The Medical Marijuana Wrongful Termination Case

By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq. The highest state court in Massachusetts (Supreme Judicial Court, or “SJC”) decided this week that an employee who has lawfully used marijuana for medical purposes cannot be subject to any adverse action against her by...

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Untitled*

By Philip N. Beauregard, Esq. In reinforcement of our image as lawyers to self-adulate and cock-a-doodle-doo our talents and prowesses, lawyers have the benefit of an annual glitzy magazine called Super Lawyers.  Yes, once a year, we self-designate ourselves (for our...

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Navigating Through an Auto Accident

By Attorney Michael Franco I’ve been hit by another car.  The other driver caused the accident.  What do I do?  This is a question that is frequently asked too late.  My first rule of thumb – don’t freak out.  Accidents happen every day.  Most accidents don’t result...

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What Happens When You Die Without A Will

by Richard E. Burke, Jr. Everyone should have a Last Will and Testament.  Most importantly, having a Will lets you determine who will be in charge of your estate and who will receive your assets when you die. If you die without a Will, assets in your name alone when...

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Read This Before Packing Your Flip-Flops

by Michael Franco, Esq. (pictured on a favorite beach in St. John, USVI) It’s the summer vacation season, so the following scenario may sound familiar to you… You’re standing at a car rental counter in the airport. You’ve just touched down after hours of flying to...

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Don’t Let the Statusphere Whammy Your Case

By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq.
I love having things in writing. I love pictures of text messages, even if they are damaging to my clients’ cases, because it arms me with knowledge of what was actually said between two people and therefore a chance to submit evidence to put it into a context that makes it less damning or even helpful when the jury hears it. And you can bet your tush that I’m looking through the history of my clients’ text and other interwebby messages with any interested party.

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Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Employee

By Michael Franco, Esq. The law of defamation is of growing importance in the area of employment law. Suits brought by employees against employers now account for one third of all defamation actions. For decades, the courts have tried to balance employees’ need for...

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The Need for Evolution in Employment Law

By Philip N. Beauregard, Esq. One area of law that has a lot of catching up to do is that of the employee’s rights when the employer terminates her for wholly unfair reasons. Such employer actions are often devastating to the well qualified, hardworking and productive...

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Can the Constitution Trump Bigotry?

By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq. Republican Presidential candidate frontrunner (maybe not here in Southcoast Massachusetts) Donald Trump recently proposed to bar Muslims from entering the United States. Typically one’s gut instinct to immediately...

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Musings

by Philip N. Beauregard, Esq. In re Female Marines Lawyers savvy on the subject of illegal discrimination in the form of “profiling” should be curious about a recent Marine Corps study comparing all male combat units to those that are mixed, i.e. “integrated” with...

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Why your Facebook disclaimer means diddly

By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq.

I think it’s important to begin with a reminder of what makes a contract. See, generally, a contract is going to govern any business/consumer relationships, including your use of Facebook.

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The Perils of Ambulance Chasers

By Michael Franco, Esq.

I have noticed a disturbing increase in the number of unsolicited letters and telephone calls being made by law firms to accident victims. These law firms review police blotters to look for auto accidents, and then reach out to accident victims who are identified in the police reports.

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Beware the Binding Effects of Email*

By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq.,

You don’t need a signed document to have a binding settlement agreement. This was always a concern that needed to be considered with oral negotiations, which can amount to enforceable, oral contracts.

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Massachusetts Sick Time Law: A Primer

by Richard E. Burke, Esq.

Massachusetts has enacted a new sick time law and regulations effective July 1, 2015. The new law, Mass.G.L. c. 149, §148C, allows all employees in Massachusetts to earn sick time. Significantly, the law includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees

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OUR VIEW: OBERGEFELL v. HODGES

Attorney Philip Beauregard: The same sex marriage decision “moves (us) one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.” These are the last words in Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent, Scalia -father of nine children (God forbid that one be gay). Joining Scalia in...

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A FRIENDLY PSA REGARDING VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDINGS

A FRIENDLY PSA REGARDING VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDINGS by Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume It seems as though every other day the media is inundated with coverage of a new instance of a civilian exposing police misconduct via recording taken by the civilian. In most...

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Lessons Learned From Judge Wapner by Michael Franco, Esq.

"Don't take the law into your own hands: you take 'em to court." We have all heard that familiar catch-phrase from the TV show People’s Court. But, People’s Court was not actually a “court” - it was a binding arbitration between the parties. (By the way, in cases...

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AT – WILL EMPLOYMENT AND DISCRIMINATION by Richard E. Burke, Esq.

                       We often receive calls from employees who feel they have been discriminated against or harassed at work.  In many cases, they believe they have been the victim of unfair treatment by a manager.  Sometimes, they assert that they have been treated...

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ESTATE PLANNING BASICS by Richard Burke, Esq.

Everyone should have their own estate plan documents.  These include a Last Will and Testament, Health Care Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will and HIPAA Authorization. In a Will you nominate the Personal Representative who will manage your estate.  The...

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