Massachusetts Law Updates

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Monthly Archives: November 2009

New Text Messaging Service Posted on Nov 30

We have just added another way for you to reach us! In addition to live chat, email, phone, and (of course!) coming in to the library, you can now text a question from your cell phone to 617-674-1455. Questions will be answered Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30, but   …Continue Reading New Text Messaging Service

Patient and Family Advisory Councils Posted on Nov 19

New regulations (105 CMR 130.1800-.1801) require hospitals to set up Patient and Family Advisory Councils by October, 2010. According to the Department of Public Health’s advisory to hospitals, “The formation of a PFAC is intended to facilitate patient and family participation in hospital care and decision-making, information   …Continue Reading Patient and Family Advisory Councils

Free Caselaw from Google Posted on Nov 18

The legal research community is buzzing about Google’s announcement yesterday of a free database of full-text cases from federal and state courts via Google Scholar. The cases are well-formatted, include pagination, and include links to all cited cases that are also in the database. Here’s   …Continue Reading Free Caselaw from Google

Land Court Cases Posted on Nov 18

Massachusetts Land Court Cases from July 2009 to date are now available online. Additional cases are being added daily. Cases can be accessed by name, docket number or date. They can also be searched full-text.

New Protection for Utility Consumers Posted on Nov 17

Earlier this week, Gov. Patrick signed St.2009, c.133: An Act Relative to Public Utility Companies. This new law is largely a reaction to the extended power outage in the Lunenburg area after last December’s ice storm. According to the press release, the law “strengthens consumer   …Continue Reading New Protection for Utility Consumers

Regs for LPs and LLCs updated Posted on Nov 2

The regulations for Limited Partnerships (950 CMR 108) and Limited Liability Companies (950 CMR 112) have been updated as of October 30, 2009. The Secretary of State posts some of their regulations on the web, but not all. They have not posted the new regulations   …Continue Reading Regs for LPs and LLCs updated