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Rise of the Drones: Flying Over Newton and Registration Requirements Reinstated
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogThe skies are a little friendlier for drones now that the Dutch police have suspended their squad of drone-hunting eagles. This is also great news for retailers, as drone popularity continues to soar with overall electronics sales. With more advanced technologies available to consumers and drones rapidly filling the skies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)...

Risk Mitigation Tips for Foreign Retailers Rolling Out New Products in the U.S.
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer, Retailers Entering the US
G&S attorneys David Rabinowitz and Dan Avery sat down with Inside Counsel to discuss the approach a foreign retailer should take before rolling out a retail concept into the U.S.

Vitamin D and Retail: But Not Without Due Diligence First
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogWe’ve all read about the question marks floating around the fate of brick and mortar retail in America. Factors like the strength of e-commerce and shifting consumer preferences (such as the popularity of urban centers over suburbia and consumers’ yearn for experiences over traditional shopping trips) are challenging landlords around the country to change the...

Tax Reform Advisory:  Real Estate Industry
Practice: Real Estate, Tax
On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law H.R. 1, informally known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”). The Act will have a significant impact on many sectors of the economy including the real estate sector. Significant aspects of the Act relevant for commercial real estate are described below.

Tax Reform Advisory:  Corporate and General Business Provisions
Practice: Corporate, Tax
On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law H.R. 1, informally known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”), implementing sweeping changes to the United States tax regimes generally applicable to businesses.  Most provisions of the Act will take effect as of January 1, 2018 and (except as noted below) generally will apply to tax years beginning after 2017.  Certain highlights of the Act are discussed below.

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Tax Reform Advisory:  Real Estate Industry
Practice: Real Estate, Tax
On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law H.R. 1, informally known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”). The Act will have a significant impact on many sectors of the economy including the real estate sector. Significant aspects of the Act relevant for commercial real estate are described below.

Tax Reform Advisory:  Corporate and General Business Provisions
Practice: Corporate, Tax
On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law H.R. 1, informally known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”), implementing sweeping changes to the United States tax regimes generally applicable to businesses.  Most provisions of the Act will take effect as of January 1, 2018 and (except as noted below) generally will apply to tax years beginning after 2017.  Certain highlights of the Act are discussed below.

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Josh Davis Weighs in on Recent High-Profile Hollywood Sexual Harassment Allegations
Practice: Employment
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Rise of the Drones: Flying Over Newton and Registration Requirements Reinstated
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogThe skies are a little friendlier for drones now that the Dutch police have suspended their squad of drone-hunting eagles. This is also great news for retailers, as drone popularity continues to soar with overall electronics sales. With more advanced technologies available to consumers and drones rapidly filling the skies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)...

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Risk Assessment & Mitigation Checklist for Retailers Entering the USA
Practice: Retailers Entering the US
This is a summary of the approach that a foreign retailer contemplating a roll out of a retail concept into the USA should consider to identify and plan for the major legal risks it may encounter. By undertaking such an analysis and implementing appropriate risk mitigation measures, the retailer can, in most cases, achieve a risk profile it determines to be acceptable and limit exposure to potentially costly and distracting litigation. The review and mitigation steps described are best undertaken by a team involving management, legal counsel and appropriate other business, IT and insurance experts.

IP Checklist for Retailers Entering the USA
Practice: Retailers Entering the US
A primary goal for any company seeking to sell products or services in the United States is to protect one of its most valuable assets – intellectual property – from infringement, copying and misuse. Intellectual property clearance and protection strategies are critical to reduce a company’s risk of doing business in the United States. We have created a simple checklist of action items that a retailer should consider before rolling out a retail concept into the United States. 

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Six From Goulston & Storrs Named to Washingtonian’s  2017 Top Lawyers in Washington, DC List
Practice: Real Estate
Goulston & Storrs is pleased to announce that six attorneys from the firm’s Real Estate group have been recognized as 2017 Top Lawyers by Washingtonian. The 2017 Top Lawyers list was announced in the December 2017 issue of the magazine.

Goulston & Storrs Hires Nathaniel D. Razza as Director of Tax Accounting in Boston
Practice: Real Estate, Tax
Goulston & Storrs welcomes CPA Nathaniel Razza as Director of Tax Accounting, bolstering its tax and real estate practices with reform on the horizon.

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Carla Reeves Discusses Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Academic Settings
Practice: Employment
Turn on WGBH 2 tonight at 7:30 p.m. to watch litigation associate Carla Reeves serve as a panelist on Basic Black. Basic Black describes itself as a show featuring a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting communities of color locally and nationally. A simultaneous live stream on Facebook Live and at www.basicblacklive.org gives viewers the opportunity to submit comments and questions in real time during the broadcast.  Since 1968, Basic Black has reflected on the concerns and culture of African Americans through conversations, performances, and short-form documentaries.

Presenter, "A Primer on DING Trusts: Using DING Trusts in Estate Planning to Avoid State Income Tax and Protect Assets," Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum
DING stands for: “Delaware Incomplete (Gift) Non-Grantor Trust”.  DING Trust is a state income tax play. In a DING, gains from a sale of trust assets escape state income tax.
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