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The summaries of cases for oral argument were prepared by Marc G. Perlin, Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. The summaries are not an official part of the court proceedings, and are presented so that those who access the website will have a general understanding of the legal issues in the cases set for oral argument.

Abdow v. Attorney General
Initiative Petition; Casino Gambling-- Whether the Attorney General was correct in refusing to certify an initiative petition for the statewide ballot in November of 2014 that would repeal the law authorizing casino gambling.
A.J. Properties, LLC v. Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Contracts; Assignments-- In a case involving environmental remediation of contaminated land, the federal District Court has certified to the Supreme Judicial Court a question regarding Massachusetts law on assignments of a debt.

Auto Flat Car Crushers, Inc. v. Hanover Insurance Company
Insurance Litigation-- Where an insured has sued an insurer claiming breach of duty to defend and the insurer paid the claim after an adverse ruling on summary judgment, whether insurer may be liable for multiple damages under General Laws chapter 93A for failure to defend.


Barron Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, P.C. v. Norfolk & Dedham Group
Automobile Insurance Litigation-- In an action against an insurer for failure to pay Personal Injury Protection benefits, whether the insurer may be liable for costs and attorney's fees where the insurer made payment of the disputed benefits after commencement of the lawsuit for reasons unrelated to the merits of the insured's lawsuit.


Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School District v. Speicher
Arbitration-- A school district is appealing an arbitrator's award reversing the suspension of a teacher.


Commonwealth v. Liebenow
  (Reserve Case)
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of larceny conviction, including whether the defendant was properly convicted where he had an honest but mistaken belief that the property he took was abandoned.

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