In an April 10, 2014, decision that expressly overruled its own 15-year old precedent, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held that the owner of a building used as a place for a large number of people to gather will be strictly liable for an injury resulting from any building code violation. The case is Sheehan v. Weaver, No. SJC-11395. Prior to Sheehan, the Court had held that the relevant statute, G. L. c. 143, Section 51, provided for strict liability only with respect to violations of the building code pertaining to fire safety.