Monthly Archives: June 2012

MWDN Reports Towns Struggling to Meet 40B Targets

G.L. c. 40B, §§20-23 was intended to increase the supply affordable housing in Massachusetts, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.  To encourage the development of affordable housing, the statute exempts qualified projects from certain municipal zoning … Continue reading

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Another Landmark Foreclosure Decision

On Friday, the Supreme Judicial Court in Eaton vs. Federal National Mortgage Association issued another important decision concerning the mortgage foreclosure process in Massachusetts.  The Court concluded that if a bank uses the auction process to foreclose a mortgage, then … Continue reading

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5 Most Commonly-Cited OSHA Violations in the Residential Construction Industry

No contractor wants to be faced with OSHA violations.  To help you avoid them, here are the 5 most common OSHA citations levied against residential contractors of single-family houses.  Not surprisingly, 4 of them relate to protection against falls.  The … Continue reading

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Work on Southborough Zoning Overhaul Continues

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At long last, Southborough residents and business owners may only be a few meetings away from seeing a final proposal to overhaul the town’s zoning bylaw. As we mentioned a few months ago, Southborough officials have been working for over three … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Ruling Reinforces Importance of Timely Filing of Permit Appeals

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Do not take a casual approach to permit appeals – that is the lesson from the Appeals Court’s recent decision in Richardson v. Bd. of Appeals of Chilmark.   Under the Massachusetts Zoning Act, G.L. c. 40A, §§8, 15, a party … Continue reading

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Federal Courts Block NLRB’s Recent Pro-Union Organizing Initiatives

In two highly publicized and much anticipated decisions affecting the construction industry, two separate federal courts stymied the National Labor Relations Board’s recent efforts to (a) raise awareness of employee’s rights to organize under the National Labor Relations Act and … Continue reading

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SJC Clarifies Water Damage Exclusions in Homeowners Insurance Policies

The SJC confirmed this week what some homeowners have found out the hard way: homeowners insurance may not cover water damage caused by natural water sources. In Boazova v. Safety Insurance Company, SJC-10908 (May 29, 2012), the Court ruled that a … Continue reading

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