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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.

N.E. Physical Therapy Plus, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Automobile Insurance-- In a claim against an insurer seeking payment under the Personal Injury Protection provisions of the Massachusetts no-fault automobile insurance law, may the insurer present evidence of the reasonable cost of medical services through a national database used by providers of medical services and others?.

Impounded Case
No summary available.


Commonwealth v. Horne
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of murder and firearms convictions.


Commonwealth v. Galvin
Criminal-- Whether a 2012 law that reduced the mandatory minimum sentence for certain drug convictions involving cocaine applies retroactively to a pending case where the offense was committed prior to the effective date of the law.


Commonwealth v. Felt
Summary unavailable.


Commonwealth v. Melendez
Superintendence Power; Probation-- Whether a rape victim who gave birth to a child has standing to challenge a term of probation given to the biological father requiring him to begin proceedings in the Probate and Family Court regarding the child.


Commonwealth v. Canty
  (Reserve Case)
Criminal; Evidence-- In a jury trial for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, whether a police officer may testify that in his opinion, the defendant was operating under the influence, was impaired, and his ability to drive was diminished.

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