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Class action notices and claims against the Commonwealth

Learn about adhering to the Class Action Fairness Act and the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act

Class Action Fairness Act

The 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.

Please send the CAFA Notice to the Massachusetts Attorney General by addressing it to:

Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
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 Massachusetts Tort Claims Act.

You can efficiently comply with the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act by completing the Presentment Claim Form and submitting it to the Attorney General’s Office at the address below, along with any additional supporting documents you may have.

Download the Presentment Claim Form

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.

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

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

You can call the Attorney General’s Trial Division at (617) 963-2350 with questions about submitting a presentment claim form.

Please be aware that the Attorney General's Office 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, 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

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