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CORPORATE & BUSINESS 

PLDO Principal William P. Devereaux was a panelist on a national webinar entitled, Sports Gambling Legalization: Looking Back and What’s Ahead. The webcast provided an in-depth analysis of recent developments, legal issues and future trends in sports gambling and betting across the country. To listen to the recorded webcast, please click here.

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux provided comment and insight for an article in RI Lawyers Weekly, Pandemic prompts urgent review of overlooked contractual clause, regarding the “force majeure” clause in contracts and how the coronavirus crisis may impact its enforceability.

PLDO Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe was a featured speaker at a cannabis industry summit in Rhode Island where he provided his knowledge and insight for an article, PBN cannabis summit: Legalized recreational pot is only matter of time in R.I.

Managing Principal Gary R. Pannone and Attorney Benjamin L. Rackliffe are co-authors of an article, A Primer on Corporate Governance for Business Ownership, published in Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

Partner William F. Miller’s article, Liquidity Options for Owners of Private Companies, was published in Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

Partner Kas R. DeCarvalho’s article, The Best Insurance Policy in Business is a No Risk Culture, is published in Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

Partner William F. Miller’s article, Ruling to create major concerns for some commercial lenders, is published in RI Lawyers Weekly.

Partner Kas R. DeCarvalho’s article, Sustainability Assessments and Action Planning Gains Traction as a Business Value-Driver, is published in Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

Partner Kas R. DeCarvalho comments in RI Lawyers Weekly’s article, Home-birth blogging battle leads to copyright suit.

Partner James W. Ryan is a guest columnist in Providence Business News on Why to File an Annual Account to Keep Legal Options Open.

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Partner Matthew C. Reeber provided comment and insight for an article in RI Lawyers Weekly, Uber contractor/employee status to be determined by federal jury, regarding whether or not Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors of the company.

PLDO Principal William E. O’Gara’s article, Labor and employment law update 2020: What is next?, was published in the New England Administrator, a regional newsletter of the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Partner Matthew C. Reeber provided comment and insight for an article in RI Lawyers Weekly, Student can’t pursue damages for ADA retaliation. According to the writer, the issue before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals centered on “could a student who claimed that the private school he attended failed to accommodate his electromagnetic hypersensitivity pursue a retaliation claim for damages under the Americans with Disabilities

Partner Matthew C. Reeber’s article, Gig Economy Disrupts Employer-Employee Relations, was published in Rhode Island Small Business Journal. The essay explains the changing landscape of workers’ rights in an expanding gig economy and the challenges faced by courts due to the phenomena, as well as alerts business owners to be proactive in reevaluating how they classify independent contractors working for their organizations.

Principal William E. O’Gara and Partner Matthew C. Reeber co-authored, New Rhode Island Law Requires Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave, published in Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

Principal William E. O’Gara’s guest column regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s “white collar” overtime exemptions, White Collar Pay Boost was published in Providence Business News.

Principal William E. O’Gara’s article, NLRB retreat on aggressive posting rule favors business, is published in Providence Business News.

Principal William E. O’Gara and Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Email privacy not a guarantee in workplace, is published in Providence Business News.

Principal William E. O’Gara and Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Privacy rights being tested in Digital Age, is published in Providence Business News.

Principal William E. O’Gara and Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Digital Age hiring process filled with danger, is published in Providence Business News.

Principal William E. O’Gara and Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Texting in the workplace? Dangers abound, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Worry About Workplace Prejudice? Clean Up is published in Providence Business News.

TRUST & ESTATE

Senior Counsel Leah A. Foertsch’s appointment to the firm’s Florida Estate and Trust practice was announced in the Movers and Influencers section of Florida Trend.

PLDO’s Estate and Trust practice and attorneys in Florida were featured in Boca Magazine and Delray Magazine, The 561 Faces of Estate and Trust Attorneys and Litigators.

PLDO Partner Gene M. Carlino’s article, A Review of the SECURE Act and Its Effect on Estate Planning with Retirement Asset, was published in the November/December 2019 edition of the Rhode Island Bar Journal.

PLDO Trust & Estate practice and attorneys were featured in the Boca Raton Observer magazine, Estate Planning Team Helps Clients Plan For The Future. The attorneys pictured included Partner Gene M. Carlino, Senior Associate Rebecca M. Murphy, Senior Counsel Jason S. Palmisano and Of Counsel Bernard A. Jackvony, who was interviewed for the article.

DATA PROTECTION & CYBER LAW

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux provides insight and comment for a Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly article, Law Firm Takes Action in Tackling TikTok Security Threat, regarding data protection and security concerns  about the video-sharing TikTok app.  

