Archive for June, 2011

13Jun, 11

In the decision of Casey v. Casey, the Massachusetts Appeals Court decided that a military pension is a marital asset subject to division. Because the pension is an asset, the Appeals Court further held that the monthly pension payments shall not be considered as income for child support and alimony purposes. If you have any ... more

13Jun, 11

Hamblett & Kerrigan is pleased to announce that Kevin Rauseo is now a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. For more information regarding the collaborative law process, please contact Attorney Rauseo. Additionally, please feel free to view the IACP website.

2Jun, 11

The cat’s paw theory of liability is gaining ground in employment discrimination cases, as noted in a March 1, 2011 United States Supreme Court decision. The theory was developed from a fable made famous by La Fontaine in which a monkey convinces an unwitting cat to pull chestnuts from a hot fire. The cat keeps ... more

2Jun, 11

On March 21, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Court rendered a decision which emphasizes the importance of employees subjected to harassment by co-workers to report such abuses to their boss and the importance of that boss to investigate, and, when appropriate, discipline the harassers. This Court hears appeals from ... more

2Jun, 11

A recent Massachusetts decision emphasizes that an employee’s abusive and mean boss does not always equate to legal liability to the employer. In the case of Anthony McCarty v. Verizon New England, Inc. and Jeffrey Romano, Anthony McCarty, a service technician for Verizon brought a Massachusetts state court lawsuit alleging claims of intentional and negligent ... more