Appellate Decisions

       
 

SRBC has a deep history of work on high-stakes and complex appeals. For a detailed description of our appellate practice, look here. Because we think this heritage exemplifies the depth of experience and sophistication we bring to bear for every client, we offer below a list of published decisions in appeals we have handled during the past five-plus decades. The list is, of course, not all-inclusive, as cases are often resolved on appeal before a decision is issued. But it may serve as a useful guide nonetheless.

  • Christensen v. Thornton, 83 Mass.App.Ct. 1133 (2013) (appeal from dismissal of claims in product-liability case involving industrial fan)
  • Regis College v. Town of Weston, 462 Mass. 280 (2012) (appeal by private college seeking declaration that proposed development of residential and educational facilities was exempt from local zoning laws)
  • Ware Real Estate LLC v. Town of Ware, 81 Mass.App.Ct. 1120 (2012) (appeal by town from trial court victory by owners of construction-and-demolition waste-recycling facility)
  • Osorio v. One World Technologies Inc., 659 F.3d 81 (1st Cir. 2011) (product liability case involving "SawStop" table-saw technology and product "category liability")
  • Vargas-Rivera v. Sears Roebuck and Co., 79 Mass. App. Ct. 1107 (2011) (appeal from dismissal of case involving alleged electric shock from escalator)
  • Lemos v. Electrolux North America, Inc., 78 Mass. App. Ct. 376 (2010) (appeal from dismissal of unfair-insurance-practices claims against product manufacturer and captive insurer)
  • Davagian v. Cape Codder Condominium Trust, 77 Mass. App. Ct. 1104 (2010) (challenge to conduct of condominium trustees in conditioning disbursal of insurance proceeds on execution of release)
  • Pierce v. Pierce, 455 Mass. 286 (2009) (case of first impression addressing effect of spouse's retirement at customary age on obligation to pay alimony)
  • Visible Systems Corp. v. Unisys Corp., 551 F.3d 65 (1st Cir. 2008) (trademark dispute between Massachusetts software maker and technology-consulting company)
  • Hingham Mutual Fire Ins. Co. v. Mercurio, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 21 (2008)
  • Pierce v. Morrison Mahoney LLP, 452 Mass. 718 (2008) (business litigation - representation of former law firm partners in dispute over their partnership interests after their departure from the firm)
  • Bank v. Thermo Elemental, Inc., 451 Mass. 638 (2008) (successful pursuit of contractual indemnity claim and environmental response cost recovery action)
  • Friends and Fishers of the Edgartown Great Pond Inc. v. Department of Environmental Protection, et al., 2006 WL 1487012 (June 2006) (environmental law – groundwater discharge permit)
  • National Casualty Co. v. First State Ins. Group, 430 F.3d 492 (1st Cir. 2005) (reinsurance - Federal Arbitration Act)
  • Safety Ins. Co. v. Day, 65 Mass. App. Ct. 15 (2005) (insurance law - estoppel)
  • Sevigny v. Employers Insurance of Wausau, 411 F.3d 24 (1st Cir. 2005) (reinsurance - insolvency)
  • Phelan v. May Dept. Stores, 443 Mass. 52 (2004) (employment law - defamation)
  • Gillespie v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 386 F.3d 21 (1st Cir. 2004) (products liability – table saw)
  • Clarendon Nat. Ins. Co. v. Arbella Mut. Ins. Co., 60 Mass. App. Ct. 492 (2004) (insurance coverage)
