HMDR&S is a client-focused litigation firm providing the highest level personal service and representation to leading corporations, hospitals, employers, insurance companies and individuals. Our clients consistently rely on us for expert counsel, value driven results and a sophisticated, in depth understanding of their complex tort liability, construction, healthcare, employment, real estate and licensing matters. From pre-suit counsel through litigation, trial and appeal when necessary, and with more than 100 years of combined trial experience among the Partners, we are uniquely qualified to manage the defense of all matters from a substantive legal perspective, but also from a cost and strategy orientation as well. We stand ready to effectively pursue and champion your critical business and litigation objectives.
Trouble Next Door
Massachusetts homeowners have rights that allow them to protect their property against a neighbor’s encroaching tree or shrubbery. However, these rights are limited, as detailed by a recent Appeals Court decision and the civil penalty for running afoul of the law is surprisingly substantial. In determining whether pruning the top of trees planted as a privacy screen constituted destruction of the trees in Joseph v. Nathonson, the trial judge instructed the jury that the term “destroy” includes “to ruin completely, to ruin the structure, organic existence or condition of a thing, to demolish, to injure or mutilate beyond possibility of use." To read more from our latest legal bulletin by Sheila Giovannini, click here.
New mandatory sick time law for all Massachusetts employers effective July 1, 2015.
With the passage of Ballot Question 4 during last November’s election, beginning on July 1, 2015, any person or business in Massachusetts that pays wages for services is required to provide sick time to their employees. Under the provisions of the new law, Mass. Gen. L. c. 149 §148C, all employees must receive one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employees will be entitled to earn and use a maximum of 40 hours per calendar year. Employees are not entitled to use sick time until 90 days after their date of hire. To read more from our latest legal bulletin by Matt Grygorcewicz, click here.
Shea Keynote Speaker at Willis' National Products Liability Law Webinar
Rick Shea was honored to serve as the keynote speaker for Willis’ Risk Control and Claims Management national webinar presentation on “Products Liability Law and Claims Practice.” This webinar was attended by general counsel, risk managers, claims professional, as well as retail, manufacturing and sales representatives throughout the country.”
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