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By Annabelle Hentz, Law Clerk The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts recently upheld a Superior Court’s ruling that rent acceleration clauses are enforceable by commercial landlords against defaulting commercial tenants. Rent acceleration clauses allow for unpaid rent to constitute liquidated damages when a tenant defaults—regardless of the amount of unpaid lapsed time. Case Background Recently, […]

In Massachusetts when a buyer finds property to purchase, the first step in the process is to make an offer that the seller will accept. The buyer binds his offer with a small deposit until a more formal Purchase & Sale Agreement (“P&S”) is executed and additional deposit funds are delivered. The offer generally outlines […]

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly featured Bobby Rudolph in its August 14, 2023, issue in “Land Court judge rescues sale of property from improperly filed lis pendens.” The article highlights a case Bobby recently handled, Sharari v. Laura Road Holdings, which involved the sale of a residential property at 20 Laura Road in Newton, MA. The plaintiff […]

Jim Rudolph has been named a Massachusetts Go To Construction Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The “Go To Lawyer” award recognizes the top construction 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 construction law, including signature accomplishments, representative […]

Most astute entrepreneurs will avoid running a business as a sole proprietor or as part of a partnership and opt to limit their personal liability by forming a separate entity to operate the business. A corporation or a limited liability company (“LLC”) is often the best vehicle to shield the business owner’s personal assets from […]

The short-term rental sector continues to gain momentum among investors as it disrupts traditional real estate investments thanks to the rise in remote work around the country. Accommodation-sharing platforms report that interest in owning short-term rentals or becoming hosts on marketplace platforms is at an all-time high. Whether you’re leasing a spare room or an […]

According to Massachusetts case law, an order directing specific performance of a contract to sell real property is appropriate where one party to that contract, either a buyer or seller, has shown: there is a binding contract to sell property; the agreed time for performance has arrived; and the party seeking performance has performed, or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rudolph Friedmann partner Jonathon Friedmann recently represented a developer and his wife in a five-day jury trial in Barnstable Superior Court. The complex litigation involved nine counts against the firm’s clients, including fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unfair and deceptive practices, civil conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and Chapter 93A violations, which would have […]

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