Updated August 24, 2020
The Business Litigation Session (“BLS”) of the Massachusetts Superior Court has adopted its own procedural order governing partial dispositive motion, including motions for partial summary judgment. That order requires parties to confer with each other and with the judge before they file any motions that will be only partially dispositive of the case. According to the BLS, some such motions “consume substantial amounts of the court’s and the parties’ time and resources but often do not substantially reduce the length of the litigation or trial.”
Under the procedural order, a party moving for partial summary judgment is required to confer with the opposing party and with the judge before filing any motions that will be only partially dispositive of the case. The moving party must file a Certificate of Compliance with the motion package that details the steps taken by the parties to comply with this procedural order.