Superior Court Memorializes Continued Use of Videoconferencing for Certain Proceedings

Use of Videoconferencing in Law

Litigants and litigators, particularly on the civil side of the profession, have grown accustomed to using Zoom over the past two years. Many have wondered to what extent videoconferencing will become an enduring feature of certain legal proceedings moving forward. The Superior Court recently issued a Standing Order that provides an answer to that inquiry. […]

Commercial Landlord Could Not Evict Tenant for Repeatedly Paying Rent Late

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A Superior Court judge recently rejected a commercial landlord’s effort to evict a restaurant tenant for late rental payments. In Varano v. PDJM Land Trust, LLC, Nicola Varano (“Varano”), who owns and operates a restaurant in the North End called Nico Ristorante, brought a declaratory judgment action seeking to invalidate his landlord’s attempt to evict him. […]

SJC Finds COVID-19 Virus Did Not Cause Physical Loss or Damage to Restaurants

SJC Finds COVID-19 Virus Did Not Cause Physical Loss or Damage to Restaurants

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) has weighed in on an insurance coverage issue that has arisen in Superior Court cases following the COVID-19 pandemic: whether businesses who were forced to limit operations during the pandemic had suffered a “direct physical loss of or damage to” property that entitled them to insurance coverage. The SJC […]

Court Declines to Dissolve Close Corporation Despite Deadlock

The Massachusetts Superior Court recently rejected a request to dissolve a closely-held corporation, despite its finding that the company was deadlocked. Schudder v. Schudder involved allegations of breach of fiduciary duty among the shareholders of Hyannis Harbor Tours, Inc. (“HHT”), a close corporation that operates ferry service between Hyannis Harbor and Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Frederic […]

Contracting Parties May Not Waive Liability for Willful or Knowing Violations of Chapter 93A

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently clarified the law with respect to a commercial party’s ability to contractually exempt itself from liability under Chapter 93A. In H1 Lincoln, Inc. v. South Washington Street, LLC, et al., the Superior Court had found that defendants’ conduct toward plaintiff tenant in connection with a commercial lease violated Chapter […]

Attorney Acting as Mediator May Be Liable for Malpractice

Many mediators in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are also attorneys. The Superior Court recently issued a decision that demonstrates that such mediators are not insulated from a legal malpractice claim if they cross the line from providing mediation services to providing legal advice. In Reid v. Kroll, et al., Plaintiff and his then-wife had mediated […]

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Wishing our clients and colleagues a very happy holiday season and best wishes for a successful new year in 2022. View past Razor issues O’Connor, Carnathan and Mack LLC is a commercial litigation law firm located in Burlington, Massachusetts that helps companies and individuals resolve complex business disputes, insurance coverage disputes, and personal injury claims. […]