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September 29, 2022

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Civil vs. Criminal Law: What’s the Difference?

In the United States, not all court cases are created equal – and that’s a good thing! We wouldn’t want a patient suing a doctor for malpractice to be subjected to the same processes and procedures as an alleged serial killer. The law can be thought of as having two sides: civil and criminal. While […]

September 19, 2022

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Legalese, Translated: Law 101

If you’ve ever read through a contract or examined the fine print of a warranty, you know the letter of the law can be dense and confusing stuff. It becomes even more complicated once you become involved in actual legal proceedings. In light of this, we’ve put together our “Legalese, Translated” blog post series. Each […]

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April 2, 2020

COVID-19

Your Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Attention all small business owners, sole proprietors, and independent contractors!  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was recently signed into law.  Hundreds of billions of dollars have been set aside to help your business survive these uncertain times.  The text of the law itself is hundreds of pages of long.  To try […]

April 2, 2020

COVID-19

Payroll Protection Program Promises Financial Relief for Small Businesses

Your Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act   The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was recently signed into law.  Hundreds of billions of dollars have been set aside to help your business survive these uncertain times.  The text of the law itself is hundreds of pages of […]

March 31, 2020

Law & Society

COVID-19 and Your Commercial Insurance Policy

Massachusetts business owners and sole proprietors: know your rights under your commercial insurance policies! The Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) promises widespread business interruption across a huge variety of sectors, from restaurants and bars to manufacturing and contracting, and everything in between. In Massachusetts in particular, Governor Baker has just announced a statewide ban on gatherings of 25 […]

December 21, 2017

Criminal Defense

Attorney Duggan secures acquittal for client

On November 16, 2017, in Suffolk County Superior Court, a jury of twelve returned a verdict of not guilty in favor of Attorney Benjamin Duggan’s client.  Attorney Duggan’s client was charged with, among other things, illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.  Due to certain sentencing enhancements, Attorney Duggan’s client was facing a minimum mandatory state […]

February 21, 2017

Criminal Defense

KJC Law Firm at the Forefront of Legal Developments in Breathalyzer Refusal Jury Instructions

Can a Massachusetts prosecutor use a defendant’s refusal to take a breathalyzer test as evidence of drunk driving? The short answer is no, but understanding why this is the answer is a bit more complicated. Everyone is familiar with the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution’s provision that no person “shall be compelled in […]

February 10, 2017

Law & Society

Can Massachusetts Prohibit Non-Citizens from becoming Lawyers?

Massachusetts is often considered an immigrant-friendly state, but according to the General Laws, only citizens of the United States can obtain admission to the Massachusetts Bar. The three statutes governing admission are G.L. c. 221, §§ 37, 38A, and 39. Section 37 and 39 both specifically require applicants to be citizens of the United States […]

December 20, 2016

Law & Society

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court set to Decide Whether Dookhan Defendants get a “Global Remedy”

Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments for Bridgeman v. District Attorney for Suffolk County for the second time. Once more, the Committee for Public Counsel Services (“CPCS”) and the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) both argued that the only fair conclusion to the Dookhan drug scandal is to provide a global […]

December 8, 2016

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

“Tis the Season To Be Careful: The Toy You Just Purchased May Be Dangerous

It’s easy to get lulled into believing that the toys you buy for your children are safe. After all, it’s 2016, and surely if toys get through testing and get placed on the market, they must be safe, right? According to a number of organizations committed to keeping children safe, this is false. Last month, […]

November 21, 2016

Law & Society

Mass Appeals Court Upholds G.L. c. 93A Violation for Unfair Claim Settlement Practices in Partial-Coverage Suit

In Rass Corporation v. The Travelers Companies, Inc., 2015-P-0358 (Mass. App. Ct. 2016), the Massachusetts Appeals Court reviewed a case brought by a sauce company, Rass, against its insurance carrier, Travelers, for breach of contractual duties to defend, indemnify, and settle an underlying action brought against Rass. The underlying action alleged Rass committed the torts […]

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