Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2020

Commonwealth v. Watt
Date: June 4, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11693
Foster v. Commissioner of Correction (No. 2)  
Date: June 2, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12935

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case brought by incarcerated individuals challenging the conditions of confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic the Supreme Judicial Court allowed the parole board's motion to dismiss only with respect to the cla...

Foster v. Commissioner of Correction (No. 1)  
Date: June 2, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12935

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court denied Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction enjoining the Department of Correction (DOC) from housing prisoners in facilities where the population exceeds its design-rated capacity a...

Vazquez v. Superintendent, Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Norfolk  
Date: May 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12939

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court dismissing as moot Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice did not abuse her discret...

Bigelow v. Massachusetts Courts Promulgator of Official Forms  
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12794

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court denying Plaintiffs' complaint for relief in the nature of mandamus and for extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3,...

Lavoie v. Justice of the District Court Department  
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12923

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice did not err o...

Snell v. Superintendent, Massachusetts Correctional Institute, Shirley  
Date: May 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12807

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of a single justice of the court treating Petitioner's requests for declaratory, injunctive, and other relief concerning certain inmate mail regulations as a petition purs...

Perry v. U.S. Bank Trust, N.A.  
Date: May 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12832

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking review of a Housing Court judge's order denying his motion fo...

Cline v. Cline
Date: May 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12851
Weiner v. Attorney General  
Date: May 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12885

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court remanded this matter to the county court for entry of a judgment declaring that the Attorney General's decision to certify Initiative Petition 19-14, entitled "An Initiative Petition for a Law...

Commonwealth v. Rodriguez  
Date: May 19, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12318

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in ruling that Defendant's...

Doe, Sex Offender Registry Board No. 21634 v. Sex Offender Registry Board  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12734

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court dismissing John Doe's complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief, relief in the nature of mandamus, equitable relief, and extraordina...

Commonwealth v. Rodriguez  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12795

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, the Commonwealth's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 from an order of the municipal court, holding that...

In the Matter of Leo
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12803
Doe, Sex Offender Registry Board No. 234076 v. Sex Offender Registry Board  
Date: May 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12762

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal challenging Appellant's classification before the Sex Offender Registry Board (Board) as a level three sex offender, the Supreme Judicial Court remanded the matter, holding that once a hearing examiner has...

Commonwealth v. Cousin  
Date: May 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12840

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court granting the Commonwealth's petition under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 and ordering that a certain superior court judge be recused from act...

Harrington v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.  
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12791

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's complaint for relief in the nature of mandamus and for extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding...

In the Matter of Liviz
Date: May 12, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12732
DeCicco v. 180 Grant Street, LLC  
Date: May 11, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12831

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action where the trial court allowed Defendant's special motion to dismiss, the Supreme Judicial Court held that Defendant was entitled to appellate attorney's fees under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 184, 15(c). Plaintif...

Shak v. Shak  
Date: May 7, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12748

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated certain portions of a trial judge's nondisparagement orders issued to the parties in this case in an attempt to protect the psychological well-being of the parties' minor child, holding...

Commonwealth v. Tavares  
Date: May 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12631

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty and declined to exercise its power pursuant to Mass. Gen. L...

Commonwealth v. Martin  
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-08768

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree and the denial of his motion for a new trial and declined to exercise its authority under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278E to reduce Defend...

Commonwealth v. Billingslea  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12715

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and the decision of the Appeals Court denying Defendant's motion to vacate the entry of his appeal from his convictions in that court and to have the case enter...

Burnham v. Commonwealth (No. 1)  
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12792

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice neither erred nor...

Burnham v. Commonwealth (No. 2)
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12818
In re Burnham  
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-OE-142

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed Plaintiff's complaint seeking relief in the nature of mandamus, holding that mandamus relief did not lie with respect to Plaintiff's challenges to discretionary decisions of the super...

Hlatky v. Steward Health Care System, LLC  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12688

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court finding that Defendant committed a breach of contract and the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and awarding $10.2 million in damages, hol...

Doe v. Worcester Public Schools  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12827

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court granting Plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction seeking immediate reinstatement to school after she was suspended for 152 school days for posse...

Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court (No. 2)  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12926

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case regarding the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth's prison decision the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed its prior decision, issued on April 3, 2020, as to the extent of the Court's const...

Boss v. Town of Leverett  
Date: April 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12780

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Susan Boss on her complaint seeking a declaration that the Town of Leveret was obligated to pay fifty percent o...

Garden v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12821

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking an order vacating Petitioner's plea to agg...

In re Mitchell  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12910

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, holding that the single justice did not err or abuse his...

Commonwealth v. Mazza  
Date: April 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11363

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order of the superior court denying Defendant's motion for a new trial and set aside the jury's verdicts of first degree murder and robbery, holding that a recently discovered witn...

Goldstein v. Secretary of the Commonwealth  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12931

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court granted Plaintiffs' emergency petition and allowed Plaintiff's application for declaratory relief to the extent that this Court declares, in light of emergency circumstances arising from the CO...

