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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.

Selmark Associates, Inc. v. Ehrlich
Corporate Law; Contract Law-- This action between a former employer and former employee who was a minority stockholder involves claims for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract arising out of the employee's termination of employment and acceptance of employment with a competitor.

Commonwealth v. Gentile
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of conviction for receiving stolen property, including whether the defendant's motion to suppress should have been allowed.


Commonwealth v. Hart
Criminal-- The defendant is appealing the denial of a motion to vacate his guilty plea to the charge of resisting arrest, arguing that there were insufficient facts presented at the hearing to support the charge.


U.S. Bank National Association v. Schumacher
Mortgage Foreclosure-- WHether the notice provisions of Massachusetts law were satisfied prior to foreclosure of the homeowner's mortgage.


Commonwealth v. Bukin
   Probation Violation Proceedings-- Various issues arising out of probation violation proceeding.


Commonwealth v. Staley
   Criminal-- Whether the trial judge was correct in granting the defendant a new trial on sexual abuse charges in light of documentary evidence of a principal witness that was presented in connection with the motion for new trial.


Reznik v. Garaffo
   Summary unavailable.


Commonwealth v. Duncan
  (Reserve Case)
Criminal; Search and Seizure-- In this prosecution for cruelty to animals, the issue is whether the emergency exception to the requirement of a search warrant is applicable to the protection of dogs.

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