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Mullins v. Corcoran, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 12-019-17)

1 COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS SUFFOLK, ss. SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL ACTION NO. 2014-02302 BLS1 JOSEPH R. MULLINS vs. JOSEPH E. CORCORAN and GARY A. JENNISON MEMORANDUM OF DECISION AND ORDER ON THE PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT The court borrows the following introduction from one of the many other summary judgment decisions that it has written in connection with the numerous litigations that these parties have filed against one another. “Beginning in the early 1970s, the plaintiff Joseph R. Mullins and the defendants Joseph E. Corcoran and Gary A. Jennison, through many different manner of business entities, operated a very successful real estate business. In 1987, they entered into an agreement to separate, to the extent possible, Mullins interests from those of Corcoran and Jennison (the 1987 Agreement). However, many of their ventures were apparently not susceptible to separation and continued in joint ownership. This case involves entities of that nature. Since 2001, from this court’s perspective, it appears that the principal business of these individuals and their related businesses has been to sue one another. This is, at least, the fifth such case.” The instant case is now before the court on Mullins’ motion for summary judgment. In another summary judgment decision the court provided the following description of the parties’ prior business arrangements and their 1987 Agreement, which is also equally applicable to this dispute: “From the early 1970s until 1987, Corcoran, Mullins, and Jennison operated a successful 2 real estate business that involved the development and management of multi-unit affordable or mixed-income housing, as well as other real estate projects. For the most part, each project was owned by a limited partnership of which Corcoran, Mullins, Jennison, Inc. (CMJ) was the general partner. Other related entities (collectively with CMJ, the Companies) contracted to provide services to the projects, including construction, management and other related services. 1 Corcoran, Mullins, and Jennison were the sole shareholders of the Companies, owning, respectiviely, 60%, 20% and 20% of the shares of each. “In 1987, after Mullins expressed his desire to leave the business, the three of them, with the assistance of counsel, negotiated the separation and going-forward Agreement.2 Pursuant to its terms, ownership of some of the projects was transferred to Corcoran and Jennison (or entities jointly owned by them) and others to Mullins (or entities owned by him), but ownership of many projects remained as it had been, i.e., jointly owned by all three through limited partnerships of which CMJ was the general partner. These projects would continue to be serviced by the related Companies, also jointly owned by Corcoran, Jennison and Mullins, in the manner described above. “The 1987 Agreement begins with three whereas clauses, the last two of which […]


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