Business lenders are accustomed to making loans secured by garden-variety assets such as accounts receivable, inventory and equipment, but sometimes they are called upon to make loans where the most valuable collateral is intellectual property, namely patents, copyrights and trademarks.
Cape Cod beaches are delightful attractions, but every summer brings heated arguments between shoreline owners and their inland neighbors over private beach access.
The doctrine of unjust enrichment is an ancient legal concept that allows contractors to get paid even if they have no contractual right to compensation.
Many of the finest real estate developments in Massachusetts sit on spacious lots with well-tended yards extending to the edge of scenic wetlands. These properties are impressive, but nitrogen pollutants from their septic systems and fertilized lawns seep into nearby harbors, estuaries and ponds.
It is disgraceful to intentionally deny housing to people because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin or various other attributes.
Statutes of limitations are a defendant’s best friend. If plaintiffs do not timely file suit under these statutes, even the most dastardly and negligent defendant can avoid liability.
When real estate developers have difficulties securing permits, they often blame municipal officials for singling them out unfairly.
Imagine that you are a real estate developer navigating the Massachusetts permitting process. You committed time and money to a project that will reward your risk-taking, while addressing community needs.
Several Massachusetts cities and towns, including Amherst, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville, have local ordinances restricting condominium conversions of rental housing. Somerville deserves special attention among these communities.
It is too often said that one can more easily obtain forgiveness than permission, but a Cape Cod condominium owner recently suffered dire consequences when she expanded her unit into the condominium’s common areas, without receiving permission or forgiveness from her fellow unit owners.
The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) is a private nonprofit committed to expanding the life science and health care industries in the Bay State. Its members include biomedical firms, academic hospitals and allied organizations.
Lawyers who choose sides in disputes among owners of closely held businesses do so at their peril, as attorneys at WilmerHale and Gunderson Dettmer learned this summer in Baker v. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. The plaintiffs’ allegations in that case are outlined below.
The term “substantive consolidation” is unfamiliar to most, but after a recent bankruptcy court decision in Massachusetts, it may become a household phrase when the next economic downturn inevitably arrives.
Shortly after taking office in 2014, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh issued a detailed report entitled “Housing a Changing City,” with ambitious plans to create 53,000 new dwelling units in Boston by 2030 for a population expected to exceed 700,000 residents by that date.
While large-scale casino gambling projects capture public attention in Massachusetts, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) hopes to build a bingo parlor on Martha’s Vineyard. A federal appeals court’s decision last month would allow the tribe’s hopes to become reality.
Retail shops face daunting challenges, such as securing locations and financing, employee retention, inventory management and competition from online vendors who have shed brick and mortar cocoons. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has spawned additional challenges, which include vexatious litigants and their lawyers.
America enjoys an embarrassment of fossil fuel riches. The U.S. is easily the world’s largest producer of natural gas and petroleum.
The local permitting process in Massachusetts can be challenging to developers. Before pushing a shovel into the ground, they must wade through a quagmire of boards of appeal, planning boards, conservation commissions and boards of health, all while trying to appease hostile abutters.
Many Bay State cities and towns eagerly publicize their local affordable housing projects.
Statutes of limitations are a lawbreaker’s best friend. Last month, an amendment to the Massachusetts Zoning Act took effect, making its statute of limitations even friendlier for owners of buildings that violate zoning laws.