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Massachusetts Judgment Law
Albert Davidson v. Elin Howe

Plaintiffs Albert and Regina Davidson are guardians of 70-year-old Marilyn Davidson (whom we refer to as "Marilyn"), who is in state care. They appeal from the district court's denial of a preliminary injunction in an action purported to be brought under the federal Medicaid Act and various implementing regulations. Davidson v. Howe, No. 1:13-cv-12634-WGY (D. Mass. Oct. 29, 2013). Plaintiffs sough... More...   $0 (04-16-2014 - MA)

Tracy Bartlett v. Department of the Treasury (Internal Revenue Service)

Tracy Bartlett filed a one-count complaint against her former employer, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), in which she alleged that she had been constructively discharged in violation of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq., and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. The IRS moved to dismiss the complaint on the ground that Ms. Bartlett had... More...   $0 (04-08-2014 - MA)

Frank P. Butler v. Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas

In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, litigants have increasingly sought out clarification regarding the validity of mortgage transfers precipitated by Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. ("MERS"). The general contours of these claims are well known, and many of the facts underlying this case parallel past foreclosure litigation. A homeowner, Frank P. Butler ("Butler"), upon falling b... More...   $0 (04-06-2014 - MA)

Grand Wireless, Inc. v. Verizon Wireless, Inc.

Grand Wireless, Inc. (“Grand”) brought this action in Massachusetts state court against Verizon Wireless, Inc. (“Verizon”) and Verizon employee Erin McCahill. It alleged a violation of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) against Ms. McCahill, as well as several state law claims against both Ms. McCahill and Verizon. The defendants removed the case t... More...   $0 (03-19-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Michael Jacques

Following a seven-hour interrogation in which he confessed participating in the arson of an African-American church, Michael Jacques was convicted in federal court of conspiracy against civil rights, damage to religious real property, and the use of a fire to commit a felony. On appeal, Jacques argues that the district court erred in admitting his statements into evidence because agents obtained ... More...   $0 (03-11-2014 - MA)

Angel Martinez Alicea p/k/a Ruf El Fantaztiko v. Machete Music

Over a century ago, Mark Twain lamented that "[o]nly one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet." Mark Twain, The Complete Works of Mark Twain: Mark Twain's Notebook 381 (Albert Bigelow Paine ed., 1935). We fear that Twain's deity would fare little better with the tangled skein of copyright and contractual claims presented by the plaintiffs in this case. ... More...   $0 (03-07-2014 - MA)

Robert Riley v. Metropolitian Life Insurance Company d/b/a Metlife

In 2012, plaintiff Robert Riley filed suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA"), 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq., against defendant Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. ("MetLife"), arguing that MetLife had been underpaying his monthly benefits since its 2005 denial of his assertion that he was entitled to a larger payment calculation under his long-term disability insurance p... More...   $0 (03-04-2014 - MA)

Robert Filey v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company d/b/a Metlife

In 2012, plaintiff Robert Riley filed suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA"), 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq., against defendant Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. ("MetLife"), arguing that MetLife had been underpaying his monthly benefits since its 2005 denial of his assertion that he was entitled to a larger payment calculation under his long-term disability insurance pl... More...   $0 (03-04-2014 - MA)

HSBC Realty Credit Corporation (USA) v. J.Brian O'Neill

Today's case — a diversity suit governed, the parties agree, by Massachusetts substantive law — arises from the efforts of plaintiff HSBC Realty Credit Corporation (USA) to recover $8.1 million from defendant J. Brian O'Neill under a guaranty. A district judge struck O'Neill's defenses, dismissed his counterclaims, denied him leave to replead, and granted HSBC judgment on the pleadings. O'Neil... More...   $0 (02-07-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Maximo Laryi Herrerra Pena

In federal prosecutions, under the requirements of Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151, 2158 (2013), if the distribution of drugs is proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury to have resulted in a death, a defendant will face a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence. See 21 U.S.C. § 841(b). But if the government does not meet that burden before conviction, a defendant will face a different ma... More...   $0 (02-05-2014 - MA)

Nicole Ponte v. Steelcase, Inc.

