Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

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  • "Mass. Bar Association to hold panel discussion on MGM Springfield’s legal path to success," The Republican (Jan. 15). MBA member Paul M. Lane was quoted in a story about an upcoming MBA program on the MGM Springfield development project. Lane serves as chair of the MBA's Development and Construction Law Practice Group, which organized the program.

  • "Justice is unserved," MetroWest Daily News (Jan. 14). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann was quoted in the first of a two-part series spotlighting the large number of open warrants in Massachusetts and around the country.

  • “Benefits of business-to-business arbitration on trial,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 14). MBA Complex Commercial Litigation Section Chair Matthew J. Ginsburg and MBA member Keith A. Minoff were quoted about a U.S. District Court decision in which Judge William G. Young challenged the notion that arbitration is faster and more efficient than civil litigation in resolving business disputes. 

  • “Attorneys take ‘rare’ step, disavow client’s testimony,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 14). MBA members Erin K. Higgins, Hon. Dennis J. Curran (ret.), Thomas F. Maffei and Elizabeth N. Mulvey were quoted in a story about two Boston attorneys who recently disavowed their client’s testimony, acting in accordance with Rule 3.3(a)(3) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

  • “Company ratifies conflicted transaction through inaction,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 14). MBA member David B. Mack was quoted about an Appeals Court decision (People’s United Bank v. B&B Fire Protection, Inc.), which found that a company whose majority shareholder arranged a loan guaranty to benefit his other business interests had ratified the transaction by failing to repudiate it. 

  • “The perpetual company,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 14).
    MBA member Melissa Langa co-wrote an article explaining how a purpose trust can ensure the continued operation of a business after it changes hands from the owner to his or her family.

  • “Judge punctuates $5M verdict with $600K fee award,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 14). MBA member Howard Friedman was quoted in a Hearsay article about a judge’s recent decision to award more than $600,000 in fees and costs in a wrongful conviction case that previously yielded a $5 million jury verdict.

  • “Package sent to Appeals Court goes on ‘historic’ journey,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 14). MBA member Janet Hetherwick Pumphrey was quoted in a Hearsay article about a package she mailed last fall to the Appeals Court that was returned to sender three months later with a sarcastic message written on the envelope.

  • “Massachusetts judge bans use of Breathalyzer test in court until accuracy proven,” Boston 25 News (Jan. 10). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann, a criminal defense attorney, was interviewed about a District Court judge’s ruling that temporarily bans the use of Breathalyzer test results as evidence in court, and calls for major reforms at the Office of Alcohol Testing.

In Other News

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

"Twenty-one years after her autism diagnosis, Haley Moss is admitted to the bar," New York Bar Journal (Jan. 16), via @NYLawJournal.

"Fraud alert after three scams reported in Plymouth," Wicked Local Plymouth (Jan. 9), via @Mass_Consumer.

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