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Recent Developments in Design Defect Liability Cases Under Connecticut Products Liability Act

by Kelly Petter Connecticut Supreme Court’s 2016 decisions in Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Bifolck v. Philip Morris Inc. modified and clarified existing law regarding design defect lawsuits.. read more

Hassett and Warren’s Successful Interlocutory Appeal Featured in Lawyer’s Weekly

New Guidance Given on Motions to Sever, Stay By: Kris Olson of Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly November 9, 2017 An Appeals Court single justice recently provided what may be the clearest.. read more

Hassett and Ober’s Appeals Court Win Featured in Lawyer’s Weekly

Negligence – Car accident – Voir dire Appeals Court (Unpublished) By: Tom Egan of Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly January 18, 2017 Where, after the plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident, the.. read more

Dealy and Hassett featured in DRI’s The Voice

Attorneys John Dealy and David Hassett were recently featured in DRI’s The Voice in connection with summary judgment affirmed by the Massachusetts Appeals Court in a wrongful death action: DRI-And.. read more

Summary Judgment / Auto Dealership Not An Agent of Financing Company in Auto Repossession Case

Attorney Kelly A. Byron successfully obtained summary judgment in Fairfield Superior Court on behalf of an automobile dealership in an action stemming from a contested auto repossession. The plaintiff brought.. read more

Two Defense Verdicts in Separate Injury Actions Involving Same Plaintiff

Over the course of several months, Attorney Gerard T. Donnelly secured two defense verdicts in Hampden Superior Court in two separate actions involving the same plaintiff. The first trial involved.. read more

A Guide to Basic Connecticut Law – NEW

Hassett & Donnelly, P.C. has released its new publication, A Guide to Basic Connecticut Law.  To view the Table of Contents and excerpts, click here: A Guide to Basic Connecticut Law… read more

A Guide to Basic Massachusetts Law – Updated

Hassett & Donnelly, P.C. has updated its publication, A Guide to Basic Massachusetts Law.  To view the Table of Contents and excerpts, click here: A Guide to Basic Massachusetts Law… read more

Bona Fide Personnel Actions in Massachusetts

By: John M. Dealy and Michael S. Melville On October 12, 2013, the Massachusetts Appeals Court decided In re Upton’s Case, which reversed the Commonwealth’s Reviewing Board, and clarified that.. read more

News Alert: SJC Addresses Application of Strict Liability Statute

SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT ADDRESSES STRICT LIABILITY STATUTE WHERE BUILDING CODE VIOLATIONS ALLEGED The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has handed down its decision in the case of Sheehan v. Weaver, SJC -11395.. read more