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January 01, 2019

A Snub to Today’s Families or Proper Contractual Interpretation?

The decision of Derrick Martins Oliveira v. The Commerce Insurance Company, Appeals Court No. 17-P-757, was only handed down on October 23, 2018, but has already created waves across the insurance community.
December 01, 2018

Workers’ Compensation Statute Protects Employees Who File Third Party Negligence Claims

On November 16, 2018, in Ileana Bermudez v. Dielectrics, Inc. the Massachusetts Appeals Court held that, just as an employer may not terminate an employee in retaliation for exercising the right to recover benefits under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation statute.
October 01, 2018

Mode of Operation Claims under Massachusetts Law

In Sheehan v. Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Inc., 448 Mass. 780, 788 (2007) and Sarkisian v. Concept Restaurants, Inc., 471 Mass. 679, 783 (2015), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had adopted the “mode of operation” approach to premises liability claims.
September 01, 2018

Sexual Harassment in the Courthouse

In Cagle v. Estes, the First Circuit ruled on what even plaintiff’s counsel considered a “close call” concerning whether the allegations in the Complaint were sufficient to establish that an employer knew or should have known about the hostile work environment in which its employee worked.
August 01, 2018

Massachusetts Poised to Become the Sixth State with Mandatory Paid Family Leave

On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed landmark House Bill 4640, “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave, and the Sales Tax Holiday,” affecting all employers in the Commonwealth.  Effective January 1, 2021, Massachusetts will join the growing number of s