Barney Frank and husband sue Mass. contractor over work at $350,000 beach house in Wells

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and his husband James Ready have sued a Massachusetts contractor over the construction of their $350,000 beach house in Wells.

The couple claims in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland that Shaun Madden Contracting of Burlington walked off the job in May after completing a little over $208,000 worth of the work. Frank was a 16-term member of the U.S. House from Massachusetts and became the first member of Congress to come out as gay in 1987. He has been living in Maine part-time since leaving Congress in 2013.

Frank and Ready allege that they paid for the construction up front and that Madden has returned just $50,000 of what they are owed. The couple claim that the contractor owes them nearly $92,000 of the original payment and another $31,656 paid to correct Madden’s siting of the house too close to

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My mother left a home in Savannah, Ga., on 5 acres. I want to sell. My brother threatened to sue me for harassment and ‘ruin me.’

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Dear Moneyist,

In September, our mom died without a will in Chatham County, Ga. I do not want to own her house and five acres in the country in Savannah, but my two siblings refuse to sell it and split the estate. I live in Indiana.

My brother threatened to “ruin me” when I told him that he and our sister could either buy the property or it would be sold. He is carrying on about how his kids were raised there by our mother, although she did not legally adopt them.

He is blind and likes to winter in the house rather than stay in his own apartment. He lives in a major metropolitan area where he has to navigate public transport. He is living there now without a lease or even his name on the deed.

My sister also does not want to sell the property

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My mother left a home in Savannah, Ga., on 5 acres. I want to sell. My brother threatened to sue me for harassment and ‘ruin me.’

By Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch

‘My sister also does not want to sell the property because it has been in the family for 90 years’

‘My sister also does not want to sell the property because it has been in the family for 90 years’

Dear Moneyist,

In September, our mom died without a will in Chatham County, Ga. I do not want to own her house and five acres in the country in Savannah, but my two siblings refuse to sell it and split the estate. I live in Indiana.

My brother threatened to “ruin me” when I told him that he and our sister could either buy the property or it would be sold. He is carrying on about how his kids were raised there by our mother, although she did not legally adopt them.

He is blind and likes to winter in the house rather than stay in

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My mother left a home in Savannah with 5 acres. I want to sell. My brother threatened to ‘ruin me’ and sue me for harassment

In September, our mom died without a will in Chatham County, Ga. I do not want to own her house and five acres in the country in Savannah, but my two siblings refuse to sell it and split the estate. I live in Indiana.

My brother threatened to “ruin me” when I told him that he and our sister could either buy the property or it would be sold. He is carrying on about how his kids were raised there by our mother, although she did not legally adopt them.

He is blind and likes to winter in the house rather than stay in his own apartment. He lives in a major metropolitan area where he has to navigate public transport. He is living there now without a lease or even his name on the deed.

My sister also does not want to sell the property because it has been

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Consulting Co. Can’t Sue Contractor For Switching Firms

Law360 (November 24, 2020, 9:06 PM EST) — A Texas appellate court on Tuesday declined to revive an oil and gas consulting company’s breach of contract lawsuit against a former independent contractor, finding the consulting company’s noncompete clause was unenforceable.

The three-judge panel of the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana denied Titan Oil & Gas Consultants LLC’s bid to overturn a lower court’s dismissal of its claims against David W. Willis and competitor RigUp Inc.

Willis, who works for hydrocarbon explorer Apache Corp., switched his insurance and payroll services from Titan to RigUp. Titan claimed that by going to RigUp, Willis would expose confidential information from Titan and Apache’s…

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Several SLC bar owners plan to sue state over alcohol sale mandate

SALT LAKE CITY — On Monday, Gov. Gary Herbert extended the public health order requiring bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol after 10 p.m.

READ: Mask mandate stays, social gatherings loosened under new Utah COVID-19 orders

Kirk Bengtzen, the owner of Twist Bar & Bistro, said the news of the health order being extended was the breaking point. Now, close to 10 bar owners plan to sue the state of Utah, Bengtzen said.

