Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020


  • “After fatal Pembroke crash, could holiday party hosts be held liable?” NBC 10 Boston (Jan. 8). MBA member Marc L. Breakstone was interviewed as a legal expert about social host liability law in Massachusetts in a story looking at potential liability after a fatal crash in Pembroke after an office holiday party. His partner, former MBA President David W. White, was interviewed as a legal expert on social host liability for a similar story on Boston 25 News on Jan. 7 (video unavailable).

  • “Should someone facing jail for failing to pay child support be entitled to a court-appointed lawyer?” The Republican (Jan. 7). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy discussed an amicus brief filed by the MBA that urges the Supreme Judicial Court to recognize the right to counsel in civil contempt hearings where defendants face potential incarceration for nonpayment of child support. WBUR also ran news about the MBA’s brief in this case.

  • “Police officer’s ADA suit survives summary judgment,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 6). MBA member Christopher J. Petrini discussed a U.S. District Court judge's ruling, which found that a police officer terminated over his medical inability to perform all essential duties of his position could file a disability discrimination claim against the town.

  • “Ruling underscores power of ‘host community agreements’ over pot retailers,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 6). MBA members Amanda Zuretti and Brian R. Falk addressed concerns over a state statute that requires marijuana retailers to obtain "host community agreements" from municipalities before applying for their licenses to operate.

  • “SJC: judges must consider pre-divorce abuse evidence,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 6). MBA members Roberta Mann DriscollRobert J. Rivers Jr. and Richard M. Novitch commented on a Supreme Judicial Court decision, which found that the judge in a modification hearing must consider evidence of domestic abuse that occurred prior to the entry of a divorce judgment.

  • “Helmet head (but in a good way),” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 6). As part of its Project KidSafe program, Boston firm Breakstone, White & Gluck donated more than 4,000 free bicycle helmets to area children in 2019. MBA Past President David W. White and MBA members Marc L. Breakstone and Ronald E. Gluck were pictured at recent donation events.

  • “Consideration happens, but not during garden leave,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 6). MBA member Russell Beck co-wrote an analysis of the garden leave provisions included in the 2018 Massachusetts noncompete law.