Commercial landlords look to Mirick O’Connell for practical advice on managing their properties and their tenant relationships. We counsel and represent commercial landlords in general corporate matters, property acquisition and financing, lease negotiation and drafting, and litigation matters related to commercial leases and subleases for office, retail, biomedical and R&D space. The Firm also represents commercial landlords, including retail mall owners and managers, in bankruptcy cases throughout the United States.
- Represented numerous commercial landlords in national retail bankruptcy proceedings, including Linens ‘N Things, Tweeter, Bombay Company, and Ritz Camera, Hollywood Video, Buffet Holdings and Alpha Omega Jewelers.
- Negotiated agreements with debtors and liquidating agents in connection with going-out-of-business sales in significant retail bankruptcies including Linens 'N Things, Whitehall Jewelers, Ritz Camera, Sharper Image and KB Toys.
- Successfully opposed an attempt to assign leases to undesirable tenant in the Ground Round bankruptcy proceeding.
BREAKING: MassDEP Announces Proposed Revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, Including a Reportable Concentration for PFAS at 20 ppt
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40.0000). This begins a 3-month public comment period that will end July 19, 2019, and will include four public hearings. According to MassDEP, …[ load webpage to read more ]
EPA Issues Interpretive Statement: Groundwater Discharges are Not Subject to the Clean Water Act
In a not-so-stunning development, the EPA on Monday issued an Interpretive Statement putting to rest speculation on EPA’s position as to whether groundwater discharges are subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The answer: “No.” EPA’s 57-page …[ load webpage to read more ]
Third Party Beneficiary Rights in Construction Contracts
Last week the United States District Court in Massachusetts issued an important decision concerning third party beneficiary rights in construction contracts. In Arco Ingenieros, S.A. de C.V. v. CDM International Inc., Civil Action No. 18-12348-PBS, a design-builder incurred damages due …[ load webpage to read more ]
Title Defect? Here’s How to Keep Your Deal on Track
You are under contract to sell a commercial or residential property and your attorney tells you two weeks prior to closing that the buyer’s title search has revealed a title defect. While there is a large array of issues that …[ load webpage to read more ]
Short-Term Rental Law Takes Effect July 1st
Governor Baker recently signed “An Act Regulating and Insuring Short-Term Rentals”, imposing new taxes, registration and inspection requirements, and other rules governing the short-term rental of homes and residential units through Airbnb, VRBO, and similar platforms. Overview: The new law …[ load webpage to read more ]
Recovery of Attorney’s Fees and Costs in Construction Disputes
When construction projects become construction disputes, contractors and suppliers start thinking about how to recover their attorney’s fees and other legal costs. Massachusetts follows the “American Rule” for recovery of legal expenses that states each party must pay their own …[ load webpage to read more ]
Construction Insurance: Game of Risk
Construction work is risky by nature. Common risks include natural disasters, inclement weather, flood or fire, accidents t hat cause property damage or bodily injury, and the failure of one or more parties to perform their designated responsibilities, resulting in …[ load webpage to read more ]
A Landfill Is Not a “Point Source” Under the Clean Water Act, So Says the 4th Circuit and D.Mass.
Two recent rulings address the issue of whether a landfill is a “point source” under the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq. (CWA), Sierra Club v. Virginia Electric et al and Toxics Action Center et al v. …[ load webpage to read more ]
The New Massachusetts Clean Energy Bill: Solar Advocates Left Waiting for the Next Installment
On July 31, 2018, the final day of its formal session, the Massachusetts legislature passed H. 4857, An Act to Advance Clean Energy, which Governor Baker signed into law on August 9. The bill represents several important steps forward in …[ load webpage to read more ]
Zoning Appeal Plaintiff Must Prove Standing, Even if Defendant Town Does Not Contest Issue at Trial
On Tuesday, the Appeals Court issued its opinion in Talmo v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Framingham. Massachusetts suffers no shortage of case law on standing (the right to file suit) in zoning appeals. In this case, the issue was …[ load webpage to read more ]
(Reluctantly) Open for Business: Momentum Gathering for Expanded Use of Continuous Operations Clauses
Two recent court decisions may embolden commercial landlords to use a familiar lease provision in an unusual way when responding to tenants seeking to close their business operations before the end of the lease term. Continuous operations clauses are common …[ load webpage to read more ]
Construction Defect Claims and the Often Misunderstood Application of Express and Implied Warranties
A claim for breach of construction warranty must be filed within the time allowed by the applicable statutes of limitation or repose. Most jurisdictions, including Massachusetts, allow parties to modify that period by agreement. The agreement must be particular and …[ load webpage to read more ]