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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Ticket Scalping Law Remains Unclear Posted on Aug 27

The issue of what fees are allowable under MGL c.140 s.185D, the ticket scalping law, is not yet resolved. In Herman v. Admit One Ticket Agency, the SJC ruled today that the plaintiff, who had not actually purchased a ticket, lacked standing. The court acknowledged   …Continue Reading Ticket Scalping Law Remains Unclear

RECAP: “Turning PACER Around” Posted on Aug 24

We are always excited when a new tool or website becomes available to provide free access to public documents. RECAP is a plugin for Firefox for PACER users that makes PACER documents available for free. Here’s how it works: First, when you are using PACER   …Continue Reading RECAP: “Turning PACER Around”

Sex offender GPS monitoring ruling applied Posted on Aug 20

Sex offender GPS monitoring ruling applied

Recently, the SJC ruled that sex offenders who committed their crimes prior to the changes in MGL ch. 127 s. 133 D1/2 or ch.265 s. 47 cannot be required to wear a global positioning system device (GPS) as a condition of probation or parole. The   …Continue Reading Sex offender GPS monitoring ruling applied

Credit Card Reforms Effective Today Posted on Aug 20

While most of the Credit CARD Act of 2009 (PL111-24) doesn’t take effect until next February, two provisions become effective today. Credit card bills must now be sent at least 21 days before they are due (up from 14 days), and card issuers have to   …Continue Reading Credit Card Reforms Effective Today

Administration Criticizes but Defends DOMA Posted on Aug 17

The Justice Department filed papers today in federal court in California in the case of Smelt and Hammer v. US (SACV09-00286 DOC) that stated a belief that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory, while at the same time arguing in support of   …Continue Reading Administration Criticizes but Defends DOMA

Second Update to our Scooter Post Posted on Aug 11

Last month we noted (and updated) the new law that affects the registration of motor scooters. Here’s a further update: The Registry of Motor Vehicles’ policy is to accept any currently registered scooter under the old law until that current registration expires. Once it expires,   …Continue Reading Second Update to our Scooter Post