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Trademarks are often among the most important and valuable assets of a business. A distinctive trademark allows a business to build public goodwill and brand reputation in the goods or services it sells. A trademark is any word, name, slogan or symbol (or any combination thereof) that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods […]

We are pleased to announce that Sean Cullen has joined the firm as an associate. Sean is an experienced litigator with more than 15 years of experience. He has a successful track record in state and federal court defending against claims for alleged violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Credit Cost Disclosure Act (MCCCDA), the Fair […]

First off, congratulations! In my practice, I meet far too many people who put off making financial plans for their future (“I’m still working. I don’t need to think about that yet.”), a decision they regret when something unforeseen happens or they haven’t considered inheritance implications. When preparing for the future, there is no time […]

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC” or the ‘Court”) recently issued a noteworthy decision in a case involving the rights of joint tenants and their heirs when one joint tenant passes away during a partition proceeding. The case of Brattle v. Howard arose out of a petition to partition filed in the Massachusetts Land […]

Rudolph Friedmann is pleased to announce that nine of the firm’s attorneys were selected for recognition on the 2022 Massachusetts Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists. The selection process combines independent research, peer nominations and evaluations, with no more than five percent of each state’s attorneys named to the Super Lawyers list and no more […]

When it comes to home improvement, homeowners and contractors must have mutual trust and confidence. Homeowners deserve quality finished work, and contractors deserve prompt and fair payment. A written contract is one of the ways in which the parties can ensure a fair bargain and hold each other accountable. This article suggests a number of […]

Jon Friedmann will present at the Social Law Library’s three-part webinar series “Starting Your Practice—What You Need to Know!” this fall. The first session “Getting Started” will be held on October 6 and will focus on IOLTA accounts, practice management systems, calendar system, billing, document management solutions, website/social media presence, cloud systems, and malpractice insurance. […]

Adam Shafran and Jon Friedmann were co-lead class counsel in three federal class action lawsuits against Pepperidge Farm alleging that the company misclassified its distributors as independent contractors. Adam, Jon and their co-counsel represented all Pepperidge Farm distributors in Massachusetts, Illinois and California and a Federal Court in California recently approved the settlement of all […]

Rudolph Friedmann is pleased to announce that three of its lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 29th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The publication compiles its listings at the conclusion of a […]

The “at-will” employment relationship is extremely common, offering both the employer and the employee the ability to terminate the relationship on short notice and with no conditions.  Despite the flexibility this arrangement offers, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, an employee cannot be fired for reasons that violate public policy (such as discrimination).  […]

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