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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Snow and ice in July Posted on Jul 27

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

Serving Self-Represented Litigants Guide Provides Welcome Permission to Help Posted on Jul 22

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

Fall River Law Library on the Move Posted on Jul 8

Fall River Law Library on the Move

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

Lead Paint Rules Tightened; Training Deadline Eased Posted on Jul 7

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

Alcohol Sales Can Begin at 10 on Sundays Posted on Jul 7

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

Public’s Right to Free Access to Court Decisions Posted on Jul 1

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

Update, Postponed: Older Oil Burners Must be Upgraded to Prevent Leaks Posted on Jul 1

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