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Contractors Beware: OSHA Begins Enforcement of New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard

On October 19, 2017, OSHA released interim enforcement guidance for its Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard. This standard began full enforcement on October 23, 2017. The Interim Enforcement Guidance issued refers to the standard promulgated on September 23, 2017.  Initially, rather than issue citations for violations of the standard, OSHA’s compliance officers were instructed to assist […]...

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Landlord’s Security Deposit Violation Does Not Warrant Triple Damages

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently addressed the scope and interpretation of the Massachusetts Security Deposit Act, MGL c. 186, § 15B, in Phillips v. Equity Residential Management, LLC.  Strang Scott previously discussed the implications of landlords’ failure to comply with MGL c. 186 (“the Act”).   The dispute centered around four different provisions of […]...

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Chris Strang Reelected Treasurer of the Boston Bar Foundation

The Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) Board of Trustees elected Strang Scott partner Chris Strang to the office of Treasurer for a second term.   Chris’ service to the BBF as Treasurer continues his long-term committment to the organization, where Chris has served in many capacities, including as a member of the Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees, the […]...

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Strang Scott Enjoys “A Taste of The Fenway”

The Strang Scott team was out in force last week to support our friends and neighbors at “A Taste of The Fenway.” The fun festival featured our best community chefs, restaurants and other local businesses with delicious food and drink samples, as well as live music and games. The Fenway Community Development Corporation partnered with […]...

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Airbnb Tax Dropped from Budget after House Negotiations

This post updates our previous post regarding proposed taxation of revenue generated by Airbnb rentals.  Despite prior consideration of an Airbnb tax as early as July 2017, the proposal was dropped from the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. Earlier this year, the state Senate pushed to apply Massachusetts’ state hotel tax, and local levies, on […]...

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Jury Awards $1,000,000 For Business Defamation Claim

     In a recent decision in Dallas, Texas District Court, a jury awarded $1,000,000 in damages to a wedding photographer due to defamatory statements published in the media, and in particular on internet sites and social media.      Every business owner fears the damage that negative comments made online can do to their reputation. […]...

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Massachusetts Proceeds with Proposal to Impose Tax on Short-Term Rentals like Airbnb

As discussed in one of our previous posts , Massachusetts legislators have continued to discuss imposing a tax on short-term rental companies like Airbnb. Recently, the Massachusetts Senate decided to proceed with Governor Charlie Baker’s proposal to expand the room occupancy tax to include short-term rentals, but not without a few modifications. Back in January, Governor […]...

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Strang Scott Welcomes Summer Associate Nicole Rushovich

Nicole Rushovich, a rising third year student at Boston University Law School, will spend the summer working as a summer associate in Strang Scott’s Boston office. Nicole obtained her B.A. at the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning summa cum laude honors with a dual degree in Psychology and Political Science. While there she was […]...

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Court Awards Damages Despite “No Damage for Delay” Clause

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently upheld a trial court’s award of damages to a subcontractor in spite of a “no damages for delay clause” in the subcontract.On a public construction project, the subcontractor entered into a subcontract that contained a clause making extensions of time the exclusive remedy for delays to the subcontractor. The project […]...

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Deal Reached to Keep CITGO Sign Atop Strang Scott Office

Citgo and Related Beal have agreed to terms that will keep the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square “in place for decades to come.”  Not surprisingly, Boston residents are elated about the news.    ...

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