§ 1 Right of contribution; subrogation
§ 2 Pro rata shares of tortfeasors in entire liability; determination
§ 3 Enforcement of contribution; limitation; effect of judgment against one tortfeasor; judgment determining liability
§ 4 Release or covenant not to sue one or more tortfeasors; effect

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 231B

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.