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.

SJC Affirms Summary Judgment in Immigrant Entrepreneur Case

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has upheld a summary judgment in favor of Uyen Phan, a Vietnamese immigrant and Randolph property owner who had been sued following a 2017 murder outside a night club that was a tenant at the shopping plaza she owned. Pioneer Public Interest Law Center had filed an amicus brief on her behalf in the case.

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Minnesota Tax Foreclosure Scheme

The United States Supreme Court has struck down Minnesota’s tax foreclosure scheme, a ruling that could affect a Massachusetts case in which Worcester homeowner Carmen Rodriguez sued the city to invalidate a state statute that allows municipalities to confiscate people’s homes and equity when they fall behind on their real estate taxes.

Massachusetts High Court Strikes Down Town’s Civility Code as Unconstitutional

BOSTON, March 7, 2023 — In an opinion that reinforces political speech rights at public meetings throughout the Commonwealth, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has declared that Southborough’s civility code governing participation at public meetings violates Article 19 of the Massachusetts Constitution.

PioneerLegal Files Amicus Briefs in Cases That Challenge State Tax Foreclosure Laws

PioneerLegal, LLC has filed amicus briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear two related cases that test the constitutionality of Nebraska and Minnesota laws that permit the state, or a private debt collector as assignee, to take a private home, sell it, and keep the entire proceeds, even if the property sells for much more than the taxes, interest, and costs of collection due for unpaid taxes.

Public Interest Law Firm Sues to Allow Virtual School Students to Participate in High School Sports

PioneerLegal, a non-profit public interest law firm, has filed suit against the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) in Norfolk County Superior Court for prohibiting students at a public virtual school from playing on high school sports teams in the students’ home district.

MA Court Misses Opportunity To Reaffirm A Core Pillar Of Democracy

Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court missed an opportunity to reaffirm a basic tenet of American government: An informed electorate is necessary for a healthy democracy. The SJC’s decision will prevent Massachusetts voters from having an accurate description of the tax hike amendment to the state Constitution when they cast their ballots in November.

PioneerLegal Applauds Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Carson v. Makin

PioneerLegal applauds today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carson v. Makin striking down a Maine law that allows districts without their own public schools to contract with or reimburse the families of students who attend private or public schools located elsewhere, but which explicitly excludes religious schools.

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

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 filed an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit challenging the Attorney General’s summary language.

New Pioneer Institute Law Center to Focus on Educational Opportunity, Economic Freedom, and Accountable Government

Pioneer Institute is pleased to announce the formation of PioneerLegal, the first non-profit, public interest law firm of its kind in New England, to defend and promote educational options, accountable government and economic opportunity across the Northeast.

Pioneer Institute Files Amicus Curiae Brief in U.S. Supreme Court School Choice Case

Pioneer Institute filed an amicus brief in Carson v. Makin, in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that Maine’s “nonsectarian” requirement for otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments to parents violates the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.

Pioneer Institute Files Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Hear School Choice Case

Pioneer Institute today announced that it has submitted an amicus curiae urging the United States Supreme Court to hear Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which challenges a state constitutional amendment marked by religious bias.


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