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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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Five Key Issues for the Parties to a Sublease

04/15/2014   |   BY

A sublease is a transfer of less than a tenant’s full interest in its lease because either it is a... 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 »

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Appeals Court Rejects Buyer’s Attempt to Enforce Seller’s Conditional Acceptance

04/07/2014   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

The Massachusetts Appeals Court in Host v. Gray recently affirmed a Land Court decision dismissing a buyer’s claim seeking specific... Read More »

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This couldn’t happen in my mixed-use condominium….or could it?

04/01/2014   |   BY Peter Friedenberg

I just finished reading an article about a recent Superior Court case, Board of Trustees of the Gates of Greenwood... Read More »

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Mortgagees Beware! – The Massachusetts Obsolete Mortgages Statute Revisited

03/18/2014   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

The recent Massachusetts Land Court decision in Ry-Co International, Ltd. v. VonIderstein, et al. is a salutary reminder to lenders... Read More »

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Broker Awarded Fees Where Lease Was Not Signed

03/03/2014   |   BY Joshua M. Alper

A judge of the Superior Court has recently awarded brokerage fees to a realtor despite that the landlord did not... Read More »

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Retail Shopping: Virtual or Reality?

02/26/2014   |   BY

In the 1998 movie, “You’ve Got Mail,” the charming children’s bookshop owned by Meg Ryan’s character is threatened by the... Read More »

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5 Lease Tips for Startups

02/03/2014   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Generally when thinking of a lease arrangement between a landlord and tenant we have in mind a long term relationship.... Read More »

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The Basics: Massachusetts Contingency Plan – Massachusetts Chapter 21E

12/09/2013   |   BY Ronald W. Ruth

Many of our clients are very familiar with oil and hazardous materials law and how contamination can significantly affect real... Read More »