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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.

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Irwin v. Commonewalth
Erroneous Convictions-- Various issues arising out of a damage claim for compensation against the Commonwealth for an erroneous felony conviction that resulted in incarceration.


Commonwealth v. Morris
Criminal-- Where the defendant was convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, whether a jury instruction on consciousness of guilt in connection with the defendant's flight was proper.


Deutsche Bank National Association v. First American Title Insurance Company
Contract; Title Insurance-- The plaintiff claims that a title insurance company is obligated to defend it in a matter involving an underlying claim of predatory lending in a residential mortgage transaction.


NES Rentals v. Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative Corporation
Mechanic's Lien-- Various issues involving enforcement of a mechanic's lien arising out of rental of equipment.


Commonwealth v. Batista
Criminal; Sentencing-- This superintendence petition deals with whether the defendant in a sexual assault case should be sentenced to community parole supervision for life.


Commonwealth v. Rivas
  (Reserve Case)
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of firearms conviction, including whether the defendant's motion to suppress should have been allowed.

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