Contracts are tremendously flexible legal instruments. Between two parties of reasonably equivalent bargaining power, a well-drafted contract can memorialize the goals of the parties and provide a roadmap for remedies, should one party fail to live up to the terms of their obligation.
Contracts permit a very broad range of promises to be made. But some things cannot be contracted away, or at least, not easily. Your right to go to court is one of those items.
A contract is one of the most fundamental elements of modern business and commercial law. A contract is designed to represent the meeting of the minds of the parties, and allows them to fix the future.
Development projects always carry risk. For the developer, issues of completion of the project on time and under budget, the successful sale or lease of the project and the potential for accidents during the project.
Business is all about relationships. In order to have successful business, you and your business must be trusted in all of your relationships, whether that means your customers, suppliers, or investors.
A Massachusetts store that sells supplies for do-it-yourself makers of beer and wine saw an eight-month trademark dispute finally come to a close. The shop, Strange Brew, had targeted a Virginia craft brewery known as Strangeways Brewing in the business litigation after Strangeways attempted to register its name as a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Strange Brew's opposition to the trademark request was filed in May 2013, shortly before the brewery started selling beer.
Two important computer companies, Viacom and Google, are facing lawsuits that allege violation of children's privacy. The lawsuits concern Nick.com as well as NickJr.com, children's websites with many videos available for viewing. The suits state that Viacom and Google used cookies to track children's video selections and allege violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act as well as federal wiretap laws. The contract dispute cases were brought on behalf of users under the age of 13.The lawsuits are all based on the use of tracking software, known as "cookies," that can potentially identify users. In this case, Viacom is accused of using a specific software furnished by Google called DoubleClick. DoubleClick keeps records of the videos watched and delivers advertisements to users based on those choices.
A recent decision by the Appeals Court in Massachusetts highlights the often convoluted issue of non-compete clauses in employment contracts.
A popular television comedy show that airs on ABC is being sued by its cast of character actors. Beloved by many in the Worcester, Massachusetts, area, the show "Modern Family" just wrapped its third season and was recently nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, more than any other on television.
While we don't usually cover workers' compensation topics, this is a case from another state that may set precedent here. Because we defend and fight for Worcester, Massachusetts, employees and employers when it comes to corporate disputes and business litigation, we took notice of this Court of Appeals case that switched the burden of proof regarding a workplace injury from the employer to the employee.