On August 29 a majority of the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a homeowner, Terry Bridgwood, could not sue building contractors, who worked for her in 2001, for causing a fire that took place in 2012.
She claimed that the contractors’ building code violations were deceptive business practices, covered by chapter 93A. The majority found that a six year statute of repose under chapter 260 should apply to cases such Bridgwood’s. In a dissent joined by two other justices, Chief Justice Ralph Gants wrote that it should be up to the Legislature, not the courts to put a time limit on these kind of cases.
See Decision: http://www.socialaw.com/services/slip-opinions/slip-opinion-details/terry-bridgwood-vs.-a.j.-wood-construction-inc.-1-others-2
Chapter 93A rights and remedies http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1138678
The law of Chapter 93A http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1112360
Bad faith claims and Chapter 93A liability http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1138577