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Loss of Minority Status for Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms Posted on Jul 18

On April 14, 2016 a Superior Court judge ruled in Federal Concrete, Inc. v. Executive Office of Administration & Finance et al. No. 1684CV00627 to grant an injunction to remove the minority classification for Portuguese-owned businesses in Massachusetts. According to the Operational Service Division (OSD)   …Continue Reading Loss of Minority Status for Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms

Transgender Anti-discrimination Law Posted on Jul 15

The Massachusetts Legislature passed Bill S. 2407, “An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination” on July 7, 2016. Governor Charlie Baker signed the legislation on July 8. The law goes into effect on October 1, 2016. The law will “extend protections against discrimination for gender identity   …Continue Reading Transgender Anti-discrimination Law

Massachusetts Estate Recovery Unit Address Posted on Jul 14

When filing a formal or informal estate proceeding in Massachusetts, there is a requirement under MGL chapter 190B § 3-306(g) and § 3-403(g) for the petitioner to give written notice to the Estate Recovery Unit of the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance.   Although the address does appear on MPC Form   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Estate Recovery Unit Address

What is the process for being appointed to the federal bench? Posted on Jul 13

Many American citizens may not be familiar with how a person become a judge for a US Court of Appeals or US District Court. However, they can find the answer in a recent Congressional Research Service report (R43762) which explains the process in detail.  Under   …Continue Reading What is the process for being appointed to the federal bench?

More about Alexander Hamilton Posted on Jul 12

More about Alexander Hamilton

Last month, the American Antiquarian Society created and mounted an online resource to present #hamildays: A Hamilton-Inspired Journey Through the Stacks. This #InstaArchive is the work of Amy L. Tims, project cataloger at the AAS Library, and her colleagues. She used “the social media platform   …Continue Reading More about Alexander Hamilton

The legacy of Alexander Hamilton’s Death by Duel Posted on Jul 11

The legacy of Alexander Hamilton's Death by Duel

July 11 marks the 212th anniversary of the duel in Weehawken, New Jersey, between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that took Hamilton’s life. In the eighteenth century, the Irish Code Duello was adopted as a set of guidelines that were known and used in America   …Continue Reading The legacy of Alexander Hamilton’s Death by Duel

Amendments to the Telemarketing Rule Posted on Jun 29

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized changes to Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR” or “Rule”). These amendments define and prohibit the use of certain payment methods in all telemarketing transactions; expand the scope of the advance fee ban for recovery services; and clarify certain provisions of the   …Continue Reading Amendments to the Telemarketing Rule

Governor Baker nominates 3 justices for Supreme Judicial Court Posted on Jun 15

Governor Baker nominates 3 justices for Supreme Judicial Court

Governor Charlie Baker introduced three Superior Court justices yesterday to fill three impending vacancies on Massachusetts’ highest court.  The judges, Kimberly Budd, Frank Gaziano and David Lowy will replace Associate Justices Fernanda Duffly, Francis Spina, and Robert Cordy who are all retiring this summer.  The   …Continue Reading Governor Baker nominates 3 justices for Supreme Judicial Court

Mass. Consumer Resource Center Online Posted on Aug 20

” The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Consumer Advocacy Task Force has launched a Consumer Law Resource Center on MassLawHelp.com, homepage of the MBA’s Lawyer Referral Service, providing a ‘clearinghouse’ of useful links, quick-tip videos and answers to some of the most frequently asked consumer protection questions.” Topics   …Continue Reading Mass. Consumer Resource Center Online

“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