Massachusetts Law Updates

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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Change to Massachusetts Superior Court Rule 9A: Civil Motions Posted on Dec 30

Black’s Law Dictionary (9th edition) defines a “motion” as: “A written or oral application requestiong a court to make a specified ruling or order.” That is, if you are involved in a court case and you want to get something done, you need to file a   …Continue Reading Change to Massachusetts Superior Court Rule 9A: Civil Motions

Price Shopping for Medical Care in Massachusetts Posted on Dec 27

Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, an Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation, may radically change the way cost conscious Massachusetts patients make health care choices.  Theoretically, patients will eventually be able to shop around by estimated cost, before deciding which provider they   …Continue Reading Price Shopping for Medical Care in Massachusetts

DOMA’s Legal Implications Posted on Dec 26

Same-gender couples who were married under Massachusetts laws should keep in mind the legal implications of the ruling that denied section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Further information is provided by GLAD in After DOMA: Guide for Same-Sex Couples.  This guide includes a series of   …Continue Reading DOMA’s Legal Implications

I love it, now can I return it? Posted on Dec 25

Christmas, at its best, is a religious holiday. It is the most holy day to Christians around the world. It is also a day when gifts are given and received. Now that all the presents have been purchased, given and received, knowing the ins and   …Continue Reading I love it, now can I return it?

Update on Amazon.com sales tax issue Posted on Dec 20

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to hear  appeals by Amazon.com and Overstock.com of a March decision by New York’s highest court.  In its decision, the New York Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of New York’s law that requires out-of-state Internet   …Continue Reading Update on Amazon.com sales tax issue

Here comes CLA…there goes MJP Posted on Dec 19

In recent years, the people of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire, and Worcester counties were required to apply for legal assistance at the Massachusetts Justice Project. As of January 1, 2014, MJP will be closed. They are no longer taking on new clients.  Community Legal Aid will   …Continue Reading Here comes CLA…there goes MJP

Didn’t win Mega Millions last night? Maybe next time. Posted on Dec 18

As of yesterday, the jackpot was estimated to be $636 million in the 43 state plus the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Island Mega Millions lottery that was drawn last night.  65 to 70% of the over 259 million possible number combinations had been played by Monday. While   …Continue Reading Didn’t win Mega Millions last night? Maybe next time.

Massachusetts Automotive Repair Law Amended Posted on Dec 17

On November 26, 2013, Governor Patrick signed legislation to amend the automotive repair law.  Chapter 165 of the Acts of 2013 repealed chapter 93J and created chapter 93K of the Massachusetts General Laws.  As an emergency law, it took effect immediately.  The new statute added heavy duty vehicles defined   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Automotive Repair Law Amended

New edition of “Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation” Posted on Dec 16

There are countless links to Internet websites about the US Constitution, ranging (among many others) from a lengthy wikipedia article, to the National Constitution Center’s page of educational resources, to cartoons about the constitution, and the Library of Congress’ page. The US government recently announced   …Continue Reading New edition of “Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation”

Snow and ice (as if you needed more…) Posted on Dec 15

Snow and ice (as if you needed more...)

Well, we have had our first major snowfall, so it’s time to remind you of the law of snow and ice. Both homeowners and businesses have obligations during the season for snow and ice removal, as well as for safe storage of melting chemicals. Our   …Continue Reading Snow and ice (as if you needed more…)