Attorney General Martha Coakley with Marc Redlich
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Now that the autumn has
returned, I hope you
and your family are well, and enjoying the Fall. Over the
six months, we have been involved in a number of successful matters
that I thought might be of interest to you.
previous newsletter, I reported to you on
a very favorable decision by a Hearing Officer of the Massachusetts
Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), for a claimant I
represent. The case was for age discrimination against a golf
course on Cape Cod owned by Paul Fireman, the former CEO of
Reebok. At that time, my client was awarded substantial
including five years of lost salary and commissions, as well as a
sizeable sum for emotional distress. Now, the Full Commission has not
only affirmed that earlier decision but added our attorney’s
and costs. By our calculation, the award, including interest
date, exceeds $1.4 Million. Needless to say, we and our
are very pleased by this affirmation of our earlier success.
decision points up the danger and costs of firing older employees for
discriminatory reasons. Copies of recent articles in the
about the case are attached.
matter, we represented a client in
his efforts to recover insurance proceeds from a substantial property
loss, where the insurer was dragging its heels. Briefly after
got involved, the matter was resolved, and my client has
successfully recovered most of the proceeds that were due, with some
further payments in process. This result has allowed our client to
continue to cure the results of the loss, without having to commence
worked with an employee of a major
bioresearch company in his efforts to obtain severance benefits after
his company was acquired by a larger one. We were successful
those efforts, and our client has now moved on to new employment.
Recently we were consulted by a parent in a dispute involving a private
school which had not been responsive to the parent’s concerns
about the student. These included the school’s
be forthcoming on important matters pertaining to the child’s
health and performance while boarding at the school. We are
working with the parent and school authorities in an effort to resolve
the problems that have arisen, and are monitoring the situation.
As you may
recall, I am a member of ij
International Jurists, an international law group with member firms
around the world. I attended the annual meeting of the group
past Spring in Prague. This was a informative and interesting
opportunity to both meet and work with my legal colleagues from
numerous other countries on several continents, and to discuss how to
fashion solutions to clients’ legal problems around the
some of you know, I have long enjoyed working with foreign entities and
organizations on resolving or avoiding legal problems that arise here,
as well as assisting U.S. companies with business activities overseas,
including putting together favorable business transactions.
the past, these have included assisting the Swiss Government in
establishing its Consulate in Cambridge, Swissnex, and in establishing
a Sister State Agreement between Massachusetts and the Canton of
Switzerland held its Annual
Stratton Prize Dinner this past May, and the award recipient this year
was Joseph H. von Rickenbach, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of
PAREXEL International, a leading global biopharmaceutical services
provider. Mr. von Rickenbach, who came here from Switzerland for his
MBA and who went on to found this very successful company, spoke about
the continuing need to welcome young, talented students, researchers
and professionals from other countries, who make substantial
contributions to the growth and prosperity of the U.S.
Given the current debates on immigration, I think Mr. Von
Rickenbach’s point is worth careful consideration.
Cross-cultural exchange has been, and continues to be, a principal
tenet of FOSI since its founding in 1964. A photo from that
event is attached.
addition, I also participated in activities
at Swissnex, the Swiss Consulate in Cambridge, including a visit by
Ambassador Dora Rapold, Assistant Secretary for the Americas in the
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, who led a forum on
Swiss-American relations. The American Council on Germany
had a number of speaker programs in Boston and Cambridge over the past
year, some in cooperation with Harvard University’s Center
European Studies and Weatherhead Center for International
Affairs. Harvard also hosts a German Conference each year in
February, at which German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth addressed the
group of policy experts, academics and students. I have also
involved in some political contests, including the recent re-election
campaign of Martha Coakley for Attorney General of
Some photos from these events are enclosed.
and Swissnex have interesting
programs scheduled for this year. If you’d like to
more about these organizations, you can contact me or go to our
firm’s web site, www.redlichlaw.net, where you will find
these organizations’ sites.
We have had a productive six months in
difficult economic times locally, 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
If you have any questions about these cases 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.