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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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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 […]

June 30, 2016

Consumer Protection

IKEA Recalls Dressers After Further Reports of Children’s Deaths

The world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA, has recalled 29 million dressers and chests sold in the U.S.  This recall comes after the confirmed deaths of six children from tip over accidents. Last year, in July 2015, IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the deaths of two children from tipping dressers.  Despite urging […]

June 1, 2015

Criminal Defense

Top Massachusetts Court Affords Enhanced Protections to Dookhan Defendants

The top court in Massachusetts recently ruled that a so-called Dookhan Defendant – a person who entered a guilty plea on the basis of drug analyses certified by Annie Dookhan – “who has been granted a new trial based on Dookhan’s misconduct at the Hinton drug lab cannot be charged with a more serious offense […]

February 11, 2015

Law & Society

New Tools for Seating Impartial Juries

If you were a party to a trial in Massachusetts, would you want your lawyer to be able to ask potential jurors about their past experiences that relate to your case?  How about questions regarding their preconceptions or biases?  If your answer to either of these questions is “YES!” you might be surprised to find […]

January 10, 2015

Criminal Defense

Recent Developments in Massachusetts Criminal Jury Instructions

Two very recent legal developments that KJC Law Firm is closely following relate to our newly established criminal defense practice, headed by our associate, John Martin.  In Commonwealth v. Gomes, SJC-11537 (January 12, 2015), the Supreme Judicial Court, which is the highest court in Massachusetts, recognized that “eyewitness identification is the greatest source of wrongful […]

December 16, 2014

Labor & Employment

Earned Sick Time for Massachusetts Employees

Employees in the Commonwealth will soon be legally entitled to up to 40 hours of earned sick time per year, thanks to Massachusetts voters. Starting next summer, employees will be able to earn and use sick time to: a) care for the employee’s own physical or mental illness, injury, or medical condition; b) care for […]

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