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Cases on the Road

Cases on the Road posted on Dec 23

The Law Libraries travel with you.  Access cases wherever you go through our website.  Use our links to read cases from the SJC, Appeals Court,  District Court Appellate Division, and Land Court.  You can also find docket information for the SJC, Appeals Court, Land Court,   …Continue Reading Cases on the Road

Past Cases Predict Future Outcomes

Past Cases Predict Future Outcomes posted on Dec 12

Browsing through one’s books at home can bring reminders of people, places and projects.  A travel book evokes memories of having taken a wonderful trip, or reflects a hoped-for adventure.  We may remember the loved one who gave a special book as a gift.  We may have books on our   …Continue Reading Past Cases Predict Future Outcomes

SJC Addresses Impact of Temporary Alimony on General Term Alimony posted on Apr 11

In Holmes v. Holmes, 467 Mass. 653 (2014), the Court held that: “temporary alimony [under G.L. c. 208, sec 17] is separate and distinct from general term alimony [under G.L. c. 208, sec. 49], and that the duration of temporary alimony is not included in calculating   …Continue Reading SJC Addresses Impact of Temporary Alimony on General Term Alimony

When Do Flags Fly at Half-Staff? posted on Dec 12

Title 4, section 7 of the United States Code dictates the position and manner of display of the National Flag.  See this helpful guide on the U.S. Flag Code.  The Massachusetts Governor can also decide to fly flags at half-staff in the Commonwealth pursuant to    4 U.S.C.   …Continue Reading When Do Flags Fly at Half-Staff?

“Sugarloaf Street: A Memoir” posted on Oct 21

Thomas W. Merrigan (1927-2013) chronicles his childhood years in South Deerfield in his memoir “Sugarloaf Street.”  He became a lawyer at age 55, and practiced in Franklin and Hampshire Counties from 1982 until 2011 – in private practice, as an Assistant Clerk of the Superior   …Continue Reading “Sugarloaf Street: A Memoir”

Real Estate Atlases Available On-line posted on Oct 11

The State Library has completed the digitization of the majority of its Massachusetts real estate atlas collection.   The collection, most of which dates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, provides information about property boundaries, plot sizes, ownership, building shapes, and materials.  The altases   …Continue Reading Real Estate Atlases Available On-line

The Case of the Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini Top v. the (More) Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Pastie posted on Jun 5

In the Texas case of 35 Bar and Grille, LLC, et al., v. The City of San Antonio, Judge Fred Biery, denied a preliminary injunction to certain establishments who argued that a San Antonio ordinance violated their First Amendment Rights by requiring their dancers to wear a little bit   …Continue Reading The Case of the Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini Top v. the (More) Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Pastie

Preventing & Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect posted on Apr 5

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a Child Welfare Information Gateway offering resources on preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect.  Also, visit our Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries website for Massachusetts Law About Child Abuse and Neglect.

Celiac Disease is a disability under ADA in certain circumstances posted on Mar 5

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Lesley University entered an agreement settling a claim by students that Lesley University violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it failed to make reasonable modifications for students with celiac disease and other food allergies.  The DOJ   …Continue Reading Celiac Disease is a disability under ADA in certain circumstances

Wages during a State of Emergency posted on Feb 14

As advised by the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 (lines open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), what an employee must be paid for work if they left early because of the State of Emergency depends upon whether the person is union,   …Continue Reading Wages during a State of Emergency