Claim Under 93A Yields $6.7 Million in Fatal Fall Case

October 1, 2011: Attorney Jeffrey A. Newman represented the family of a Northeastern University student, Jacob Freeman, who died after falling down an illegal concealed stairway in the rear of a bar on April 1, 2007. Newman convinced Superior Court Judge Elisabeth M. Fahey that the bar and its commercial landlord should be liable under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute, G.L. c. 93A. The Court awarded $2.2 million which were trebled and with interest and counsel fees stands at $10.7 million now. Previously the jury had found negligence and breach of the building code but did not find causation on the counts submitted to the jury. October 1, 2011: Attorney Jeffrey A. Newman represented the family of a Northeastern University student, Jacob Freeman, who died after falling down an illegal concealed stairway in the rear of a bar on April 1, 2007. Newman convinced Superior Court Judge Elisabeth M. Fahey that the bar and its commercial landlord should be liable under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute, G.L. c. 93A.

 
The Court awarded $2.2 million which were trebled and with interest and counsel fees stands at $10.7 million now. Previously the jury had found negligence and breach of the building code but did not find causation on the counts submitted to the jury.

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