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s commentary, How will virus tracking apps affect privacy?, was published in the Providence Journal.

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Line between work, life blurs in digital age, was published in Providence Business News. 

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux co-authors an article, Devise A Plan Before A Data Breach, that was published in Providence Business News. The essay addresses the need to be prepared in the event of a cyber incident, including having a communications plan in place because failure to communicate is not an option when a company has been hacked.

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux co-authors an article, Keeping Data Off Darknet, that was published in Providence Business News. The essay provides clarity as to the differences among the three components that make up the Internet – the surface web, the deep web and the darknet – and offers proactive steps to safeguard against cyber threats lurking on the darknet.

PLDO Attorney Joel K. Goloskie provides insight and comment for a Massachusetts’ Lawyers Weekly article, Companies lagging in GDPR companies, survey finds, regarding the results of the Ponemon Institute’s report, “A Global View of GDPR Progress.” Attorney Goloskie identifies what may be the most “ominous” aspect of GDPR, what he anticipates as a result, and offers insight on compliance issues businesses should consider.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux was interviewed by Paul Asadoorian, founder and CTO of Security Weekly podcast network, on the topic of “Big Tech and Big Tobacco: Is History Repeating Itself?” at RI Cybersecurity Exchange Day, sponsored by Salve Regina University’s Pell Center and the Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN). Click here to watch the video.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article on Cybersecurity and medical devices: Informed consent in digital age is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article on the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Still not too late for GDPR compliance, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Security measures, breach notifications key to minimizing exposure to GDPR liability, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, EU’s data protection law targets worldwide business community, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article on the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Still not too late for GDPR compliance, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Security measures, breach notifications key to minimizing exposure to GDPR liability, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, EU’s data protection law targets worldwide business community, is published in Providence Business News.

HEALTH CARE LAW

Partner Joel K. Goloskie is featured in a Massachusetts’ Lawyers Weekly article, Health care lawyer facilitates novel solutions to opioid crisis, regarding “creative strategies to manage overburdened emergency services and spiraling costs that are the byproduct of the abuse of fentanyl and related drugs.”

SOCIAL MEDIA LAW

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux was interviewed by NBC10 for a news package entitled, Coronavirus and social media: Be careful what you click, regarding the need to take the time to thoroughly read about important circumstances and events that may impact your life in order to stay well-informed, rather than depend solely on headlines or abbreviated content which is more common on social media or when there are distractions.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Where do tweets go when you die – hint, not heaven, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian Lamoureux provides comments in Rhode Island Weekly‘s article on Employment bar deconstructs new social media privacy law.

Partner Brian Lamoureux explains Rhode Island’s Social Media Privacy Act and its Impact on Employers and Employees.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux explains Why Employers Must Be Proactive and Monitor Workplace Texting.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Lawyers must manage LinkedIn’s features, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Should Employees Use Facebook at Work?, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, To Have And to Hold: Delete E-mail At Your Peril, is published in Providence Business News.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, How Social Media is Changing the Hiring Game, is published in the National Association of Colleges and Employers Journal.

Seminar Presentation: Maneuvering the Minefields of BYOD and Social Media in the Workplace.

MUNICIPAL LAW

PLDO Of Counsel Bruce H. Tobey addresses a meeting of the Binghamton City Council and the Johnson City Village Board in Binghamton City Hall in New York regarding his work for them on a joint initiative exploring a transition from municipal to private management of the Binghamton-Johnson City Sewage Treatment Plant. To watch Attorney Tobey, who is a national leading authority about public-private partnership (P3) delivery models, water law and wastewater P3 projects, click here.

Attorney Bruce H. Tobey’s article, P3s and the Water-Energy Nexus: Opportunities for Water Sector Energy Projects, is published in the American Water Works Association Journal.

Attorney Bruce H. Tobey’s article, U.S. Water Utilities Often Need Guidance to Manage and Avoid Costly Claims and Legal Issues, is published in UIM Magazine.

Attorney Bruce H. Tobey’s Testimony Before the U.S. House Public-Private Partnership Panel.

Attorney Bruce H. Tobey’s Testimony Transcript Before the U.S. House Public-Private Partnership Panel.

CRIMINAL LAW

PLDO Principal William P. Devereaux provides comment for a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article,  $14M forfeiture order upheld in fraud case, regarding a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that a businessman convicted of defrauding clients of his property exchange company was not entitled to have a jury set the amount of his criminal forfeiture.

