Smoke detectors save lives. According to estimates by the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration, U.S. home usage of smoke alarms rose from less than 10% in 1975 to at least 95% in 2000, while the number of home fire deaths was cut nearly in half. Although some of the decline in […]
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Discovery in the law refers to the pre-trial period in a lawsuit, governed by rules of procedure, during which the parties obtain evidence and information from each other to support their case or defend a claim. Parties generally may obtain discovery regarding any matter, not privileged, which is relevant to the subject matter of the […]
As discussed in a prior issue of Legal News (September 2014), the attorney-client privilege protects communications between a client and his or her attorney from disclosure. The classic formulation of the attorney-client privilege endorsed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is where legal advice of any kind is sought from a professional legal advisor in […]
Auto insurers in Massachusetts owe a duty to both the policy holder and any claimant under the policy. To the insured, an insurer owes a duty to defend and indemnify. An insurer also has a duty to promptly settle claims in which liability – fault and damages – is reasonably clear. In most case, an […]
Each auto insurance policy in Massachusetts requires that after an accident or loss, the named insured or anyone else covered under the policy must cooperate with the insurer in the investigation, settlement and defense of any claim or lawsuit. This mandatory cooperation is a contract obligation which means that the insurer can deny coverage based […]