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Author Archives: George Bourguignon

Author Archives: George Bourguignon

Long term disability policies: read the fine print.

24 March 2020 We turn today to not necessarily a legal topic, although the law is involved, but to more of a consumer tip or warning by reviewing the case of Martinez v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada.  948 F.3d 62 (1st Cir. 2020).  Martinez is not a complicated case or one with a […]

How do I decide what claims to bring in a civil action?

30 January 2020 Answer: With careful analysis. It is very common for plaintiffs to bring a law suit that is in essence and in all legal reality only one type of claim, such as defamation, and raise other claims, sometimes many, that do not lie.  It appears they may be under the belief that the […]

I received a nasty gram from an opposing attorney making false claims about me that was also published to others, do I have a defamation claim against the opposing attorney?

16 December 2019 Answer:  Maybe, it depends on the facts.  Below appears an example where a person like you had a claim. In The Patriot Games, LLC v. Edmunds the defendant was an attorney that sent a letter largely drafted by his client to the plaintiff and a few other entities.  96 Mass. App. Ct. 478, […]

I had a harassment prevention order wrongly issued against me and I need relief from it soon, what can I do?

14 December 2019 Answer: There are a few options, move for reconsideration and/or appeal, and if you appeal, since it takes a long time for a decision, you many seek a stay of the order while the appeal is pending.  But whatever you do, do it NOW. One of the most common mistakes an unsuccessful […]

I had a harassment prevention order issued against me; can I ask the trial court to reconsider the decision at the same time that I appeal it?

12 September 2019 Answer: Maybe, as there is case law to support it, but it is safer to obtain leave from the appeals court that is handling the appeal to ensure that you don’t get tripped up by a trial court that may think otherwise. The general rule is that once an appeal is perfected […]

My bank is refusing to accept my mortgage payment, do I have a legal claim against it?

6 September 2019 Answer: Maybe, as there was a recent case that seemed to indicate it is grounds for a claim of breach of contract.  We will look at a recent case in which it was found to be grounds, but the author warns facts in a different situation must be similar enough to be […]

Are my statements about a large national company I purchased services or products from defamatory so that the company may have a valid claim against me?

29 August 2019 Answer: Maybe, but there could be hope to adequately defend against the suit based on a constitutional analysis of the facts giving rise to the debate.  A look at one of our President’s prior lawsuits sheds some light on this possibility. In one of Donald J. Trump’s many lawsuits, he countersued for […]

A competitor of mine out bid and stated it performed better work than my company to obtain a prospective client, do I have an interference with an advantageous relationship claim?

9 April 2019 Answer: Although the fact that your company only had the prospect of financial gain and business is enough to meet one of the elements, still, probably not. The elements of the tort of Interference with Advantageous Relationship are the following: A business relationship of contemplated contract of economic benefit; The defendant’s knowledge […]

A person has made several verbal threats to me and has made me scared, am I able to obtain a harassment protection order against them under Massachusetts law?

20 February 2019 Answer: Maybe, it depends mainly on the words used and the context in which they were conveyed. It happens; a person, maybe a neighbor or a co-worker, is continuing to make verbal threats towards you and you have had enough.  You have heard about a harassment protection order, (or maybe incorrectly referred […]

Do I have a claim for defamation if a newspaper reported an event inaccurately that hurt my reputation?

7 January 2019 Answer: Maybe, as it depends on just how inaccurate and how different from the truth the false statement was. In Butcher v. University of Massachusetts, the plaintiff was allegedly falsely accused of taking pictures of young women without their knowledge on a shuttle bus operated by a college with the implication they […]