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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.

In re: the Matter of Clerk-Magistrate Powers
Judicial Administration; Clerk of Court-- The Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of Court is requesting that the clerk of the Barnstable District Court be removed from office because of misconduct.

Medina v. Pillemer
Torts; Medical Malpractice-- Whether a physician has a duty of care to a pedestrian arising out of the physician's failure to warn his patient not to drive because of seizures where the patient experienced a seizure while driving and struck a pedestrian.


Flagg v. Ali-Med Inc.
Discrimination Law; Defamation-- Whether the plaintiff has stated claims of associational handicap discrimination and defamation where the plaintiff alleged that he was fired from employment because his wife was handicapped and accordingly lost family health insurance.


Commonwealth v. Lewis
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of convictions for assault with intent to murder and firearms violations.


Taylor v. Eastern Connection Operating, Inc.
Employment Law-- Whether a Massachusetts-based corporation is subject to Massachusetts laws regarding wages and independent contractor status with regard to drivers who reside outside of Massachusetts and perform delivery services outside of Massachusetts.


E & J Properties, LLC v. C.B.L. Realty Trust
Zoning-- This is an appeal of a zoning decision involving a variance that allowed demolition of a building and construction of single-family dwellings.


Chardin v. Boston Police Department
  (Reserve Case)
Firearms License-- The petitioner is claiming that the denial of his application for a license to carry firearms because of a juvenile delinquency record violates his constitutional rights under the Second Amendment.

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