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September 20, 2022

News

KJC is now Sheff & Cook

After decades of successful personal injury and wrongful death litigation, KJC Law Firm and Sheff Law are merging to form Sheff & Cook. Management will be shared between Douglas K. Sheff and our own Kathy Jo Cook, both tenacious litigators who share a philosophy of maximizing restitution for each and every one of their clients. […]

December 23, 2022

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Who’s Who: The People Involved in a Personal Injury Trial

The Massachusetts court system is one of the oldest of its kind in the country and handles hundreds of trials each year. You might be surprised to learn that only around 5% of personal injury cases actually make it that far, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The majority of these types of cases […]

November 28, 2022

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Legalese, Translated: Personal Injury Edition

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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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 […]

October 16, 2016

Criminal Defense

Supreme Judicial Court Hands Down Decision Making Restitution More Fair & Equitable

When a person commits a crime and causes property to be damaged, destroyed, or lost, the issue of restitution may become relevant. Restitution comes into play when, as part of his punishment for the crime he committed, a defendant is ordered to pay the former owner of the property that he damaged or destroyed the value […]

September 26, 2016

Law & Society

Legalization of Marijuana in Massachusetts?

This November in Massachusetts, Ballot Question 4, entitled “The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act,” proposes the complete “legalization” of possession of certain amounts of marijuana for personal use. This stands in contrast to the current state of marijuana law in Massachusetts, which “decriminalizes” possession of certain amounts of marijuana for personal use. What’s the […]

August 23, 2016

Criminal Defense

SJC Rules that Search Warrant May Issue for Seizure of Cellphone that Aaron Hernandez Gave to His Attorneys

It is routine that people who have been charged with a crime give relevant evidence to their attorneys so that they can obtain legal advice regarding that evidence. After all, without being able to take possession of such items, attorneys would have a difficult time advising clients their cases. This was what happened when disgraced […]

July 21, 2016

Labor & Employment

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Awards $500,000 In Attorney’s Fees To KJC LAW FIRM Based on “Enormous” Verdict In A Massachusetts Wage Act Case

KJC LAW FIRM attorneys Cook, Wilton, and Martin were collectively awarded five hundred thousand dollars in attorney’s fees for their work on behalf of Dr. Andrew Segal in the case of Segal v. Genitrix, Suffolk Superior Court C.A. No. 09-00776. Segal, a licensed medical doctor and inventor, managed a bio-tech research firm called Genitrix with […]

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