On Wednesday, Partner Adam Simms obtained a summary decision from the Massachusetts Appeals Court that affirmed summary judgment in favor of the firm’s clients, the City of Amesbury and its former mayor (in his individual capacity). The Court affirmed dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claim the former mayor intentionally interfered with an advantageous economic relationship and their claim for declaratory relief against both the City and former mayor.
As to the intentional interference claim, the Court concluded that the Superior Court correctly held that the former mayor was shielded from liability by the common-law immunity doctrine. It found no evidence that he acted with malice, bad faith or corruptly when he decided not to enter into a host community agreement but instead required the plaintiffs to obtain a special permit from the planning board to establish a retail cannabis store in the City.
As to the declaratory relief claim, the Court agreed with the trial judge that the relief requested in the plaintiffs’ complaint was too amorphous, as it did not request any particular declaration.
The case was captioned 𝑀𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑙𝑜, 𝑒𝑡 𝑎𝑙. 𝑣. 𝐶𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝐴𝑚𝑒𝑠𝑏𝑢𝑟𝑦, 𝑒𝑡 𝑎𝑙., 22-P-00663
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