June 2012 Newsletter

   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 bias involved. 

   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.

                                                    Marc Redlich


German Federal Government’s Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation,
Hon. Harald Leibrecht, Member of the German Bundestag

Profs. Guido Goldman (center) of Harvard’s Center for European Studies and Karl Kaiser (left)
of Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, with Marc Redlich

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with Marc Redlich

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