RJA SUCCEEDS IN IMPORTANT CASE OF FIRST IMPRESSION DEALING WITH A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S ABILITY TO USE FORCE TO PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE

In a case of first impression in Massachusetts, RJA attorney Andy Gambaccini recently was successful in establishing important precedent concerning the ability of a law enforcement officer to use force in order to prevent the destruction of evidence. Deptula v. City of Worcester is a federal civil rights case in which narcotics officers with the Worcester Police Department sought to execute a search warrant on

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Liability And Wrongful Death With Covid-19

In Massachusetts, over 8,000 people have already died from Covid-19. Besides hospitals, many of these deaths have occurred in overcrowded, ill-prepared long-term care facilities. Despite this, many people continue to act as if there is no danger, with no regard for the deadly consequences of their actions. From inappropriate beach parties attended by excessive numbers of non-socially distanced people without masks to thousands gathering in a similar fashion to protest, many Americans—and

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Follow These 5 Steps if You’re Involved in a Serious Automobile Accident

Despite advancing technology in auto safety, millions of car accidents still result in injury. If you’re involved in an automobile accident in Massachusetts, there are several steps to protect your rights and maximize your payout. Knowing how to navigate an experience resulting in a personal injury or property damage can go a long way in helping you recoup medical bills, lost wages, and pain and

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Article By RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini Published In Boston Bar Journal

A recent edition of the Boston Bar Journal features an article written by RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini entitled Reid v. City of Boston:  Extending the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act’s Interpretive Complexity.  The article discusses the historical difficulties associated with the legislative and judicial shaping of the concept of governmental immunity in Massachusetts, including how those long-existing problems continue to impact the development of the law

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Dalton police chief’s exit package worth $141K

Dalton police chief’s exit package worth $141K By: Larry Parnass | The Berkshire Eagle DALTON — The cost of resolving a dispute with its former police chief cost Dalton $141,339. And 60 cents. The amount represents the time left on Chief Jeffrey E. Coe’s contract, which ran to June 30, 2021, as well as nearly $30,000 in accrued vacation and unused sick time and a

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Dalton Chief Jeffrey E. Coe takes settlement, bows out amid review of conduct

Dalton Chief Jeffrey E. Coe takes settlement, bows out amid review of conduct By: Larry Parnass | The Berkshire Eagle DALTON — Dalton’s police chief is out but will pocket what his attorney characterizes as a sizable severance payment, after town officials conceded they did not have grounds to carry through with a disciplinary action. Chief Jeffrey E. Coe and the town’s Select Board reached

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Granby fire chief suspended over reckless behavior, online comments

Granby fire chief suspended over reckless behavior, online comments By: MICHAEL CONNORS | Daily Hampshire Gazette GRANBY — Fire Chief John Mitchell, who has been suspended without pay for the month of June due to accusations of speeding and recklessness while driving town cars, will continue his suspension into July after coming under fire for questionable Facebook comments. Mitchell was placed on unpaid leave after

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Massachusetts Auto Accidents: An Overview

Wherever and whenever an auto accident happens, it is never convenient, but is often overwhelming, and at times life-altering. If you have recently been in an accident in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this article will help you sort out what the process looks like here, giving you a sense of what you have already done and what remains to be done to get your life back on track. For

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Protesters outside hearing call for Dalton chief’s firing, next hearing June 18

Protesters outside hearing call for Dalton chief’s firing, next hearing June 18 By: Larry Parnass | The Berkshire Eagle DALTON — Whether Dalton’s police chief helped or hindered the career of a former rank-and-file officer lies at the heart of an investigation into his eight-year management of the department. A hearing that began Friday into Chief Jeffrey E. Coe’s conduct in office ran for three

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Article By RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini Published In Boston Bar Journal

In the Winter 2020 edition of the Boston Bar Journal, RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini published a case focus article entitled Reid v. City of Boston:  Extending the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act’s Interpretive Complexity.  The article discusses the historical difficulties associated with the legislative and judicial shaping of the concept of governmental immunity in Massachusetts, including how those long-existing problems continue to impact the development of

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