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Recent Decisions From the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Commonwealth v. Littles
Date: June 28, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12238
Padmanabhan v. Board of Registration in Medicine  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12119

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the county court dismissing Petitioner’s petition for relief in the nature of certiorari pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 249, 4. After Petitioner, a...

Zagranski v. Commonwealth
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12171
George v. National Water Main Cleaning Co.  
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12191

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Massachusetts law, statutory prejudgment interest pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 231, 6H shall be added to the amount of lost wages and other benefits awarded as damages pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, 150 bu...

Doe, Sex Offender Registry Board No. 326573 v. Sex Offender Registry Board  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12182

Justia Opinion Summary: In these two cases, the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) contended that when it unsuccessfully seeks after July 23, 2013 to reclassify a level two sex offender as a level three sex offender, that individual is reclassi...

Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. v. Visionaid, Inc.  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12142

Justia Opinion Summary: Where an insurance policy provides that the insurer has the “duty to defend any claim” initiated against the insured, the insurer’s duty to defend does not require it to prosecute affirmative counterclaims on behalf of i...

Commonwealth v. George  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12173

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was determined to be a sexually dangerous person (SDP) pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 123A and was committed to the Massachusetts Treatment Center for an indeterminate period of from one day to life. Defendant...

Commonwealth v. Jones  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12027

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant’s conviction of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty. The court held (1) while not overwhelming, the evidence pre...

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc. v. Department of Agricultural Resources  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12207

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the superior court’s determination that information such as names, addresses and telephone numbers contained on animal health certificates in the custody of the Department of Agricultur...

AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Inc. v. Town of Barnstable  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12224

Justia Opinion Summary: Since 2009, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Inc. (ASGCC) has been operating a free hypodermic needle access program in a village in Barnstable. The Town of Barnstable ordered the cessation of the program, asserting that...

Langan v. Board of Registration in Medicine  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12242

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Langan, a physician certified by the Board of Registration in Medicine, entered into a letter of agreement with the Board under which Langan agreed to certain conditions in order to continue practicing medicine....

in re Guardianship of Penate  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12138

Justia Opinion Summary: On a motion for special findings for Special immigrant juvenile status (SIJ), the judge shall make such findings without regard to the ultimate merits or purpose of the juvenile’s application. The issue presented in the...

Edwards v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12175

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff's complaint against Governor Deval Patrick did not allege sufficient facts to establish actual malice, and therefore, Plaintiff failed to state a cognizable claim for defamation. After Governor Deval Patrick r...

Rockland Trust Co. v. Langone  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12129

Justia Opinion Summary: A district court judge is not required, pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 218, 19 and 19A, to grant a plaintiff’s motion to dismiss a compulsory counterclaim under Mass. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(10) because the counterclaim is rea...

Commonwealth v. Cordero  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12210

Justia Opinion Summary: Once a police officer has completed the investigation of a defendant’s civil traffic violations and the facts do not give rise to reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the officer is required to permit the defendant...

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