Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court News

Mass. SJC Rules 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 …

Former Genitrix Board Members, Investors Not Liable Under Mass. Wage Act

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (SJC) has ruled that two former board members and investors in a limited liability company are not liable for failing to pay the LLC’s former president, in a case that the SJC called “quite …

Exxon Takes Climate-Change Probe Fight to Massachusetts Top Court

Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts’ top court on Tuesday to block the state’s attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change. A lawyer for …

Mass. Court Says Suspended Public Employee Can Receive Workers’ Comp

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an injured public employee is still eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits after being suspended from employment. The court concluded that workers’ compensation benefits are not compensation as defined in the state’s …

Massachusetts Court Sides with Norfolk & Dedham in Personal Injury Suit

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld a Superior Court decision that defendant, Norfolk & Dedham Mutual Fire Insurance Co., did not engage in unfair settlement practices in its handling of a personal injury claim. The court also reversed the portions …

Massachusetts Top Court Rules on Damages for Injured Workers

Massachusetts’ highest court recently ruled in a case of first impression that a workers’ compensation insurer is not entitled to a lien on the money awarded to claimants for pain and suffering. This ruling from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court …

Massachusetts High Court Rules for Horace Mann in Policy Reformation Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court, recently ruled in favor of an insurance carrier in a case involving a mutual misunderstanding by both the homeowners policyholder and an insurance agent. The case involved a homeowners policy written …

Mass. High Court Upholds Charging Fees for Traffic Ticket Appeals

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that charging filing fees to residents appealing traffic tickets does not violate equal protection. The Sept. 21 decision affirms the lower court’s ruling. The court said it is upholding filing fees for appealing traffic …