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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Law Prohibiting Lying About Political Candidates is Unconstitutional Posted on Aug 12

Massachusetts General Law chapter 56, section 42 reads: “No person shall make or publish, or cause to be made or published, any false statement in relation to any candidate for nomination or election to public office, which is designed or tends to aid or to   …Continue Reading Law Prohibiting Lying About Political Candidates is Unconstitutional

Guidelines for Response to Public Records Requests Posted on Aug 11

On July 30, 2015, Governor Baker issued a memo to cabinet secretaries which presented guidelines on how state agencies should respond to public records requests.   Under these guidelines: Secretariats and agencies will designate a Records Access Officer (RAO) to receive and coordinate requests Secretariats and agencies through their   …Continue Reading Guidelines for Response to Public Records Requests

Town has Duty to Visiting Athletes Too Posted on Aug 7

In Murray v. Town of Hudson, decided by the Supreme Judicial Court on August 3, a visiting baseball player suffered an injury from an allegedly dangerous condition in the bullpen area at a public park in Hudson. The SJC held that the town owed the same duty   …Continue Reading Town has Duty to Visiting Athletes Too

What is “Length of the Marriage”? Posted on Aug 6

In Valaskatgis v. Valaskatgis, decided yesterday, the court was called upon to determine whether assets acquired after the service of process in a divorce, but before the divorce was granted, were marital assets that should be divided in the divorce.  The court held that the   …Continue Reading What is “Length of the Marriage”?

Postjudgment Interest on Punitive Damages from the State Posted on Aug 5

In Brown v. Office of the Commissioner of Probation, decided yesterday, the Appeals Court addressed “the novel issue of whether a plaintiff who recovers punitive damages as part of a judgment under the provisions of G. L. c. 151B, § 9, against a subdivision of the Commonwealth may be awarded   …Continue Reading Postjudgment Interest on Punitive Damages from the State