Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Basics of Environmental Due Diligence

Guest post by Michael Coté of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. Environmental due diligence is a legal and technical investigation conducted to satisfy certain liability protections using state and federal environmental laws or standards. Due diligence can also be used to … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Guest Commentary from Corporate Environmental Advisors

“On Solid Ground: The Mirick Real Estate Law Blog” is pleased to announce that Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc., (CEA) will begin providing guest commentary, insight and analysis to our Blog.  CEA is a full-service environmental management firm with expertise in … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Vacates $56 Million Big Dig Arbitration Award

In Massachusetts Highway Dept. v. Perini Corp., the Appeals Court vacated a $56 million arbitration award in favor of Perini-Kiewit-Cashman Joint Venture (“PKC”), one of the general contractors for portions of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (“Project”).  The Court held that … Continue reading

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A Primer On Construction Contracts

For most contractors, daily responsibilities are simply too many to afford much time and effort in drafting optimal contract forms.  This task, however, should not be overlooked.  Contract language will directly affect your rights and obligations.  It will determine, among … Continue reading

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Communities Taking Preemptive Strikes Against Marijuana Shops

Local officials across Massachusetts are seeking to restrict or ban marijuana dispensaries from opening in their towns and cities, likely setting up a legal showdown between local zoning provisions and the new state law legalizing medicinal marijuana. Marijuana Dispensaries May … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Ruling Promotes Expedited Resolution of Land Use Disputes

In 2006, then-Governor Mitt Romney signed into law “An Act Relative to Streamlining and Expediting the Permitting Process in the Commonwealth.”  The Act created a designated “permit session” in the Land Court designed to handle all permit-related litigation involving large … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Opens the Door to Construction Defect Claims by Condominium Associations

For most property owners, the legal system typically provides a remedy when developers or builders do substandard work.  Most property owners can simply bring contract or tort-based claims against the contractor they retained to perform the work.  Until the Massachusetts Appeals … Continue reading

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