  • Levenson v. Feuer, 60 Mass. App. Ct. 428 (2004) (probate litigation/professional liability)
  • Lavalee v. Justice in Hampden Superior Court, 442 Mass. 228 (2004) (pro bono– right to counsel, amicus brief)
  • Chicago Insurance Co. v. Lappin, 58 Mass. App. Ct. 769 (2003) (insurance law - rescission of professional liability policy)
  • Massachusetts Prisoner Ass’n Political Action Committee v. Acting Governor, 435 Mass. 811 (2002) (pro bono, challenge to prohibition against fundraising in prisons)
  • McCracken v. Sears, Roebuck & Co, 51 Mass. App. Ct. 184 (2001) (employment law - worker’s compensation claim)
  • Grant v. Hexalon Real Estate, Inc., 51 Mass. App. Ct. 1111 (2001) (business – interpretation of subcontractor indemnity statute)
  • In re: Canavan, 432 Mass. 304 (2000) (product liability – admissibility of expert testimony, amicus)
  • In re Admission to Bar of Com., 431 Mass. 678 (2000) (bar admissions)
  • Graham v. Malone Freight Lines, Inc., 201 F.3d 427 (1st Cir. 1999) (commercial trucking liability –ICC regulations)
  • Jones v. Walter Kidde Portable Equipment, Inc., 183 F.3d 67 (1st Cir. 1999) (products liability – medical device)
  • New Hampshire Ins. Co., Inc. v. McCann, 429 Mass. 202 (1999) (professional liability – assignability of legal malpractice claims)
  • Lord’s & Lady’s Enterprises v. John Paul Mitchell Systems, 46 Mass. App. Ct. 262 (1999) (breach of contract - franchise and joint venture)
  • Demoulas v. Demoulas, 428 Mass. 555 (1998) (business litigation - breach of fiduciary duty, closely held corporation)
  • Demoulas v. Demoulas Super Markets, Inc., 428 Mass. 543 (1998) (recusal of trial judge)
  • Chute v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., 143 F.3d 629 (1st Cir. 1998) (products liability - radial arm saw)
  • Lally v. Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, 45 Mass. App. Ct. 317 (1998) (products liability – automobiles, crashworthiness)
  • Ionics, Inc. v. Elmwood Sensors, Inc., 110 F.3d 184 (1st Cir. 1997) (commercial litigation – UCC “battle of forms”)
  • Demoulas v. Demoulas Super Markets, Inc., 424 Mass. 501 (1997) (business litigation - shareholder derivative suit)
  • Matter of Corliss, 424 Mass. 1005 (1997) (bar admission)
    U.S. v. Vega, 102 F.3d 1301 (1st. Cir. 1996) (criminal law, pro bono)
  • Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Ass’n of Massachusetts v. Goldberg, 425 Mass. 46  (1997) (insurance law - insurer’s right to reimbursement of settlement payment)
  • Miley v. Johnson & Johnson Orthopaedics, Inc., 41 Mass. App. Ct. 30 (1996) (construction law, indemnity)
  • U.S. Fidelity & Guar. Co. v. Baker Material Handling Corp., 62 F.3d 24 (1st Cir. 1995) (products liability – fork lift)
  • Canal Ins. Co. v. Carolina Cas. Ins. Co., 59 F.3d 281 (1st Cir. 1995) (insurance coverage)
  • Getty Petroleum Corp. v. Aris Getty, Inc., 55 F.3d 718 (1st Cir. 1995) (trademark infringement)
  • U.S. Aviation Underwriters, Inc. v. Fitchburg-Leominster, Flying Club, Inc., 42 F.3d 84 (1st Cir. 1994) (aviation liability policy)
  • Scotti v. Arrow Electronics, Inc., 37 Mass. App. Ct. 954 (1994) (employment discrimination)
  • Merrimack Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Nonaka, 414 Mass. 187 (1993) (insurance coverage - estoppel and waiver)
  • Chandler v. FMC Corp., 35 Mass. App. Ct. 332 (1993) (products liability - fire truck)