“Don’t require us to shut down and threaten to fine us up to $10,000 and potentially take away our liquor license if we continue to do business, yet offer no help. It doesn’t make sense,” he said.

If shutting things down is the best thing, Bengtzen said, he is fine with that as long as there is some help provided to restaurant and bar employees.

“There is no assistance for me to take care of these

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Hartford families sue HUD; allege Fair Housing Act violations

For years, Marina Ilarraza’s family lived in a government-subsidized apartment in Hartford’s North End where mold adorned the shower, the windows wouldn’t shut, the heat worked sporadically and the water ran brown.

In the basement, a sewage backup left behind fleas and rotting cats. Drug violence in the neighborhood often prevented her children from playing outside.

She wanted out but had few options – until 2019, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ended the last of its contracts with the landlords of the Ilarrazas’ apartment and two others in the city because of the deplorable conditions inside.

Ilarraza had hoped that the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher that HUD gave her would help her find a better place, but she and others who had lived in the three apartments soon found that they had very few options. Some – including Ilarraza – wound up stuck in Hartford,

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US Marines sue Lendlease over cockroach-infested homes

Lendlease is known in Australia for its large infrastructure projects and developments, but it is also a large-scale provider of military housing to the US armed forces with a $13.6 billion portfolio of homes that house 110,000 US service-members across 25 states. It is the responsible manager of the properties and uses partners to conduct maintenance, repairs and services for the sites.

The Marines allege that despite being forced to live in ‘slums’, Lendlease and its partners have received the full allowance from its service-member tenants.

Mould inside the Lendlease-managed home of US Marine, 1st Sergeant Scott Johnson, his wife Lindsey and their children.

Mould inside the Lendlease-managed home of US Marine, 1st Sergeant Scott Johnson, his wife Lindsey and their children.

The class action also reveals that Lendlease has been hauled before US Congress more than once to answer questions about the poor quality of its housing. Three families are seeking compensation from the landlord.

Marine Corporal William Lewis and his wife Lakin joined the class action

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Landmark Case Eases Ability To Sue Over Construction Defects

90 William Street (Google Maps; iStock)

UPDATED November 4, 2020, 12:19 p.m.: New York City condo investors may increasingly find themselves having to dig into their wallets to pay for any construction defects, according to a new court ruling.

The Appellate Division of state court upheld a ruling last week that a condominium board does not have to prove a fiduciary or confidential relationship between itself and the building’s sponsor when suing over construction defects.

The ruling, if it stands, will make it easier for condo boards suing over construction defects to claw back money that investors earned from the project, according to condo attorneys.

The ruling came as part of years-long dispute over construction defects between the condominium board at a Financial District building and Louis Greco’s Second Development Services and other sponsor entities involved in the development.

Located at 90 William Street, the condo, dubbed [email protected], has

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Residents threaten to sue contractor for abandoning road project in Ashanti Region

Regional News of Thursday, 29 October 2020

Source: 3 News

2020-10-29

File Photo: The over 27-kilometer road spans from Kwadaso to NwenesoFile Photo: The over 27-kilometer road spans from Kwadaso to Nweneso

Residents and road users within Atwima Techiman and surrounding communities have threatened to sue the contractor working on the Kwadaso-Atwima-Twedie road in the Ashanti Region.

They say the contractor has abandoned the project as the road further deteriorates, rendering road users helpless.

Asabea Contractor has been working on the said stretch but has abandoned the project for several months as residents have been at the mercy of pot holes and death traps that have riddled the road.

The over 27-kilometer road, which spans from Kwadaso through Twedie, Foase to Nweneso, when completed, will enhance the living standards of residents and commuters on that stretch.

But until then, the situation has worsened as perennial rains wash away parts of the road, creating deep gullies and erosion.

The residents poured

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