SJC: ALYSSA CORMIER vs. CITY OF LYNN

Keywords:   Massachusetts Tort Claims Act. Governmental Immunity. Municipal Corporations, Liability for tort, Governmental immunity. School and School Committee, Liability for tort. Negligence, Governmental immunity.

The SJC today issued its decision in Alyssa Cormier vs. City of Lynn in which it held “the issue that we must decide is not whether the school was negligent for failing to act reasonably to prevent the bullying that led to Matthew’s injuries; the complaint alleges that it was, and for purposes of this appeal, we accept that allegation as true.  Rather, the issue on appeal is whether, under the act, the public defendants may be held liable for that negligence.  We conclude that the act protects them from liability for such negligence.”  Click here for the full text of the Court’s decision.

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