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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 85B: Action for consequential damages; presumption of automobile owner's responsibility

Section 85B. In any action to recover the consequential damages specified in section thirty-four A of chapter ninety, arising out of an accident or collision in which a motor vehicle, as defined in sections one and thirty-four A of chapter ninety, was involved, such motor vehicle if registered in the name of the defendant as owner at the time of such accident or collision shall be presumed to have been then operated, maintained, controlled or used by and under the control of a person for whose conduct the defendant was legally responsible, and absence of such responsibility shall be an affirmative defence to be set up in the answer and proved by the defendant.