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Monthly Archives: October 2005

Nicole’s Law Posted on Oct 27

The House and Senate have both passed Nicole’s Law, S2152, which requires carbon monoxide detectors in homes. Devices will be required in any residence that “(1) contains equipment fossil-fuel burning equipment including, but not limited to, a furnace, boiler, water heater, fireplace or any other   …Continue Reading Nicole’s Law

Dog as a Dangerous Weapon Posted on Oct 26

A recent Appeals Court Decision, Commonwealth v. Fettes, 64 Mass.App.Ct. 917 (October 18, 2005) states “A dog can be a dangerous weapon. A dangerous weapon is ‘any instrument or instrumentality so constructed or so used as to be likely to produce death or great bodily   …Continue Reading Dog as a Dangerous Weapon

Sexually Dangerous Persons Posted on Oct 26

While much attention is paid to sex offender registries, through which sex offenders in the community must identify themselves, less notice has been taken of the Sexually Dangerous Persons law, which provides for civil commitments of a day to life in the Massachusetts Treatment Center   …Continue Reading Sexually Dangerous Persons

Drunk Driving Compromise Bill Posted on Oct 21

After passing different drunk driving bills last week, the House and Senate have both approved a compromise drunk driving bill, H4446. The compromise is softer than bill proponents had hoped, but stronger than the earlier House bill. The bill includes the definition of a new   …Continue Reading Drunk Driving Compromise Bill

Duty to Bury Posted on Oct 18

Several times recently we’ve been asked whether a husband or wife has an obligation to pay for the burial of their deceased spouse. While we have a page on the law about burial, none of the statutes or regulations linked there seem to create a   …Continue Reading Duty to Bury

Heat! Posted on Oct 13

On a day that’s 52 degrees and feels much colder, it’s time to review the state’s heating requirements. You can find the Minimum Heating Guidelines for workplaces at Law About Winter Heating. Basically, they require heat to be provided ranging from 50-60 degrees in foundries to   …Continue Reading Heat!

Our Unsung Heroes Posted on Oct 11

We’re thrilled to announce the nomination of four of our staff members as “unsung heroes” in the October 10, 2005 issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Richard Adamo of the Essex Law Library, Andrew Montalto and Linda Hom from the Middlesex Law Library and Diane Connell   …Continue Reading Our Unsung Heroes

Melanie’s Bill Posted on Oct 11

Work continues at the State House on Melanie’s Bill, a law enhancing the penalties for drunk driving, named after 13-year-old Melanie Powell, who was killed by a repeat drunk driver in 2003. On September 28, 2005, the House passed a weakened version of the law,   …Continue Reading Melanie’s Bill

SJC Oral Argument Archive Posted on Oct 6

Our Mass. Case Law page has been amended to reflect the new archive available of SJC oral arguments.