Principal William P. Devereaux provided comments and analysis to RI Lawyers Weekly in the article, Constitutional violations require new murder trial, regarding a Rhode Island Supreme Court decision that “vacated the murder conviction of a defendant who was denied his right to confront adverse witnesses in violation of the Sixth Amendment and article 1, section 10 of the state constitution.”

Partner Jim Ryan’s article, As the pendulum swings: bribery backlash to Honest Services Doctrine, is published in Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.

Principal William P. Devereaux is interviewed for an article in Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, Condo owners denied payment for unauthorized development.

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Managing Principal Gary R. Pannone’s article on Best Practices Checklist for Effective Nonprofit Management is published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

Attorney Ben Rackliffe’s article, Automatic Revocation of Tax-Exempt Status: A New Streamlined Process for Retroactive Reinstatement, is published in Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

Archives 2018

Attorney Bruce H. Tobey publishes a scholarly article, entitled P3s and the Water-Energy Nexus: Opportunities for Water Sector Energy Projects, in the American Water Works Association Journal. The article explains the how and why the energy use of water and water resource recovery utilities operations is becoming more significant to the operating budgets of local governments and provide researched analysis and best practices of how public-private partnership options and methods for these projects can control costs and minimize environmental impacts. Sean McGinnis, VP at COEFFICIENT Group, is the co-author.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux was interviewed by WPRO-AM Talk Show Host Matt Allen for his Matt Allen UNCUT podcast. The discussion was wide-reaching and informative about social and digital media and how it has impacted our society and our children, how our devices have come to control our lives and what the future may hold in the digital space, legally, economically and socially. Attorney Lamoureux is a business and employment lawyer and litigator and a leading national voice on social and digital media law.

Attorney Patrick J. McBurney provided comments and analysis to RI Lawyers Weekly in an article entitled, Continued commercial use allowed in zoning dispute, regarding his case, Town of Coventry v. Forsons Realty LLC, et al., in which Attorney McBurney successfully defended his client in Rhode Island Superior Court.

Principal William E. O’Gara provided comments and legal insight to RI Lawyers Weekly in an article entitled, Judge faults retirement panel in accidental disability case, regarding the case Borrelli v. Retirement Board of Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, et al. Attorney O’Gara is a litigator and mediator and leads the firm’s employment and litigation teams.

Managing Principal Gary R. Pannone and Associate Samantha M. Vasques publish Married, But Not Certified: An Overview of the Rhode Island MBE/WBE Process in the Rhode Island Bar Journal. The article describes historical impetus for Rhode Island’s Minority Business Enterprise program and provides an examination of court decisions as to the interpretation of the layers of rules required to earn certification, specifically by women applicants whose resources have come from their spouse.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article on the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Still not too late for GDPR compliance, is published in Providence Business News. The article reviews the law and provides information for organizations to consider to minimize liability.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux discusses Facebook’s purge of “bad actor” accounts and the broader implications of social media use in our society with Dan Yorke, host of MyTVRI’s Dan Yorke State of Mind. Click to watch the broadcast: Dan Yorke State of Mind

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux describes the smart approach for organizations to minimize liability with the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in an article published in Providence Business News, Security measures, breach notifications key to minimizing exposure to GDPR liability.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article on the EU’s data protection law targets worldwide business community, is published in Providence Business News. The article explains the European Union’s far-reaching General Data Protection Regulation and provides steps to be in compliance with the law to avoid hefty fines.

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article on Cybersecurity and medical devices: Informed consent in digital age was published in Providence Business News. The article describes and offers insight into the important issue of informed consent for health care providers and patients through the lens of the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) including wearable medical devices that may increase exposure to cyberattacks.

Principal William E. O’Gara and Partner Matthew C. Reeber co-authored an article on Rhode Island’s new paid time off law that was published in Rhode Island Small Business Journal. Their article entitled, New Rhode Island Law Requires Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave, provides an overview and key highlights of the new law. Attorneys O’Gara and Reeber are employment law attorneys and litigators. Both attorneys are frequent guest speakers on employment law topics and conduct training workshops on important HR issues as part of their practice.

Partner Matthew C. Reeber was interviewed for an article entitled, #MeToo reshaping landscape for sexual harassment claims, that was published in Lawyers Weekly, Rhode Island and Massachusetts editions. The article takes a deep dive into changes in sexual harassment claims since the #MeToo movement began and examines the value of updating workforce policies and training for employees among other topics. Attorney Reeber is an employment law attorney and litigator and frequently conducts training workshops on important HR issues as part of his practice.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux was featured in a news story that was broadcast on NBC10 entitled, Keeping up with your kids: Are you social media savvy?. Attorney Lamoureux, who is a national voice on digital and social media law, provided commentary on the need for parents to be vigilant about the latest social media apps that children may be using without parental knowledge and how parents can better safeguard their children against the harmful consequences of social media use. Attorney Lamoureux is a frequent speaker, broadcast commentator and published author on issues related to digital and social media law. His practice also includes business and employment law.

