By Garrett J. Bradley, Esq. Posted on December 9, 2014 The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has just released interim rules to regulate the conduct of lawyers and judges in conducting voir dire under the new voir dire law which takes effect on February 15, 2015. The new law, allowing attorneys to question prospective jurors… Read More

Posted by Thornton Law Firm LLP on Aug 13, 2014 12:45:56 PM  Thornton Law Firm partner Garrett Bradley, Esq. sponsored the new law Governor Patrick has just signed into law a new bill changing two important rules governing jury trials. Chapter 231 of the General Laws is amended to allow either party to a lawsuit to… Read More

Posted by Andrea Marino Landry on Jul 9, 2014 11:11:00 AM On June 20, 2014, after a two-week trial, a Massachusetts federal jury awarded a $9.3 million dollar verdict on behalf of the estate of a longtime Thornton Law Firm client.  The verdict was against asbestos manufacturer, T&N Limited, formerly known as Turner & Newall… Read More

Posted by Andrew S. Wainwright on Jun 19, 2014 12:51:58 PM A Webster plumbing and heating contractor, Daniel Watterson, was found guilty of child endangerment as well as illegal asbestos removal and disposal after a five day trial in Worcester Superior Court. He was found guilty of three violations of the Massachusetts Clean Air Act, and… Read More

Posted by Garrett J. Bradley on Jun 17, 2014 11:11:29 AM Can I have your zip code please? Consumers just lost a privacy case in California when the federal Ninth Circuit decided that Redbox did not violate California’s credit card privacy law when it collected zip codes from consumers renting movies and games. The class… Read More

The Thornton Law Firm asbestos trial team, led by Andrew Wainwright, has successfully settled the case of a retired plumber from Salem, New Hampshire. Our client was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2013. Over the course of several days of deposition testimony, the client identified different manufacturers of asbestos-covered boilers and furnaces which he worked on during the 1960s and 1970s, exposing him to asbestos that went on the new boilers and furnaces. He also testified that he was exposed to asbestos on the old equipment that was being removed. Most of the defendants settled in the weeks leading up to trial.… Read More

Over the course of the last year, there have been a number of class action lawsuits filed against major retailers. These class actions allege that the retailers violated their duty to their customers by collecting personally identifiable information (also known as Personal Identifying Information, abbreviated PII) as they accepted credit card payment. Many, but not all, of these cases have been filed in Massachusetts, because Massachusetts has case law specifically forbidding this practice by retailers.… Read More

The FDA has issued a Class I recall of dialysis concentrates GranuFlo andNaturaLyte because the products could put patients at risk for heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular problems. These products would have been administered to dialysis patients being seen in facilities run by or supplied by Fresenius Medical Care North America, the manufacturer of GranuFlo & NaturaLyte.… Read More