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Category Archives: Civil Procedure

Index to blog post series about standing Posted on Oct 22

In order to help navigating in and around our series about standing that was posted during the last two weeks, the following index may help: Words(s) of the month – standing posted October 16, 2019, from Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th ed., Bryan A. Garner, Editor   …Continue Reading Index to blog post series about standing

Do Ecosystems Have Standing?  Posted on Oct 21

  Ecosystems, such as lakes, valleys, and forests, are treated by the courts, for the most part, in the same way that animals or species are, when it comes to legal standing to sue. (See our recent posts: Do Animals Have Standing? parts 1 & 2)    …Continue Reading Do Ecosystems Have Standing? 

Do Animals Have Standing to Sue? Part 2: Animals filing as individuals Posted on Oct 20

Do Animals Have Standing to Sue?  Part 2: Animals filing as individuals

  A dolphin walked up to the bar in Massachusetts, but was told it had no standing. Well, at least legally. A male dolphin named Kama was named as a plaintiff in a case in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Do Animals Have Standing to Sue? Part 2: Animals filing as individuals

Do Animals Have Standing to Sue? Part 1: Animals filing as species. Posted on Oct 19

Do Animals Have Standing to Sue?  Part 1: Animals filing as species.

    “[The Palila] wings its way into the federal court as a plaintiff in its own right.”   With these words in 1988, the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 9th Circuit gave hope to animal rights supporters  everywhere that animals could finally sue   …Continue Reading Do Animals Have Standing to Sue? Part 1: Animals filing as species.

Do Corporations Have Standing? Posted on Oct 18

Do Corporations Have Standing?

“Corporations are people, my friend.”— Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, (Aug. 11. 2011)       Artificial person. (17c) An entity, such as a corporation, created by law and given certain legal rights and duties of a human being;  a being, real or imaginary, who for the   …Continue Reading Do Corporations Have Standing?

Do Trees Have Standing? Posted on Oct 17

Do Trees Have Standing?

From Justice William O. Douglas’ dissent in Sierra Club v Morton, 405 U.S. 727, 741 (1972) : “The critical question of ‘standing’ would be simplified and also put neatly in focus if we fashioned a federal rule that allowed environmental issues to be litigated before federal   …Continue Reading Do Trees Have Standing?

How a judge is selected in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 21

In the United States, some states elect their judges, while in others they are appointed. Judges in Massachusetts are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, also known as the Governor’s Council.  This has been so ever since 1780,   …Continue Reading How a judge is selected in Massachusetts

Chocolate Chip Cookie: the official state cookie of Massachusetts Posted on Aug 9

Chocolate Chip Cookie: the official state cookie of Massachusetts

Massachusetts has a glorious heritage, with important historical figures such as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere.  Shots fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts in 1775 initiated the American Revolution.  Great literary figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau,   …Continue Reading Chocolate Chip Cookie: the official state cookie of Massachusetts

Word(s) of the month– habeas corpus Posted on Jul 17

Word(s) of the month-- habeas corpus

  Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is habeas corpus. habeas corpus. [Law Latin “that you have a body”] (18c) A writ employed to bring a person before a   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month– habeas corpus

Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants Posted on Jun 29

The original Massachusetts Office of Refugee Resettlement was created in the early 1980s for the purpose of implementing the requirements of the [U.S.} Refugee Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-212). During his term of office, Governor Dukakis issued three Executive Orders to comply with the federal   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants