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May 2013 Archives

SJC: No Licenses Allowed For Landlords To Rent To College Students

Remember when you lived in a rundown, dirty and dingy apartment or house in college with as many friends as you could cram into the place? Recently, such practices have been scrutinized by cities throughout Massachusetts. Recognizing the dangers inherent in these types of dwellings occupied by college students, the city of Worcester tried to regulate this rental industry by classifying these dwellings rented to four or more college students as lodging houses pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws c. 140 ยงยง 22-32. Categorizing these dwellings as lodging houses provided the city with more control over the industry as the city then had the ability to license and regulate the operation. The landlords objected to the city's actions and litigation ensued. The Supreme Judicial Court in City of Worcester v. College Hill Properties, LLC, et. al. recently decided the issue.

SJC Expands The Geographical Reach Of Laws Classifying Individuals As Independent Contractors To Individuals Working Outside The Commonwealth

Massachusetts employers beware: the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that out-of-state individuals who live and work for a company headquartered in Massachusetts may bring an action in Massachusetts courts to enforce rights under Massachusetts independent contractor, wage and overtime statutes.

MARKETING AGREEMENTS BASED ON COMMISSIONS WITH OUTSIDE VENDORS-DOES YOUR BUSINESS UNDERSTAND THE TIME LIMITS?

Does your business really know the time limits of payments in its marketing agreements based on commissions with outside vendors? Your business should scrutinize these agreements closely and understand the time limits, especially after a recent decision by a Federal Judge in Spring Investor Services, Inc. v. Carrington Capital Management, LLC

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