Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

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  • “Legal-mal suit against Boston firm picks up steam,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 21). MBA members Neil Burns and Keith L. Miller were quoted about a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge’s decision to allow a Chapter 7 trustee to move forward with malpractice and fraud claims against two Goodwin attorneys over their representation of a now-insolvent fitness chain.

  • “Appellate Division nixes judge-ordered fee award vs. litigant,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 21). MBA members Jeffrey S. Robbins, Jonathan D. Plaut and Vincent J. Pisegna were quoted about an Appellate Division ruling (Willwerth v. Rodenhiser, et al.), which found that a District Court litigant should not have been sanctioned for executing on a civil money judgment that was dismissed by joint stipulation 14 years earlier.

  • “Marijuana businesses closely watching Land Court judge,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 21). MBA member Jesse H. Alderman was quoted about a Land Court judge’s impending decision on a summary judgment motion that will establish whether a municipality can amend or repeal a zoning bylaw by enacting a conflicting general bylaw.

  • “Shutdown has affected more than just removal, asylum,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 21). MBA member Ilir Kavaja was quoted in a Hearsay article about the partial federal government shutdown and its negative operational impact on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • “Unauthorized practice of law or a trustee’s duty?” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 21). MBA members Stefan L. Jouret and Frederick L. Stoker III wrote an article examining the question of whether trustees who lack licenses to practice law should appear pro se on behalf of their trusts.

  • “Federal court in Boston has funding through Jan. 25 amid shutdown,” The Boston Globe (Jan. 18). In a statement issued on Jan. 18, MBA President Christopher A. Kenney urged officials to restore funding to the federal courts even as the partial government shutdown remains in effect. The statement was published later that same day in a Boston Globe story about the current funding status of the U.S. District Court in Boston.

  • “Drowning in warrants: Westminster businessman arrested for failing for renew dog license,” Telegram & Gazette (Jan. 17). MBA Past President Robert W. Harnis, who recently served as acting sheriff of Norfolk County, was quoted in the second of a two-part story focusing on the backlog of unserved warrants in Massachusetts.

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