  • Frohberg v. Merrimack Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 34 Mass. App. Ct. 462 (1993) (insurance coverage)
  • Comeau v. Currier, 35 Mass. App. Ct. 109 (1993) (tort - assault)
  • Alperin v. Eastern Smelting and Refining Corp., 32 Mass. App. Ct. 612 (1992) (shareholder repurchase agreement)
  • Harrison v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., 981 F.2d 25 (1st Cir. 1992) (products liability - expert testimony)
  • Rosenberg v. Rosenberg, 33 Mass. App. Ct. 903 (1992) (family law)
  • Bolton v. Massachusetts Bay Transp. Authority, 32 Mass. App. Ct. 654 (1992) (evidence - spoliation)
  • Liberty Mutual v. McLaughlin, 412 Mass. 492 (1992) (insurance coverage)
  • Riley v. Presnell, 409 Mass. 239 (1991) (professional liability - psychiatric malpractice)
  • Manning v. Nobile, 411 Mass. 382 (1991) (“dram shop” liability - intoxicated patron’s own injuries)
  • Price v. Cole, 31 Mass. App. Ct. 1 (1991) (personal injury action - automatic stay in bankruptcy)
  • Knowlton v. Deseret Medical, Inc., 930 F.2d 183 (1st Cir. 1991) (products liability - medical devices)
  • Worcester Ins. Co. v. Fells Acres Day School, Inc., 408 Mass. 393 (1990) (insurance coverage - lack of coverage for sexual-abuse claim)
  • Foley v. Rust Intern., 901 F.2d 183 (1st Cir. 1990) (workplace safety - liability of employer of independent contractor)
  • Sanford v. Vinal, 28 Mass. App. Ct. 476 (1990) (land use - standing)
  • Barshak v. Buccheri, 406 Mass. 187 (1989) (fiduciary duty, fraud)
  • Meehan v. Shaughnessy, 404 Mass. 419 (1989) (law firm dissolutions - standard for duties owed)
  • Leavitt v. Mizner, 404 Mass. 81 (1989) (professional liability)
  • Ossinger v. City of Newton, 26 Mass. App. Ct. 831 (1989) (municipal law, employment)
  • Babets v. Secretary of Executive Office of Human Services, 403 Mass. 230 (1988) (pro bono, “executive privilege”)
  • Jad v. Boston &Maine Corp., 26 Mass. App. Ct. 564 (1988) (premises liability)
  • Bacon v. Bacon, 26 Mass. App. Ct. 117 (1988) (family law)
  • Driscoll v. Boston Edison Co., 25 Mass. App. Ct. 954 (1988) (employment law)
  • N.A.A.C.P. v. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 817 F.2d 149 (1st Cir. 1987) (Title VII, pro bono)
  • Williams v. City of Boston, 784 F.2d 430 (1st Cir. 1986) (civil rights)
  • Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Gibbs, 773 F.2d 15 (1st Cir. 1985) (reinsurance law)
  • Filippone v. Mayor of Newton, 392 Mass. 622 (1984) (municipal law, civil rights)
  • International Marathons, Inc. v Attorney General, 392 Mass. 376 (1984) (breach of contract, public charity)
  • Attorney General v. International Marathons, Inc., 392 Mass. 370 (1984) (breach of contract, non-profit)
  • Boston Athletic Ass’n v. International Marathons, Inc., 392 Mass. 356 (1984) (commercial litigation)
  • Pollock v. Marshall, 391 Mass. 543 (1984) (professional liability/business - business dealings between attorney and client)
  • Filippone v. Mayor of Newton, 16 Mass. App. Ct. 417 (1983) (public officials, indemnity)
  • DeMedeiros v. Koehring Co., 709 F.2d 734 (1st Cir. 1983) (products liability - machinery)
  • Toman by Toman v. Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., 707 F.2d 620 (1st Cir. 1983) (products liability - indemnity)
