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    Massachusetts Supreme Court Holds Suffering and Pain Damages Exempt from Insurers’ Lien

    Pursuant to Massachusetts law, individuals who obtain workers’ compensation are prohibited from suing their bosses for the same injuries. However, employees may sue other parties for damages. When an individual receives damages from another party, the insurer is permitted to put a lien on these damages for the total of what the insurer compensated the […]

    Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds Affidavits Need Not Be Certified by Spanish Interpreter

    The Massachusetts Court of Appeals recently held that affidavits of Spanish-language speakers are not procedurally barred if they aren’t certified by a Spanish interpreter.Plaintiff Yepes sued C.H. Newton Builders and its subcontractors for negligence after he fell on the job. On the morning of September 7, 2010, Yepes and his coworker assembled scaffolding in a Winchester […]

    Massachusetts Smokers Get $4.9 Million from Philip Morris

    In June 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of deceptive terms such as “mild,” “low tar,” and “light” in the marketing and sale of cigarettes. The FDA reasoned tobacco companies had been promoting a decades-long lie that some cigarettes are less harmful to discourage smokers from quitting. This deception, the FDA […]