At the heart of the issue is the desire to create a name that is distinctive and “ownable,” whil…

October 2019

IRS Releases Proposed Regulatory Guidance on the LIBOR “Sunset”

Recently, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations (REG-118784-18) offering guidance related to the anticipated transition in the financial markets away from interbank-offered reference rates (IBORs) such as th…

September 2019

Policing Your Trademark Or Service Mark

Federal registration is a major step in the protection of your brand name as a trademark or service mark provides your company with exclusive rights and peace of mind that your brand is protected. U.S.In general, policing your trademark rights has the bene…

Using Your Trademark or Service Mark Correctly

The #1 and most important guideline for proper use of a trademark or service mark is to use the mark as an adjective followed by a noun or generic term for the product or service itself.People frequently use the brand name, whether a trademark or service m…