The Case: Gillette Manufacturing (USA), Inc. v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Court: Suffolk County Superior Court
The Original Pro Tanto Payment: $3,077,800
The Judgment: $7,577,800
In order to build a portion of the Third Harbor Tunnel, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts took by eminent domain a portion of vacant land adjacent to Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in South Boston. The Commonwealth’s position was that the site had marginal development value.
Gillette retained The McLaughlin Brothers to pursue its case against the Commonwealth. This case involved complicated environmental, engineering, permitting and valuation issues. The case focused on the fair market value of the land for its highest and best use as a commercial real estate development site. The McLaughlin Brothers obtained a total of $7,577,800 for Gillette.