Entries by Chris Sinacola

Public Interest Law Firms File Direct Action with SJC to Enjoin Use of ‘Equity Theft’ Law

The Pioneer Public Interest Law Center and Greater Boston Legal Services have filed an action with Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) to enjoin the City of Springfield from foreclosing on a home because of an unpaid tax bill without returning more than $200,000 in equity to the homeowner. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tyler v. Hennepin County that any surplus beyond the tax debt in such cases must be returned to the homeowner, rendering Massachusetts’ law unconstitutional and unenforceable.

PioneerLegal Amicus Brief Supports Court Challenge to Attorney General’s Misleading Wording of the Proposed Tax Hike Amendment

BOSTON – To ensure that Massachusetts voters will have an accurate description of the tax hike amendment to the state Constitution when they cast their ballots in November, PioneerLegal has filed an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit challenging the Attorney General’s summary language and “yes”/”no” statements that describe the amendment. The suit will be heard by the […]

PPILC Board Member Jon Albano Honored

Jonathan Albano, a partner with Morgan Lewis and a member of the board for Pioneer Public Interest Law Center, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement award as part of law.com’s inaugural New England Legal Awards. The awards honor professional excellence among the legal professional throughout New England.

Working for Judicial Reform in Ukraine

For more than a year, the world has witnessed Ukraine’s military struggle to push back a major Russian invasion. But another struggle that is vital to Ukraine’s future has been unfolding for several years—the effort to reform the nation’s judiciary, root out corruption, and help Ukraine secure its place as a nation dedicated to the rule of law.

Fighting to End Unconstitutional Equity Theft

On May 26, 2023, the United States Supreme Court in Tyler v. Hennepin County struck down Minnesota’s tax foreclosure scheme. The unanimous ruling is expected to impact a Massachusetts case filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in which homeowner Carmen Rodriguez sued the City of Worcester and a tax lien buyer, Tallage Davis, LLC, seeking to invalidate a state statute that allows municipalities to confiscate people’s homes — including all the equity built up over many years — when they fall behind on their real estate taxes. 

PPILC Spotlights Judicial Reform in Ukraine

On Thursday, June 15, Pioneer Public Interest Law Center will host “Judicial Reform in Ukraine: A Challenge That Must Be Met,” featuring Justice Robert J. Cordy (ret.) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, on his experiences with the Ukrainian Judicial Ethics Council.


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