Nicole Ponte appeals from the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of her former employer, Steelcase Inc., on her claims under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 151B that (1) she was subject to sexual harassment while employed there, and (2) she was terminated in retaliation for her reports of such harassment. We apply the but-for causation standard ann... More...   $0 (01-31-2014 - MA)

David Pierce v. Cotuit Fire District

Plaintiff-appellant David Pierce, former Captain of the Cotuit, Massachusetts Fire Department, brought a complaint against the Department, the Fire Chief, and the Board of Fire Commissioners, alleging political discrimination in violation of the First Amendment and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, whistleblowing retaliation in violation of the Massachusetts Whistleblower Act, and tortious interference with cont... More...   $0 (01-28-2014 - MA)

Jamilya Pina v. The Children's Place a/k/a The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. and Jean Raymond

Jamilya Pina ("Pina") appeals from the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of her former employer, The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. ("TCP"), and TCP District Manager Jean Raymond ("Raymond"). Pursuing claims of employment discrimination and retaliation, Pina asserts that she was fired, harassed, and not rehired on the basis of race in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and Mas... More...   $0 (01-27-2014 - MA)

Nancy Geshke v. Crocs, Inc.

CROCS are odd looking shoes, known for their comfort. The plaintiff alleges that this reputation for comfort masks a hidden peril: the shoes present a heightened risk to the safety of wearers using escalators, and the manufacturer has failed to warn of this risk. The district court found these allegations unsupported and entered summary judgment accordingly. The plaintiff appeals. After careful c... More...   $0 (01-17-2014 - MA)

Carla Cracchiolo v. Eastern Fisheries, Inc.

Shortly after midnight on January 28, 2011, Giuseppe Cracchiolo fell and drowned after slipping from an obviously hazardous place on a pier at a New Bedford fishery while attempting to return to the commercial fishing boat on which he was working. His wife Carla Cracchiolo, acting individually and as administratrix of the estate, sued defendants RCP Realty and Eastern Fisheries, Inc. for damages ... More...   $0 (01-15-2014 - MA)

Angel Sanchez v. United States of America

Plaintiff Angel Sanchez, a widower and the executor of his wife's estate, sued his wife's doctors for medical malpractice. As it turned out, those doctors were federal employees, against whom claims are forever barred unless brought within the two-year limitations period Congress allowed under the Federal Tort Claims Act ("FTCA"), as opposed to the three-year period allowed by Massachusetts law fo... More...   $0 (01-14-2014 - MA)

Joseph Travers v. Flight Services & Systems, Inc.

Appellee Flight Services fired Appellant Joseph Travers as he pursued a lawsuit against the company under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). Flight Services says it terminated Travers for violating company policy. Travers says he was fired in retaliation for his FLSA lawsuit. Because a reasonable jury could return a verdict for Travers without relying on improbable inferences or unsupported s... More...   $0 (12-12-2013 - MA)

William M. Daniels v. Warren E. Agin

Ruling on motions for summary judgment in a bankruptcy proceeding, the bankruptcy court made two determinations that are the primary subject of this appeal. First, the court ruled that the debtor failed to maintain his profit-sharing plan in substantial compliance with the applicable tax laws. This ruling meant that assets in the profit-sharing plan and two IRAs funded with plan assets were part ... More...   $0 (11-25-2013 - MA)

David Butler v. Shiraz Balolita

This bi-coastal case requires a Boston-based federal court to make an informed prophesy as to whether the Washington Supreme Court, if squarely confronted with the question, would recognize a cause of action for breach of a contract to negotiate. Applying the methodology that federal courts have developed to vaticinate how state courts are likely to rule on unsettled questions of state law, we fi... More...   $0 (11-22-2013 - MA)

Robert Smith v. Dorchester Real Estate, Inc.

