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Contractors: Do You Know Your Rights Under the New Hampshire Residential Construction Defect Dispute Resolution Statute?

New Hampshire has enacted a dispute resolution statute for residential construction defect claims made by homeowners that, among other things, provides contractors notice and opportunity to resolve alleged construction defects prior to a disgruntled owner instituting litigation against them.  Despite its obvious benefits to residential contractors, many contractors fail to preserve the right to rely […]...

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Copying Employer Data Ruled Not a Material Breach of Employment Contract

A recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case, EventMonitor, Inc. v. Anthony Leness, narrowly interpreted a common employment contract provision. Leness was an executive at EventMonitor. The parties signed an employment agreement, which provided the manner in which EventMonitor could terminate Leness’s employment. The agreement provided a  for-cause termination provision, permitting termination if Leness engaged in fraud […]...

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Sub-Subcontractor’s Ambiguous E-mail Insufficient to Satisfy Statutory Notice Requirements for Claim on General Contractor’s Payment Bond

In an opinion issued this week in N-Tek Construction Services, Inc. v. Hartford Fire Insurance Company, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled that a sub-subcontractor’s e-mail to a general contractor on a public construction project failed to clearly present a claim that would satisfy the notice requirements of M.G.L. c. 149, s. 29.The unpaid sub-subcontractor on […]...

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Summary Judgment Considerations in Discrimination Cases

Massachusetts law prohibits employment discrimination based on race, among other things. It is often difficult for plaintiffs to produce direct evidence of discrimination (i.e., the “smoking gun”), so Massachusetts law allows plaintiffs to prove discriminatory intent by producing evidence showing an employer’s adverse employment decision was merely a pretext. In a very recent opinion, Bulwer […]...

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Contractual Arbitration Clauses Can’t Supersede Arbitration Statute

Arbitration clauses for dispute resolution are a common component of all manner of contracts. While the pros and cons of arbitrating in lieu of litigating are hotly debated, the finality of arbitrators’ decisions is often cited favorably. A reduced chance of future appeals generally keeps costs down.That finality can prove to be a bit too […]...

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Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreements: Consideration

We have discussed the basics of non-competition agreements (“non-competes”) in Massachusetts, particularly the need to have reasonable restrictions supporting a “legitimate business interest.” Non-competes often include additional restrictions, such as non-solicitation and nondisclosure clauses. Beyond that, non-competes usually contain several provisions commonly found in legal documents. This post is the first in a series covering […]...

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Prime Contractors Can Use Subcontractor’s Qualifications to Meet Specification Requirements

In a recent decision, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Bid Protest Unit ruled that in certain circumstances a prime or general bidder on public construction projects can use the experience and qualifications of a subcontractor to meet the requirements of the project specifications.The case, In re Department of Mental Health, Attorney General Bid Protest Decision (February […]...

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Punch List and Remedial Work May Not Extend the 120 Day Period to Secure a Mechanic’s Lien in New Hampshire

A recent ruling in the Rockingham County Superior Court offers further guidance to contractors regarding the extent of the right to maintain a mechanic’s lien in New Hampshire.  In the matter of Fabcon Precast, LLC, v. Zirkelbach Construction, Inc., et al. Strang Scott attorney Corey N. Giroux secured a discharge of the plaintiff’s mechanic’s lien as untimely […]...

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Money Matters: Making the Most of Investment Property in Massachusetts

It is no secret that investing in real estate is often a shrewd financial move, especially given the current Boston rental market. Whether you already own investment properties or you are thinking about purchasing your first, there are important considerations to make to ensure that you are maximizing your returns and making your money work […]...

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Protecting Confidential Business Information

While the Massachusetts legislature continues to debate whether to ban “non-competition agreements,” support for the protection of trade secrets and confidential information remains strong. Although the Commonwealth has not adopted a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Massachusetts protects trade secrets in several overlapping ways: state law provides that the theft of a trade […]...

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