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Preexisting, Nonconforming Uses and Structures: A Recent Appeals Court Clarification

10/22/2014   |   BY Thomas P. Gorman

Revisions to local zoning ordinances look prospectively. Thus, when a zoning ordinance is enacted prohibiting a specific use in any particular... Read More »

SJC Decision Permits Solicitation of Nominating Signatures at Supermarket Entrance

10/14/2014   |   BY Joshua M. Alper

Owners and operators of supermarkets and other commercial property in Massachusetts should be aware that on October 10th, the Supreme... Read More »

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Recent Changes to the Law of Private Construction Contracts – Your Government is Here to Help You Again

10/03/2014   |   BY Peter Friedenberg

As part of the end-of-session rush at the General Court this summer, significant changes were made to Massachusetts law governing... Read More »

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Recorded Deed with Defective Acknowledgement Fails to Provide Constructive Notice to Third Parties

09/24/2014   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a real property grantee could not be... Read More »

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A Primer: Economic Loss Doctrine Not Necessarily Bar to Tort Recovery

07/22/2014   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Although the “economic loss doctrine” has historically barred recovery of certain classes of tort damages, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently... Read More »

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Massachusetts Registered Land – A Primer

07/08/2014   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Many out-of-state attorneys and real estate professionals are unfamiliar with the existence of registered land in Massachusetts. Approximately 15 to... Read More »

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2014 Massachusetts Solar Update

06/30/2014   |   BY

SREC II: It seems we hardly knew you. In April of 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) published amendments... Read More »

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Purchase Money Security Interests – Value Limited

06/16/2014   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

During a recent discussion, the topic of purchase money security interests arose and it seemed like a good topic for... Read More »

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Buying Standing? Buyer Beware.

06/03/2014   |   BY Thomas P. Gorman

The doctrine of standing to sue -- the status that allows a plaintiff to bring a lawsuit in the first... Read More »

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Science Meets Government: MassDEP Moves Forward With Contingency Plan Regulations

05/14/2014   |   BY Ronald W. Ruth

Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) promulgated several important amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), which... Read More »

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The Effect of Online Shopping on Retail Leases and Percentage Rent

04/30/2014   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

“Percentage Rent” is a familiar concept to retailers and landlords and has long formed a significant aspect of the business... Read More »

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (“HVAC”), Solar and Other “Green” Heating Alternatives in Retail Leasing

04/10/2014   |   BY Gary D. Buchman

A topic that arises in virtually every retail lease, and yet is barely addressed in the letter of intent (LOI),... Read More »