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October 01, 2015

SJC Finds that a Public Utility’s Tariff Limits Liability in Gross Negligence Case

Recently, in Maryland Casualty Co. v. NSTAR Electric Co., the SJC held that an approved tariff can limit a public utility company’s liability for consequential damages, including business losses, that resulted from gross negligence.
August 01, 2015

Two Recent MA Decisions Expand Application of Mode of Operations Approach

Recently, Massachusetts appellate courts have expanded the “mode of operation” exception to the standard notice requirement in premises liability cases.
July 01, 2015

RI Supreme Court Adopts Broad Interpretation of “Resident” for Homeowners Policy

For the first time, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has considered the question of when an individual may be considered an insured “resident” within the scope of coverage under a homeowners policy.
June 01, 2015

New Earned Sick Time Law in MA

Massachusetts’ new earned “sick time” law takes effect on July 1, 2015. The new law requires employers with 11 or more employees to grant their employees, full or part-time, the right to accrue paid sick leave up to 40 hours per year.
May 01, 2015

Employers Must Re-Examine Accommodation Policies for Employees

There has been a flurry of activity recently in the area of workplace accommodations, both regarding individuals who suffer from a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as individuals who are pregnant.