Commonwealth v. McCarthy  
Date: April 16, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12750

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motions to suppress, holding that the limited use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) in this case did not implicate const...

Massachusetts General Hospital v. C.R.  
Date: April 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12844

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the decision of the Appellate Division dismissing as untimely Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) petition seeking to have C.R. committed, holding that the activity governed by Mass...

Deal v. Massachusetts Parole Board  
Date: April 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12746

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court entering judgment in favor of the parole board on Plaintiff's appeal from the denial of his application for parole, holding that the board did not abuse...

Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of Trial Court  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12926

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that, due to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, pretrial detainees who have not been charged with an excluded offense are entitled to a rebuttable presumption of release on person...

Commonwealth v. Andre  
Date: April 2, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12060

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of two counts of murder in the first degree on the theory of deliberate premeditation and three related charges, holding that there was no reversible error in th...

In re Adoption of Daphne  
Date: April 2, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12846

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the decision of the probate and family court judge's dismissal of Petitioner's third petition for adoption due to lack of jurisdiction, holding that the probate and family court had bot...

Christie v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12927

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of a single justice of the Appeals Court denying Defendant's motion for reconsideration of a stay pending appeal brought after the Governor declared a state of emergency ar...

Carrasquillo v. Hampden County District Courts  
Date: March 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12777

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the order issued by the Springfield District Court that required the attorney in charge of the Springfield office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) to provide counse...

Commonwealth v. Buono  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12811

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the superior court judge's allowance of Defendant's motion to dismiss three indictments against him for statutory rape and three indictments for forcible rape of a minor for three crim...

Youghal, LLC v. Entwistle  
Date: March 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12754

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of the Housing Court for Landlord on its summary process complaint and affirmed the denial of relief on Tenants' counterclaims, holding that Landlord's summary process com...

Commonwealth v. Thomas  
Date: March 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12789

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of unlawful possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 265, 18B, holding that the judgment of conviction was not erron...

Commonwealth v. Marrero  
Date: March 20, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12782

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, ho...

Commonwealth v. McGann  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12742

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentences for assault and battery on a family or household member and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, holding that that a trial judge may order a de...

Commonwealth v. Norman  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12744

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the trial judge granting Defendant's motion to suppress certain GPS location data and its fruits, holding that the initial imposition of a GPS device as a condition of pre...

In re a Minor  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12747

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order of the juvenile court committing a juvenile for substance use disorder treatment pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 123, 35, holding that the juvenile was committed on insufficie...

Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC v. Department of Criminal Justice Information Services  
Date: March 12, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12690

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of a superior court judge declaring that booking photographs of police officers arrested for alleged crimes and police incident reports involving public officials were not...

Attorney General v. District Attorney for Plymouth District  
Date: March 12, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12722

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part the superior court's grant of summary judgment for the Attorney General and entering a judgment declaring that Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC's (Globe) request for data tables contain...

Rivera v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12682

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Petitioner's petition for relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking review of a superior court judge's decision denying Petitioner'...

Commonwealth v. Barillas  
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12720

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the motion judge allowing Defendant's motion to suppress evidence derived from the warrantless seizure and search of his cell phone, holding that the seizure of the cell p...

Commonwealth v. Birks  
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12756

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the ruling of a single justice dismissing Appellant's postconviction petitions, holding that Appellant should seek his requested relief in the superior court. Appellant was convicted...

Care & Protection of a Minor  
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12793

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice dismissing Petitioner's petition treated pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice neither abused his discretion nor made...

NTV Management, Inc. v. Lightship Global Ventures, LLC  
Date: March 5, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12737

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the trial judge's order setting aside the jury verdict and reinstated the original judgment in favor of Plaintiff, holding that the contract at issue in this appeal did not require an o...

Commonwealth v. Lopez  
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of the trial court and set aside Defendant's conviction as a joint venturer of murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty, holding that the ev...

Green Mountain Insurance Co. v. Wakelin  
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12760

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court in this insurance dispute, holding that deaths caused by the improper use of a portable generator did not arise out of the uninsured premises as defi...

Drake v. Town of Leicester  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12781

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the Supreme Judicial Court dismissing Plaintiff's negligence action against the Town of Leicester due to her untimely presentment, holding that Plaintiff's presentment...

Commonwealth v. Claudio  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12786

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a consequence of the evidence tampering by Sonja Farak, a chemist at the State Laboratory Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Supreme Judicial Court held that a defendant w...

Doherty v. Diving Unlimited International, Inc.  
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12707

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful death action, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant based on the release from liability and covenant not to sue that the d...

GGNSC Administrative Services, LLC v. Schrader  
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12714

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful death action brought against a nursing home notwithstanding the existence of an arbitration agreement between the decedent and the nursing home the Supreme Judicial Court answered two certified questions...

Montanez v. Flahive  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12796

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking an order requiring a single justice of the appeals co...

