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Massachusetts law about corporations

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on corporations law.

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St. 2020, c.53, §§ 15-16  as amended by St.2021, c.20, §§ 3-5
Eases some meeting requirements during COVID-19 through December 15, 2021

Massachusetts laws

Massachusetts regulations

950 CMR 113 The Massachusetts Business Corporation Act, MGL c. 156D


Selected case law

1A Auto, Inc. v. Director of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, 480 Mass. 423 (2018)
Under G.L. c. 55, § 8, corporations may not make contributions to political candidates or their campaigns.

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010)
"The Government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker's corporate identity. No sufficient governmental interest justifies limits on the political speech of nonprofit or for-profit corporations."

Varney Enterprises, Inc. v. WMF, Inc., 402 Mass. 79 (1988) 
"In this case, we hold that, except for small claim matters, a corporation may not be represented in judicial proceedings by a corporate officer who is not an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth." The case interprets MGL c.221 s.46, Practice of law by corporations; prohibition; exception.

Web sources


Benefit corporations

Nonprofit corporations

Print sources



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Last updated: October 18, 2021