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SJC Decision Permits Solicitation of Nominating Signatures at Supermarket Entrance

By Joshua M. Alper on October 14, 2014
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Owners and operators of supermarkets and other commercial property in Massachusetts should be aware that on October 10th, the Supreme... Read More »

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

By Peter Friedenberg on October 3, 2014
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As part of the end-of-session rush at the General Court this summer, significant changes were made to Massachusetts law governing... Read More »

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

By Sherin and Lodgen on September 24, 2014
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In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a real property grantee could not be... Read More »

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

By Sherin and Lodgen on July 22, 2014
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Although the “economic loss doctrine” has historically barred recovery of certain classes of tort damages, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently... Read More »

Massachusetts Registered Land – A Primer

By on July 8, 2014
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Many out-of-state attorneys and real estate professionals are unfamiliar with the existence of registered land in Massachusetts. Approximately 15 to... Read More »

2014 Massachusetts Solar Update

By on June 30, 2014
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SREC II: It seems we hardly knew you. In April of 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) published amendments... Read More »

Purchase Money Security Interests – Value Limited

By Sherin and Lodgen on June 16, 2014
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During a recent discussion, the topic of purchase money security interests arose and it seemed like a good topic for... Read More »

Buying Standing? Buyer Beware.

By Thomas P. Gorman on June 3, 2014
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The doctrine of standing to sue -- the status that allows a plaintiff to bring a lawsuit in the first... Read More »

Science Meets Government: MassDEP Moves Forward With Contingency Plan Regulations

By Ronald W. Ruth on May 14, 2014
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Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) promulgated several important amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), which... Read More »

The Effect of Online Shopping on Retail Leases and Percentage Rent

By Sherin and Lodgen on April 30, 2014
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“Percentage Rent” is a familiar concept to retailers and landlords and has long formed a significant aspect of the business... Read More »