The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection ( SJC 11961) that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection(MassDEP) failed to take action by the deadline of 2012 to adopt regulations and set specific limits on greenhouse gas emissions that are …Continue Reading SJC Rules for Environmental Global Warming Lawsuit
Massachusetts Invents the Constitutional Convention “In 1779, the Massachusetts legislature issued a call to the towns for every male inhabitant to elect representatives to form a Convention for the sole purpose of framing a new Constitution, which would then require ratification by two-thirds of the …Continue Reading Alexander Hamilton Writes to Raise the Eleventh Federal Pillar
The following will have activities on May 11: Boston Municipal Court-East Boston, 37 Meridian Street, from 5:30 p.m. First Justice John M. McDonald will preside over a Law Day Mock Trial, followed by Law Day Awards Ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. in the First Session …Continue Reading Law Day Activities Today
All works under copyright protection published in the United States are subject to the mandatory deposit provision of the copyright law. Two copies of each work must be sent to the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office within three months of publication. (17 U.S.Code § 407) …Continue Reading Legal Deposit in the Electronic Age
Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrases are “ with prejudice” and “ without prejudice.” With prejudice, adv. With loss of all rights; in a way that finally disposes …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month: With and Without Prejudice
The following courts will have activities on Friday, May 6: Wrentham District Court, 60 East Street, First Session Courtroom, 9:30 a.m. Festivities will include the State Police Honor Guard, performances by the Medway High School Band, Boston Police Gaelic Column Pipes & Drums, and a …Continue Reading Law Day Activities Today
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The comprehensive new opioid law signed by the Governor this week is St.2016, c.52. Because this law includes an “emergency preamble,” most provisions are effective immediately, but sections 70-77 of the new law prescribe different effective dates for particular sections, so you’ll need to read carefully …Continue Reading New Opioid Law
Earlier this year the US Department of Justice amended the federal firearm regulations (27 Code of Federal Regulations 479). In particular, the new regulations add the definition of “responsible person” covering unlicensed entities and which is defined in part as “In the case of a trust, those persons with the power …Continue Reading Gun Trust Rule Change
In Massachusetts and some other states, the right to vote is temporarily suspended while a person is incarcerated for a felony offense. They may vote again after they are released from prison. In some states, even people convicted of a misdemeanor cannot vote while incarcerated. In other …Continue Reading Can Felons Vote in Massachusetts?