The SJC has released a decision changing the way liability is measured for clearing snow and ice on real property. The longstanding rule in Massachusetts, in which a property owner is not liable in tort for failing to remove a natural accumulation of snow and …Continue Reading Snow and ice in July
The Trial Court’s new Serving the Self-Represented Litigant: A Guide By and For Massachusetts Court Staff does a great job of explaining what court staff may and may not do. Often court employees had been so leery of providing legal advice that they were reluctant to provide much …Continue Reading Serving Self-Represented Litigants Guide Provides Welcome Permission to Help
The Fall River Law Library is closed for the move to the new Fall River Justice Center at 186 South Main Street in Fall River. The library will re-open in the new location on July 26. In the meantime, nearby libraries in Taunton and New Bedford …Continue Reading Fall River Law Library on the Move
Yesterday, amendments (75 FR 24802-24819) to the EPA’s Lead Renovation Repair and Painting Program regulations (40 CFR 745) went into effect. These amendments close the “opt-out” provision, which had allowed homeowners to opt out of new safety requirements if there were no children under 6 …Continue Reading Lead Paint Rules Tightened; Training Deadline Eased
A provision of the Massachusetts state budget passed at the end of June (H4800) amended MGL c.138, s.33 and s.33B to allow liquor sales at restaurants to begin at 10 a.m. on Sundays, effective immediately. Previously, sales were generally prohibited before noon, although s.33B did …Continue Reading Alcohol Sales Can Begin at 10 on Sundays
From Nash v. Lathrop, 142 Mass. 29 (1886): “The decisions and opinions of the justices are the authorized expositions and interpretations of the laws which are binding upon all the citizens. They declare the unwritten law, and construe and declare the meaning of the statutes. Every …Continue Reading Public’s Right to Free Access to Court Decisions
A law enacted over a year ago (St. 2008, c.453) requires homeowners with oil burners installed before 1990 to make a small change to their systems to prevent leaks. Originally, the law was to take effect July 1, 2010. On June 24, 2010, the law …Continue Reading Update, Postponed: Older Oil Burners Must be Upgraded to Prevent Leaks
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