  • Zeller v. American Safety Razor Corp., 15 Mass. App. Ct. 919 (1983) (products liability/medical malpractice defense)
  • Shain Inv. Co., Inc. v. Cohen, 15 Mass. App. Ct. 4  (1982) (commercial litigation, joint venture)
  • Kravetz v. Merchants Distributors, Inc., 387 Mass. 457 (1982) (employment law)
  • Egbert v. Freedom Federal Sav. and Loan Ass’n, 14 Mass. App. Ct. 383 (1982) (commercial lending, foreclosure)
  • Andruskevics v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, 13 Mass. App. Ct. 941 (1982) (tort)
  • Cape Cod Nursing Home Council v. Rambling Rose Rest Home, 667 F.2d 238 (1st Cir. 1981) (nursing home, constitutional law)
  • DiBenedetto v. Continental Assur. Co., 11 Mass. App. Ct. 910 (1981) (insurance law - rescission)
  • McKinnon v. Skil Corp., 638 F.2d 270 (1st Cir. 1981) (products liability – evidence)
  • Com v. Vickey, 381 Mass. 762 (1980) (criminal law)
  • Garbincius v. Boston Edison Co., 621 F.2d 1171 (1st Cir. 1980) (tort - indemnity)
  • U.S. v. Lieberman, 608 F.2d 889 (1st Cir. 1979)
  • N.A.A.C.P., Boston Chapter v. Harris, 607 F.2d 514 (1st Cir. 1979)
  • McStowe v. Bornstein, 377 Mass. 804 (1979)
  • Liberty Mut. Ins. co. v. Agrippino, 375 Mass. 108 (1978)
  • Harbor Schools, Inc. v. Board of Appeals of Haverhill, 5 Mass. App. Ct. 600 (1977)
  • Zayre Corp. v. Attorney General, 372 Mass. 423 (1977)
  • Church of God in Christ, Inc. v. Congregation Kehillath Jacob, 370 Mass. 828 (1976)
  • Finance Commission of Boston v. Mayor of Boston, 370 Mass. 693 (1976)
  • Carpenter v. Suffolk Franklin Sav. Bank, 370 Mass. 314 (1976)
  • Trustees of Stigmatine Fathers, Inc. v. Secretary of Administration and Finance, 369 Mass. 562 (1976)
  • Com. v. O'Neal, 369 Mass. 242 (1975)
  • DiGesse v. Columbia Pontiac Co., Inc., 369 Mass. 99 (1975)
  • Church of God in Christ, Inc. v. Congregation Kehillath Jacob, 3 Mass. App. Ct. 420 (1975)
  • In re Hiss, 368 Mass. 447 (1975)
  • Rogers v. Massachusetts Bay Transp. Authority, 3 Mass. App. Ct. 720 (1975)
  • Com. v. Brown, 367 Mass. 24 (1975)
  • Abbot v. Wingaersheek Turbine Co., Inc., 2 Mass. App. Ct. 908 (1974)
  • In re Morrissey, 366 Mass. 11 (1974)
  • Osvaldo Varane, Inc. v. Liberty Mut Ins. Co., 362 Mass. 864 (1972)
  • Hayeck Bldg. & Realty Co. v. Turcotte, 361 Mass. 785 (1972)
  • Lindahl v. Sullivan, 361 Mass. 863, 281 N.E.2d 231 (1972)
  • Transamerica Ins. Co. v. Norfolk & Dedham Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 361 Mass. 144 (1972)
  • Bunte v. Mayor of Boston, 361 Mass. 71 (1972)
  • Zilewicz v. Truehart, 360 Mass. 862 (1971)
  • Berkshire Apparel Corp. v. Stogel, 360 Mass. 863 (1971)
  • Priestley v. Hastings & Sons Pub. Co. of Lynn, 360 Mass. 118 (1971)
  • Corn. v. Jarrett, 359 Mass. 491 (1971)
  • Drescher v. Travelers Ins. Co., 359 Mass. 458 (1971)
  • Travelers Ins. Co. v. Aetna Ins. Co., 359 Mass. 743 (1971)
  • Stewart v. Roy Bros. Inc., 358 Mass. 446 (1970)
  • Three Sons, Inc. v. Phoenix Ins. Co., 357 Mass. 271 (1970)
  • Haak v. McGlame, 357 Mass. 764 (1970)
  • U.S. v. Spook, 416 F.2d 165 (1st Cir. 1969)
  • McLaughlin v. Bernstein, 356 Mass. 219 (1969)
  • U. S. for Use of Wrecking Corp. of America v. Edward R. Marden Corp., 406 F.2d 525 (1st Cir. 1969)
  • Melrose Appliance Center, Inc. v. Eastern Erection Co., 354 Mass. 771 (1968)
  • Wheatley v. Peirce, 354 Mass. 573 (1968)
  • Bane v. Spencer, 393 F.2d 108 (1st Cir. 1968)
