Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019


  • "Prison suddenly seems inevitable for 'Varsity Blues' parents," Law360 (Sept. 17). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Peter T. Elikann discussed the 14-day prison sentence imposed on actress Felicity Huffman and its potential implications for other parents charged in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal. 

  • "Benefits denial under ERISA plan ‘arbitrary and capricious,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 16). MBA member Alden J. Bianchi commented on a 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in which the three-judge panel held that an employee was wrongfully denied long-term disability benefits in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. 

  • "1st Circuit: Parents need not exhaust IDEA process," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 16). MBA member Allison M. Boscarine was quoted about a 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision, which found that the parents of a disabled child could pursue federal claims against a school district without fully exhausting the administrative procedures found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  • "Yacht owner sues captain for unauthorized ‘partying,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 16). MBA Vice President Thomas M. Bond, a longtime admiralty and maritime lawyer, discussed a federal breach-of-contract suit filed by a yacht owner against a captain who was removed from command for alleged misconduct during a recent trip.

  • "Scenes from MBA Summer Social," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 16). This week's "On the Town" section featured photos from the MBA's final 2019 Summer Social, which was held on Aug. 15 at Tia's on the Waterfront.

  • "Healey praised for hard line on opioid settlement," The Salem News (Sept. 12).  MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in a story about Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's decision not to join with 27 other states in signing a multi-billion-dollar settlement with Purdue Pharma over its role in the nationwide opioid crisis. The article also appeared in several other publications within North of Boston Media Group.

In Other News

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

"Ruth I. Abrams, the first woman on the state’s highest court, dies at 88," The Boston Globe (Sept. 15), via @BostonGlobe.

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