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Commonwealth v. Gardner  
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-11751

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty and other crimes, holding that, although certain of the prosecutor’s questions and c...

Anderson v. Attorney General  
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12422

Justia Opinion Summary: Initiative Petition 15-17 should not have been certified by the Attorney General as “in proper form for submission to the people” because the petition did not contain only subjects “which are related or which are mutuall...

Oberlies v. Attorney General  
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12472; 12473

Justia Opinion Summary: The Attorney General’s decisions to certify Initiative Petition 17-07 and not to certify the related petition, Initiative Petition 17-08, were correct. Initiative Petition 17-07 would limit the number of patients who ma...

Homeowner's Rehab, Inc. v. Related Corporate V SLP, L.P.  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12441

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was when a right of first refusal may be exercised under the terms of the agreements executed in connection with the project in this case. The parties here were partners in a limited partnership formed for the...

G4S Technology LLC v. Massachusetts Technology Park Corp.  
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12397

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal arising from a construction contract dispute, the Supreme Court held (1) complete and strict performance is required for all construction contract terms relating to the design and construction itself, but...

In re R.B.  
Date: June 11, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12415

Justia Opinion Summary: Unpreserved arguments on appeals from sexual dangerous proceedings under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 123A are to be reviewed for a substantial risk of a miscarriage of justice. In 2011, Petitioner was committed to the Massachus...

Acevedo v. Musterfield Place, LLC  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12398

Justia Opinion Summary: Neither a controlled affiliate nor the manager of a controlled affiliate is a “public employer” as defined in the Tort Claims Act (Act), Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 258, 2. Plaintiff allegedly injured himself when he slipped an...

Correa v. Schoeck  
Date: June 7, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12409

Justia Opinion Summary: A pharmacy has a limited legal duty to take reasonable steps to notify a patient and his or her prescribing physician of the need for prior authorization each time the patient tries to fill a prescription. Only the phar...

Williams v. American Honda Finance Corp.  
Date: June 5, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12367

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was how to calculate “fair market value” of a repossessed automobile under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 255B, 20 B and the notices that are required with respect to this calculation. Under section 20B, a creditor who re...

Commonwealth v. Nascimento  
Date: June 5, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12442

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether Defendant, who operated a motor vehicle after his license was administratively suspended pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 90, 24(1)(f)(2), was properly charged under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 90, 23, third...

Commonwealth v. Torres  
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12374

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant’s conviction of stalking, holding that the superior court judge erred in denying Defendant’s request for access to records held in the victim compensation file maintained by t...

Allison v. Eriksson  
Date: May 30, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12391

Justia Opinion Summary: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 156C, 60(b) provides the exclusive remedy for dissenting members of a limited liability company that has voted to merge, so long as the merger is undertaken in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 156C...

Scott v. Commonwealth  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12335

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the Court denying Petitioner relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws 211, 3, holding that Petitioner failed to meet his burden of establishing that his c...

Yahya v. Rocktop Partners I, LP  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12453

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, Petitioner’s petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Petitioner sought a stay of execution of a defa...

Higgins v. Federal National Mortgage Association
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12456
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