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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURIES TO SUBCONTRACTORS?

ARE GENERAL CONTRACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURIES TO EMPLOYEES OF SUBCONTRACTORS FOR SOMETHING OUTSIDE THEIR CONTROL? Grady v. Jones Lang Lasalle Construction Company, Inc., No. 2017-0371 (Aug. 8, 2018) In a fact-dependent decision, the New Hampshire Supreme Court declined to impose a duty of care to provide supervision, training, or safety equipment upon a property owner [...]

INJURED WORKERS TO RECEIVE DIRECT DEPOSIT

Despite the digital age, New Hampshire workers injured in the course and scope of their employment have been paid their weekly disability benefits through paper check mailed to their home address.  Current Labor Department Regulations allow the insurance carrier to make a direct deposit to the claimant’s bank account, or to arrange for payment by [...]

In Memoriam, Kenneth Bouchard, November 27, 2017

It is with the deepest regret we inform you that on Monday, November 27, 2017, Attorney Kenneth Bouchard, founding member of this firm, died after a long-battle with young-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The name of Ken Bouchard is well known in the New Hampshire legal community. It became synonymous with zealous advocacy and ensuring he fully [...]

N.H. Uniform Securities Act Takes Effect Jan. 1

An updated state securities statute goes into effect on Jan. 1 that repeals and replaces the current New Hampshire Uniform Securities Act and promises to modernize and simplify the capital-raising process for early-stage companies and other small- and medium-sized businesses. The new law represents an attempt to harmonize New Hampshire securities law with the securities [...]

New Law Allows Landlords to Charge Up to One Year of Rent Up Front

In a somewhat under the radar statutory change that took effect July 26, 2014, the legislature specifically permitted rent to be charged on a quarterly or less frequent basis. While a landlord is still prohibited from charging more than the equivalent of one month’s rent as a security deposit, under new language added to RSA [...]

When is a smell more than a smell?

Mellin v. Northern Security Insurance Company, Inc., No. 2014-020, slip op. (N.H. Apr. 24, 2015) According to a recent decision of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, a smell can be so significant that it constitutes a “physical loss” for purposes of insurance coverage. Specifically, in Mellin v. Northern Security Insurance Company, Inc., No. 2014-020, [...]

New Hampshire Supreme Court Finds No Insurance Coverage For Mother Of Police Shooter

Amica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Mutrie, No. 2013-400, slip op. (N.H. Nov. 13, 2014) On April 12, 2012, Cullen Mutrie shot and killed Greenland police chief Michael Maloney and wounded four other police officers, before killing his girlfriend and himself.  The shooting occurred when the officers attempted to execute a search warrant. The officers were [...]

Don’t let the bed bugs bite

A tenant’s failure to allow the landlord to perform remediation of bed bug (or another pest) infestation is now a specific ground for eviction under RSA 540:2, II(g).  By statute, the tenant is now liable for paying for remediation where he is responsible.  The tenant is presumed responsible if, during the 6 months prior to [...]

Understanding the Social Security Disability Claims Process

In addition to providing for retirement income, Social Security also provides benefits for those who are disabled and find themselves unable to work or otherwise struggling to make ends meet because of a “disability.” But obtaining benefits under either the Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs is not as easy [...]