  • Bousquet v. Transportation Ins. Co., 354 Mass. 152 (1968)
  • Adamian v. Three Sons, Inc., 353 Mass. 498 (1968)
  • School Committee of Boston v. Board of Ed., 352 Mass. 693 (1967)
  • Healey v. Bedrick, 352 Mass. 772 (1967)
  • Comeau v. Phoenix Assur. Co. of New York, 350 Mass. 769 (1966)
  • Martin v. State Bd. of Parole, 350 Mass. 210 (1966)
  • Springfield School Committee v. Barksdale, 348 F.2d 261 (1st Cir. 1965)
  • Scott v. Guschov, 348 Mass. 75 (1964)
  • Burns v. Tedeschi's Super Markets, Inc., 347 Mass. 773 (1964)
  • Magoun v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 346 Mass. 677 (1964)
  • Blais v. Biagi, 346 Mass. 766 (1963)
  • Clark v. Turke, 345 Mass. 516 (1963)
  • Doleva v. Bramley, 345 Mass. 767 (1963)
  • Gilman v. Metropolitan Transit Authority, 345 Mass. 202 (1962)
  • Hamilton v. Sullivan, 345 Mass. 758 (1962)
  • Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. A. C. Martinelli Rogers Plastic Corp., 344 Mass. 498 (1962)
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination v. Colangelo, 344 Mass. 387 (1962)
  • Sullivan v. Goulette, 344 Mass. 307 (1962)
  • Weinstein v. Chief of Police of Fall River, 344 Mass. 314 (1962)
  • Salamoff v. Godfrey, 344 Mass. 750 (1962)
  • Joseph E. Bennett Co. v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., 344 Mass. 99 (1962)
  • Saldi v. Brighton Stock Yard Co., 344 Mass. 89 (1962)
  • Quintin Vespa Co. v. Construction Service Co., 343 Mass. 547 (1962)
  • Nichols & Co. v. Travelers Ins. Co., 343 Mass. 494 (1962)
  • Harrington v. H. F. Davis Tractor Co., 342 Mass. 675 (1961)
  • Murray Realty, Inc. v. Berke Moore Co., 342 Mass. 689 (1961)
  • Ratner v. Rockwood Sprinkler Co., 340 Mass. 773 (1960)
  • Klapacs v. Contributory Retirement Appeal Bd., 340 Mass. 732 (1960)
  • Wessinger v. H. Werner Sons Co., 340 Mass. 102 (1959)
  • Demers v. Illinois Cent. R. R., 339 Mass. 247 (1959)
  • Sullivan v. Hamacher, 339 Mass. 190 (1959)
  • Gauss v. H. N. Hartwell Co., 338 Mass. 353 (1959)
  • McPadden v. W. J. Halloran Co., 338 Mass. 189 (1958)
  • Cassidy v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 338 Mass. 139 (1958)
  • Ries v. Rome, 337 Mass. 376 (1958)
  • Polito v. Galluzzo, 337 Mass. 360 (1958)
  • Young v. Food Fair, Inc., 337 Mass. 323 (1958)
  • O'Kane v. Travelers Ins. Co., 337 Mass. 182 (1958)
  • Morrill v. Hamel, 337 Mass. 83 (1958)
  • Messina v. Richard Baird Co., 337 Mass. 8 (1958)
  • Brown v. Commissioner of Correction, 336 Mass. 718 (1958)
  • Lydon v. Warehouse 13, Inc., 335 Mass. 729 (1957)
  • Brown v. Corn., 335 Mass. 476 (1957)
  • Schallinger v. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., 334 Mass. 386 (1956)
  • Dalton v. Demos Bros. General Contractors, Inc., 334 Mass. 377 (1956)
  • Sutherland v. Scardino, 334 Mass. 178 (1956)
  • Corn. v. Gilbert, 334 Mass. 71 (1956)
  • Century Indent. Co. v. Jameson, 333 Mass. 503 (1956)
  • Freedman v. Sidrich Realty Corp., 333 Mass. 261 (1955)
  • Charest v. St. Onge, 332 Mass. 628 (1955)
  • Rines v. Gilmore, 332 Mass. 755 (1955)
  • Warren v. Howe, 332 Mass. 213 (1955)
  • Dragone v. Dell'Isola, 332 Mass. 11 (1954)
  • Petition of Rines, 331 Mass. 714 (1954)
  • Eisenstadt v. Suffolk County, 331 Mass. 570 (1954)
  • De Marzo v. Vena, 330 Mass. 118 (1953)
  • McManus v. Muzyka, 329 Mass. 770 (1953)
   
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