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MAINE LAW UPDATE | Topics: (premises liability, proximate causation)
This lawsuit arose out of an incident that took place when the plaintiff and his wife traveled to Maine to attend an event at which they were to be honored. The couple made arrangements to stay at the Maine Farmhouse, a guesthouse owned and operated by the defendant in Bryant Pond, Maine. During their stay, the plaintiff awoke one morning to the sound of a loud crash. He ran out of his room to find his wife lying on a landing of the staircase near their bedroom. His wife was transported to the hospital and died the next day from her injuries. The plaintiff sued the defendant for negligence and wrongful death under 18-A M.R.S. § 2-804 (2015), alleging that the guesthouse was “unreasonably dangerous, in part because the staircase in the bedroom did not conform to applicable safety standards, and that the defects were the proximate cause of [his wife’s] fatal injuries.”
Jurisdiction: Plymouth Superior Court – Plymouth, Massachusetts
Shareholders Scott Carroll and John Tilley recently obtained summary judgment in Plymouth Superior Court from a claim involving significant damages caused by an alleged trip and fall at a Boston business park. The landlord of the premises sought for our client, a tenant of the business park, to defend and indemnify it from the plaintiff’s claims pursuant to an indemnity provision in a lease agreement.
During the pendency of the case, Attorneys Carroll and Tilley identified and raised the affirmative defense that the indemnity provision was void pursuant to a state statute that prohibits a tenant from indemnifying a landlord for the landlord’s own negligence. Thereafter, on summary judgment, Attorneys Carroll and Tilley successfully argued that the indemnity provision within the lease was void pursuant to this statue and obtained a separate and final judgment in favor of their client.
Boyle | Shaughnessy Law is pleased to announce Thomas H. Houlihan, Jr., Laura D. Devine, Brian D. Doherty, Thomas G. Hodgkins, and Jonathan P. Killeen have become shareholders of the firm.
Thomas H. Houlihan, Jr. works in the firm’s Hartford office. His practice concentrates in the areas of motor vehicle, commercial transportation litigation, premises liability, products liability, and catastrophic injury.
Laura D. Devine is based in the Manchester office of Boyle | Shaughnessy Law. Her state and federal practice concentrates in commercial litigation, which includes transportation, construction, premises liability, blasting, bad faith litigation, professional malpractice, and appeals.
Brian P. Doherty works in the Worcester office of Boyle | Shaughnessy Law with a state and federal practice focused on commercial and business litigation, Chapter 93A claims, and liability defense.
Thomas G. Hodgkins practices in the Boston office of Boyle | Shaughnessy Law. His practice concentrates on civil litigation, construction law, and liability defense.
Jonathan P. Killeen’s Manchester based practice is concentrated on personal injury litigation that includes motor vehicle accidents, commercial transportation accidents, dram shop, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, premises liability, and products liability. Jonathan also is experienced in matters involving defamation, contract disputes, and professional liability.
Boyle | Shaughnessy Law is unique among medium-sized firms because of its dedication to defense litigation. Our Attorneys have the technological capability to represent our clients in all types of disputes, from the simplest to the most complex. We have the experience to resolve disputes, large or small, without unnecessary expense. Additionally, we have extensive trial experience. Our Attorneys are admitted in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. We also have several attorneys who are admitted in Maine, New York, California, Florida, and Illinois. Our firm, as well as many of our senior attorneys, have been awarded the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating of “AV” and are listed in Best’s Directory. Please clink on an attorney’s personal page for more information.