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Upset About Your Easement? Why You Might Reconsider Turning to the Zoning Act for Relief

In its recent June 2016 decision in Picard v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Westminster, et al., the SJC held that “a claimed injury to a private easement right [was not] sufficient to confer standing to challenge a zoning determination … Continue reading

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MassDEP Offers Manufacturers Amnesty Under Toxics Use Reduction Act, a Likely Prelude to Increased Enforcement

If you are a Massachusetts manufacturer suspected of using toxic chemicals in your production process, you may have been among the hundreds of recipients in recent weeks of a notice letter from MassDEP about mandatory chemical use reporting under TURA, … Continue reading

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Lt. Gov. Polito to Give Keynote at Boroughs+ Economic Development Summit on Jan. 26

Mirick O’Connell is proud to sponsor the Boroughs+ Economic Development Summit on January 26 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.  The summit will feature a keynote address from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.  To register for … Continue reading

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MassDEP Obtains Judgment From Superior Court for $265k Fine at Taunton Plating Facility

According to a press release issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today, the Suffolk Superior Court issued a judgment against a New York City-based company for failing to properly address historical contamination at the former Kent Silversmith … Continue reading

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On Solid Ground’s Top Five Stories of 2014

With the year coming to an end, we take a moment to look back at the year that was.  Each year brings new developments in real estate, environmental and construction law, and 2014 was no exception.  Here’s our top five … Continue reading

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ATB: Solar Energy Systems Exempt From Property Taxes

Solar energy systems providing power to off-site locations are exempt from local property taxes, according to a ruling from the Appellate Tax Board. The ATB’s decision in Forrestall Enterprises, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of the Town of Westborough may … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Revises Its Building Code Adding Increased Energy Efficiency Standards

Following up on my post dated November 15, 2012, as of July 1, 2014, the International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”) 2012 went into effect, replacing the former baseline building energy code regulations.  The Commonwealth’s adoption of the updated code is … Continue reading

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MAPC: Region Needs 435,000 New Housing Units by 2040

The greater Boston area – including MetroWest – will need to add 435,000 new housing units by 2040 in order to sustain economic growth, according to a new report issued by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Without additional housing, … Continue reading

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SJC to Rule on Tax Status of Forest Land

In a case that could have broad – and expensive – implications for conservation organizations statewide, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) must decide whether forest land owned by a nonprofit is entitled to a charitable exemption from property taxes. New … Continue reading

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CPA Grants to Churches Raise Constitutional Questions

A national religious liberty watchdog group is warning towns and cities against spending Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds on church buildings – a practice that has paid for historic preservation work at dozens of religious structures throughout Massachusetts. Municipalities frequently … Continue reading

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Leasing and LEED: Things a Landlord Should Consider

As area businesses seek to “go green,” we are seeing an increasing interest in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings.  This raises important leasing issues for both landlords and tenants.  In this post, I’ll outline the key … Continue reading

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Supreme Court To Weigh In: Is Your Forum Selection Clause Enforceable?

The United States Supreme Court has taken the unusual step of choosing to weigh in on a construction dispute involving a Virginia forum selection clause.  Forum selection clauses generally provide that disputes must be litigated in a particular place.  They … Continue reading

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