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Hub and Spoke: Greater Boston Transportation Update

By John J. Slater III on October 10, 2012
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In June, the ULI Boston District Council issued “Hub and Spoke: Core Transit Congestion and the Future of Transit and... Read More »

Be careful (and wordy) in drafting “Prevailing Party” clauses

By Peter Friedenberg on September 26, 2012
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It’s an oft-repeated complaint – the sheer cost of litigating a claim, regardless of its merits, makes it difficult or... Read More »

An Act Preventing Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures

By on September 12, 2012
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On August 3, 2012, Governor Patrick of Massachusetts signed “An Act Preventing Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures” into law.  As suggested... Read More »

Permit Extension Act Extended Once More in Massachusetts

By Sherin and Lodgen on August 29, 2012
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The development community within the Commonwealth was the recipient of a welcome benefit following Governor Deval Patrick’s signature of the... Read More »

Negotiating the Scope of Non-recourse Carve-outs in Mortgage Loan Documents

By on August 29, 2012
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While many commercial real estate loans are made without either partial or full payment guaranties, almost all institutional lenders will... Read More »

When is P&S Warranty Disclaimer Not a Disclaimer?

By Edward M. Bloom on August 22, 2012
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The widely used Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) standard form of purchase and sale agreement has a disclaimer whereby... Read More »

Legislation Resolves Problems Affecting Commercial Leases Created By 2011 SJC Decision – Bishop v. TES Realty Trust

By Joshua M. Bowman on August 15, 2012
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Marking the successful conclusion of a campaign spearheaded by the ICSC Massachusetts Government Relations Committee, of which Sherin and Lodgen... Read More »

Supreme Court Affirms Secured Creditors’ Right to Credit Bid

By Sherin and Lodgen on August 8, 2012
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At the end of its most recent term, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the rights of secured creditors to... Read More »

New Markets Tax Credit Update -Renewal of Popular Program Pending in Congress

By Douglas M. Henry on July 31, 2012
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The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) is a popular program, with a proven record of job creation and economic development... Read More »

No writing? No problem. When a Purchase & Sale may be found enforceable

By on July 18, 2012
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On May 22, 2012, a judge of the Middlesex Superior Court found that a buyer and seller intended to be... Read More »