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Retail Hybrids: Following Trends in Cars, Sports and Food
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogHybrids of many sorts have been trending in countless industries throughout the years and show no sign of fading away anytime soon.  Toyota announced that it sold its 10 millionth hybrid car this year, twenty years after launching its first Prius. Prior to this year’s NBA Final, the New York Times described four time NBA...

41 Goulston & Storrs Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyer for 2018
Practice: Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate, Employment, Environmental, Hospitality & Recreation, Land Use, Litigation, Private Client & Trust, Professional Liability, Real Estate

Artificial Intelligence in Brick and Mortar Retail
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogHeadlines about brick and mortar retail tend to be dominated by how these establishments are in decline while online retail is burgeoning. Fortunately for brick and mortar retailers, their demise is not preordained since tools from the online retail universe may also help them succeed. One such tool is artificial intelligence (AI), which is expected...

A Nation of Shopkeepers
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogDavid Rabinowitz and Matt Epstein who, with Nancy Davids, co-chair Goulston’s Retail, Restaurant and Consumer Group, spent some time in London last month surveying the retail landscape. There are both similarities and differences between the US and UK markets. Of course, the impact of ecommerce on bricks and mortar is top of mind. It doesn’t seem...

Appeals Court Confirms That a Government Building Has the Status of a Pre-Existing Nonconforming Structure When Transferred to a Private Party
Practice: Litigation, Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation
PDFIn Gund, et al. v. Planning Board of Cambridge, et al., No. 15-P-1339 (Mass. App. Ct. July 19, 2017), neighbors of the former Sullivan Courthouse in Cambridge challenged special permits granted by the Cambridge Planning Board to a developer to convert the Courthouse into a 20-story mixed-use building.[1]  As a governmental building, the Courthouse was not subject to zoning laws when built due to the principle of sovereign immunity.  The Planning Board authorized the conversion of the Courthouse by the private developer based upon the view that the Courthouse would be entitled to statutory protections as a pre-existing nonconforming structure after being sold by the government to the private developer.  The Land Court upheld the Planning Board’s decision on summary judgment, holding that the Courthouse is entitled to the protections of a pre-existing nonconforming structure under M.G.L. c. 40A, Section 6 after sovereign immunity ends.
 
[1] The developer was represented by Kevin O’Flaherty and Mariana Korsunsky of Goulston & Storrs PC.

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Appeals Court Confirms That a Government Building Has the Status of a Pre-Existing Nonconforming Structure When Transferred to a Private Party
Practice: Litigation, Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation
PDFIn Gund, et al. v. Planning Board of Cambridge, et al., No. 15-P-1339 (Mass. App. Ct. July 19, 2017), neighbors of the former Sullivan Courthouse in Cambridge challenged special permits granted by the Cambridge Planning Board to a developer to convert the Courthouse into a 20-story mixed-use building.[1]  As a governmental building, the Courthouse was not subject to zoning laws when built due to the principle of sovereign immunity.  The Planning Board authorized the conversion of the Courthouse by the private developer based upon the view that the Courthouse would be entitled to statutory protections as a pre-existing nonconforming structure after being sold by the government to the private developer.  The Land Court upheld the Planning Board’s decision on summary judgment, holding that the Courthouse is entitled to the protections of a pre-existing nonconforming structure under M.G.L. c. 40A, Section 6 after sovereign immunity ends.
 
[1] The developer was represented by Kevin O’Flaherty and Mariana Korsunsky of Goulston & Storrs PC.

Massachusetts Courts Issue Key Decisions Concerning Zoning and Anti-SLAPP Law
Practice: Litigation, Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation
In Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, SJC-12141 (May 23, 2017) (Slip Op.) the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court changed the framework used to determine whether a case should be dismissed under G.L. c. 231, § 59H, the anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (“anti-SLAPP”) statute. In Franson v. City of Woburn, 2016 WL 4778392 (Mass. Land Ct. Sept. 14, 2016), residents in the neighborhoods surrounding a parcel that was rezoned to allow for the construction of townhouses challenged the rezoning as illegal spot and contract zoning and as arbitrary and capricious. 

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Retail Hybrids: Following Trends in Cars, Sports and Food
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogHybrids of many sorts have been trending in countless industries throughout the years and show no sign of fading away anytime soon.  Toyota announced that it sold its 10 millionth hybrid car this year, twenty years after launching its first Prius. Prior to this year’s NBA Final, the New York Times described four time NBA...

Artificial Intelligence in Brick and Mortar Retail
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogHeadlines about brick and mortar retail tend to be dominated by how these establishments are in decline while online retail is burgeoning. Fortunately for brick and mortar retailers, their demise is not preordained since tools from the online retail universe may also help them succeed. One such tool is artificial intelligence (AI), which is expected...

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Common Misconceptions About Risk Management and Insurance CoverageVideoWatch this brief video to learn more about the common misconceptions about risk management and insurance coverage for businesses.

Master Planning: The Catalyst for Long-Term SuccessVideoIn this quick video, Maureen Dwyer and Matthew Kiefer discuss Master Planning for Universities and Colleges.

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Drafting Irrevocable Trusts in Massachusetts, MCLE

Intellectual Property Insights Roundtable
Practice: IP Litigation
In conjunction with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Goulston & Storrs hosted the Intellectual Property Insights Roundtable. Goulston & Storrs’ Jennifer Furey and Andrew O’Connor welcomed panelists Nicholas M. Boivin (Ipsen), D. Alexander Ewing (LiquiGlide) and Kenneth P. Zwicker (Boston University) for a spirited discussion around trends they are seeing with the aftermath of Alice, best practices on global patent strategies, the “Patent Prosecution Highway”, the Defend Trade Secrets Act and more.
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