Gentili v. Town of Sturbridge  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12810

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment and dismissing Plaintiffs' action seeking compensation for what it alleged was a taking, by the Town of Sturbridge, of cert...

Brace v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12841

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that Petitioner's claim could adequately be resolved by the...

Commonwealth v. Mansur  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12745

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle is a civil motor vehicle infraction rather than a criminal offense, thus overruling Commonwealth v. Giannino, 371 Mass. 7...

Pinney v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12774

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Defendant's Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 petition for bail review, holding that because the bail determinations were properly made and no violati...

Murphy v. Superior Court  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12820

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court denying Plaintiff's requests for declaratory relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 231A, 1, holding that the single justice properly de...

Kyricopoulos v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12824

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying Petitioner's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice neither erred nor abused his discretion in d...

Commonwealth v. Upton  
Date: February 19, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11459

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree, aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and armed assault in a dwelling house, holding that there was no Bra...

In re Adoption of Luc  
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12719

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the appeals court affirming the decision and decree of the juvenile court judge terminating Mother's parental rights to Luc, holding that there was sufficient proof to...

Parker v. EnerNOC, Inc.  
Date: February 12, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12703

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the jury's verdict awarding Plaintiff damages after finding that Defendants violated Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, 148, 148A & 150 (the Wage Act) but vacated portions of the trial judge's f...

Wilson v. Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., LLC  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12664

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, Appellant's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Appellant sought review of certain rulings in a...

Smith v. Kelley  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12759

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a final judgment entered against a professional corporation for the fraudulent activity of one of its associates, the Supreme Judicial Court held that, in the unique circumstances of this case, Pla...

Prince v. Obelisk, Inc.  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12801

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, Appellant's petition for extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Appellant sought relief from a jud...

Commonwealth v. Loya  
Date: February 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12475

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of murder in the first degree and related crimes, holding that Defendant was not deprived of a meaningful defense due to the current law on criminal responsibil...

Citrix Systems, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12741

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the Appellate Tax Board (the Board) upholding sales tax assessments for fees charged for subscriptions to use online software products, holding that the subscription fe...

Commonwealth v. Diaz Perez  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-10581

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions entered by the trial court after a second trial, at which Defendant had different counsel, holding the second trial judge did not err in granting Defendant's mo...

Commonwealth v. Goncalves-Mendez  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12743

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court allowing Defendant's motions to suppress evidence seized during an inventory search of his vehicle and his subsequent statements to police, holding that...

Commonwealth v. Kelly  
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12710

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, in violation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 269, 12E, and unlawful possession of a firearm, in violation of Mass...

Commonwealth v. Heywood  
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12724

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, holding that there was no error with respect to the seating of a blind individual on the jury and that the...

Commonwealth v. Torres-Pagan  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12697

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the motion judge allowing Defendant's motion to suppress, holding that both the patfrisk of Defendant and the search of Defendant's motor vehicle were improper. Two law e...

Buckman v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12725

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court answered questions reported by a single justice upon Petitioners' petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 249, 4 asserting claims for mandamus, injunctive, and declaratory relief after the sup...

Commonwealth v. Tejada  
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11951

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and declined to exercise its powers under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E to order a new trial or to reduce the degree of guilt, holding that there was no reason t...

Magliacane v. City of Gardner  
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12736

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court dismissing Plaintiff's putative class action suit alleging that the City of Gardner and its private water supply contractors were negligent and grossl...

Aquino v. United Property & Casualty Co.  
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12705

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the superior court judge's decision granting in part Plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment against Insurer, holding that the standard fire insurance policy set by statute imp...

Automile Holdings, LLC v. McGovern  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12740

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court concluding that Defendant committed a breach of an "anti-raiding" restrictive covenant entered into between between the parties but held that the equ...

Greci v. Travelers Insurance Co.  
Date: January 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12646

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying without a hearing Plaintiff's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that Plaintiff failed to demonstrate t...

Negron v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: January 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12773

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying Petitioner's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that where Petitioner had remedies in the ordinary appellate process...

Howell v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12775

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice did not err or abuse her discretio...

Myrick v. Superior Court Department  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12802

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for relief in the nature of mandamus, holding that the single justice did not abuse his discretion in denyin...

Trahan v. Pelczar  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12822

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 and related motions, holding that the single justice did not err or...

Collazo v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12557

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying Defendant's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice neither erred nor abused his discretion in de...

Marley v. Bank of New York  
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12684

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the single justice dismissing Petitioner's petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 challenging orders issued by the Land Court in connection with a servic...

Commonwealth v. Stirlacci  
Date: January 8, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12735

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving the indictments of Dr. Frank Stirlacci and his office manager, Jessica Miller, for violations of the Controlled Substances Act and for submitting false health care claims to insurance providers, th...

Commonwealth v. Preston P.  
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12706

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court remanded this matter to the juvenile court for further proceedings, holding that, for revocation of pretrial probation in the juvenile court based on a new criminal offense, the Commonwealth mu...

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