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

  • Argued and won case at the Supreme Judicial Court regarding the extension of deadlines under the Wetlands Protection Act and establishing standard of review for Enforcement Orders.
  • Handled and won multiple cases at the Appeals Court including case in which the Appeals Court upheld a tuition award against a student who did not have residency in the district while attending the public school and a case in which the Appeals Court upheld the zoning decision of a local board.