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DEMOURA|SMITH OBTAINS $5.36 MILLION VERDICT FOR FORMER PLANET FITNESS CFO

D|S FRAUDULENT INDUCEMENT VERDICT AMONG LARGEST IN MASSACHUSETTS OVER LAST YEAR $5.36 MILLION JURY VERDICT FOR FORMER CFO After a four-week trial, a Lawrence Superior Court jury awarded $5.36 million ...
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Posted on Jul | 2019

Admissions Scandal Involving Fake Scholar-Athletes Rocks Higher Education

by Bob Smith “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17. Scottish author & novelist (1771 - 1832) It reads like ...
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Posted on Mar | 2019

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER SOMEONE DIES?

Losing a loved one can be overwhelming, further complicated by a seemingly endless list of tasks. Often, those grieving do not even know where to begin. From closing bank accounts to canceling a gym ...
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Posted on Feb | 2019

Ken DeMoura Selected to Lead National Trial Lawyers Organization

Boston, MA. January 31, 2019. Boston trial lawyer Ken DeMoura has been selected to lead the Litigation Counsel of America as its 2019 President. The LCA is an invitation-only trial lawyer society ...
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Posted on Jan | 2019

Condominium Development and Conversion in Massachusetts

Whether you are interested in converting your two or three family home, developing condominiums from a pre-existing structure, or building from the ground up, creating a condominium involves various ...
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Posted on Dec | 2018

D|S Partner Ken DeMoura Speaks On Challenging Eyewitness Testimony at NYC Symposium

Advances in science have called eyewitness testimony, once considered the gold-standard of evidence, into question in recent years. Courts have shown a greater willingness to permit expert testimony ...
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Posted on Dec | 2018

RECENT MASS APPEALS COURT CASE REMINDS EMPLOYERS NOT TO RETALIATE AGAINST EMPLOYEES FOR EXERCISING WORKERS COMP RIGHTS

Massachusetts employers cannot retaliate against their employees for exercising their workers compensation rights. The law, found here, provides, in part: "No employer or duly authorized agent of ...
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Posted on Dec | 2018

The Cost of Creating a Will

Many people ask about the cost of creating a Will. Prospective clients often expect costs to be minimal and ask why they cannot just purchase a Will from the internet. But, the real question is ...
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Posted on Nov | 2018

MASS EMPLOYER ALERT - Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure Form Due on 11/30

MASSACHUSETTS EMPLOYER ALERT : All Massachusetts businesses with six or more employees are required to file a Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) by November 30 through the Mass DOR ...
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Posted on Nov | 2018

US Dept of Education Proposes New Title IX Sexual Harassment Regs

Colleges and universities face significant changes in how they handle sexual harassment complaints under Title IX under new regulations proposed by the US Department of Education. DeMoura|Smith ...
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Posted on Nov | 2018

Why Burt Reynolds had a Trust and why you should too.

Burt Reynolds may have played some silly characters on the silver screen, but appreciated the value of creating an estate plan designed to maximize the legacy he left his family and avoid the bright ...
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Posted on Oct | 2018

Why Burt Reynolds had a Trust and why you should too.

Burt Reynolds may have played some silly characters on the silver screen, but appreciated the value of creating an estate plan designed to maximize the legacy he left his family and avoid the bright ...
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Posted on Oct | 2018

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A NEW NON-COMPETE LAW. IS YOUR COMPANY READY TO COMPLY?

Massachusetts companies cannot rely on “business as usual” as their approach to non-compete agreements. Old agreements cannot become the templates for new agreements. Ignoring the changes ...
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Posted on Oct | 2018

D|S ELECTS NEW PARTNER-SHARNA FAVUZZA

Sharna Favuzza of Woburn, Massachusetts has been elected a partner at DeMoura|Smith LLP. Since joining the firm as Counsel in March 2013, Sharna has developed a “heart-centered” and ...
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Posted on Jan | 2018

Ken DeMoura Selected to Lead National Commercial Trial Attorneys Institute

DeMoura|Smith partner Ken DeMoura started his two-year term as Chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Institute at the organization’s October conference in Miami Beach, Florida. DeMoura has ...
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Posted on Nov | 2017

EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR? The Wrong Classification Could Cost Your Massachusetts Company Plenty.

Companies that retain independent contractors in Massachusetts must familiarize themselves with the state's stringent independent contractor statute and the consequences of misclassification. ...
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Posted on Feb | 2015

Illegal Pyramid Schemes

"Do you want to work from home, be your own boss and earn lots of cash?" : On the Lookout for Illegal Pyramid Schemes These types of ads have been around for a long time, but now with the ...
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Posted on Nov | 2014

Paid Sick Leave M.G.L. c. 149 §§ 148C & 148D

MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS APPROVE PAID SICK LEAVE BALLOT INITIATIVE On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved paid sick leave for employees through a ballot initiative. The Paid ...
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Posted on Nov | 2014
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