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  1. Commonwealth v. Latimore (1979)

    The defendant Willie R. Latimore was convicted of murder in the first degree for killing Philip Poirier in a fight between the two men at a tavern. On this appeal, the defendant argues that it was error to deny his separate motions for directed verdicts of not guilty, not guilty of murder in the first degree, and not guilty of murder in the second degree. He also argues that error was committed in excluding a certain question on cross-examination. Finally, the defendant seeks relief under [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  2. Fortune v. National Cash Register Co. (1977)

    Orville E. Fortune (Fortune), a former salesman of The National Cash Register Company (NCR), brought a suit to recover certain commissions allegedly due as a result of a sale of cash registers to First National Stores Inc. (First National) in 1968. Counts 1 and 2 of Fortune's amended declaration claimed bonus payments under the parties' written contract of employment. The third count sought recovery in quantum merit for the reasonable value of Fortune's services relating to the same sales [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  3. Agis v. Howard Johnson Co. (1976)

    This case raises the issue, expressly reserved in George v. Jordan Marsh Co., 359 Mass. 244, 255 (1971), whether a cause of action exists in this Commonwealth for the intentional or reckless infliction of severe emotional distress without resulting bodily injury. Counts 1 and 2 of this action were brought by the plaintiff Debra Agis against the Howard Johnson Company and Roger Dionne, manager of the restaurant in which she was employed, to recover damages for mental anguish and emotional [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  4. Commonwealth v. Soares (1979)

    The defendants Soares, Allen, and Easterling were indicted for the murder in the first degree of Andrew Puopolo, as well as for other charges resulting from a street brawl that occurred in the early morning of November 16, 1976. A jury returned guilty verdicts of murder in the first degree as to each defendant, and the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment was imposed. In addition, Easterling was convicted of assault and battery on Thomas Lincoln by means of a dangerous weapon, for which he [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  5. Commonwealth v. Saferian (1974)

    On February 6, 1967, the defendant was found guilty by a jury, after trial made subject to G.L.c. 278, §§ 33A-33G, of the crimes of armed robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, and unlawfully carrying a revolver under his control in a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Walpole for ten to twelve years on the robbery conviction, and for four to five years on each of the other convictions, the three terms to run concurrently. The procedural oddities [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  6. Anthony's Pier Four, Inc. v. HBC ASSOCIATES (1991)

    This case arises from two agreements (agreements), dated August 1, 1983, between Anthony's Pier Four, Inc. (Anthony's),[1] and HBC Associates (HBC),[2] providing for HBC's acquisition and development of Fan Pier.[3]


    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  7. Bushkin Associates, Inc. v. Raytheon Co. (1985)

    We deal with questions certified to us by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, pursuant to S.J.C. Rule 1:03, as appearing in 382 Mass. 700 (1981). The principal question involves a conflict of laws issue: whether the Massachusetts or the New York Statute of Frauds should be applied in this action involving an alleged oral agreement between the plaintiff Bushkin, a New York resident, and his New York corporation, on the one hand, and the defendant Raytheon Company [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  8. Superintendent of Belchertown State Sch. v. Saikewicz (1977)

    Robert M. Bonin, First Assistant Attorney General, Stephen Schulz, Assistant Attorney General, Paul R. Rogers, Special Assistant Attorney General, Judith Applebaum & William Swartz, for the plaintiffs.


    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Docket: November 28, 1977
  9. Brown (1976)

    On January 8, 1976, the petitioner herein, Douglas Leon Brown, was arrested on an extradition warrant of the Governor of the Commonwealth. This was issued in response to a requisition from the Governor of the State of West Virginia which averred that the petitioner had been indicted for the crime of murder in that State and had fled and taken refuge in the Commonwealth. Brought before a judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Boston, the petitioner was informed of the demand for his [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  10. Donahue v. Rodd Electrotype Co. of New England, Inc. (1975)

    The plaintiff, Euphemia Donahue, a minority stockholder in the Rodd Electrotype Company of New England, Inc. (Rodd Electrotype), a Massachusetts corporation, brings this suit against the directors of Rodd Electrotype, Charles H. Rodd, Frederick I. Rodd and Mr. Harold E. Magnuson, against Harry C. Rodd, a former director, officer, and controlling stockholder of Rodd Electrotype and against Rodd Electrotype (hereinafter called defendants). The plaintiff seeks to rescind Rodd Electrotype's [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  11. Commonwealth v. Freeman (1967)

