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09/28/77 DAVID P. STEVENS v. UNITED ARTISTS

September 28, 1977

DAVID P. STEVENS
v.
UNITED ARTISTS CORPORATION (AND SEVEN COMPANION CASES)



At the argument before this court, the defendants (appellees) moved to dismiss these appeals by reason of the late filing of the plaintiff's (appellant's) brief and record appendix, and further moved to strike the plaintiff's brief on the ground that he had set out therein as an addendum certain materials which were not properly part of the record. The first motion is denied; the second is granted to the extent of striking the addendum from the brief.

The plaintiff brought separate actions in the Municipal Court of the City of Boston against eight corporate defendants for breach of an alleged agreement to compensate him for certain services to be rendered. On consolidated trial of the actions, the trial Judge found in favor of the defendants, and later denied a motion for a new trial. He disallowed a "second substitute draft report" with respect to rulings made at the Conclusion of the trial, but allowed a report regarding the denial of the new trial. Proceeding to the Appellate Division of the Municipal Court, the plaintiff petitioned to establish the report concerning the trial, and, on the allowed report, sought to obtain a reversal of the denial of a new trial. The plaintiff appeals to this court from orders of the Appellate Division, accompanied by a detailed opinion by Lewiton, C.J., dismissing the petition to establish the report, and dismissing the report on the new-trial denial. We agree with the Appellate Division that the petition failed for want of a verification that the draft report conformed to the truth. See Cook v. Kozlowski, 351 Mass. 708 (1967); Lasell v. Director of the Div. of Employment Security, 325 Mass. 23, 25-26 (1949); Dist. Mun. Cts. R. Civ. P. 64 (e) (1975). We agree also with the grounds stated or dismissing the allowed report, including the ground that the rulings made by the trial Judge in denying the new trial were not shown to be erroneous.

Orders of the Appellate Division affirmed.

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