• SJC Decides A Forest Is Tax-Exempt

    … In a decision issued last week, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled that New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. (NEFF) is a qualifying charitable organization whose forest land is exempt from property taxes under M.G.L. c. 59, § 5, clause third. In so ruling, the SJC reversed a contrary decision of the state Appellate Tax Board (ATB). NEFF…

    Donald Pinto/ Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 22 readers -
  • Recent Rulings on More Foreclosure Foibles

    … In the last few weeks the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) decided two more cases dealing with the effects of botched foreclosure sales. The more important decision is U.S. Bank National Association v. Schumacher (pdf). Schumacher arises from M.G.L. c. 244, §35A, which the Legislature enacted in 2007 in response to the foreclosure crisis…

    Gordon Orloff/ Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 30 readers -