Unfair and Deceptive Practices – Insurance Companies Must Conduct Reasonable Investigations Before Denying a Claim

By Nathaniel C. Donoghue and Jeffrey B. Loeb on November 20, 2017

Massachusetts General Laws generally prohibit insurance companies from engaging in “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” and require them to conduct a “reasonable investigation based on all available information” before refusing to pay a claim. If an insurance company violates these laws, it can be subject to multiple damages and the opposing party’s fees and costs. A recent case in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts dealt with this issue.

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ITC Recommendation Condemned By Solar Industry

By Jennifer Lang and Eric J. Krathwohl on November 7, 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently made recommendations regarding the importation of CSPV cells, used in solar panels, that would potentially double the price of solar panels available to US consumers. This blog provides a breakdown of the key legal issues from the ITC recommendations in advance of the public comment period.

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Net Metering for Storage in Massachusetts?

By Jennifer Lang and Eric J. Krathwohl on October 23, 2017

On October 3, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities took the significant step of opening an inquiry into the eligibility of energy storage systems for net metering. Massachusetts follows New York as a national leader on this issue, which could continue the expansion of renewable energy generation.

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SEC Receives Final Recommendations from Small and Emerging Companies Advisory Committee

By Nathaniel C. Donoghue on September 27, 2017

The SEC's Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies recently issued its final report, providing recommendations on rules, regulations, and policies relating to capital raising, securities trading, public reporting, and corporate governance of small private businesses and publicly traded companies with less than $250 million in public market capitalization.

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SEC Provides First Guidance on Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Initial Coin Offerings

By Matthew Sweet, Thomas Bilodeau, III, David Glod on August 9, 2017

On July 25, the U.S. Securities and Exchanged Commission released a Report that represents the first major injection of regulatory guidance into the burgeoning cryptocurrency markets. This blog will provide a breakdown of the key takeaways from the SEC’s Report and what it means for the cryptocurrency market going forward.

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