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If the appellate court shall determine that an appeal is frivolous, it may award just damages and single or double costs to the appellee, and such interest on the amount of the judgment as may be allowed by law.
(1979) Rule 25 is limited to civil cases.
(1973) Appellate Rule 25, taken from F.R.A.P. 38, allows the court to award damages and appropriate costs if it determines that an appeal was taken frivolously. See Oscar Gruss & Son v. Lumberman’s Mutual Casualty Co., 422 F.2d 1278, 1283-1284 (2d Cir.1970). This is new to Massachusetts practice.