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April 2, 2020

Law & Society

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

July 8, 2012

Law & Society

Haverhill Teenager Sentenced to One-Year in Jail Over Fatal Texting While Driving Collision

In what is being heralded as a landmark case, an 18-year-old Haverhill man was recently ordered to serve a one-year sentence in the Essex County House of Corrections after a jury convicted him of causing a deadly crash while driving and texting behind the wheel of a car. In February 2011, Aaron Deveau was driving […]

December 15, 2010

Law & Society

Boston Jury Hits Tobacco Company For Giving Cigarettes to Children

According to a Boston.com report, a Boston jury awarded a woman’s estate $50 million and her son $21 million in damages yesterday in a products liability lawsuit against the makers of Newport cigarettes. The plaintiff showed that back in the 1950s and 1960s, The tobacco company had given free cigarettes to children as young as […]

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