Friday, May 30, 2008

Rule 1:28 Opinions Now Available Online

The Massachusetts Appeals Court announced yesterday that all unpublished decisions issued pursuant to Rule 1:28 since February 25, 2008 are now available under Unpublished Decisions at They are "searchable by docket number, release date, party name, and word or phrase."

The structure of the site means you'll have to search them separately from any other cases. Right now, the site has three main sections:
The content does not overlap, so a thorough search would require searching all three.
Also, remember that cases from 1939-date (and thousands of older cases too!) as well as cases from v.1-v.238 Mass. Reports are also available online at no charge. All of these are linked from Mass. Court Cases.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Oceans Act of 2008

It was announced today that the Governor signed into law the Oceans Act of 2008. According to the Governor's office the legislation "will require Massachusetts to develop a first-in-the-nation comprehensive plan to manage development in its state waters, balancing natural resource preservation with traditional and new uses, including renewable energy." The law was prompted in part, by a report by the Pew Commission on Oceans in 2003 entitled "America's Living Oceans."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Middlesex Law Library Closed for Move

Effective Tuesday, May 27, 2008, the Middlesex Law Library in Cambridge will be closed as staff prepares for the move to our new location at 200 Trade Center, 3rd floor in Woburn. Please check back at this site for our official opening date in Woburn.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Lead Jewelry Regs May Be Delayed

Amendments to 105 CMR 650 regulating the sale of toy jewelry were to become effective June 13, 2008, but there has been some concern over the ability of companies to comply with the requirement of two different types of lead testing. According to today's Boston Globe, implementation may be delayed three months to provide additional time for the new testing, believed to be the "strictest in the nation." More information on this issue is available at Mass. Law About Lead Poisoning and Control.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Stay current on US Code

The Legal Information Institute as Cornell has launched RSS feeds for each title of the US Code. Do you practice Bankruptcy law? Get a feed to title 11. Tax law? Stay current with a feed on title 26. Immigration law? Get the updates to title 8.
Each of the 50 titles to the US Code has a link for updates. Very nice.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Law About Bullying

We've added a new page, Mass. Law About Bullying and Cyberbullying to bring together available resources on the topic.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

New Independent Contractor Advisory

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has issued a new Advisory on the Massachusetts Independent Contractor/Misclassification Law. This new advisory, which supersedes all previous advisories on the topic, covers the history of the law, the three-prong test for determining status, actions constituting violation of the law, and enforcement guidelines. More information on the classification of employees is available at Mass. Law About Independent Contractors.