    In November, 1965, Freeman was indicted (a) for assault on September 24, 1965, with intent to commit rape and (b) for accosting or annoying a female "with offensive and disorderly act or language" on that day. He was found guilty on both indictments, after a trial in January, 1966, under G.L.c. 278, §§ 33A-33G, as amended. The accosting indictment was placed on file. Freeman was sentenced to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Walpole, for not more than ten or less than six years. The [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  12. Williams (1979)

    This petition for a writ of habeas corpus or, in the alternative, for a writ of error, raises the question whether the petitioner, convicted of crime and serving a prison sentence, was deprived of a constitutional right by reason of delay of the official court reporter in transcribing the trial record, which resulted in delay in the petitioner's perfecting and prosecuting his appeal from the conviction. We think the delay was excessive, but, analyzing the issues, notably those of the [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  13. Commonwealth v. Wright (1992)

    The defendant appeals from his conviction of murder in the first degree and from the denial of two motions for a new trial. We affirm the conviction and the orders denying the defendant's motions for a new trial.


    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Docket: November 4, 1991
  14. Payton v. Abbott Labs (1982)

    This case comes before the court on certification from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts of four principal and several subsidiary questions involving Massachusetts tort law. See S.J.C. Rule 1:03, § 1, as amended, 382 Mass. 700 (1981).


    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  15. Hazen Paper Co. v. United States Fidelity & Guar. Co. (1990)

    Thomas W. Brunner, James M. Johnstone, Lyn S. Entzeroth & John W. Cavilia of the District of Columbia, & Peter G. Hermes & Molly H. Sherden, for Insurance Environmental Litigation Association & another, amici curiae, submitted a brief.


    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  16. PMP Associates, Inc. v. Globe Newspaper Co. (1975)

    This bill in equity was brought pursuant to G.L.c. 93A, § 11, and the general equity power of the court, c. 214, § 1, alleging that the defendant committed an unfair trade practice in refusing to accept the plaintiff's advertising for publication in its newspaper. This is an appeal by the plaintiff from an interlocutory decree sustaining a demurrer to the bill, and from the consequent final decree dismissing the bill. We are of opinion that the demurrer was rightly sustained.


    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Docket: November 6, 1974
  17. Stone v. Essex County Newspapers, Inc. (1975)

    The plaintiff had a jury verdict in the Superior Court in a tort action for libel. The case came before us on the defendant's outline bill of exceptions and was decided on May 6, 1974. Stone v. Essex County Newspapers, Inc. 365 Mass. 246 (1974). Thereafter, on June 25, 1974, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. 418 U.S. 323 (1974). The plaintiff thereupon filed a petition, based on the holdings of the Supreme Court in the Gertz case, for a rehearing of the [...]

    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  18. Mounsey v. Ellard (1973)

    This is an action in tort brought by the plaintiff to recover for personal injuries sustained when he fell on an accumulation of ice on the defendants' premises. The plaintiff's declaration in six counts alleges negligence, gross negligence, and wilful, wanton or reckless conduct by the coowners of the premises. The case is here on the plaintiff's exceptions to the direction of verdicts for the defendants on all counts after the plaintiff's opening statement to the jury.


    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  19. Lumbermens Mutual Casualty v. Belleville Industries (1990)

    Thomas W. Brunner, James M. Johnstone & Lyn S. Entzeroth of the District of Columbia, & Peter G. Hermes & Molly H. Sherden for Insurance Environmental Litigation Association & another.


    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  20. My Bread Baking Co. v. Cumberland Farms, Inc. (1968)

    The remaining count in this action alleges conversion of certain property by Cumberland Farms, Inc. (C.F. Inc.). There was a substantial verdict for the plaintiff (My Bread) against C.F. Inc. and also a verdict for each codefendant (fn. 1). The case is before us on C.F. Inc.'s exception to the judge's refusal to direct a verdict for it. The facts are stated in their aspect most favorable to My Bread.


    Court: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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