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Contractor Liable Under MGL 93A Despite Homeowner Directive To ‘Do it Anyway’

By Travis Jacobs |

Home Improvement Contractor Liability Under MGL 93A Home Improvement Contractors have had a rough year when it comes to burdens of liability under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 93A. See “Contractor’s Failure to Register Gave Rise to Treble Damages, Attorney’s Fees & Costs”. This past week, the Massachusetts Appeals Court piled on another layer of… Finish Reading Contractor Liable Under MGL 93A Despite Homeowner Directive To ‘Do it Anyway’

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Contractor’s Failure to Register Gave Rise to Treble Damages, Attorney’s Fees & Costs

By Travis Jacobs |

If you are a home improvement contractor, you should be aware of a recent case addressing the consequences of a home improvement contractor’s failure to register with the state pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 142A. Not only was the contractor deemed liable for the homeowner’s damages, but the failure to register constituted an unfair and deceptive… Finish Reading Contractor’s Failure to Register Gave Rise to Treble Damages, Attorney’s Fees & Costs

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Compliance with CAN-SPAM Act

CAN-SPAM Act Compliance for Businesses

By Travis Jacobs |

The CAN-SPAM Act is the law that sets the rules and requirements for commercial emails and sets penalties for senders in violation of those guidelines. The CAN-SPAM Act applies to all commercial messages, which is “any electronic mail message, the primary purpose of which is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial product… Finish Reading CAN-SPAM Act Compliance for Businesses

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Tis’ the Season for a Refresher on Firewood Dealers Regulations

By Travis Jacobs |

A quick search for “firewood delivery (your town)” reveals that either (1) Firewood Dealers are completely oblivious to the state {laws, rules, regulations} they must comply with, or (2) Firewood Sellers / Dealers or Delivery companies don’t really see any risk in non-compliance – the latter possibly being due to lax enforcement. Nevertheless, if you… Finish Reading Tis’ the Season for a Refresher on Firewood Dealers Regulations

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Marketing and Advertising Legal Reviews

Marketing & Advertising Legal Review

By Travis Jacobs |

Very often, statements made in a business’ {marketing, advertising, promotional materials} can cause it the greatest legal troubles. How  Can Your Business’ {Advertising, Marketing, Promotional Materials}, Websites or Social Media Posts Lead to a Class Action Lawsuit Against Your Business? …Easy. Businesses define themselves and hold themselves out to potential customers through their websites, social media presence, advertising, promotional materials, and… Finish Reading Marketing & Advertising Legal Review

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Have You Tried To Cancel Your ‘No Commitment’, ‘No Contract’ Gym Membership?

By Travis Jacobs |

No commitment {fitness, gym, physical fitness, health} club memberships are great for consumers in the new information-age economy where relocating for work or school has become more and more common. But what happens when you try to cancel that supposed no commitment {fitness, gym, physical fitness, health} club membership? Well, first, you may discover that… Finish Reading Have You Tried To Cancel Your ‘No Commitment’, ‘No Contract’ Gym Membership?

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Guide to Common Massachusetts Statute of Limitations

By Travis Jacobs |

A person, business or entity aggrieved by another does not have an indefinite amount of time in which to file a claim.  Instead, statutes of limitation govern the amount of time after the occurrence or discovery of an injury or wrong that one has to file a complaint against the wrongdoer.  These statutes of… Finish Reading Guide to Common Massachusetts Statute of Limitations

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Perils of Template & Self-Drafted Contracts

By Travis Jacobs |

A contract is the document that details the agreement between parties. It governs the rights, obligations and remedies of the parties, and identifies all aspects of the agreement. Many parties to a contract to simply obtain a template or sample contract online without knowing whether it was drafted by a qualified person, if it is applicable in the state the parties are in, applicable to the type of transaction between the parties, if it includes all the necessary or important terms, or whether it includes language that improperly benefits or hurts one party or the other. Sometimes a template or random sample contract can do more harm than good. The cost of contract drafting and revision is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the costs in time, money and frustration of a poorly drafted contract. If you are in need of contract drafting, contract review and/or contract revisions, contact the contract lawyers at The Jacobs Law today. Finish Reading Perils of Template & Self-Drafted Contracts

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MGL CHAPTER 175 SECTION 99 Reference Panels

By Travis Jacobs |

Need a Referee for a {MGL, M.G.L., G.L.} {chapter, ch.} 175 {section, sec., §} 99 Reference Panel? Search no further! Attorneys at The Jacobs Law are experienced with insurance reference hearings and are available at far more reasonable rates than what are typically charged. STOP spending $450 or even $300/hour on high-priced insurance industry careerists, mediators or arbitrators. {MGL, M.G.L., G.L.} {chapter,… Finish Reading MGL CHAPTER 175 SECTION 99 Reference Panels

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My Business Has Received an MGL 93a Demand Letter, What Do I Do Now?

By Travis Jacobs |

Massachusetts has a very powerful consumer protection law in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93A (MGL 93A) that allows consumers to file a lawsuit against a business for unfair or deceptive business practices. MGL 93A allows the consumer (or other businesses in certain circumstances) to recover severe heightened penalties which are often referred to as… Finish Reading My Business Has Received an MGL 93a Demand Letter, What Do I Do Now?

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