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Commonwealth v. Fontanez  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12469

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying the Commonwealth's petition for relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 and remanded the case for ent...

Gammella v. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12604

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case brought under the Wage Act, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, 150, the Supreme Judicial Court reversed the denial of Plaintiff's motion for class certification, holding that Mass. R. Civ. P. 23, as amended, provides...

Chawla v. Appeals Court  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12488

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Appellant's complaint for relief in the nature of mandamus or, in the alternative, for relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211,...

Dickey v. Inspectional Services Department of Boston  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12613

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief from an order of the Housing Court denying Petitioner's motion to remove a receiver...

Commonwealth v. Simon  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11666

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal brought by Defendant challenging his conviction of murder in the first degree on a theory of felony-murder the Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's underlying felony conviction of armed robbery as du...

Evans v. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12337

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Petitioner challenged summary process proceedings in the Worcester Divis...

Adjartey v. Central Division of Housing Court Department  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12380

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the single justice's order denying Petitioners' request for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 challenging summary process proceedings in the Worcester Division of the Housing Cou...

Hilton v. Central Division of the Housing Court Department  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12406

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice denying Petitioners relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Petitioners challenged summary process proceedings in the Worcester Division of...

Commonwealth v. Williams  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12560

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order of the motion judge denying Defendant's Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278A, 3 motion, holding that Defendant, who claimed that no crime occurred, made a prima facie case for a chapter...

Commonwealth v. Putnam  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12596

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the motion court's order denying Defendant's motion filed under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278A asserting his factual innocence and requesting forensic testing of certain evidence, holding th...

Branch v. Commonwealth Employment Relations Board  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12603

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part and affirmed in part the decision of the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board upholding the Department of Labor Relations' (DLR) dismissal of Employees' challenges under the...

City Electric Supply Co. v. Arch Insurance Co.  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12561

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a claimant seeking to enforce a target lien bond by commencing a civil action pursuant to the mechanic's lien statute, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 254, 14, the Supreme Judicial Court vacated the superior c...

Commonwealth v. Tejeda  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12593

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the trial judge to grant Defendant's motion to revise and revoke his sentence to match that of his coventurer, holding that a judge may allow a defendant's motion to re...

Commonwealth v. Harris  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12607

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint charging unlawful possession of a firearm on constitutional grounds and denied Defendant's request for a new...

Vasquez v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12556

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the single justice's judgment denying Defendant's petition for relief challenging the denial of his bail requests, holding that the bail judge did not abuse his discretion or commit an...

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