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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
July 01, 2018

Federal Judge Asks SJC to Consider Asbestos Exception to Statute of Repose

A Massachusetts Federal judge has invited the state’s highest court to weigh in on her opinion that a statute of repose should not be applied to bar personal injury claims arising from asbestos exposure.
June 01, 2018

The Fine Lines of Insurance Coverage

In Wilson Puente v. Progressive Northwestern Insurance Company, the Connecticut Appellate Court found that a pedestrian who was struck near the vehicle he had just exited, as he was intending to walk across a parking lot . . .