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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Help for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Posted on Apr 30

Beginning May 1, 2008, homeowners facing foreclosure have 90 days to cure a default, under M.G.L. c. 244, s.35A, passed last November. According to a press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley and Governor Deval Patrick, “starting tomorrow, a foreclosing lender must provide a notice   …Continue Reading Help for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Voter ID Requirement OK Posted on Apr 29

Yesterday, in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 US 181 (2008), the US Supreme Court upheld an Indiana requirement that voters show government-issued identification at the polls. In a 6-3 split, the justices issues four separate opinions. The main opinion was written by Justice Stevens,   …Continue Reading Voter ID Requirement OK

SJC Clarifies Child Enticement Law Posted on Apr 18

In two decisions released today, Comm. v. Disler and Comm. v. Filopoulos, the Supreme Judicial Court has interpreted the Child Enticement Law, MGL c.265, § 26C to require the Commonwealth to affirmatively prove intent to lure an underage individual. The decisions hold, in part: “The   …Continue Reading SJC Clarifies Child Enticement Law

Triple Damages for Unpaid Wages Posted on Apr 15

Yesterday, a new law (St.2008, c.80) mandating triple damages for violation of the weekly wage law was enacted after Gov. Patrick failed to sign or veto it. The governor had sent a letter to the Senate asking that the bill be amended to allow some   …Continue Reading Triple Damages for Unpaid Wages

New Booster Seat Law Posted on Apr 14

On Friday, Governor Patrick signed St.2008, c.79, An Act Relative to Child Passenger Safety. Under the new law, effective May 1, 2008, “No child under the age of eight and measuring less than fifty-seven inches in height shall ride as a passenger in a motor   …Continue Reading New Booster Seat Law