Ambassador Manuel Sager of Switzerland with Marc Redlich
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I hope you and your family are well, and are
enjoying this Spring season. Over the past six months, we
have been involved in a number of matters that I thought might be of
interest to you.
We have had a flurry of successes and
settlements in cases as diverse as discrimination, employee
termination, attorney’s malpractice and business
disputes. For example, we defended a corporation established
and doing business in another state, which bought products from a
company in Massachusetts. We successfully moved to dismiss
the case brought by the Massachusetts vendor on the basis of lack of
“personal jurisdiction” over our client.
These motions are difficult to win, especially where, as here, there
were numerous contacts and sales between the parties over many
years. But by marshalling the facts, we were able to show
that it was inherently unfair to require our out-of-state client to
defend itself in the Massachusetts Courts.
We are also involved in a lawsuit
between a software licensor claiming substantial royalties against a
licensee/reseller whom we represent. Our client’s
counterclaims are also quite substantial. The case is now in
the “discovery” stage involving a substantial
number of background documents and interrogatories. In
another matter, we represented an attorney in a dispute with his former
firm. Cases like this one have seen a lot of coverage in the
financial press recently. In the area of university law, I am
working with a faculty member in his efforts to secure renewal of his
university teaching contract where there are issues of discriminatory
Unique among our recent matters, at least as to
subject matter, was a case for a client who has a horse farm that
stables and trains other owners’ pure-bred horses.
There is a little known Massachusetts statute that confers a
“lien” on horses and other domestic animals if the
owner of the livestock fails to pay stabling and feed
charges. I’ve had experience with
subcontractors’ and materialmen’s liens in the
construction industry, but this was a first for me in enforcing a lien
on expensive, well-bred show horses which were stabled, fed and trained
for competition by my client. The case was settled for the
full amount owed to my clients, most of which has already been paid,
when the owner recognized it could not move or take possession of its
horses until my client’s charges were paid.
I was very pleased to be among
Boston’s “Top Rated Lawyers” published as
a supplement to the Boston Globe. This group of lawyers was
limited to those who have received the highest designation of
“AV® Preeminent” by the Martindale-Hubbell
Law Directory, which rates attorneys throughout the U.S.
I am a member of the Swiss-American
Chamber of Commerce and at a recent event held in conjunction with
Swissnex, the Swiss Consulate in Cambridge, we welcomed Ambassador
Manuel Sager, Swiss Ambassador to the United States.
As Boston Warburg Chapter Director for
the American Council on Germany, I have helped to coordinate speaker
events in cooperation with Harvard University’s Center for
European Studies and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, to
increase good will and understanding about the Transatlantic
Alliance. The relationship between our country and Europe is
particularly important in this period of economic difficulties on both
sides of the Atlantic. Among those events was a talk by Hon.
Harald Leibrecht, a member of the German Bundestag (legislature) and
Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation for the German
Government. We also participated in a number of seminars and
discussions about the Euro currency, including one led by Profs. Guido
Goldman of Harvard’s CES and Karl Kaiser of the Weatherhead
Center. Photographs from these events are attached.
ACG, SACC, FOSI, and Swissnex will have
interesting programs in the coming year. If you’d
like to learn more about these organizations, you can contact me or go
to our firm’s web site, www.redlichlaw.net
where you will find links to these organizations’ sites.
Last but not least, my alma mater, Queens College,
celebrated its 75th Anniversary. I am the Chair of the Boston
Alumni Chapter of the College and attended its Q-Gala in New York
City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the festivities
– a photo is attached. This was a great way to end
the school year.
We have had a productive six months in
very difficult economic times nationally and in the world at
large. As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to
represent our clients and to have been successful on their behalf.
We continue to practice in a wide range of legal
areas, including corporate, business and commercial law, trials and
appeals, real estate issues, employment, discrimination, divorce and
university law. If you have any questions about our areas of
practice or about any legal matters where we can be of assistance to
you or someone you know, please do not hesitate to call on me.