Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, July 19, 2018


  • “Man accused of putting GPS tracker on co-worker's car,” Boston 25 News (July 18). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter Elikann was interviewed for a story about a man accused of stalking a female co-worker by putting a GPS on her car.
  • “Judges Can Require Drug Users on Probation to Remain Drug-Free, Court Rules,” WBUR (July 17). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was interviewed by WBUR after the Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in Commonwealth v. Eldred, which upheld a judge’s order requiring a defendant to remain drug free as a condition of probation. Healy was also quoted in a Boston Globe story on the same topic: “State’s highest court rules that judges may force defendants with drug addiction to stay sober.”
  • MBA member John F. Tocci, who is a former chair of the MBA’s Labor & Employment Law Section, appeared as a guest on WBZ News Radio1030’s Nightside with Dan Rea show, with guest host Marisa DeFranco. They discussed the newly signed “grand bargain” law, which creates a new paid family and medical leave program in Massachusetts, among other measures. 
  • “Future sales commissions can’t be trebled,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 16). MBA members Lawrence B. Morse, Ellen J. Messing and Maura A. Greene were quoted in a story about Superior Court judge’s decision (Parker v. EnerNOC, Inc., et al.), which found that unpaid future sales commissions cannot be trebled under the Wage Act.
  • “Severance due ex-CEP deemed unsecured debt,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 16). MBA members Jennifer V. Dora, Donald R. Lassman and Stephen Weiss were quoted in an article about a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge’s decision (In re Cosi, Inc., et al.), which found that a former CEO of a Chapter 11 debtor could not claim his unpaid severance was an administrative priority.
  • “Special master rebukes class counsel: clean up your act,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 16). MBA member Josef C. Culik was quoted in an article about the best practices for class counsel included in a special master’s report, which examined the fee petition from several law firms involved in the Arkansas Teachers Retirement Systems v. State Street Bank & Trust Co. matter at U.S. District Court. 
  • “Geronim — oh, no!” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 16). MBA members William L. Keville Jr. and Jason R. Markle were quoted in a Hearsay article about an Appeals Court decision (Cahalane v. Skydive Cape Cod, Inc. et al.) reinstating a plaintiff’s claim for gross negligence against a skydiving company, even where the plaintiff had signed a waiver.
  • “Innovation demystified,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 16). MBA Law Practice Management Section Chair Susan Letterman White published a column in The Practice section of the paper, which outlined her suggestions for ways lawyers can improve their capacity to innovate.

In Other News

Articles, blogs and other news recently shared on the Massachusetts Bar Association's social media sites.

Avvo to Discontinue Controversial Legal Services Offering,” (July 18), via @NABE_News. 

Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts: What Law Students Need to Know,” New England Law|Boston *July 17), via @newenglandlaw

Wanted: Cats Looking for Dog Friends. A Bold New Frontier for Medical Malpractice Attorneys,” Just Transparency blog (July 13), via @MassAdvocate (Former MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano)

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