City Council of Springfield v. Mayor of Springfield

One of the most hotly contested issues across the nation right now is police accountability in wake of social justice movements like Black Lives Matter shining light on abuses by police in certain high-profile matters, notably toward communities of color. On December 6, 2021 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court weighed in on this issue when … Continue reading City Council of Springfield v. Mayor of Springfield

MA Taxes N.H Residents

The Supreme Court denied review of a New Hampshire lawsuit against a Massachusetts rule that allowed for the taxation of New Hampshire residents who worked in Massachusetts remotely and in New Hampshire. The judicial decision was passed on June 28, 2021, which stated how much income New Hampshire residents could deduct from their income taxes … Continue reading MA Taxes N.H Residents

The Case for H. Montgomery

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has accepted to hear the case of H. Montgomery (“Child”), a 7-year-old New Hampshire resident who was last seen in September 2019 living with her father and stepmother. In February 2019, a judge in Lawrence granted custody to H’s father. The child’s mother lost custody because of issues with substance … Continue reading The Case for H. Montgomery

In Care and Protection of Rashida

The Massachusetts SJC announced its decision in Care and Protection of Rashida on August 20, 2021, a case dealing with the requirements placed upon state courts when a parent of a child in state custody makes a request for a reasonable efforts determination after a hearing on the fitness of that parent has just concluded. … Continue reading In Care and Protection of Rashida

Haverhill Stem LLC v. Jennings

Recently the Massachusetts SJC heard a case concerning Anti-SLAPP statutes and where the lines lay against the right to petition in Haverhill Stem LLC v. Jennings.   Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) statutes allow defendants in a case to file a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the communication in question is an exercise … Continue reading Haverhill Stem LLC v. Jennings