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Monthly Archives: October 2012

New Animal Control Law Effective Today Posted on Oct 31

St.2012, c.193: An Act Further Regulating Animal Control is effective October 31, 2012. This new law establishes the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund with a voluntary check-off donation on income tax returns. Prohibits declaring a dog dangerous solely based on the breed of dog. Also   …Continue Reading New Animal Control Law Effective Today

Law About the Paranormal Posted on Oct 23

Just in time for Halloween, we’ve added a new page on Mass. Law About the Paranormal, which includes links to pages about buying and selling haunted houses, witch trials and more.

Damages for Injury to a Dog Posted on Oct 23

This summer, the District Court Appellate Division heard a case (Irwin v. Deresh, 2012 Mass. App. Div. 142) in which a dog was attacked and injured by a second dog, and the question of appropriate damages was addressed. The court declined to hold that damages   …Continue Reading Damages for Injury to a Dog

Pro Bono Legal Services to be Offered by Retired Lawyers Posted on Oct 15

The Access to Justice Commission has started a new program that will pair senior lawyers (retired and nearly retired) with nonprofit and legal service organizations to provide assistance to those who need it.  Last week, South Coast Today did a nice story about one of   …Continue Reading Pro Bono Legal Services to be Offered by Retired Lawyers

Update on Middleborough Profane Speech Bylaw Posted on Oct 14

Back in June we reported on a new Middleborough bylaw which changed the enforcement of existing bylaws, including one that banned profanity. On October 9, the Attorney General upheld the new bylaw, but chose to comment on the older bylaws, which were not up for   …Continue Reading Update on Middleborough Profane Speech Bylaw