The author of this Massachusetts Lw Notes, Steve Evans, is a business lawyer practicing in the Boston Massachusetts area. He created and now maintains tis site with the goal of providing a valuable, time resource for anyone interested in legal developments affecting business and commercial activity. Although the focus of this site is generally on corporate law, it will tend to focus disproportionately on developments in Massachusetts law.
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The Massachusetts Court of Appeals recently reversed a jury finding of tortious interference with advantageous customer relations on the grounds that it was not supported by the evidence. A distributor (Brewster) of wallpaper products brought a breach of contract suit against its supplier (Blue...
I often get asked by people, how much does it cost to incorporate? Here is a quick overview of the various filing fees that you can expect to pay to get your business up and running:I often get asked by people, how much does it cost to incorporate? Here is a quick overview of the various filing...
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently considered a case involving the attempt by one party to recover amounts paid under a contract that was later determined to be illegal. The facts of the case involved a one page contract that the National Association of Government Employees, Inc....
The Sunday New York Times business section has a good roundup of the various issues that arise in signing non-compete agreements. In Massachusetts it is common, particularly among high tech companies, to require all employees to sign some form of non-competition agreement (along with other...
The AP reported on a case in Massachusetts in which the Panera Bread Company attempted to enforce a provision in its shopping mall lease that bans rival sandwich shops to stop a mexcican fast food chain from moving into the same mall. Here is the short AP write up on the case:The AP reported on a...
Minority investors in a closely held business often find that they have little control over the direction of the company, with most corporate action often requiring only a majority vote at the shareholder or board level. That is why venture capital investors typically create a separate class of...
A three-person arbitration panel ruled against Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance finding that the company’s former CEO, Robert O’Connell , did not breach his fiduciary duty as was alleged by the board of directors and could be entitled to benefits totaling $50 million. The decision...
A federal district court in Massachusetts upheld a jury verdict against Computer Associates finding that its compensation policy, which denied payment of sales commission to terminated employees on deals where payment was not received within 30 days of that employee’s termination, violated...
In a case reported by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a Massachusetts trial court held that, despite warnings in an employee manual that Internet activity would be monitored, an employee’s email communication to his lawyer via a Yahoo personal email account was “made in confidence”...
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports on a case involving an employee who was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. The employee had worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in a sales role for 37 years (including 11 years after being diagnosed with the disorder) and was terminated for failure to...