Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

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  • "SJC: Michelle Carter 'overpowered a vulnerable person's will to live,'" Boston 25 News (Feb. 7). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann was interviewed about the Supreme Judicial Court's decision to uphold an involuntary manslaughter conviction against Michelle Carter, who was previously sentenced for texting her boyfriend to commit suicide. 

  • “Family law bar: Need for alimony tax fix urgent,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 4). Several MBA leaders were quoted about a proposal introduced at the Jan. 24 MBA House of Delegates meeting that seeks to impose a new percentage limit on alimony payments now that they are no longer tax-deductible under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The article features commentary from MBA member Marc D. Bello, Family Law Section Chair Kimberley J. Joyce, Family Law Vice Chair Holly A. Hinte, Executive Management Board member Damian J. Turco and Access to Justice Section Chair Andrew P. Cornell.

  • "Charlie Baker proposes change in cocaine testing," Boston Herald (Feb. 4). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann, a criminal defense attorney, was quoted about a proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker that would streamline the process for testing cocaine seized during arrests.

  • “St. Paddy’s Day revelers get new trial on police misconduct,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 4). MBA member Howard Friedman was quoted about a U.S. District Court judge’s decision to order a new trial centered on a §1983 claim of unlawful entry made against police by two brothers arrested at a 2013 house party.

  • “No in rem relief after Chapter 13 dismissal,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 4). MBA members Jeffrey B. Loeb and Glenn F. Russell Jr. were quoted about a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge’s ruling, which found that a bank could not seek in rem relief to exempt a property from automatic stay after the debtor voluntarily dismissed his fourth petition for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

  • “Pleadings sufficient in FCA retaliation claim,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 4). MBA member David P. McCormack was quoted about a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which reiterated that there are different pleading standards for retaliation claims under the federal False Claims Act and suits alleging actual false claims.

  • “Sheriff warns of drugs secreted in inmate ‘legal’ mail,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 4). MBA member James J. Higgins was quoted in a Hearsay article about a recently uncovered plot to smuggle drugs into the Barnstable County Correctional Facility using fraudulent legal mail containing the names and addresses of criminal defense attorneys.

In Other News

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

"SJC weighs appropriate penalty for supplying heroin," Commonwealth Magazine (Feb. 5), via @CommonWealthMag. 

"The case for bar associations: Why they matter," American Bar Association Journal (Feb. 4), via @NYSBA.

"San Fran-based Morrison & Foerster opens Boston office," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 4), via @masslw.

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