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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Women in Law Posted on Apr 28

Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts , published by MCLE (2012), tells the story of women’s progress in the legal profession in Massachusetts from 1882 to the present day. The book includes historical biographies of the state’s first women   …Continue Reading Women in Law

Consumer Assistance with Unlawful Foreclosures Posted on Apr 28

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General brought suit in 2011 against four banks for allegedly violating the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (G.L. c. 93A, §§ 2 and 4) by foreclosing on homes before receiving an assignment of the mortgage. Pursuant to Chapter 194 of   …Continue Reading Consumer Assistance with Unlawful Foreclosures

New Electronic Filing Pilot Projects Ordered by the SJC Posted on Apr 27

In late February, the Supreme Judicial Court issued the following order, beginning the process of bringing e-filing to Massachusetts courts. “To advance efficiency in the Massachusetts courts and thereby better serve the public and the bar, the Justices hereby authorize the trial and appellate courts   …Continue Reading New Electronic Filing Pilot Projects Ordered by the SJC

“No-Tipping” Policies Posted on Apr 24

A recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court says that an employer who employs wait staff employees and has a clearly communicated “no-tipping” policy may retain the tips left by customers or make the tips available to other customers. In 2003, the defendant in   …Continue Reading “No-Tipping” Policies

Change in Massachusetts Driver License and Identification Card Photo Law Posted on Apr 23

The issuance of Massachusetts driver’s licenses is governed by M.G.L. chapter 90 sections 8 and 540 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 2.06.  Drivers may renew their license online but only every other renewal period, and photos need to be updated every ten years.  (See “Obtaining Your License-MA Driver’s Manual“) Under   …Continue Reading Change in Massachusetts Driver License and Identification Card Photo Law

Juveniles’ Right to Consult “Interested Adult” Extended Posted on Apr 13

In Commonwealth v. Smith, decided on April 9, the Supreme Judicial Court extended the “interested adult” rule to apply to 17- year-olds going forward. Under this rule, “a juvenile must be afforded a meaningful opportunity to consult with an “interested adult” before waiving his or   …Continue Reading Juveniles’ Right to Consult “Interested Adult” Extended

Know What You’re Getting Into: New Real Estate Closings Rules Coming in August Posted on Apr 6

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is beginning to educate consumers and the industry on changing federal standards for residential real estate closings.  The new rule (amending 12 CFR 1024 and 1026) was announced in November 2013 and is called the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule.  You can read   …Continue Reading Know What You’re Getting Into: New Real Estate Closings Rules Coming in August

Learn About the US Senate Posted on Apr 3

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate officially opened on Monday, March 30, 2015 with a day-long celebration that included the President and Vice President along with numerous political figures in the U.S. government. Senator Kennedy spent almost fifty years as a   …Continue Reading Learn About the US Senate

200 Years of Free Legal Information Posted on Apr 2

200 Years of Free Legal Information

Enjoy the Trial Court Law Libraries’ commemorative book, 200 Years of Free Legal Information: From County Law Libraries in Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, available on the web at http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/lawlib/mtcll200.pdf.

Background Checks For Game Officials Posted on Apr 1

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the organization that governs interscholastic athletics in Massachusetts, has approved a policy to conduct background checks for all referees and umpires, beginning in the fall of 2015. The MIAA has indicated that the plan, which may be amended further, would require   …Continue Reading Background Checks For Game Officials