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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Black Friday Shopping Tips: Gift Cards and More Posted on Nov 27

If you are one of the thousands of people who plan to do some shopping today, the Attorney General’s Office has a terrific Guide to Retail Rights in Massachusetts that you should browse before you go. The guide includes information on gift cards, warranties, returns, consumer privacy. law   …Continue Reading Black Friday Shopping Tips: Gift Cards and More

Happy Thanksgiving Posted on Nov 26

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us in the Trial Court Law Libraries, Happy Thanksgiving! It is a privilege for us to serve you, and we are thankful for the opportunity. Best wishes for you and yours.

Shopping on Thanksgiving? Posted on Nov 25

Probably not in Massachusetts. According to the Attorney General, “Most retail stores may not open on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day, and Massachusetts law specifies the limited categories of establishments that may open on those holidays. These include, for example, convenience stores, gas stations, and   …Continue Reading Shopping on Thanksgiving?

The Mayflower Compact Posted on Nov 24

The Mayflower Compact

Many of the passengers aboard the Mayflower were members of the Puritan sect who left England to avoid religious persecution.  These Separatists (later referred to as Pilgrims)  had obtained permission from the King of England to settle on land further south in America.   When they decided to remain where   …Continue Reading The Mayflower Compact

Turkey Hunting in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 23

The Thanksgiving holiday means roast turkey for many people, but for those who want wild turkey, it should already be in your freezer.  The autumn turkey hunting season for 2015 was October 19th to October 31st. The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game has an excellent webpage   …Continue Reading Turkey Hunting in Massachusetts

Please Don’t Feed the Seals Posted on Nov 20

Please Don't Feed the Seals

  Even though Summer is just a memory, hardy beach goers may still have the opportunity to see ocean wildlife.  Just be certain to keep a safe distance from any animals you might encounter.   That cute little harbor seal on the beach is protected.    …Continue Reading Please Don’t Feed the Seals

State and Local Regulation of Leaf Blowers Posted on Nov 17

State and Local Regulation of Leaf Blowers

Residents of towns and cities across Massachusetts have had concerns about the adverse effects of gas-powered leaf blowers. In the search for quiet, healthier alternatives to the noise, dust, and pollution caused by leaf blowers, advocates have sought to regulate their use by drafting, and in   …Continue Reading State and Local Regulation of Leaf Blowers

Massachusetts Law About Eyewitness Identification Posted on Nov 13

We’ve created a new page on Eyewitness Identification, which brings together a variety of resources on this evolving topic. The page includes links to relevant sections of the Guide to Evidence and Model Jury Instructions, as well as links to cases, websites and books. Because   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Law About Eyewitness Identification

Student Loans and Bankruptcy in Boston Federal Court Posted on Nov 10

“Most consumer debt goes away in bankruptcy, which was designed to give Americans and companies a fresh start. But in the 1970s, Congress added new rules to the law that excluded most student debt from that relief. Anyone aiming to discharge student debt in bankruptcy   …Continue Reading Student Loans and Bankruptcy in Boston Federal Court

What is Zombie Debt? Posted on Nov 4

The Federal Trade Commission described zombie debt as “a debt that you think is dead, gone, and forgotten, but has somehow come back to life”. The debt is obtained by collectors who purchase old debt from the original creditors and/or debt collection agencies for a minimal expense   …Continue Reading What is Zombie Debt?