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October 15th, 2018
CullenCollimore secures second summary judgment victory of October. Following a successful motion for summary judgment in Strafford County Superior Court on employment discrimination claims, CullenCollimore won summary judgment on behalf of a Hudson Selectboard member in Hillsborough County Superior Court on October 11, 2018. In Trefethen v. McGuire, the Plaintiffs asserted that the Board member defamed them during their bid to have the Board intervene in a zoning issue on their behalf, claiming that her preliminary comments amounted to an accusation of adultery. In the motion filed for the defense, Brian Cullen argued that the statements were not capable of a defamatory meaning and that the Board Member was immune from liability under state law. The Court (Temple, J.) agreed on both counts, entering judgment for Ms. McGuire before trial.

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October 9th, 2018
Cullen Collimore proudly participated in the 2018 National Solar Tour on 10/6/18 by displaying their 9.6 kw system that fully powers their electric needs. For more information on how you can help reduce your reliance on fossil fuels, contact us at 881-5500.
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October 1st, 2018
Check out the upcoming Greater Nashua Solar Tour on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1753240418136489/
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October 1st, 2018
CullenCollimore obtained summary judgment in Burnap v. Somersworth School District before the Strafford County Superior Court, successfully arguing that there was insufficient evidence that the Plaintiff’s termination was the product of discriminatory animus to permit the case to proceed to a jury trial. The ruling reflects the increasing willingness of the state courts to review well developed dispositive motions on their merits. For more information on this case or how CullenCollimore can help your company or institution defend employment claims, contact Brian Cullen.
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July 25th, 2018
CullenCollimore prevails in Supreme Court Appeal of Construction Defect and Consumer Protection Act Verdict.
As noted in the “News” feed below, Kevin and Stacy previously won a jury trial in a construction defect case in Rockingham County Superior Court. The jury awarded damages to their homeowner clients for defective construction, then the Judge ruled after a Hearing that the defendants’ actions were “unfair and deceptive” in violation of the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act (RSA 358-A). The Judge therefore awarded the homeowners separate, additional damages under the statute. The Judge also found that the Defendants’ violations were “willful and knowing” violations, entitling the homeowners to recover three times the damages awarded under the Act. Finally, the Judge ruled the defendants must pay the homeowners their significant, related attorneys’ fees incurred over the three years leading up to trial. The Defendants appealed each of the findings and rulings.
CullenCollimore prevailed on appeal. Not only did the Supreme Court affirm every aspect of the challenged holdings and rulings, including the attorneys’ fee award, it awarded the homeowners their attorneys’ fees incurred on appeal.
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Kevin and Stacy win a construction defect jury trial
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October 6th, 2017

Congratulations to Kevin and Stacy who won a jury trial in a construction defect case in Rockingham County Superior Court. They represented Michael (Sgt., ret.) and Stacey Fowler of Seabrook, who alleged they were taken advantage of by a developer and realtor in Seabrook, New Hampshire, Thomas O’Hara and Best Rate Realty. The Fowlers entered into a contract for the construction of a new single family home on land the family was “renting-to-own” while they earned credit toward the purchase of the land under the agreement and saved their money to build a home themselves. O’Hara said he could build that home now if they gave up their rent-to-own credits and were able to get the landowner to sell the property to him at a stated price. They testified he said he would not take his usual profit from the project as a “gift” to them, to honor Michael’s military service, who was totally disabled from that military service, and Stacey, his full-time caregiver. They testified that O’Hara breached that contract and built a defective home, including not having an entry door anywhere on the first floor of a two-story home, despite Michael’s walking disabilities. They allege that once he owned the land and began to build the home – and became their landlord -- he significantly changed the design of the home and the financial terms of the agreement. They testified he also refused to provide necessary loan documents, including the design plans for the home, to the bank so that they could obtain a loan to purchase the finished home. They testified the bank eventually denied the loan because of O’Hara’s failure and refusal to provide the required documentation and due to an unacceptable appraisal report, which noted the house style was “HIGHLY ATYPICAL” and “HIGHLY UNUSUAL”. Finally, they testified that when the loan was denied, O’Hara tried to sell the home out from under them, as evidenced by a listing of their home on the MLS home listing and sale website for realtors and home buyers. The jury agreed with the Fowlers and found that O’Hara breached the warranty of good and workmanlike construction with respect to the defects in the home and awarded damages. It also issued an advisory verdict that it felt O’Hara’s actions constituted violations of the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act, in that his actions were “unfair and deceptive.” The judge agreed, entered a ruling that O’Hara’s conduct was unfair and deceptive, and further held that the unfair and deceptive acts were “willful and knowing” violations of the Consumer Protection Act, entitling the Fowlers to recover three times the damages awarded under the Act and their reasonable attorneys’ fees. CullenCollimore now represents the Fowlers in an appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court recently taken by the Thomas O’Hara and Best Rate Realty.

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February 6th, 2018
http://www.concordmonitor.com/Federal-judge-rules-in-favor-of-Henniker-officer-in-shooting-15214973
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February 2nd, 2018
Feels like Groundhog Day: CullenCollimore scores second federal win of the year as the USDC-NH grants summary judgment to the defense in Cadman v. Henniker, et. al., agreeing that Officer Steve Dennis acted in good faith at all times during an attempted arrest that ended in the non-fatal shooting of the arrestee.   Read more...
January 3rd, 2018
CullenCollimore rings in the new year with a federal court win.   Read more...
October 6th, 2017
Congratulations to Kevin and Stacy who won a jury trial in a construction defect case in Rockingham County Superior Court.   Read more...
September 12th, 2017
CullenCollimore secures defense verdict in bus passenger case.   Read more...
May 2nd, 2017
Superior Court dismisses case against Epsom police officer in harassment and retaliation suit   Read more...
December 21st, 2016
Attorney Shelagh Michaud interviewed for New Hampshire Bar News article on where we are on e-discovery and social media in the law in New Hampshire   Read more...
October 27th, 2016
NH Supreme Court Victory for Town of Pelham and its police officer dismissing all counts   Read more...
October 11th, 2016
Brian Cullen presented with Judge McCafferty on Federal Court Use of Experts panel   Read more...
August 25th, 2016
After this year's 2nd annual Millyard Bike-Paddle-Run race in Nashua, the CullenCollimore Foundation donated $2,500 to local rowing clubs   Read more...
April 4th, 2016
Brian Cullen, a Nashua attorney whose office is in the city's downtown, was the first runner across the finish line at Sunday's inaugural 5K run/walk hosted by Positive Street Art to benefit Nashua's military veterans.   Read more...
January 15th, 2016
This year's Millyard BPR will take place on May 22nd.   Read more...
August 24th, 2015
Summary judgment granted in favor of municipality on negligence claim for damages from failed water meter   Read more...
May 11th, 2015
As President of the UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors, Shelagh will speak to the UNH graduates in Manchester and Durham Commencement ceremonies this week.   Read more...
May 8th, 2015
CullenCollimore helped bring to life a Bike-Paddle-Run triathlon event to benefit Nashua, NH   Read more...