Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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  • Marty: Oxygen Network“Aaron Hernandez Uncovered,” Oxygen (March 18). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy appeared in the Oxygen channel's two-part documentary series, “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Healy explained how defense attorney Jose Baez was able to discredit the testimony of Alexander Bradley, the star witness of the prosecution in the double-murder trial against Hernandez, the latter of whom was ultimately acquitted.

  • “Baker pushes more ‘urgency’ in changing fentanyl trafficking law,” Boston Globe (March 21). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in a story about public appeals from government and law enforcement officials to make fentanyl trafficking a more easily prosecutable offense. 

  • “Tenant’s decision to use icy exit precludes claim,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (March 19). MBA members Martin J. Rooney and J. Nathan Cole were quoted in a case story involving a tenant who slipped on snow and ice outside of his building, and then filed suit against his landlord for breach of the implied warranty of habitability. A Housing Court judge found the landlord negligent in his failure to clear the property of snow and ice, but determined that the plaintiff’s use of the rear stairway over the safer front entrance precluded the claim.  

  • “Driver must document loss of use for recovery of costs,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (March 19). MBA member Jessica H. Park was quoted in a story on an Appeals Court ruling that a third-party claimant was ineligible to recover costs tied to the loss of her vehicle. A judge also declared that the plaintiff could not recoup her title and registration fees, nor the residual value of her inspection sticker, because she failed to supply proof of payment for substitute transportation after her car was totaled.  

  • Boston mediator plays role in helping victims of Nassar, Hawaii school psychiatrist,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (March 19). MBA member Paul A. Finn, CEO of Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation, was featured in this week’s Hearsay column regarding his firm’s oversight of a Michigan State University counseling fund for sexual abuse victims of former school and Olympic gymnastics physician Larry Nasser. The Nasser scandal closely parallels another of Finn’s cases, in which a hospital psychiatrist was accused of drugging, raping and mentally abusing nearly three dozen former Hawaiian school students.

  • “Heart-balm statutes: Can money heal heartache?,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (March 19). MBA member Vicki L. Sherman wrote an opinion piece examining the local application of so-called “heart-balm” acts, arguing that “Massachusetts should be challenged to thoughtfully evaluate the propriety for damages available to the aggrieved whose injuries are clearly connected to broken promises [in marriage].”

In Other News

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

“Law firm to open Boston office with 14 Manion Gaynor attorneys,”
Boston Business Journal, via @bosbizgregryan (March 19).

“Advocates ask SJC to block immigration arrests at Mass. courthouses,” WBUR, via @sdooling (March 15).

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