“Civil rights bar buoyed by $250K police misconduct verdict,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 11). MBA member Robert S. Sinsheimer was quoted about a $250,000 federal jury verdict returned against the city of Springfield in a §1983 case involving a police officer’s alleged use of excessive force.
“Who’s next? Junior lawyers and pre-trial practice, Part 2,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 11). Superior Court Justice and MBA member Hon. Douglas H. Wilkins co-wrote the second article in an ongoing series focused on the lack of opportunities for younger attorneys to gain trial experience. The latest column proposes new ideas to involve junior counsel during pre-trial and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
“Essential actions for Massachusetts employers: a 2019 checklist,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 11). MBA member Christina L. Lewis outlined how organizations should update their workplace policies to coincide with several newly effective changes in Massachusetts employment law.
"Legislature must act on alimony tax issue," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 11). The Lawyers Weekly editorial board voiced its support for a proposal recently endorsed by the MBA House of Delegates that seeks to modify the formula for calculating alimony payments, which are no longer tax-deductible under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
"Michelle Carter's attorney to ask judge to delay 15-month prison sentence," Boston 25 News (Feb. 10). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann discussed the latest developments in the texting-suicide case of Michelle Carter, whose conviction for involuntary manslaughter was upheld last week by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Elikann said the U.S. Supreme Court may be willing to hear the case in the likely event of an appeal by Carter's defense team.
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"Detective work part of the job for Quinn Emanuel art litigators," Bloomberg Law (Feb. 11), via @palbergo.