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Recent Trends in MA Tort Law

There have been a few tort cases decided recently by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts which reflect a more "consumer friendly" approach by our highest court.  Specifically, the following cases are relevant examples of this: 1)  the Sheehan v. Roche Brothers case which has made the notice prerequisite in slip/trip and fall cases in commercial/retail stores easier to satisfy;   2)  the Papadopoulos v. Taget Corp. case which has made it easier to prove wrongdoing against a landowner in a snow/ice case;  and 3)   the Soederberg v. Concord Green case which has eliminated the open and obvious defense in certain types of cases.

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