(18) The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") interpreted this language of the statute to include only public ways or ways in which the general public held an easement, not privately owned places used by the general public solely as licensees or business invitees. (19)
Under the agreement, a Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation is to be established, and will be composed of representatives of relevant government entities and business invitees. Meeting at least annually, one of its main activities will be to develop cooperation programmes in areas of mutual interest.
Even more disturbing is the court's ruling that in the absence of any lease provision regarding liability for criminal acts, it is the landlord's sole responsibility for keeping the common areas safe for the tenant's business invitees.
Antonios Rodis, an employee of an independent contractor, was shot and injured by an unidentified assailant while painting garage doors within the fenced-in premises of the Herman Kiefer Health Complex, which is owned and operated by the City of Detroit.(65) The plaintiff filed a negligence action alleging the defendant breached its duty to "exercise reasonable care, provide safe premises, and protect its business invitees on the premises from assault."(66)