What Is Governmental Immunity in Massachusetts?
Governmental immunity, also called sovereign immunity, is a rule that traditionally protected the government from liability for its actions or those of its employees, even when those actions caused personal injuries. The original governmental immunity rule held that the government would not be liable for its actions or decisions, even if they were negligent and…read more
Massachusetts Scooter Laws
E-scooters, or electric scooters, have become more popular since the advent of rentable dockless models. Thousands of Lime, Bird and Spin e-scooters landed in Boston, Massachusetts for rent starting at just $1 for riders. As people began to experiment with riding e-scooters, however, issues quickly arose. From angry business owners to serious personal injuries, e-scooters…read more
Massachusetts ATV Laws
Thousands of people use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the state of Massachusetts. ATVs are popular recreational vehicles at tracks and state forests, as well as for work-related uses on farms and plantations. Like all vehicle types, ATVs are subject to state laws. ATV owners and operators must obey certain rules and restrictions to stay on…read more
Massachusetts Seat Belt Law
A seat belt is a critical safety device that saves thousands of drivers’ and passengers’ lives each year. Seat belts keep passenger vehicle occupants securely in their seats and in the correct positions during car accidents. Without a seat belt, the forces of the collision could send the occupant flying into other people or objects…read more
Massachusetts Texting Law
Distracted driving is a deadly driver mistake. Driving while distracted makes it impossible for a driver to safely control his or her vehicle. It slows reflexes and reaction times, increasing the risk of causing a collision. Distracted driving leads to thousands of car accidents in the U.S. each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…read more
Massachusetts Moped Laws
Mopeds are good on gas, fun to ride and easier to park in busy downtown areas than traditional vehicles. Investing in a moped could save you money and improve your daily commute. You could end up in legal trouble, however, if you accidentally or intentionally breach any of Massachusetts’ moped laws. Refreshing your knowledge of…read more
Title IX – Why is this law important to guarantee equality and freedom in the United States?
Published in Civil Law on March 29, 2019
Today, most Americans think that Title IX is nothing but a law that requires schools to offer the same number of sports teams for girls as boys. However, Title IX is a fundamental law that goes well beyond providing equal access to athletics in colleges. Today, it is a landmark achievement in the long fight…read more
What Does It Mean to Be Judgment Proof?
Published in Civil Law on December 29, 2017
Creditors can use various methods to seek payment on past due debts, including real estate liens, bank account levies, and wage garnishment. Once a creditor obtains a money judgment on an owed debt, the creditor will use whatever means it deems fit to secure payment. However, some individuals will qualify as “judgment proof” for various…read more
What is Pro Se Litigation in Massachusetts?
Published in Civil Law on September 29, 2017
The Latin phrase pro se literally translates to, “on behalf of themselves.” Pro se litigation is another way to refer to self-representation during a legal claim. To appear pro se before the court means to appear without representation from an attorney. With a few limitations, anyone can appear before the court pro se. This is…read more
What is Contempt of Court?
Published in Civil Law on May 30, 2017
You may have heard the phrase “contempt of court” during the public broadcasting of a trial or television show that depicts a dramatic courtroom scene. While you may grasp the idea that it is not a positive thing, you may not fully understand what it means. There are two types of contempt of court: civil…read more