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Shulman v. Tosi (Lawyers Weekly No. 12-087-17)

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS   NORFOLK, ss.                                                                      SUPERIOR COURT                                                                                                 CIVIL ACTION 16-01268-C     FREDERICK I. SHULMAN   vs.   LINDA TOSI, personal representative[1]   MEMORANDUM OF DECISION AND ORDER ON DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS     In his complaint in this action, plaintiff Frederick I. Shulman claims damages from the estate of Velia N. Tosi (“the Estate”).  Shulman contends that his former employers, Velia Tosi (“Velia”)[2] and her husband, Carlos Tosi (“Carlos”),  promised to pay him a sum of money upon the last of them to die.  Shulman alleges that after Carlos and later Velia died, Linda Tosi (“Linda”), the executrix of the Velia’s Estate, refused to pay the money allegedly promised. Shulman filed this action against Linda on October 7, 2016, one day shy of the one year anniversary of Velia’s death.  In it, Shulman alleges breach of contract, quantum meruit, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Linda moves to dismiss under Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim, contending that this action is governed by a one-year statute of limitations contained in G. L. c. 190B, § 3-803(a) of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, which requires a creditor of a deceased to file and serve an action within one year of a decedent’s death, and that Shulman did not file this action and serve her within that period.[3]  In response, Shulman argues that the one-year statute of limitations contained in § 3-803 does not apply because he is not a creditor of the Tosis but rather is a creditor of the Estate. On May 23, 2017, the Court convened a hearing on Linda’s motions and requested, and received, post-hearing filings on May 26 and May 31, 2017. In consideration of the parties’ memoranda of law and oral arguments, and for the reasons that follow, Linda’s motion is ALLOWED. FACTS Because it is evaluating the legal sufficiency of a complaint pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), the Court will accept as true all factual allegations in the complaint and all reasonable inferences that may be drawn in the plaintiff’s favor. See, e.g., Berish v. Bornstein, 437 Mass. 252, 267 (2002); Nader v. Citron, 372 Mass. 96, 98 (1977). Shulman began working with the Tosi family in 1966 as an assistant to Carlos, and later served as property manager for Tosi family real estate holdings.  Id. at ¶¶6-9.  In total, Shulman worked for Carlos and Velia for some 41 years, and a close, family-like relationship developed among Shulman, Carlos and Velia.  Id. at ¶13. Shulman did not have any form of retirement plan with the Tosi family businesses.  Id. at ¶17.  At a party celebrating Shulman’s […]

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