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Is There an Exception to The Statute of Repose?

By on May 15, 2018
Personal Injury Claims

Massachusetts law sets a six-year limit during which any tort action alleging deficiency or neglect in “the design, planning, construction, or general administration of an improvement to real property” must be commenced. The six-year clock begins to run upon substantial completion of the improvement. Unlike a statute of limitation, a statute of repose cannot be […]

The Component Parts Doctrine in Massachusetts Product Liability Cases

By on December 15, 2017

A recent Appeals Court case affirms that in a Massachusetts Product Liability Case, as a general rule, the manufacturer of a non-defective component part has no duty to warn of risks posed by the assembled product that arise out of the addition of other components and the decisions made, and actions taken, by downstream actors, […]

Design Defects & Expert Evidence

By on November 28, 2017
When Expert Evidence is Necessary

In Massachusetts, to establish a product’s liability claim for defective design a plaintiff must show that the manufacturer of a product “failed to exercise reasonable care to eliminate avoidable or foreseeable dangers to the user of the product.” A defective design case thus requires proof that the product is not reasonably safe for its intended […]