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10 July 2015

FTC Reaches Settlement in First Crowdfunding CaseIt took the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) less than 48 hours to settle its first ever crowdfunding case against a deceptive Kickstarter campaign, The Doom That Came to Atlantic City! Read the full article here. MBBP Hosts Event at CIC – Cross-Atlantic Collaborations: Strategies and TacticsOn Friday, June 5th Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton (Waltham) hosted an event at the Cambridge Innovation Center entitled “Cross-Atlantic Collaborations: Strategies and Tactics”. The panelists discussed the creation and structuring of international licensing and collaboration deals in Europe, avoiding the tax traps and structuring pitfalls. This program was designed for smaller biotech and other emerging companies exploring the fertile frontiers of collaborations Across the Pond.Stories from Formation to Exit On June 18th MBBP Attorney Scot Bleier & TiE-Boston serial entrepreneurs Deepak Taneja and Gaugarin Oliver sat down for a fireside chat and discussed the life cycles of their companies from formation to acquisition. MBBP Attorneys Deliver Live Broadcast for myLawCLEMBBP Attorneys Mark J. Tarallo and Robert M. Finkel spoke for myLawCLE. The topic of discussion was LLCs vs S-CORPs: Tax Considerations, Non-Tax Differences & Common Mistakes to Avoid. The live broadcast also included 1 hour of ethics. MBBP M&A Series – Part 2On June 26th MBBP hosted Part 2 of a 3-Part Series on M&A Transactions.  The panel discussion addressed tax issues which included: structuring transactions for the best tax outcomes, frequently seen tax representations, warranties and covenants in transaction documents and common state and local (SALT) tax issuesPanel 3 - International M&A Transactions will be held on October 23rd.  Stay tuned for more details! MBBP Attorneys Host Office Hours at TechSandBoxOn June 4th MBBP Attorneys Howard Zharoff and Daniele Ouellette Levy hosted Office Hours at TechSandBox providing legal guidance on topics that include copyright, trademark and licensing work. These pro bono sessions give access to experts in topics such as intellectual property, business formation, benefits, taxes, marketing, sales funding, IT and technology commercialization.MBBP’s Employment Law Advisor June, 2015 - Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Final Earned Sick Time RegulationsThe final version of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Earned Sick Time Regulations contains some important clarifications to the Earned Sick Time Law, including changes from the draft regulations.   To see what changes have been made and how they may affect you please read the full alert.Recent Amendment to Delaware General Corporation LawAs expected, on June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law legislation amending the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that will (1) prohibit “fee shifting” provisions in corporate “charter documents” (certificate of incorporation and by-laws) and (2) permit the use of forum selection clauses in charter documents.  The amendments become effective August 1, 2015.  Read the full blog here. For a list of upcoming events at MBBP visit their events page!

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