CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        Paul M. Kessimian Comments on Appellate Decision in Long-Arm Statute Case

        Paul M. Kessimian, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, spoke recently with Reporter Kris Olson of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly about the recent Appellate decision in the case of von Schönau-Riedweg, et al. v. Rothschild Bank AG, et al. The question of long-arm jurisdiction over the Swiss bank hinged on whether an advisor was an actual or apparent agent of the bank and his actions in the state of Massachusetts. 
        At trial, the judge denied any jurisdictional discovery or evidentiary hearing on that question, concluding that the plaintiff had not made a prima facie case on agency and dismissing the claims against the bank. 
        But the Appellate Court disagreed. Judge Mary T. Sullivan concluded that on any theory – actual authority, ratification or apparent authority – the plaintiff had in fact made a prima facie case that the advisor was acting as the bank’s agent. 
        Paul commented that he “was surprised that the trial judge had denied a request for jurisdictional discovery, particularly when highly relevant documents to the advisor’s employment status were in the bank’s possession. That should not deter attorneys confronted with similar issues from demanding a hearing.”
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