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In the recent matter of Bellalta v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Brookline 481 Mass. 272 (2019), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) ruled that a variance was not required for a homeowner to add a dormer to their roof (only a special permit) despite the additional living space increasing a nonconforming Floor Area […]

Bobby Rudolph acted as local counsel to a California real estate developer who brought suit against two Massachusetts companies for breach of commercial leases for properties located in California. After a trial and judgment issuing in California, Bobby brought suit against the tenant and corporate guarantor of the commercial leases in Massachusetts to enforce the […]

A fee-shifting agreement requires the non-prevailing party in a legal matter to pay the legal fees and costs of the prevailing party. We previously highlighted Jon Friedmann’s victory in a complex foreclosure case, which resulted in a six-figure verdict for the firm’s client in a jury-waived trial. After the trial, the judge held a separate […]

Giving Notice on Lien and Bond Claims We expect that some of the construction projects which have already been or may be shut down will not resume so quickly. Many construction contracts have provisions in them allowing the general contractor (or owner) to terminate or suspend the contract for convenience. Keep in mind that, although […]

The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted all of our lives and generated numerous questions on various employment and other legal issues. We are working diligently to counsel our clients as issues arise throughout these uncertain times. This article is intended to provide answers to some of the most common legal issues related to COVID-19 […]

We are pleased to announce Alexander Tsianatelis joined the firm as an associate. A talented legal professional, Alex focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financings, development, operations, maintenance and leasing. Alex started his legal career working for the Kraft Group’s related companies in Foxborough, MA including Gillette Stadium and other […]

The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (“SBRA”) (H.R. 3311) is one of three bills, which made significant changes to the bankruptcy code in February 2020. The other two bills include The Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act of 2019 (the HAVEN Act) and the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019. The HAVEN Act […]

by Mark Taylor Rumson The Massachusetts “Lemon Law,” G.L.c. 90, Section 7N ½, obligates an auto manufacturer or dealer to repair any “nonconformity” to express or implied warranties – in other words, any defect that substantially impairs a vehicle’s use, market value or safety – that arises within one year or 15,000 miles of the […]

by Robert Rudolph Massachusetts Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2020, the Massachusetts Minimum Wage will increase from $12.00 per hour to $12.75 per hour. The Massachusetts Minimum Wage will continue to increase in yearly increments until it reaches $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2023. In Massachusetts, all workers are presumed to be employees, and […]

by Robert P. Rudolph If you have worked in the United States, then you have (hopefully) filled out a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. The Form I-9, issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security (“DOL”), is used to verify the identity and employment authorization for all persons hired for employment in the United […]

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