Michael Paris

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Family offices are turning towards alternative investments. So are fraudsters.

What do LEGO sets, baseball cards, and cryptocurrencies have in common? In these volatile economic times these alternatives have, in many cases, managed to outperform the S&P 500 as an investment class. There are of course several caveats. A LEGO set with a 615% annual return, an admirable showing, could mean appreciating in value from $3.99 to $28.46. And while Baseball cards remain “the most liquid tangible asset markets”, neither option is going to make up the bulk of a sophisticated investor’s portfolio. But one fact remains true. Due to recent market instabilities, more investors are looking beyond traditional avenues and towards alternative investments, or assets that are not correlated to the stock market. And as the acceptance of these assets grows, so do the numbers of scammers and fraudsters in this field.

Making Sense of the New Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act

The Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act, applies to all non-competition agreements entered into on or after October 1, 2018, [1] and applies to all employees and independent contractors working in Massachusetts regardless of whether the agreement contains a choice-of-law provision. Here are the important points that you need to know. 

This lesson cost $23 million

We follow orders, son.  We follow orders or people die.  It’s that simple. - Colonel Nathan R. Jessep, A Few Good Men While the consequences are not nearly as dire, debtors in bankruptcy proceedings and litigants in general would be well-advised to heed Colonel Jessep’s admonition.  Such obvious lessons should go without saying.  But occasionally, litigants and attorneys need a reminder.