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In the current age of global pandemics and unprecedented economic instability, many employers and employees find themselves stressed to the maximum. A recent decision by a Federal Appeals Court that an employer did not discriminate against an employee by firing her for misconduct she attributed to post-traumatic stress disorder has shed some new light on […]

Laws permitting the medicinal use of marijuana were enacted in Massachusetts in 2012 and on July 1, 2018, recreational marijuana was legalized. The Commonwealth’s evolving law governing marijuana usage presents profound challenges for Massachusetts employers seeking to protect their customers, employees and themselves. This article will briefly examine some of the current trends in marijuana […]

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) resolved an important question concerning how long prospective plaintiffs have to pursue construction defect claims against a developer when a condominium development consists of multiple buildings constructed over an extended period of time. In D’Allesandro v. Lennar Hingham Holdings, LLC, the SJC held that the six-year statute of repose […]

UMNV 205-207 Newbury, LLC (referred to as “UMNV”) leased its Newbury Street location to Caffe Nero Americas, Inc. (referred to as “Caffé Nero”) for a 15-year term starting June 1, 2017. The lease stipulated that Caffé Nero was to use the leased premises “solely for the operation of a Caffé Nero themed café under Tenant’s […]

In “DOJ Action Is A Cautionary Tale On Employer No-Poach Pacts,” Eric Walz and Adam Shafran provide their expert analysis and highlight a significant consequence of the DOJ’s recent indictment of a company for utilizing a no-poach agreement to restrict movement of top level employees (United States of America v. Surgical Care Affiliates, LLC and […]

We are pleased to announce Bobby Rudolph has been named partner in the firm. Bobby joined the firm as an associate in 2012 and represents individuals and businesses in complex commercial litigation matters. His cases primarily involve issues related to business, employment, real estate and construction. He received a J.D., cum laude, from Boston College […]

In today’s world, political discourse is rarely civil and can often lead to potentially tense and/or hostile disagreements. However, if an employee makes the choice to discuss hotly contested political topics in the office, could that employee be subject to discipline for his/her viewpoints, or does the First Amendment protect free speech and shield the […]

Perhaps more than others, small business owners have found it difficult to weather the sudden and seemingly endless rounds of shutdowns, restrictions, moratoriums, and reopenings. With fewer financial resources at their disposal and a steady upward trend of new Coronavirus cases, even with the almost-tangible feeling of hope that arrived with news of an effective […]

Jim Rudolph has been named a Massachusetts Go To Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The “Go To Lawyer” award recognizes the top business lawyers across the Commonwealth and highlights lawyers who are experts in their field. Attorneys were nominated by their clients and colleagues for their expertise in business law, including signature accomplishments, representative cases […]

Rudolph Friedmann is pleased to announce Eric J. Walz has joined the firm as Senior Counsel. Eric has years of experience representing clients in complex franchise and automotive dealer class actions and other disputes, contract negotiations and terminations, and matters affecting franchise and dealer relationships. He also has significant experience defending companies and individuals in […]

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