Verrill Attorneys Secure Landmark Victory in Anti-SLAPP Defense Against Business Competitors

Verrill attorneys were victorious in defending against a special motion to dismiss filed by business competitors in a case with claims for unfair and deceptive business practices and abuse of process. Bristol Asphalt Co., Inc. v. Rochester Bituminous Products, Inc., 493 Mass. 539 (2024). The SJC used the case to clarify and simplify the legal framework that Massachusetts Courts use for evaluating a special motion to dismiss filed under the Anti-SLAPP Statute. The SJC has been focused on refining this standard for several decades and has successfully provided clear guidance on the analysis required by the Anti-SLAPP Statute for reviewing a special motion to dismiss.

Notable Experience

  • Jury trials and jury waived cases in Superior Court, Probate Court, Land Court and various District Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Tried several of arbitration claims involving complex construction or insurance matters.
  • Tried or argued cases in Federal Courts, including a securities fraud jury trial in the U. S. District Court for Massachusetts resulting in a judgment in excess of $2 million.
  • Argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Appeals Court of Massachusetts.