This case arises out of a fraudulent real estate mortgage scheme that involved inducing a schizophrenic trash collector into acting as a straw buyer for two overvalued residential properties in Massachusetts. That person, Robert Smith, sued various entities and individuals involved in the transactions, including the mortgage lenders, mortgage brokers, real estate brokers, and closing agents. A ju... More...   $0 (10-16-2013 - MA)

R. Susan Woods v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

There is, by now, a significant body of commentary on the housing market's most recent boom and bust. Little could we add about the development, proliferation, and ultimate collapse of the mortgage-backed securities market that has not already been said. Writing against that background, we recite here only the most relevant aspects of the market's recent instability. At its height, the boom was fa... More...   $0 (10-09-2013 - MA)

Raymond C. McArdle v. Town of Dracut

Appellant Raymond McArdle ("McArdle") is a former teacher in the public schools of the town of Dracut, Massachusetts. He claims, among other things, that Dracut improperly handled his request for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. § 2612 ("FMLA") and forced him to resign in retaliation for seeking such leave. The district court granted summary judgment dismissing all of McAr... More...   $0 (10-09-2013 - MA)

Vermont Mutual Insurance Company v. Andrew Zamsky

It seems self-evident that a story that involves throwing gasoline on a smoldering fire is unlikely to have a happy ending. That is true here, but the parties to this appeal have sifted through the embers and identified what some might regard as an oxymoron: an interesting insurance coverage question. After careful consideration, we conclude that the district court properly construed the relevant... More...   $0 (10-09-2013 - MA)

Colin Bower v. Egyptair Airlines Company

This appeal stems from an international parental kidnapping perpetrated by defendant Mirvat El-Nady. Plaintiff-appellant in this case, Colin Bower, is El-Nady's former husband. In August 2009, El-Nady acted in violation of a court order when she drove the former couple's two minor children to New York City, where they boarded an EgyptAir Airlines Company ("EgyptAir") flight to Cairo, Egypt. This p... More...   $0 (10-08-2013 - MA)

Bose Corporation v. Salman Ejaz

Plaintiff Bose Corporation won summary judgment on its breach of contract and trademark claims against defendant Salman Ejaz. Bose Corp. v. Ejaz, No. 11-10629, 2012 WL 4052861 (D. Mass. Sept. 13, 2012). Ejaz admitted to selling home theater systems manufactured by Bose for use in the United States to customers in other countries, selling them across international markets to take advantage of high... More...   $0 (10-04-2013 - MA)

Stanley Kolbe v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P.

This is a contract dispute over the terms of a mortgage contract between the borrower, plaintiff-appellant Stanley Kolbe, and the servicer of his loan, defendant-appellee BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP ("BAC" or "the Bank"). Kolbe sued the Bank in a putative class action for damages alleged to have arisen out of the Bank's requirement that he maintain flood insurance in an amount sufficient to cover... More...   $0 (09-27-2013 - MA)

Thomas A. Atwater v. Mitchell D. Chester

Appellant Thomas Atwater sought review of his dismissal from his teaching position in the Manchester-Essex Regional School District ("School District"), first in Massachusetts state court and then in Massachusetts federal district court. Concluding that Atwater's claims were barred by res judicata, the district court granted summary judgment in favor of Appellees, the School District and the Massa... More...   $0 (09-20-2013 - MA)

Corporate Technologies, Inc. v. Brian Harnett

Businesses commonly try to protect their good will by asking key employees to sign agreements that prohibit them from soliciting existing customers for a reasonable period of time after joining a rival firm. When a valid non-solicitation covenant is in place and an employee departs for greener pastures, the employer ordinarily has the right to enforce the covenant according to its tenor. That rig... More...   $0 (09-24-2013 - MA)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Demond Chatman

The defendant was convicted on January 24, 2002, of the deliberately premeditated murder of his mother. On May 6, 2008, he filed a motion for a new trial alleging that he was not competent to stand trial. The motion was denied after a nonevidentiary hearing. The defendant appealed his conviction and the denial of his motion for a new trial. On appeal he asserts error in the failure to hold an evid... More...   $0 (09-03-2013 - MA)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. John J. Tassinari

On November 1, 2010, a jury found the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree of his wife on the theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty. The defendant argues error in the admission of evidence; the judge's failure to exclude a juror based on the juror's dual citizenship; portions of the prosecutor's argument; and jury instructions. He also seeks relief pursuant... More...   $0 (09-09-2013 - MA)

