Monthly Archives: May 2012

Clearing the Air on the Massachusetts Prompt Pay Law

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Although nearly two have passed since the so-called prompt pay law was enacted, many contractors remain unclear on the rights, obligations and requirements under the law.  In November 2010, the legislature passed “An Act Promoting Fairness in Private Construction Contracts,” … Continue reading

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Supreme Judicial Court Breathes New Life Into “Regis East” Project in Weston

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After rejections by the Weston Zoning Board of Appeals and the Land Court, Regis College put its “Regis East” project into the hands of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC).  At issue is whether the project, which would provide housing, healthcare … Continue reading

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Extension of the Permit Extension Act?

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Projects on the back burner may soon have some additional time to simmer. Throughout the recent recession and slow recovery, stalled projects that had obtained state or local land use approvals (special permits, orders of conditions, etc.) have been at risk … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Releases Blueprint for Development of 495 Region

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The Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (EOHED) has released its long-anticipated 495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan.  More than a year in the making, the Plan provides a blueprint for the sustainable growth and economic development of the Interstate … Continue reading

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Supreme Judicial Court Finds That Awarding Authorities May Conduct Independent Research On Bidders

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On May 3, 2012, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued an important decision affecting the public bid process in Massachusetts.  In Barr Inc. v. Town of Holliston, the SJC held that Chapter 149, the competitive bidding statute, does not restrict … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Sides with MassDEP in Brockton Power Plant Dispute

 In another example of Court deference to agency decisions, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals in Conservation Comm’n of Brockton v. Dept. of Envt’l Protection has upheld a MassDEP permit authorizing the construction of a 350 megawatt power plant near the … Continue reading

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