Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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  • “‘T’ can cancel contract for cheaper rate on fuel,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 14). MBA members Kerry T. Ryan and Christopher J. Petrini were quoted about a Supreme Judicial Court ruling that the MBTA could invoke a “termination for convenience clause” in its fuel supply contract to obtain a better price from a different supplier.
  • “Legal-mal suit over title defect can move ahead,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 14). MBA members Susan E. Cohen and Steven J. Bolotin were quoted about a Superior Court judge’s ruling that the owners of a Watertown commercial property could sue their former real estate attorneys for malpractice. The attorneys failed to identify a title defect dating to 1998, temporarily impeding a partition action begun in 2013.
  • “Entity’s medical billing data ruled inadmissible,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 14). MBA member Marc. L. Breakstone was quoted about two recent rulings by separate District Court Appellate Division panels, both of which sided with the presiding trial judges in their refusal to admit medical billing data compiled by the independent nonprofit FAIR Health. The judges based their decisions on two exceptions to the hearsay rule. 
  • “Snap judgments: Lawyers weigh in on whether Giuliani has helped or hurt president’s cause,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 14). MBA member David S. Schumacher was one of five Boston lawyers who offered their assessments of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s contributions to President Donald Trump’s legal team.
  • "Social media do’s and don’ts," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Career de novo (May 10). MBA Immediate Past President Jeffrey N. Catalano was quoted in a piece on social media best practices for newly licensed lawyers. Catalano spoke from the perspective of an attorney whose law career began prior to the age of social media.

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