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Mass. State Police to face discrimination lawsuit from Chinese-American lieutenant

By Charmaine Little | Feb 12, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts State Police Lt. Warren Yee provided enough evidence to continue his discrimination case against the department, causing the Massachusetts Supreme Court to reverse a summary judgment in favor of the department and remand the case back to a lower court.

MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME COURT: Supreme Judicial Court Announces Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being

By Press release submission | Nov 5, 2018

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today announced the members of a Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being that will explore ways to reduce stress on attorneys, help restore work-life balance, increase professional satisfaction and better support those who are confronting mental health and substance use disorders.

Massachusetts Supreme Court shoots down attempt to allow corporations to make political donations

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 21, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court rejected an appeal from two corporations that challenged the constitutionality of state law prohibiting political contributions.

Thanks to statute of repose, contractor escapes blame in Mass. Supreme Court ruling over house fire

By Charmaine Little | Sep 10, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – On Aug. 29, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of a contracting company after it determined a woman was outside of the statute of repose following a fire in her home.

Mass. court: Creditors that don't leave voicemails still open to lawsuits

By Sandra Lane | Jul 3, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled June 25 that regulations regarding phone calls to consumers applies to creditors who use automatic dialing devices or voluntarily do not leave a voicemail message.

Massachusetts public housing owner liable for fall under Torts Claim Act, high court rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court affirmed a Superior Court ruling that the managers of a public housing apartment building cannot claim to be pubic employers to sidestep claims under the Torts Claim Act.

Medical marijuana use opens up a potential quandary for employers

By John Sammon | Aug 24, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A recent Massachusetts case in which a woman sued her employer after being terminated for the use of marijuana for which she was legally prescribed represents the opening of a Pandora’s Box for employers.

Plaintiffs lose fight against Massachusetts utility

By Kristin Danley-Greiner | Aug 9, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) -- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on July 29 decided to reverse a Superior Court order that granted class certifications for two classes of residential and business customers of the defendant, Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company.

Gasoline additives not covered by oil exemption for Mass. spill cleanups

By Katelyn Kivel | Jul 27, 2016

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled in June that companies are responsible for the cleanup efforts of spills of leaded petroleum.

‘Self-help discovery’ ruling could cause complications for employers, lawyer says

By Jamie Kelly | Jul 12, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline)—A Massachusetts Supreme Court decision involving a lawyer who claimed she was fired in retaliation for claiming discrimination could have implications in every industry and at every level of a business, according to a lawyer who studied the case.

Mass. SC: Asking customers for zip codes is illegal

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 12, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) -- The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled Monday that a zip code constitutes "personal identification information" and cannot be required to complete a credit card transaction under state law.

Mass. SC says bank can't be held liable for attorney's fraud

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 6, 2012

Gants BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled last week that a bank cannot be found liable for a former Boston defense attorney's fraudulent taking of $5 million from a Hong Kong-based company.

Mass. SC sides with offshore wind farm project

By John O'Brien | Dec 29, 2011

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that the state public utilities department was right to deny a motion filed against a 2009 power purchase agreement involving a wind farm.

Mass. SC rules against lenders in foreclosure cases

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 12, 2011

Gants BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The Massachusetts Supreme Court, in a ruling last week, agreed with a lower court judge that U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo did not demonstrate they were the holders of two mortgages when they foreclosed on the properties.

Attorney responds to Justice Ketchum's medical monitoring dissent

By John O'Brien | Apr 7, 2010

Hill CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum's forceful dissent in a $381 million case wasn't a total shock to Charleston attorney Ed Hill.

State AGs, supreme courts don't go unnoticed in Hellholes report

By John O'Brien | Dec 15, 2009

King WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Several state attorneys general and state supreme courts were put under the microscope by the American Tort Reform Foundation in its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, released Tuesday.

Paper explores medical monitoring in Illinois

By John O'Brien | Dec 1, 2009

Herbert Zarov CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Allowing medical monitoring claims in Illinois would be a risky move if the state Supreme Court ever decides to, a paper recently published in the DePaul University Journal of Health Care Law says.

Mass. SC sides with smokers in medical monitoring issue

By John O'Brien | Oct 20, 2009

Spina BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The Massachusetts Supreme Court has allowed cigarette smokers in a federal class action lawsuit to continue pursuing medical monitoring costs from tobacco giant Philip Morris.

U.S. SC sees no need to review Mass. decision

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the appeal of a Massachusetts decision that requires out-of-state corporations to pay state taxes if they have a "substantial nexus" in the state.

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