Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court News

Mass. High Court Applies 6-Year Limit to Asbestos Illness Claims

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a statute of repose barring many construction-related personal injury claims after a time limit of six years also applies to claims involving diseases with extended latency periods, such as asbestos-related illnesses. The …

Mass. SJC: Independent Contractor Statute Doesn’t Apply in Workers’ Comp Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled the state’s independent contractor statute does not determine whether a claimant is an employee eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in a case that has led to questions about worker misclassification. “Worker misclassification …

Massachusetts Court Says Teens Not Liable Under Social Host Law

The highest court in Massachusetts ruled Tuesday that teenagers who host underage drinking parties but do not supply alcohol cannot be held civilly liable if one of their guests gets hurt. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled in a case involving …