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After a summary process trial before him (without a jury), a Superior Court judge recently held that a commercial landlord could not evict a tenant despite proving the tenant had repeatedly breached provisions in the lease because the breaches were not material. While the facts in making this decision were unique and specific to this […]

Bobby Rudolph recently represented a real estate developer in a civil lawsuit against its former project manager who was accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from his employer by paying fake subcontractor accounts on projects and then converting the funds into his personal bank account. Within days of discovering the theft by the employee, Bobby filed […]

Jon Friedmann recently represented Robert DeVoe as both trustee of R&M Realty Trust and individually in a case tried in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts (Lassman v. DeVoe, No. 18-01192, 2022). The case involved a commercial lease between Nouhad B. Bechara and Mona M. Bechara (“the debtors”) and R&M Realty […]

The old adage “Failing to plan is planning to fail” can easily be applied to owning a business. Business owners need to be prepared for the many contingencies that come up during the lifecycle of their business. Much like a person’s estate plan, proper planning should be taken to ensure as little disruption as possible […]

The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), long a thorn in the side of employees who desire litigation, has now been limited by the expansion of its prominent exception. Before considering the expansion of the FAA’s exception, it is important to understand the FAA. Scope of the Federal Arbitration Act The FAA requires enforcement of arbitration agreements […]

A recent Massachusetts Land Court case examined the validity of a “two-tier” condominium project. This two-tier condominium approach is also referred to as a condominium within a condominium. A two-tier condominium is a condominium comprised of a primary condominium (the “Primary Condominium”), pursuant to which a landowner then creates one or more condominiums within and […]

In Massachusetts, it is not unusual for public construction contracts to include Project Labor Agreement (“PLA”) provisions that mandate a successful bidder only hire union laborers and subcontractors. The purpose behind this is that union labor, though more expensive because of prevailing wage regulations, will agree not to strike or engage in work stoppages, thus […]

We are pleased to announce Preston Clinton has joined the firm as an associate. Preston represents individuals and businesses in civil litigation matters in state and federal court with a focus on business law, contract disputes, real estate, land use, employment law and personal injury. Committed to helping people who face a broad range of […]

Rudolph Friedmann is pleased to announce the addition of associate Casey Sack. Casey focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Casey worked for a boutique law firm where she represented clients in professional liability claims and civil litigation matters. She handled uninsured cases, underinsured cases, and Chapter 93A […]

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently issued a noteworthy opinion regarding a property owners’ responsibility to remedy violations of the Wetlands Protection Act (the “Act”). The Court held that a local conservation commission may bring an enforcement action against a new property owner for up to three years following the property owners’ date of acquisition—even […]

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