Managing Principal Gary R. Pannone was featured in The Knowledge Group’s e-newsletter’s “Speakers Spotlight” highlighting his recent live webinar on “M&A Due Diligence: Key Components and Considerations Explored!” To download a copy of Attorney Pannone’s comprehensive “Mergers and Acquisition Due Diligence Checklist,” click here.

Partner Matthew C. Reeber was a panelist on a Providence Business News forum focusing on workforce development in Rhode Island and was quoted in an article entitled, Summit: Growing talent pool collaborative effort, urging employers to be proactive when dealing with legal issues that may arise in the workplace and other concerns important to their employees as a way to reduce liability claims.

Archives 2017

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux was interviewed on 630WPRO to provide clarity to the often misunderstood “net neutrality” phrase and an explanation of the controversies surrounding a December 14, 2017 vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that rolled back 2015 net neutrality regulations. To listen to the interview, click here.

Attorney Frank E. Reardon, Of Counsel in PLDO’s Health Care Law Team, was featured in a Q&A segment in Rhode Island Small Business Journal, entitled Going to Court” with Health Care – What Organizations Need to Know. In the article, Attorney Reardon addresses keys to avoiding the high cost of litigation, how federal and state laws have changed the landscape in employment law in health care as well as other industries, and other issues like the phenomena of medical providers becoming business owners.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s article, Weighing the risks and benefits of the Internet of Things, is published in Providence Business News. The article addresses the challenges of the Internet of Things or “IoT” due to its continued growth and offers solutions businesses may want to consider.

Partner William F. Miller explains a company’s rights and obligations when shareholders demand confidential information in an article published by the Rhode Island Small Business Journal, What are the rights & obligations of a company when shareholders demand confidential information?

Attorneys Rebecca M. Murphy and Samantha M. Vasques co-authored a comprehensive article entitled, A New Hope: Tortious Interference with an Expected Inheritance in Rhode Island, which was published in the Roger Williams University Law Review. The article details the genesis and development of tortious or wrongful interference with an expected inheritance and highlights differences in the approach states take regarding torts requirements as well as damages available to victims. It also discusses a RI Superior Court ground breaking decision that recognized for the first time in the state’s history the independent tort of tortious interference with an expected inheritance.

PLDO principals’ recognition as “Lawyer of the Year” in their practice areas for 2018 by Best Lawyers in America® was featured in this month’s Rhode Island Small Business Journal. The principals and their practice area are William P. Devereaux, Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Matthew A. Lopes Jr., Government Relations; William E. O’Gara, Employment Law, and Gary R. Pannone, Mergers and Acquisitions Law.

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber was interviewed by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly about a major victory for his client that ended over a decade of litigation, Condos denied equitable relief in final chapter of Goat Island saga. Attorney Reeber is a litigator and employment law practitioner.

The August 17, 2017 edition of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce e-newsletter featured PLDO’s four principals for their selection as “Lawyer of the Year” in their practice areas in the Metropolitan/Providence area over and above their selection to the list of 2018 Best Lawyers in America®. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Partner Brian J. Lamoureux’s podcast interview on “Mulling it Over” addresses the transformative change of e-communications on our society, including the workplace, and social media’s growing impacts on youth and culture.

Employment law attorney and litigator, PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber, provided comments and legal insight to RI Lawyers Weekly in an article on the RI Supreme Court’s split decision in the case, Beagan v. Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Board of Review, et al. that awarded unemployment benefits to an employee who was fired for posting disparaging comments about his boss on Facebook.

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara is featured in a Johnston Sunrise business profile as part of its coverage of a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the firm’s Rhode Island headquarters in Johnston. Law firm makes new home in Johnston

Trusts & Estates Attorneys Rebecca M. Murphy and Bernard A. Jackvony are interviewed by Providence Business News on the impact of their victory in a landmark decision in Rhode Island that recognized – for the first time – the independent tort of tortious interference with an expected inheritance: Landmark ruling protects Rhode Island elderly from fraud.

Trusts & Estates Attorney Gene M. Carlino is quoted in a RI Lawyers Weekly story, Estate planners welcome fix to special needs trusts” regarding an amendment to the Special News Trust Fairness Act.