"Abused Boy Scout limited to $20,000 award due to ‘archaic’ state law," Boston Herald (May 15). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy spoke about Massachusetts' $20,000 cap on jury awards against nonprofit organizations, which will limit any damages resulting from a former Boy Scout's sexual abuse lawsuit.
"Judge: Kraft's prosecutors cannot use massage parlor video," Boston 25 News (May 13). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann was interviewed about a Florida judge's decision barring prosecutors from using secretly recorded video evidence in their solicitation case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
"Actress Felicity Huffman expected to plead guilty Monday in admissions scandal," Boston 25 News (May 13). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann discussed actress Felicity Huffman's decision to plead guilty in Boston federal court to charges stemming from her involvement in a massive college admissions scam. His interview was also picked up by several Fox affiliate stations around the country.
"New data breach law raises stakes," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 13). MBA members Steven J. Bolotin and Matthew R. Fisher discussed the implications of a new law stipulating that businesses can no longer wait until the scope of a data breach has been determined to provide notification to Massachusetts residents and regulatory agencies.
"Co. president owes fiduciary duty to fired doctor/shareholder," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 13). MBA members James L. Rudolph and Joseph L. Bierwirth Jr. were quoted about a Superior Court judge's ruling, which found that a terminated physician/shareholder who was forced to sell back his company shares at an allegedly undervalued price could bring a breach-of-fiduciary claim against the medical group's president.
"All that glitters: beware trustee's fiduciary duty," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 13). MBA member Melissa A. Langa co-wrote an article encouraging attorneys to consider the many duties and responsibilities associated with serving as trustee of a large trust before accepting such an appointment.
"Community Corrections Centers offer new pre-trial options," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 13). Hon. Ralph D. Gants, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, and Hon. Paula M. Carey, chief justice of the Trial Court, both MBA members, co-wrote an article applauding recent legislative changes that allow criminal defendants to seek treatment and other needed pretrial services at Community Corrections Centers. This topic was the focus of an April 24 CLE program presented by the MBA's Criminal Justice Section.
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"Spofford honored by Massachusetts Bar Association for community service," Community Advocate (May 15), via @CommunityAdNews.