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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        "Snooping e-Mail Case"

        Tempted to snoop on someone’s emails; perhaps to gain advantage in a dispute? DON’T DO IT. The Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) prohibits unauthorized access to web-based email accounts.

        In Cheng v. Romo, (Civil Action No. 1:11-cv-10007-DJC), a Federal District Court Judge in Massachusetts addressed the issue of unauthorized access to an email account. Specifically, Cheng and Romo were co-workers. Cheng directed Romo to review work documents that flowed through his dual personal and business email account. To this end, Cheng provided his e-mail password to Romo, but never expressly limited Romo’s access to only work-related documents. At some point, Cheng and Romo became embroiled in a dispute. Four years after Romo last accessed Cheng’s email account, Romo logged on to Cheng’s account again. Romo printed at least 10 emails she thought might assist her in the dispute with Cheng.

        Cheng sued Romo for invasion of privacy and violating the SCA. Romo attempted to defend herself by arguing Cheng gave her his password, never limited her access, and could not prove any damages. Unconvinced by these arguments, the jury returned a verdict of $50,000 in compensatory damages against Romo for violating the SCA. Unfortunately for Romo, the SCA also provides Judges with discretion to add attorneys’ fees and costs. In March, 2014, the Federal District Court Judge exercised her discretion and added $241,073.03 in attorneys’ fees to the verdict.

        In short, as tempting as it may be to access someone’s web-based email account, the SCA prohibits it and severely punishes those that violate its provision.