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Monthly Archives: December 2006

SJC Same-Sex Marriage Decision: Cannot Compel Legislature to Vote Posted on Dec 27

Earlier today, in the case of Doyle v. Secretary of the Commonwealth, the SJC determined that while the legislature had a duty to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment, the court lacked the authority to compel them to do so. The opinion said, in part:   …Continue Reading SJC Same-Sex Marriage Decision: Cannot Compel Legislature to Vote

Same-Sex Partner Denied De Facto Parent Status Posted on Dec 22

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled earlier this month in A.H. v. M.P. that a woman who never adopted the child of her same-sex partner, “although she was well aware of the importance of doing so,” and was not the primary caretaker for the child, did   …Continue Reading Same-Sex Partner Denied De Facto Parent Status

Web Ads Alone Don’t Confer Jurisdiction Posted on Dec 21

In Roberts v. Legendary Marine Sales, the SJC ruled earlier this month that general advertising on the web, not aimed specifically at Massachusetts residents, does not, by itself, confer personal jurisdiction over the advertiser. The court ruled that a Florida boat dealer who advertised a   …Continue Reading Web Ads Alone Don’t Confer Jurisdiction