- Written by Administrator
- Published: 02 October 2013
Kreiger said most of the legal issues in which his company has been involved have been taken care of, with the more involved cases such as the Johnson Golf/North Hill lawsuit and a handful of others left.
One of these cases involves a lawsuit brought by Duxbury resident and attorney John McCluskey against former zoning board of appeals chairman and attorney Dennis Murphy. In 2010, McCluskey, who was paid as a consultant on the 40B affordable housing project called Merry Village, filed a suit against Murphy personally and in his capacity as the ZBA chairman, alleging defamation and asking for $450,000 in damages. McCluskey claimed Murphy had defamed him in a series of public statements relating to the Merry Village project.
Kreiger said this case is being handled by attorney John Cloherty at the firm of Pierce Davis. The trial at the Plymouth Superior Court was scheduled to take place Sept. 9 but Kreiger said it was postponed. There’s no new date set for the trial yet, he said.
Another lawsuit about a dock that was being handled by an associate in Kreiger’s company will now be handled by Kreiger himself.
A lawsuit brought against the town by John McLaughlin Jr., about his plans to build a dock behind his family’s house on Washington Street was remanded by the Superior Court back to the Conservation Commission and a new notice of intent has been filed, said Kreiger. However, Kreiger said attorney Paul Driscoll feels that Kreiger’s associate George Hall should be removed from the case because he formerly represented Friends of the Blue Fish River, a citizen’s group opposed to the dock. Kreiger disagrees with this assertion, saying he will handle the case instead of Hall because he believes he is qualified to do so.
“I disagree that all of Anderson Kreiger is tainted. They are former clients. I disagree that I can’t do it,” he said.
One final case against the town is pending in small claims court. Kreiger said a non-resident is suing the town for a refund of the cost of his beach sticker claiming he couldn’t park in a parking lot when the over-sand area of the beach was full and that he was never properly notified about the regulations regarding beach stickers and parking. Kreiger said one of his associates appeared in the small claims court with Town Manager Rene Read, and that he expects a decision in the case this week.