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Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP | USA | 17 Jun 2022

SJC Strikes Down Two Initiative Petitions Proposing Laws Classifying Covered App-Based Drivers as Independent Contractors

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) recently ruled that two initiative petitions seeking to define and regulate the relationship…
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Blank Rome LLP | USA | 16 Jun 2022

Massachusetts High Court Rules, Although Constitutional, State Has No Statutory Authority to Tax Gain

Although the parties only argued the constitutionality of taxing the gain recognized by a nondomiciliary S Corporation from its sale of a 50…
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Mintz | USA | 27 Apr 2022

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds That Wages Due Solely Under the Federal Overtime Statute (FLSA) Are Not Trebled Under the Massachusetts Wage Act

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) - Massachusetts’ highest court - recently held in Devaney v. Zucchini Gold that employees who prove…
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Bowditch & Dewey LLP | USA | 12 Apr 2022

Client Alert: Massachusetts Employers Are Strictly Liable for Treble Damages for Late Wage Payments

On April 4, 2022, in Reuter v. City of Methuen, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that employers are strictly liable for treble damages on…
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Maurice Wutscher LLP | USA | 11 Apr 2022

Mass. SJC Holds Attorney for Deceased Named Putative Class Plaintiff Could Not Act for Putative Class

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the State’s highest court, recently held that (1) the attorney for a named putative class plaintiff who is…
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Maurice Wutscher LLP | USA | 30 Dec 2021

This Year the 1st Circuit and Mass. Courts Tackled Consumer Contacts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and federal and state courts in Massachusetts decided several important cases for the consumer…
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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | USA | 22 Dec 2021

Massachusetts High Court Rules “ABC” Test Is Inapplicable To Joint Employer Status

In a major win for retailers operating in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts highest court determined, among other things, that the…
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Jackson Lewis PC | USA | 8 Sep 2021

Service Charge or Administrative Fee? A Distinction With a Difference, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Holds

Although it may have intended for a customer charge to be treated as an administrative overhead fee separate from gratuities paid to its employees, a…
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Greenberg Traurig LLP | USA | 31 Aug 2021

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court allows enforcement to require removal of unauthorized wetlands fill for three years after each new property transfer

On August 31, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the highest court in the Commonwealth) decided that the local conservation commission (and…
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Bowditch & Dewey LLP | USA | 23 Aug 2021

Oracle USA, Inc. vs. Commissioner of Revenue: Tax Abatements Available for Out of State Software Sales

Software vendors and purchasers won an important victory in a decision handed down by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) this May. The…
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