N.E. Physical Therapy Plus, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

After being billed by the plaintiff, N.E. Physical Therapy Plus, Inc. (NEPT), for certain medically necessary chiropractic services provided to the passenger of its insured, the defendant, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (Liberty Mutual), maintained that the cost of those services was unreasonably high and thus refused to pay the full amount invoiced. [FN1] At the ensuing trial on the dispute, Li... More...   $0 (09-13-2013 - MA)

Brigade Leveraged Capital Structured Fund, Ltd. v. Income Strategy Fund

Under Section 10.2 of the bylaws of the defendants, PIMCO Income Strategy Fund and PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II (collectively, "Funds" or "defendants"), "regular meetings of the Shareholders for the election of Trustees ... shall be held, so long as Common Shares are listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange, on at least an annual basis." The issue on appeal is the meaning of "on at least... More...   $0 (09-13-2013 - MA)

Michael Aleo v. SLB Toys USA, Inc.

In 2006, while visiting relatives in Andover, twenty-nine year old Robin Aleo [FN4] attempted to use an inflatable swimming pool slide that had been imported and sold by Toys "R" Us, Inc., and Toysrus.com, LLC (collectively, Toys R Us). [FN5] She slid down head first; when she reached the bottom of the slide, it collapsed, and her head struck the concrete deck of the swimming pool through the fab... More...   $20600000 (09-14-2013 - MA)

Thomas A. Toye III v. David O'Donnell

David O'Donnell wants what every debtor in bankruptcy wants — a fresh start. You see, a debtor generally gets a discharge from debts owed at the time he files his bankruptcy petition. See 11 U.S.C. § 727(b). But this fresh-start opportunity is only for "the honest but unfortunate debtor." Grogan v. Garner, 498 U.S. 279, 286-87 (1991) (internal quotation marks omitted). And that is why Congress ... More...   $0 (08-26-2013 - MA)

Diahann L. Gross v. Sun Life Assurance Company of America

This case requires us to determine, inter alia, whether the "safe harbor" exception to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") applies to the long term disability insurance policy that covers appellant Diahann Gross. The district court found that it did not. The court therefore held that Gross's state law claims were preempted. Furthermore, it concluded that her insurer was ... More...   $0 (08-16-2013 - MA)

Edimara Demelo v. U.S. Bank National Association

The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), Pub. L. No. 101-73, 103 Stat. 183 (codified as amended in scattered sections of 12 U.S.C.), gives federal regulators a customized set of tools with which to ease the disruption often attendant to bank failures. When federal regulators step in, however, parties in interest ignore FIRREA-imposed requirements at their ... More...   $0 (08-16-2013 - MA)

Janat Nansamba v. North Shore Medical Center, Inc.

When litigation goes awry, lawyers sometimes scramble to find a scapegoat. So it is here: having conspicuously failed to protect the record, the plaintiff's lawyers attempt to shift the blame to their opposing counsel. Concluding, as we do, that this diversionary tactic lacks force, we affirm the district court's denial of the plaintiff's motion for relief from judgment.

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Elizabeth Manning v. Boston Medical Center

Plaintiffs Elizabeth Manning, Lisa Rivers, Rhonda Williams, and Reva McCarthy bring this wage-and-hour action against defendants Boston Medical Center Corporation ("BMC"), Elaine Ullian, and James Canavan. Current and former BMC employees, plaintiffs allege that defendants deprived them of their wages through the use of timekeeping policies and employment practices that required them to work thro... More...   $0 (08-01-2013 - MA)

Edwin DeJuses v. Park Corporation

Edwin DeJesus and Maria L. Cartagena appeal the district court’s summary judgment for Park Corporation, in which the court rejected appellants’ tort and warranty claims against Park under a theory of corporate successor liability. We affirm.


DeJesus allegedly suffered injuries from a defective machine manufactured in 1957 by Bertsch, Inc. Although it was begun as ... More...
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Fidelity Co-Operative Bank v. Nova Casualty Company

Plaintiff-Appellant Fidelity Co-operative Bank ("Fidelity"), individually and as assignee of Matthew and Sondra Knowles ("the Knowles"), appeals the granting of summary judgment to Defendant-Appellee Nova Casualty Company ("Nova"), after the district court determined that an all-risk insurance policy neither covered water damage caused to an apartment building during a tropical storm nor any resul... More...   $0 (08-07-2013 - MA)

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