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Int'l Sal Co., LLC v. City of Boston, No. 08-1663

By FindLaw Staff on December 21, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In plaintiff's suit against the city of Boston over a dispute over payment for road salt that the company supplied during the winter of 2004-2005, judgment for the city is affirmed where: 1) the district court correctly determined as a matter of law that no new contract was created between the city and plaintiff that would satisfy the requirements of Chapter 30B or the City Charter, and that such failure was not excused by the emergency provisions of chapter 30B; and 2) the district court did not err in concluding that plaintiff was not entitled to relief under a theory of equitable estoppel as the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court has consistently refused to allow equitable recovery on a contract that does not comply with the material requirements of public bidding laws. 

Read Int'l Sal Co., LLC v. City of Boston, No. 08-1663

Appellate Information

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Decided December 21, 2009


Before:  Boudin, Gibson, and Howard, Circuit Judges

Opinion by Gibson, Circuit Judge


For Appellant:   Bruce W. Edmands, Julia B. Vacek and Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

For Appellee:    Adam Cederbaum, William F. Sinnott, Corporation Counsel, and Scott C. Holmes, Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Boston Law Department

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