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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Join Us in Celebration Posted on Mar 24

Join Us in Celebration

In 1815, a petition was filed that led to a law creating the first public law libraries in Massachusetts. This is a milestone worthy of celebration, and we’ve planned a reception to celebrate the libraries and to thank our patrons. Please join us on Thursday   …Continue Reading Join Us in Celebration

‘Documents Only’ Subpoenas Allowed in Massachusetts Posted on Mar 23

Mass. R. Civ. P. 45 has been amended to allow lawyers to subpoena documents from a non-party without noticing a deposition of the record-keeper, effective April 1, 2015. As amended, Rule 45(a). A subpoena may command a person, in addition to giving testimony, “to produce designated   …Continue Reading ‘Documents Only’ Subpoenas Allowed in Massachusetts

When One Parent Wants to Move: Court Weighs Parental Advantage and Best Interests of the Child Posted on Mar 20

A recent case from the Appeals Court takes on the issues involved in a removal case.  When a parent requests permission to move out of state, the court must determine the real advantage to the moving parent and balance it against the best interests of the   …Continue Reading When One Parent Wants to Move: Court Weighs Parental Advantage and Best Interests of the Child

Credit Reporting Companies Agree to Consumer Safeguards Posted on Mar 19

The New York Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, has reached a settlement agreement with the three big credit reporting companies.  The agreement improved dispute resolution, making it somewhat easier for a consumer to fix an error in their report.  It also improves how medical debt   …Continue Reading Credit Reporting Companies Agree to Consumer Safeguards

Learning the Ropes: New Superior Court Juror Voir Dire in Massachusetts Posted on Mar 13

Now that the Superior Courts of Massachusetts permit attorneys and self-represented parties to participate in juror voir dire, the Trial Court Law Libraries have information to help you learn effective procedures. Law: St.2014, Chapter 254, Section 2 Superior Court Rule: Superior Court Standing Order 1-15   …Continue Reading Learning the Ropes: New Superior Court Juror Voir Dire in Massachusetts

New Snow Storm Loan Fund Posted on Mar 9

Governor Baker along with the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has approved a new snow storm loan fund to help small businesses recover from lost storm revenue. MGCC will make up to one million dollars in loan funds available to provide micro-loans between five and   …Continue Reading New Snow Storm Loan Fund

Headlights On? Posted on Mar 6

A new Massachusetts law (Chapter 481 of the Acts of 2014) now requires motorists to turn on their headlights when “when the vehicle’s windshield wipers are needed.”  Mass. General Laws Chapter 85 section 15 also states that headlights should be in use for a half hour   …Continue Reading Headlights On?

Credit Unions Branching Out Posted on Mar 4

On January 7, 2015, an “Act Relative to Credit Union Branching” was approved permitting Massachusetts Credit Unions to maintain one or more branch offices or depots outside of Massachusetts. MGL Chapter 171 §8 was repealed and rewritten to authorize the establishment of branches in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New   …Continue Reading Credit Unions Branching Out

Payday Loans Targeted by the FTC Posted on Mar 3

  The Federal Trade Commission recently filed a complaint against Payday Support Center, LLC, now known as PSC Administrative, LLC, and others,  claiming that the defendants targeted consumers who already owe payday loans by using marketing tools, such as the Internet, radio, and telemarketing.  The FTC has charged   …Continue Reading Payday Loans Targeted by the FTC

Happy 200th Birthday, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries! Posted on Mar 2

Happy 200th Birthday, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries!

March 2, 2015 is the 200th anniversary of “An Act authorizing the establishment of Law Libraries” in Massachusetts. The Trial Court Law Libraries are celebrating their birthday with a number of events on March 2 in the libraries and the publication of “200 Years of   …Continue Reading Happy 200th Birthday, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries!