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June 2016 Archives

Massachusetts Contractor May Be Liable for Building Code Violation at Owner's Request

Massachusetts law protects homeowners from contractors who violate the safety provisions of the building code.  Unfortunately, meeting safety requirements can add to the expense of a construction or home improvement project.  Homeowners may sometimes ask contractors to cut corners to lower the cost of the project.  The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently considered whether a conblog-img3.jpgtractor could use the homeowners' instructions as a defense to liability for violating a building code requirement in the case of Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co.

Massachusetts Contractor May Be Liable for Building Code Violation at Owner's Request

Massachusetts law protects homeowners from contractors who violate the safety provisions of the building code. Unfortunately, meeting safety requirements can add to the expense of a construction or home improvement project. Homeowners may sometimes ask contractors to cut corners to lower the cost of the project. The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently considered whether a contractor could use the homeowners' instructions as a defense to liability for violating a building code requirement in the case of Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co.

District Court of Massachusetts Finds General Liability Policy Doesn't Cover Injury to Sub-Subcontractor Employee

It is important for any business to be appropriately insured against loss and liability. A failure to have sufficient insurance can result in the business paying for not only the damages but also the expenses of litigation out-of-pocket. 

Massachusetts Employment Retaliation Claims Can Mean Treble Damages

Employee claims, whether based on allegations of wage and hour laws or discrimination, can sour a workplace. Nevertheless, retaliation against an employee who has made a complaint is not the answer. State and federal laws can make terminating an employee or imposing other adverse consequences because of a complaint or claim for an employment law violation very costly. In fact, even if the employer articulates a legitimate reason for the termination, a retaliation claim may still succeed if the fact-finder determines it was a pretext. file000229353560-225x300.jpg

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