Tag Archives: Rules of Appellate Procedure

What to Know about the Proposed Amendments to Local Rule 25.0 and E-Filing in The First Circuit Court of Appeals

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently released its proposed amendments to Local Rule 25.0, governing the use of electronic document filing (“e-filing”). While Many of the proposed amendments incorporate familiar aspects of the e-filing system in Massachusetts Federal District Court, there are some notable differences and aspects to point out. The following is a … Continue Reading

The SJC Defends Environmental Bloggers’ Right to SLAPP Back in Defamation Suit

In Cardno ChemRisk, LLC v. Foytlin, 476 Mass. 479 (2017), the Supreme Judicial Court held that the anti-SLAPP statute protected two bloggers’ critical opinions contained in a blog post directed at a scientific consulting firm working for British Petroleum (“BP”) in the wake of the Deep Water Horizon spill. The defendant bloggers, two environmental advocates, … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Appeals Court Single Justice Practice: The Basics of Interlocutory Appeals

Appeals of interlocutory orders from Trial Court Departments are reviewed by the single justice of the Appeals Court.  The interlocutory appeal process is governed by G. L. c. 231, § 118, which establishes a 30-day deadline for filing a petition for interlocutory review.  Importantly, this 30-day deadline is set by the statute and the Appeals … Continue Reading
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