Civil Litigation

Hutchins Law provides strategic, customized methods to resolve disputes for our clients. Knowing that litigation can sometimes be costly, our overall goal is to solve problems efficiently, leveraging every opportunity to negotiate favorable results.

How & When to File A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

In the recent case of Arsenault v. Bhattacharya, Mass. App. Ct. No. 15-P-197, August 3, 2016, a woman who began receiving cortisone injections in her wrist in 2008, and continued receiving them in 2009 and 2010, later having multiple surgeries on that same wrist in 2010 and 2011, filed a medical malpractice action in 2013 […]

Stop Bothering Me! How to Get and Renew a Harassment Order

Harassment Prevention Orders (“HPO”) are similar to Restraining Orders (“RO”) in the sense that both orders require an offending individual to stay away and not contact the complaining victim. Generally both orders are issued for one year at a time, and then require that the complaining victim return to court and request that the order […]

It’s Called “Security Deposit” for a Reason. But is it Security for the Landlord or the Tenant?

Landlords in Massachusetts should sit up and pay attention. A recent decision from the Supreme Judicial Court illustrates yet another potential consequence (in addition to the already widely known potential for treble damages, costs and attorney’s fees) for mismanagement of a tenant’s security deposit. See Meikle v. Nurse, SJC-11859, slip op. (April 27, 2016). In […]

Don’t Dance and Drink

You’re at a club; you’re on the dance floor; people are dancing with drinks in their hands; your foot hits a wet spot; and as a result of the fall, your leg gets broken. Is the club responsible for your injury? In Sarkisian v. Concept Restaurants, Inc., the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced an expansion […]

Using Craigslist as a Weapon

Craigslist is a popular online venue for all kinds of transactions and advertisements. But one Massachusetts couple recently found themselves on the guilty end of a criminal harassment conviction after using the site as a vehicle for cyber-harassment. And the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed their convictions in its decision: Commonwealth v. Willam P. (& Gail […]

“What?! Grandma Left Everything to Cousin Joe?!”

The death of a parent is difficult enough. But the pain of that loss is often magnified when suspicions arise or are confirmed that someone (often another family member) unduly influenced[1] the dying parent, and caused them to execute or alter estate planning documents in such a way as to generously benefit one person, potentially […]

Holding Attorneys Accountable

Have you ever had to deal with a difficult attorney? Did you ever wonder what it would take for the judge to punish that attorney, by making the attorney pay legal fees?

No Really; I Promise To Pay You. (Yeah, Right!)

In another time, a man’s word was his bond. Today, it’s preferred to get a “man’s word,” in writing, as opposed to relying on his oral promise. Nonetheless, our legal system still provides for enforcement of a verbal guarantee. See Barrie-Chivian & another v. Lepler, Mass. App. Ct., No. 14-P-780, slip.op. (July 31, 2015)

Security Deposit Law in Massachusetts

Security deposits can be a major source of frustration for both landlords and tenants. A would-be immigrant family from China recently found themselves fighting over their security deposit and last month’s rent in Massachusetts courts, following a failed attempt to send their kids to Massachusetts schools. See Karaa v. Yim, Mass. App. Ct, No. 14-P-17, […]

Slip & Fall On School Property: Parent/Teacher Conferences Make All The Difference!

With winter cold settling in here in Massachusetts, it is time to get the snow blowers, shovels, and ice melt ready! But what about area schools? What obligation do cities have to keep schools and other municipal properties snow- and ice-free? One Massachusetts parent took that issue to the Supreme Judicial Court. See Wilkins v. […]