Success Stories

Class Action Settlement – Failure to Pay Prevailing Wages

Maracallo et als. v. Patriots Environmental Corp. et als.

Worcester Superior Court
C.A. 1585CV00554-B

In this case, three closely-held asbestos abatement contractors and their common owners (the defendants) operated an employee retirement fund into which a certain percentage of prevailing wages earned by employees (our clients) was supposed to be deposited.  These wages were earned by our clients from work they performed on public construction projects throughout Massachusetts.

Instead, the defendants withheld these wages while indicating on employee payroll statements that the deposits had, in fact, been made. As a result, our clients were deprived of more than $320,000 in retirement contributions, plus interest.

Our office filed a putative class action in April of 2015, and, shortly thereafter, a payment of $120,000 was made to the plaintiff class representatives and certain other members of the putative class. A class action was certified by the Worcester Superior Court in September 2015.

In April 2016, the Court approved a class action settlement proposed by the parties, which called for additional payments totaling $262,000 to be made to our clients.

After the defendants failed to consummate settlement pursuant to the Court’s order, our office obtained a real estate attachment on a piece of commercial property owned by the defendants’ real estate holding company, which was added to the class action suit.  This property was sold in December of 2016, resulting in full payment to our clients pursuant to the Court’s settlement order.

Successful Appeal of Federal Workers’ Compensation Benefits Denial

Remillard v. United States Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs

Our office successfully appealed the denial of our client’s continuation of pay benefits from the United States Postal Service. Thereafter, the client was approved by the Department of Labor for a schedule award compensating him for 12% permanent impairment to his upper extremity – within 1% of the disability rating reported by the client’s medical providers.

Extinguishing Easement Rights

Junkala v. DeCarolis Bros., Inc. and its legal successors and assigns

Worcester Superior Court
C.A. 1585CVO1869

Our office extinguished a substantial easement over the plaintiff landowner’s property under the theories of abandonment and frustration of purpose.

Successful Opposition to Mandatory Arbitration Clause & Limitation of Statutory Payment Bond Remedies

Bridgeline v. Linwood Construction, LLC et al.

Middlesex Superior Court
C.A. 2014-07133-B

Successfully defended efforts by the defendant general contractor and surety company to compel arbitration of plaintiff subcontractor’s payment bond claim, which would have severely limited the subcontractor’s rights to full recovery. Instead, a six-figure settlement was obtained that compensated the subcontractor client for its full principal and interest, plus attorney’s fees.

Securing Creditor’s Rights in Bankruptcy Court

Weaver v. 89 Commercial Road, LLC

Worcester Superior Court
C.A. 2014-00977
United States Bankruptcy Court (D. Mass)
No. 2014-41634

Our client was awarded the full principal and interest due to him under a promissory note from the Chapter 11 debtor, following attachment of the debtor’s single asset in state court and the successful re-negotiation of the debtor’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan. Counsel successfully opposed several Chapter 11 plans that were proposed and which would have “crammed down” or otherwise reduced our client’s recovery.

Successful Defense of Unpaid Overtime Claims

Freehart et al. v. Charlton Welding et al.

Worcester Superior Court
C.A. 2013-0633-C

Our office successfully moved for summary judgment in favor of the defendant (a commercial trucking company) on all of the plaintiffs’ overtime claims, worth approximately $186,000.00, after the plaintiffs were determined to be exempt from mandatory overtime pay under the state and federal motor carrier exemptions.

Recovery for Commercial Property Damage/Unfair Settlement Practices

Miso, Inc. v. Dias et al.

Worcester Superior Court
C.A. 2013-01040-D

Full market value of automotive garage destroyed by gasoline explosion recovered on behalf of property owner from tenant’s out of state insurer. With the assistance of fire recreation and real estate appraisal experts, firm presented compelling evidence of tenant’s negligence and pressed claims for unfair insurance practices in order to secure six-figure settlement prior to trial.

Action for Adverse Possession and Quiet Title to Land

Duclos v. O’Leary et al.

Middlesex Superior Court
C.A. 2013-00642

Successful action to quite title to client’s Marlborough property. Property had never undergone probate after the last owner with clear title (Olivia O’Leary Boudreau) passed away in 1943, and client had received defective deeds in 1981 from the “then-known” heirs.

Proving Acceptance of Materials Supplied/Real Estate Attachment

Auburn Winwater Works Co. v. Environic Solutions

Newton District Court
C.A. 1312 CV 131

Summary judgment entered in plaintiff supplier’s favor on all claims and counterclaims, upon showing that contractor had “accepted” all materials under the UCC, and that contractor’s failure to read or understand terms of the parties’ credit agreement was not a cognizable defense to breach of contract. Full judgment plus attorney’s fees collected after debtor’s personal residence attached and scheduled for sheriff’s sale.

Proving Notice of Public Payment Bond Claim

H.R. Prescott & Sons, Inc. v. Western Surety Co. et al.

Middlesex Superior Court
C.A. 2011-03871-B

Successfully established defendant surety company’s “actual notice” of client’s bond claim within statutory time frame, prompting six figure settlement.