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
25
Jul
The Supreme Judicial Court's Ruling for the City of Boston Will Reach Many Places Other Than Long Island Mintz
19
Jul
Massachusetts High Court Holds Chapter 93A Fee Award Not Covered Under General Liability Policy Hunton Andrews Kurth
18
Jul
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert, July 18, 2022 (For the week ending July 17, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
16
Jul
Public Trust Doctrine – Mass. High Court Finds Municipal Harbor Plan Regulations Involve Unlawful Delegation of DEP Authority Pierce Atwood LLP
15
Jul
DEP’s Municipal Harbor Plan Regulations Invalid Greenberg Traurig, LLP
13
Jul
The Supreme Judicial Court's Boston Municipal Harbor Plan ruling Is EXACTLY the same as the Supreme Court's West Virginia v. EPA ruling! Mintz
13
Jul
The Latest in Multi-Jurisdictional Paid Sick Leave Compliance Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
12
Jul
Those Damn Dams Sometimes Aren't Worth the Trouble! Mintz
11
Jul
Health Insurance Maintenance During Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave - Draft Regulations Issued Mintz
11
Jul
Massachusetts Court Rejects Attempt to Circumvent Non-Compete Law Foley & Lardner LLP
6
Jul
Virginia Federal Court Rejects Massachusetts’ Statutory Prohibition on Out-of-State Forum Selection Clauses in Noncompete Agreements – Sort Of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
6
Jul
Massachusetts Court Strikes Down Restriction on Access to Solar Project Beveridge & Diamond PC
5
Jul
Current Trends in Legislation – June 2022 CMBG3 Law
22
Jun
Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Newsletter - June 2022 Goulston & Storrs
15
Jun
Say It Ain’t So (Trader) Joe’s: Grocery Chain Workers File Union Petition Barnes & Thornburg LLP
9
Jun
Automakers’ Lawsuit Opposing Updates to Massachusetts’ Right to Repair Law Lingers On Robinson & Cole LLP
8
Jun
Summer State/Local Law Round-Up, Part 1 of 2: California through New York (US) Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
3
Jun
Breaking: Mass. High Court Expansively Interprets Zoning Exemption for Solar Energy Pierce Atwood LLP
3
Jun
ESG Climate Lawsuit Allowed To Proceed In MA CMBG3 Law
2
Jun
Massachusetts Information Security and Privacy Act Sent to “Study” Mintz
2
Jun
When Imperfect Notice Is Still Adequate Notice Beveridge & Diamond PC
27
May
Massachusetts Supreme Court Permits Climate Related Action by Massachusetts State AG to Move Forward ArentFox Schiff LLP
25
May
FCC Announces Nine More State Robocall Investigation Partnerships Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
25
May
We Shouldn't Be Surprised the Massachusetts AG Is Doing to PFAS Manufacturers What a Prior AG Did to Tobacco Manufacturers but It's Still Notable! Mintz
21
May
Massachusetts Appeals Court Excuses City’s Notice-by-Mail Fail Pierce Atwood LLP
19
May
Law of the Land - Real Estate Litigation Newsletter (May 19, 2022) Goulston & Storrs
18
May
MA SMART Program: New Guidelines for Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units Robinson & Cole LLP
18
May
Cape Cod's Coastal Waters Are in Desperate Need of Our Help. Are We Really Going to Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of The Good? Mintz
10
May
Massachusetts Appeals Court Rejects Whistleblower’s Constructive Discharge Claim Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
6
May
Is It Time to Update Mass. R. Civ. P. 23? Pierce Atwood LLP
2
May
Massachusetts SMART Program Expands Eligibility for Solar Units on Agricultural Land Beveridge & Diamond PC
28
Apr
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds That Wages Due Solely Under the Federal Overtime Statute (FLSA) Are Not Trebled Under the Massachusetts Wage Act Mintz
27
Apr
Massachusetts Limits State Wage Awards Citing FLSA Preemption ArentFox Schiff LLP
27
Apr
Attorney-Client Privilege Issues: When Directors Can Access Privileged Corporate Records ArentFox Schiff LLP
26
Apr
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: April 26, 2022 (For the week ending April 24, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
26
Apr
Massachusetts High Court Finds COVID-19 Income Loss Excluded From “All-Risk” Business Insurance Policies ArentFox Schiff LLP
22
Apr
With Proposal to Cap Drug Price Increases, Massachusetts Once Again Takes Center Stage in the Drug Pricing Debate Mintz
21
Apr
Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Updates – What You Need to Know Mintz
21
Apr
District Court Rules in Favor of Investor in Closed End Fund Litigation Vedder Price
21
Apr
Massachusetts Imposes Additional Potential Liability on Employers for Wage-and-Hour Compliance Goulston & Storrs
20
Apr
Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Newsletter - April 2022 Goulston & Storrs
19
Apr
Kingara v. Secure Home Health Care Inc. and the Precertification Powers of the Massachusetts Courts Pierce Atwood LLP
18
Apr
State Law Remedies Not Available for Violations of FLSA, Massachusetts High Court Holds Jackson Lewis P.C.
18
Apr
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds That FLSA Preempts Wage Act Remedies for Federal Overtime Violations Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
15
Apr
The Massachusetts High Court Holds That Employers Are Now Automatically Liable For Treble Wage Damages for Any Untimely Paid Final Wages Mintz
14
Apr
Massachusetts Highest Court Awards Treble Damages Under the Wage Act, Even After Employer Remedied Violation ArentFox Schiff LLP
13
Apr
Late Pay Entitles Employees to Triple Wages Regardless of When Paid, Massachusetts High Court Holds Jackson Lewis P.C.
12
Apr
Massachusetts Employers Strictly Liable for Late Payments Under Wage Act Greenberg Traurig, LLP
12
Apr
When Do Minority Shareholders Owe Fiduciary Duties? What Jurisdictions Across the Country Say ArentFox Schiff LLP
11
Apr
Massachusetts Legislature Moves Forward with Reforms that Would Reshape the Energy Sectors to Achieve Climate and Economic Development Goals Pierce Atwood LLP
 

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