Client Alerts

05.24.2021 | Client Alerts | Publications

Chambers USA Ranks Peter McGlynn in its 2021 Edition

The 2021 edition of Chambers USA has ranked Bernkopf Goodman LLP partner Peter B. McGlynn within the category of General Commercial Litigation. The 2021 publication states that Peter is “recommended for his broad-ranging civil litigation practice, which draws on significant trial experience in matters such as construction disputes and bankruptcy-related… Read More

05.13.2021 | Client Alerts | In The News

Allen D. Hankins Recognized as an Up & Coming Lawyer

Bernkopf Goodman LLP is pleased to announce that partner Allen D. Hankins will be honored tonight as a 2021 “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly during the annual Excellence in the Law event. The award recognizes local attorneys who have been practicing for ten years or less and… Read More

04.29.2021 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Update-Restaurant Revitalization Fund Client Alert

On April 1, 2021, we sent out a Client Alert about the American Rescue Act of 2021 which established a Restaurant Revitalization Fund, specifically targeting restaurants and bars with grants (not loans). As of the date of our initial Client Alert, there was little information on how this fund… Read More

04.01.2021 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund

H.R. 1319 Title V, Sec. 5003 Through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, the federal government has finally tried to target specific economic relief to the struggling hospitality sector, specifically restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Prior to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, the second draw of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP),… Read More

01.20.2021 | Client Alerts

Latest CARES Act Includes Significant, Albeit Temporary, Provisions to the Bankruptcy Code Affecting Commercial Landlords, Tenants and Suppliers

On December 27, 2020, the second CARES Act was signed into law, providing an additional $900 billion in pandemic relief. Less publicized are several changes the Act made to the United States Bankruptcy Code that are applicable to commercial landlords, tenants, and suppliers. A summary of these changes follows: Altered… Read More

01.19.2021 | Client Alerts | In The News

Robert Stetson Named to the Executive Committee

Robert Stetson, a partner at the law firm Bernkopf Goodman LLP, has been named to the firm’s executive committee. In the role, he will work with the committee to establish and execute the firm’s overall goals, finances, priorities, and culture. Stetson, a member of Bernkopf Goodman’s litigation group, combines hard… Read More

01.16.2021 | Client Alerts

Governor Baker Pocket Vetoes Two Key Tenant Protection Provisions Within the New Stimulus Bill

In recently signing legislation providing for $626.5 million to be spread around the Massachusetts economy over the next five years, Governor Baker exercised his pocket veto to strike certain provisions within House Bill 5250 (https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H5250). Bill H.5250 included a controversial provision that would have granted tenants a right of… Read More

01.11.2021 | Client Alerts

PPP Loans and Taxes

The CARES Act provided that PPP loan funds that are forgiven will not be included in gross income for tax purposes (contrary to the general tax rule that forgiveness of indebtedness is included in a taxpayer’s gross income). The $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill that became law in late December… Read More

01.05.2021 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Small Business Relief Program: Massachusetts Relief Available for Small Businesses Including Restaurants and Bars

Governor Baker has targeted small businesses in Massachusetts since October 2020 with the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation’s initial funding, but previous stimulus money and budget allocations were insufficient to keep up with the need. Effective immediately, Governor Baker is now allocating more funds to help restaurants, bars, and other small… Read More

12.16.2020 | Client Alerts

Client Alert: Court Orders Owner to Pay its Contractor Over $4.6 Million for Violations of the Massachusetts Prompt Pay Act

In a case of first impression in Massachusetts, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Michael D. Ricciuti has ordered a real estate developer to pay its general contractor $4,600,109.24 within 45 days as a consequence of the developer’s failure to comply with the Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act, G.L. c. 149, § 29E… Read More