Morrison Mahoney Partner Alan Brown was quoted in this week’s issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed summary judgment for a defendant-restaurant in a case involving a customer who was injured when his chair collapsed.  The Court held that a jury could infer negligence under the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur.

Alan states that “despite evidence that the restaurant’s chairs were inspected twice each day during cleaning, the court still held that a jury would have to determine both that such inspections constituted reasonable care and that the plaintiff’s chair had passed inspection on the day of the incident.” He also said that this case shows how hard it is for a defendant to obtain summary judgment in a negligence action.

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