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Patrick Hanley and Alec Pine Secure $835,000 Verdict for Client Following Superior Court Trial

Posted on June 21, 2024

We are pleased to announce a significant victory by Butters Brazilian LLP Partners Patrick Hanley and Alec S. Pine on behalf of our client, the owner of a Back Bay commercial condominium who petitioned the Superior Court to order the condominium trust to buy back his unit following a fire under G.L. c. 183A, § 17(b)(2). Following a three-day bench trial, Attorneys Hanley and Pine convinced Superior Court Judge Katie Rayburn that our client objected to renovation following the fire and ordered a buy-back of the unit at its fair market value, which she set at $835,000.

In 2014, our client, a 90-year-old commercial owner of a unit located on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, was faced with a challenging situation after a fire broke out in his condominium building. Following the fire, the condominium trust proposed to restore the building. Our client did not agree to restoration.

Despite his rejection, the Trust proceeded with the modifications, significantly altering our client’s unit. Under the Condominium Act, Judge Rayburn concluded that our client was entitled to a buy-back.

Attorneys Hanley and Pine handled the case meticulously. They underscored that our client’s rejection of the restoration agreement was within his rights and should have been respected by the Trust.

On June 20, 2024, after thorough deliberation, the Court ruled in favor of our client. Judge Rayburn ordered the Condominium Trust to buy out our client’s unit at its fair market value of $835,000.

We extend our gratitude to our client for his patience and trust in our legal team. At Butters Brazilian, we are dedicated to upholding the rights of our clients and providing personalized, thorough legal representation. For more information about our services or to seek legal assistance, please contact us at (617) 367-2600.

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