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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.

The Collection of Zip Codes by Gas Stations and Massachusetts Consumer Protection

Massachusetts has enacted laws to protect consumers, including a law that prohibits a business from requiring personal identification information, other than that required by the issuer of the credit card, on the credit card transaction form. Mass. Gen. Laws. Ch. 93 ยง 105. A violation of Section 105 is deemed an unfair and deceptive trade practice under section 2 of Mass. Gen. Laws chapter 93A. Chapter 93A provides that a person who has been injured by an unfair and deceptive trade practice has the right to sue for damages and equitable relief.

Can An Online Reviewer Be Sued For Defamation For Posting A Negative Review?

As online review sites such as Yelp continue to grow in popularity, many users may wonder if a negative post can subject the user to a defamation lawsuit. This issue was recently addressed by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in CrossFit v. Mustapha.

Commercial Landlords Beware: Listen to Your Tenant's Complaints About Defects As A Court Has Ruled that You Can Be Liable For Double or Treble Damages

In a stern warning to commercial landlords, a Superior Court judge in Kuong, et al. v. Wong, et al., has ruled that a commercial landlord could be held liable for double or treble damages and attorney's fees under G.L. c. 93A, the consumer protection act, for his failure and neglect to remedy complaints of common area defects which were causing damage to leased units. 

Is Your Health Club Violating Massachusetts' Consumer Protection Laws?

Many Bostonians belong to health clubs, wellness centers, yoga centers or sports clubs while many others, at the very least, inquire about memberships. Did you know, in Massachusetts, there are specific legal protections for individuals who are considering joining a club and for those already members of these clubs and wellness centers?

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