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Duxbury Opposition 4 9 12

Duxbury Opposition 4 9 12

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TROYWALL
MotionforaFindingthatJohnsonisentitledtoanAwardunderG.L.c.231,
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TOWNOFDUXBURY,andNORTHHILL)ADVISORYCOMMITTEE,consistingof)MICHAELDOOLIN,CHAIRMAN,)SCOTTWHITCOMB,)ROBERTM.MUSTARD,JR.,MICHAEL)MARLBOROUGH,ANTHONYFLOREANO,)MICHAELT.RUFO,THOMASK.GARRITY,)RICHARDMANNING,W.JAMESFORD,)andGORDONCUSHING(EXOFFICIO),)CALMGOLF,INC.andCHARLESLANZETTA,)Defendants,)
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PILGRIMGOLF,LLC,)Intervenor.)
DEFENDANT,TOWNOFDUXBURY'S,OPPOSITIONTOPLAINTIFF'SCROSS-MOTIONFORFINDINGSANDCOUNSEL'SFEESPURSUANTTOG.L.
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INTRODUCTIONThisOppositionrespondstoJohnsonGolfs(hereinafter"Johnson")
 
insubstantial,frivolousandnotadvancedingoodfaith.,,1AftertheSuperiorCourt(Wrenn,J.)allowedtheTowntofileaMotionforSummaryJudgment,JohnsonfiledanOppositionthatcontainedissuesindisputethatDuxburycontendsarenot"materialfacts"andwerenotsupportedbysourcesorauthorityasrequiredbyRule9A.DuxburyrespondedbyfilingMotionstoStrikeandforSanctions.JohnsonhasfiledaresponsethatreplicatesthepatternoftheOppositionthatconcludeswiththeassertionthat"discoveryisrepletewithevidencethatDuxburyofficialsengagedinaconspiracy."ThisMemorandumdemonstratesthatDuxbury'sMotionsaremadeingoodfaithandthatJohnson'sclaimsthatDuxburyengagedinaconspiracyarefalse,donotmeetthelegalrequirementsforcivilconspiracy,andarenotstatementsofmaterialfactsthatprecludeentryofJudgmentonDuxbury'sMotionforSummaryJudgment.BecausetheTown'sMotionsidentifiednumerousstatementsofJohnsonthatareeitherunsupportedbytheevidentiaryrecordorareimmaterialtotheissuesraisedintheTown'sMotionforSummaryJudgment,Johnson'sMotionforaFindingandFeesunderG.L.c.23l,§6Fshouldbedenied.
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anycivilactioninwhichafmding.verdict,decision,award,orderorjudgmenthasbeenmadebyajudge...thecourtmaydetermine,afterahgrlng.asaseparateanddistinctfinding,thatallorsubstantiallyallof'heclaims.defenses.setoffsorcpugWclaims...madebyanypartywhowasrepresentedbycounselduringmostoralloftheproceeding.weRwhpl'yinsubstaDtial,
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II.DUXBURY'SMOTIONSCORRECTLYASSERTTHATJOHNSON'SALLEGATIONSABOUTTOWNOFFICIALSDONOTCONSTITUTEEVIDENCEOFACIVILCONSPIRACY.Johnson'sallegationsappeartobepredicatedonJohnson'spresumptionthatithadsomeentitlementtotheawardofthecontractand,therefore,thatanyactiontakenbytheTownthatjeopardizedJohnson'sperceivedrighttothecontract,evenifitweresupportedbyalegitimatepublicpurpose,constitutesevidenceofconspiracy.Whenanalyzedinlightoftheundisputedfactsofthismatterandthestandardofproofrequiredtoestablishtheexistenceofaconspiracy,Johnson'sclaimsringhollow.A.TheLegalStandardforCivilConspiracy.Civilconspiracyisdefinedas"acombinationoftwoormorepersonsactinginconcerttocommitanunlawfulact,ortocommitalawfulactbyunlawfulmeans,theprincipalelementofwhichisanagreementbetweenthepartiestoinflictawrongagainstorinjuryuponanother,andanovertactthatresultsindamages."Earlev.Benoit,850F.2d836,844(lstCir.1988)(citationsandinternalquotationmarksomitted).A"civilconspiracy"hasdistinctrequirementsofproof.Topleadaconspiracy,aplaintiffmustallegetheexistenceof"asingleplantheessentialnatureandgeneralscopeofwhich[was]knowntoeachpersonwhoistobeheldresponsibleforitsconsequences."Aubinv.Fudala.782F.2d280,286(lstCir,1983)(citationsomitted)."Thecomplaintshouldatleastsetforthminimalfactsastowhodidwhattowhom,when,where,andwhy...but"minimalrequirementsare
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