June 01, 2016

Two Recent MA Decisions Address the Recreational Use Statute

The Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 21, § 17C, was enacted in 1972 “to encourage landowners to permit broad, public, free use of land for recreational purposes by limiting their obligations to lawful visitors under common law.”
May 23, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor Updated Overtime Regulations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor published The Final Rule, which updated overtime regulations.
May 23, 2016

Update on Constructive Discharge Limitations Period for Federal Employees

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the limitations period for a federal employee’s constructive discharge claim under federal law.
May 01, 2016

SJC Addresses Dram Shop Affidavit Standard

On April 28, 2016, the Supreme Judicial Court addressed the standard of review for the affidavit that a plaintiff must file along with the complaint in a “dram shop” lawsuit in compliance with G.L. c. 231, § 60J.  In Bayless v. TTS Trio Corp, (Appeal No.
April 01, 2016

SJC Rules That Workers’ Compensation Lien Does Not Apply To Pain And Suffering

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that a workers’ compensation insurer’s lien does not extend to damages allocated to an employee’s pain and suffering as part of a third party settlement. The decision in DiCarlo vs. Suffolk Construction.