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Commonwealth v. Ferreira (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-149-16)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   15-P-13                                          Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  MICHAEL FERREIRA.     No. 15-P-13.   Middlesex.     February 2, 2016. – October 14, 2016.   Present:  Vuono, Grainger, & Massing, JJ.     Collateral Estoppel.  Practice, Criminal, Collateral estoppel, Dismissal.  Perjury.  Homicide.       Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on May 26, 2011.   A motion to dismiss was heard by Richard T. Tucker, J.     Robert J. Bender, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth. Eric R. Wilson for the defendant.     VUONO, J.  The issue in this case concerns the proper application of the doctrine of collateral estoppel, as embodied in the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and in Massachusetts statutes and common law.  See Ashe v. Swenson, 397 U.S. 436 (1970); Commonwealth v. Benson, 389 Mass. 473 (1983).  See also G. L. c. 263, § 7; Commonwealth v. Leggett, 82 Mass. App. Ct. 730, 734 (2012). In 2011, nearly forty-two years after the body of fifteen year old John McCabe was found in a field near the railroad tracks in the city of Lowell, the defendant, Michael Ferreira, and Walter Shelley each were indicted by a grand jury on one count of murder.  A third individual, Edward Brown, was indicted on one count of manslaughter.[1]  The defendant also was charged with perjury arising from allegedly false testimony he gave on April 16, 2008, before a grand jury investigating the murder, specifically, testimony denying any knowledge of what happened to McCabe.[2]  Following a jury trial on the murder indictment at which Brown testified for the Commonwealth pursuant to a cooperation agreement, the defendant was acquitted.  In a separate trial, Shelley was convicted of murder in the first degree by extreme atrocity and cruelty. After his acquittal, the defendant moved to dismiss the perjury indictment on the ground of collateral estoppel.  He asserted that the not guilty verdict was based on the jury’s rejection of Brown’s testimony and claimed that, because the Commonwealth could not prove the perjury charge without presenting Brown’s testimony, the Commonwealth is estopped from prosecuting the perjury charge.  In a thoughtful memorandum of decision and order, a Superior Court judge (motion judge), who was not the trial judge, allowed the motion, from which the Commonwealth now appeals.[3]  Because we conclude that the defendant failed to satisfy his […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - October 14, 2016 at 4:48 pm

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Ferreira v. Chrysler Group LLC, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-098-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108-1750;  (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us     SJC‑11450   MATTHEW FERREIRA  vs.  CHRYSLER GROUP LLC & another.[1] Bristol.     February 6, 2014.  ‑  June 11, 2014. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.   Indemnity.  Motor Vehicle, Defect, Dealer, Franchise.  Statute, Construction.  Negligence, Defective product, Design, Manufacturer of motor vehicle, Retailer.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on December 4, 2009.   Cross claims were heard by Richard T. Moses, J., on motions for summary judgment.   After review by the Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court granted leave to obtain further appellate review.     Sara A. Decatur Judge (Paul Marshall Harris with her) for Somerset Auto Group. Keith B. Rose (Mark W. Skanes with him) for Chrysler Group LLC.       GANTS, J.  The issue on appeal is one of statutory construction:  under what circumstances does a motor vehicle manufacturer owe a duty under G. L. c. 93B, § 8 (a), to defend a motor vehicle dealer against a claim “predicated upon the negligent design or manufacture of a new motor vehicle, or any part or component thereof?“  We conclude that a manufacturer owes such a statutory duty where a dealer promptly notifies it in writing that a claim has been asserted alleging damages arising from a defective motor vehicle or part caused solely by the fault or neglect of the manufacturer, and not by any fault or neglect of the dealer.  Because the plaintiff’s allegations here alleged the fault or neglect of both the manufacturer and the dealer, the manufacturer did not have a duty to defend under § 8 (a), in the circumstances of this case. Background.  The plaintiff, Matthew Ferreira, purchased a new Jeep Wrangler (Jeep) from the defendant Somerset Auto Group (Somerset) on April 7, 2007.  The vehicle was manufactured by the predecessor entity of the defendant Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler), and was subject to Chrysler’s limited warranty, which covered all costs for parts and labor necessary to repair any defects on the vehicle for a period of thirty-six months or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first. On September 25, 2009, Ferreira’s attorney sent a demand letter to Chrysler and Somerset alleging that the Jeep had been repaired at least six times and been out of service for forty-two days for unspecified “nonconformities that continue to exist.”   He alleged that Chrysler’s inability to repair the Jeep after six attempts despite […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 12, 2014 at 3:56 am

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