August 27, 2009 |
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy didn't live to see his last public wish granted. Last week, during what turned out to be his final days, Kennedy sent a letter to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Democratic leaders of the state Legislature, asking that the state law for choosing a successor be amended. Kennedy hoped to have Patrick granted the power to choose an interim senator until a special election could be held. Currently, the only process for replacing a senator in Massachusetts is through a special election, which could take up to five months.
June 21, 1997 |
The European Commission has filed a request with the World Trade Organization for a formal consultation with the United States to discuss concerns that a Massachusetts law designed to penalize companies doing business in Myanmar violates the global trade treaty. The EC's move is the first step in the dispute resolution process of the WTO, which is based in Geneva. If the two sides fail to resolve the dispute in 60 days, the Europeans can ask the WTO to appoint a panel to investigate their claim.
June 19, 1997 |
What does the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have against Unilever's soaps and shampoos, and why do the White House, Burmese freedom fighters and the leaders of Western Europe care? The short answer is that the Britain-based Unilever does business in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and Massachusetts won't buy from companies active in that allegedly repressive country.
November 6, 1998 |
A federal judge has struck down a Massachusetts statute banning state purchases from companies doing business in troubled Myanmar, saying the law interferes with the federal government's power to regulate foreign affairs. The ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro, while binding only in Massachusetts, casts doubt over the legality of similar so-called selective-purchasing statutes elsewhere.
November 18, 1988
Prime Computer Inc., the target of a hostile tender offer from MAI Basic Four Inc. of Tustin, said it will not immediately seek protection under a Massachusetts anti-takeover law. MAI has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have Massachusetts takeover laws declared unconstitutional. The suit was filed in connection with MAI's $20-a-share, or $970-million, offer for the computer maker based in Natick, Mass.
September 20, 2010 |
Jamie McCourt earned a law degree, made Law Review, received an MBA and worked as general counsel for a real estate company. But she also signed one of the most important documents of her life without reading it, she says: the agreement that gave her husband sole ownership of the couple's prized possession, the Dodgers. On Monday, the sixth day of the bitter divorce trial of Jamie and Frank McCourt — one that could impact ownership of Los Angeles' cherished Major League Baseball club — Jamie was steadfast in her insistence that she didn't realize what the contract meant if they were to split up. Frank's attorney, Steve Susman, read back part of Jamie's deposition in which she said about the agreement, "I still don't understand it as I sit here today.