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Monthly Archives: May 2007

Google Patent Search Posted on May 24

Google now has a patent search feature. According to their FAQ, “Google Patent Search covers the entire collection of patents made available by the USPTO—from patents issued in the 1790s through those issued in the middle of 2006. We don’t currently include patent applications, international   …Continue Reading Google Patent Search

Whistleblowing for taxes Posted on May 16

Now that the high season for taxes is over, this bit of code caught our attention. In December, a new federal tax whistleblower statute took effect. The federal statute, title 26 section 7623 is brief, and interesting. It will award payments of between 15 and   …Continue Reading Whistleblowing for taxes

Sex By Fraud Isn’t Rape Posted on May 11

In Suliveres v. Commonwealth, the Supreme Judicial Court held yesterday that “intercourse where consent is achieved by fraud does not constitute rape.” In Suliveres, the Commonwealth had alleged that the woman believed she was having sex with her boyfriend, when in fact it was her   …Continue Reading Sex By Fraud Isn’t Rape

Eviction upheld for criminal activity Posted on May 4

The Supreme Judicial Court yesterday released a decision which allowed the Lowell Housing Authority to evict a tenant for criminal activity that did not occur on the premises. In LHA v. Melendez, the court held that the statute allows for eviction for criminal activity that   …Continue Reading Eviction upheld for criminal activity