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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

New Teen Driving Rules Posted on Dec 27

The Massachusetts Legislature is set to pass a bill today increasing the drivers ed requirements before a teen can get a license and increasing penalties for offenses committed by young drivers. Here are some highlights: Effective March 31, 2007, new penalties: Driving with other passengers   …Continue Reading New Teen Driving Rules

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

Cambridge Courthouse Suit May Go Forward Posted on Dec 18

Last week, in the case of Sullivan v. Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Trial Court, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled employees in the courthouse may sue the Chief Justice for Administration and Management over appropriate remediation of environmental concerns within the building.   …Continue Reading Cambridge Courthouse Suit May Go Forward

Felonies limited for deportation Posted on Dec 12

The Supreme Court ruled last week that legal residents can only be deported under the Immigration and Nationality Act for acts that are felonies under the Controlled Substance Act, and not merely felonies under state law. In Lopez v. Gonzales the court ruled “Conduct made   …Continue Reading Felonies limited for deportation