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Featured Articles
Employee or Independent Contractor? You Decide
by Mark J. Ventola

Mark J. Ventola, Esquire If your workforce includes independent contractors, you need to be aware of recent changes to the law in Massachusetts that reduce your flexibility greatly. [Contact]

Avoid Being Lured by a Phishing E-mail Scam
by Maria E. Recalde

Maria E. Recalde, Esquire Phishing scams are prevalent and on the rise.  They result not only in the theft of valuable personal and financial information, but also in the theft of trade secrets, intellectual property and other highly sensitive and confidential business information. Routinely taking a few precautionary steps, however, can minimize your risk of being the victim of a phishing expedition. [Contact Author]
Raising Seed Capital for Emerging Businesses
by Michael J. Drooff

Michael J. Drooff, Esquire

Emerging technology and other businesses require a substantial amount of capital to fund basic development work on a product. Once that development work is complete, a new infusion of capital is needed to test the product in market conditions and adapt its functionality to developing customer needs, before the emerging business can commence regular business operations. The capital that is used for these purposes is typically referred to as "seed capital." This article describes the sources of seed capital, the issues that will be raised by the potential investment of new funds at this critical time in the life of an emerging company, and what your counsel can do for you and your emerging business about them. [Contact Author]

Welcome to the Blogosphere
by Michael G. Valentine

Michael G. Valentine, Esquire

Blogging.  Everybody is doing it, but does your company know how to protect itself?  Make sure that you are taking the necessary precautions to ensure that your company and your employees are blogging safely. [Contact Author]

Beware the Boilerplate
by Peter S. Cowan

Peter S. Cowan, Esquire

This article discusses certain provisions in commercial contracts that are often considered "customary" and "standard" -- and why such terms must always be understood and sometimes avoided. It highlights commonly encountered terms and conditions of contracts that, in practice, have unintended consequences. [Contact Author]

New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Law's Effect Upon Your Health Plan
by Monica A. Ciolfi

Monica A. Ciolfi, Esquire The new Medicare prescription drug benefit becomes available to Medicare-eligible individuals on January 1, 2006.  If your company provides health benefits to retirees, you've probably already started making preparations.  However, even if your company doesn't provide retiree health benefits, you still have certain obligations under the new law if your health plan covers any employees who are over 65 or who have Medicare as primary or secondary coverage. [Contact Author] 
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Upcoming Events


MVCC Breakfast Forum with Mayor Thomas M. Menino

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Riverwalk Restaurant

Lawrence, MA

For more information or to register contact the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce at 978 686.0900 or visit


12th Annual ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference

July 14-17, 2005

Cape Cod, MA

Conference Co-Chair: Bruce A. Harwood, SPB+G Manchester

Conference Co-Sponsor: Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA

To register contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at 703 739.0800 or visit

AeA New England International Series:
Practical Insights on Mainland China:  Opportunities and Challenges -
4th Annual Briefing

Thursday, July 21, 2005
7:30AM - 11:45AM
BTU International Inc.
23 Esquire Road
North Billerica, MA
Sponsored By:  Hong Kong Trade Development Council
For more information or to register, contact AeA New England at 781 938.1925 or visit

CE Marking Basics Seminar
Tuesday, August 2, 2005
12:00PM - 3:00PM
Silicon Valley Bank
2221 Washington Street
Newton, MA
Sponsored By:  Silicon Valley Bank; US Commercial Service
For more intormation contact the Massachusetts Export Center at 617 973.8664 or visit

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Night Networking at the Ritz

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

5:30PM - 7:30PM

The Ritz-Carlton

15 Arlington Street

Boston, MA

For more information contact the chamber at 617 227.4500 extension 400 or visit

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