Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is well-known for lobster, the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. The state falls in the First Federal Circuit Court System. More than 80% of the New England residents live in the greater-Boston metro, making it the most populous and a highly influential city in the state’s history, industry, and academia. Both Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are in the Boston area and are ranked as two of the top universities nationally and worldwide.

The government of Massachusetts is laid out in the Constitution of the Commonwealth.  The state government, like the federal government, consists of three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. The executive branch is controlled by the governor and consists of over 150 state agencies. The governor also has a cabinet consisting of ten secretaries.  The legislative branch consists of the General Court, broken into two branches the Massachusetts Senate, which has 40 members, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives with has 160 members, and all members in both houses are up for election every two years.  Although a few remain, most county governments were dissolved in the 1990s and 2000s.

The judiciary of Massachusetts consists of the court of last resort, the Superior Court which is the court of last resort.  The Massachusetts District Court, also known as the District Court Department of the Trial Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases.  The Land Court has limited subject-matter jurisdiction related to real property. Massachusetts also has a Housing Court, Probate and Family Court, Juvenile Court and Boston’s Municipal Court.

Massachusetts is also known for its liberal legislation. On May 17, 2004 it became the first US state to legalize Same-sex marriage, after a state court determined that exclusion of same-sex couples right to a civil marriage was unconstitutional. On November 8, 2016, the state also legalized marijuana under the Marijuana Legalization Initiative.  Massachusetts has progressive laws related to employment and has passed an Equal Pay Ordinance and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and legal analysis of both pieces of legislation are available on the National Law Review.

Date Title Organization
6
Feb
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert February 6, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
1
Feb
Sports Betting Launches in Massachusetts Just in Time for the Superbowl and March Madness Nelson Mullins
1
Feb
Final Regulations Issued by Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave – Health Maintenance During Leave Mintz
31
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert January 30 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
25
Jan
This NIMBY Lawsuit Is Doomed but That Doesn't Mean that It Won't Cause Considerable Harm Before It Dies Mintz
23
Jan
2023 Federal and State Estate and Gift Tax Summary Pierce Atwood LLP
23
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: January 23, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
19
Jan
Mass. SJC: $3.5 Million Payday for Torrent of Errant Golf Balls Not a Fore-Gone Conclusion Pierce Atwood LLP
18
Jan
Massachusetts Court Clarifies Recently Enacted Bond Provision in Zoning and Comprehensive Permit Appeals Beveridge & Diamond PC
18
Jan
Massachusetts Land Court Indicates That Consistency is Key in Applying Zoning Requirements to Solar Projects Beveridge & Diamond PC
17
Jan
Chapter 93A Litigation Newsletter | 4th Quarter 2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
17
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: January 17, 2023 (For the week ending January 15, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
12
Jan
MassDEP Releases Proposed Cumulative Impact Analysis Regulations for Air Permits Beveridge & Diamond PC
10
Jan
And Environmental Justice for All? Mass. High Court Clarifies Application of EJ Policy Pierce Atwood LLP
10
Jan
There once was a coastal resiliency project on Nantucket . . . A cautionary tale. Mintz
9
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert January 9, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
4
Jan
Remote Work Arrangements Pose Travel-Related Reimbursement Challenges for Massachusetts Employers Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
3
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - January 3, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
27
Dec
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: December 27, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
23
Dec
Massachusetts Is Ringing in the New Year with PFML Updates Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
23
Dec
Land Court Lacks Jurisdiction over Administrative Licensing Related to Zoning Appeal Beveridge & Diamond PC
21
Dec
Mass. High Court Clarifies Scope of New Zoning Act Bond Provision Pierce Atwood LLP
20
Dec
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert December 20, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
14
Dec
Massachusetts Unveils New Workplace Poster, Notifications for Employers Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
13
Dec
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert December 13, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
5
Dec
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: December 5, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
28
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: November 28, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
23
Nov
Class Action Filed Against Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Alleged COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Spyware Installation Robinson & Cole LLP
22
Nov
Health Care Workforce Shortages Persist in Massachusetts and the United States Mintz
21
Nov
Taxachusetts Redux? The New Massachusetts Millionaires Tax Goulston & Storrs
21
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - November 21, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
21
Nov
Fantasy Sports Operators Subject to New Massachusetts Tax Nelson Mullins
16
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert November 16, 2022 (For the week ending November 13, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
16
Nov
Law of the Land - Real Estate Litigation Newsletter (November 16, 2022) Goulston & Storrs
16
Nov
District of Massachusetts Dismisses Data Breach Class Action for Lack of Injury Pierce Atwood LLP
11
Nov
You Never Give Me Your Money: Voters Approve Tax Hikes in Massachusetts and Colorado on Election Day ArentFox Schiff LLP
11
Nov
Harassing EPA in the Courts isn't in our interests even when an NGO like CLF or the CRWA is the Plaintiff Mintz
7
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - November 7, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
1
Nov
2022 Labor and Employment Tri-State Legislative Update: CT, MA, and RI Robinson & Cole LLP
1
Nov
EPA Region 1 Expands NPDES Stormwater Permitting Requirement to Sites Across Three Massachusetts Watersheds Beveridge & Diamond PC
31
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert, October 31, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
28
Oct
Historic Franklin Park is about to get the attention it deserves and has been denied for generations Mintz
24
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 24, 2022 (For the Week Ending October 23, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
21
Oct
Love and Basketball … and Romantic Workplace Relationships? Key Takeaways for Employers from the Boston Celtics’ Recent Suspension of its Head Coach Mintz
13
Oct
Massachusetts CROWN Act Goes Into Effect on October 24, 2022 Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
12
Oct
America’s Oldest Park Is About to Receive Some Much Needed TLC in a Win for Environmental Justice Mintz
11
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 11, 2022 (For the week ending October 9, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
11
Oct
Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Newsletter - October 2022 Goulston & Storrs
30
Sep
Massachusetts Updates Paid Family and Medical Leave Contribution Rates, Maximum Weekly Benefits for 2023 Jackson Lewis P.C.
29
Sep
The 350 North Atlantic Right Whales Deserve Our Protection but So Do the Year Round Residents of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket! Mintz
 

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