Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020

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  • "SJC panel floats rules on ‘incivility,’ attorney-client sex," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 14). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy spoke about a Supreme Judicial Court committee's proposed amendments to the professional rules of conduct that would address the issues of incivility in legal practice and sexual relationships between attorneys and clients.

  • "Judge strictly construes Prompt Payment Act," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 14). MBA members Samuel M. “Tony” Starr, James L. Rudolph and David L. Fine commented on a case of first impression decided in the Superior Court, where the judge found that a contractor’s applications for periodic progress payments should be deemed approved because the project owner had not strictly adhered to the requirements of the Prompt Payment Act.

  • "Non-union employees can’t recoup pre-‘Janus’ ‘agency’ fees," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 14). MBA member Dennis M. Coyne discussed a First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision finding that state workers who refused to join the public employees' union could not recoup mandatory agency fees paid before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such arrangements were unconstitutional. 

  • "Victim of cooking-spray flash fire can’t sue manufacturers in Mass.," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 14). MBA member Ian J. Pinta was quoted about a U.S. District Court judge's decision finding that a food service worker could not sue the out-of-state manufacturer and packager of a cooking spray allegedly responsible for a flash fire and explosion that left her seriously injured.

  • "Boston lawyer sues BBO to block public reprimand," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 14). MBA member Erin K. Higgins commented on a lawsuit filed against the Board of Bar Overseers by an attorney disciplined for failing to release his former client's files to a new lawyer.
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