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Towns Can’t Ban Marijuana Shops; Zoning Moratoria OK

Towns and cities may not use zoning to ban marijuana shops, according to a recent ruling by the Attorney General’s Office. Zoning Ban Struck Down As noted in a previous post, municipal officials have been considering zoning provisions aimed at … 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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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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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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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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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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Town Meeting Roundup: Westborough

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This is the first in a series of blogs on town meeting season in the ‘Boroughs and neighboring communities. The New England town meeting is a unique form of local government that can inspire and/or confound participants and observers. I’ll … Continue reading

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