Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA)

Public Law 109-2: Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) requires parties who propose federal class action settlements to give notice of their proposed settlement to the U.S. Attorney or appropriate federal official and "appropriate state officials." If the defendant is not licensed by a state agency, the "appropriate state official" is the Attorney General. See 28 U.S.C. § 1715. Please send the CAFA Notice to the Massachusetts Attorney General by addressing it to:

Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley
ATTN: CAFA Coordinator/General Counsel's Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

Claims Against the Commonwealth

Claims against the Commonwealth caused by the "negligent or wrongful act or omission of any public employee while acting within the scope of his office or employment" must be presented in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 258, the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act. One efficient way to comply with these provisions is to complete the Presentment Claim Form and submit it to this office at the address below, along with any additional supporting documents you may have. Supporting documents may include:

  • a copy of a police accident report;
  • the registration number of the Commonwealth vehicle involved;
  • any bills or estimates for property damage or personal injury claimed.

Please complete the Presentment Claim Form and print it out.

Mail a copy of your completed form and any supporting documents to:

Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley
Trial Division
One Ashburton Place, 18th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Questions about how to submit a presentment claim can be directed to the Trial Division at 617-727-2200, Ext. 2350 or Ext. 2549.

Please be aware that the AGO cannot provide legal advice to any individual and cannot act as an individual's attorney. If you have questions concerning the specific application or interpretation of the law, we suggest that you consult a private attorney.

Please also be aware that, under most circumstances, your presentment claim will be considered a public record and will be available to any member of the public upon request.