Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

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  • "Merrimack Valley attorney Marc A. Moccia appointed," North Andover Patch (Jan. 29). MBA member Marc A. Moccia was announced as a new appointee to the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, which is being co-chaired by MBA President-elect Denise I. Murphy.

  • "Treasurer, IOLTA at odds over unidentified funds," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 27). MBA member Francis C. Morrissey explained why the MBA filed a joint amicus brief In the Matter of Gregory M. Olchowski, arguing that unidentified client funds in a disbarred attorney's IOLTA accounts should go to the state's IOLTA Committee rather than remit to the state treasurer.

  • "State can’t take annuity for spousal MassHealth costs," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 27). MBA members Emily S. StarrCarol Cioe Klyman and Patricia Keane Martin discussed a Superior Court judge's ruling, which found that an annuity beneficiary is contractually entitled to residual benefits, notwithstanding the state's reimbursement claim for payments made by MassHealth on behalf of the annuitant’s elderly spouse.

  • "Unwanted pre-recorded calls don’t violate TCPA," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 27). MBA member Kevin V.K. Crick commented on a U.S. District Court judge's decision finding that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act implicitly provides a "reasonable reliance" defense for companies sued over unwanted pre-recorded calls. 

  • "Protect your investment: think, confer about Rule 9C," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 27). Hon. Douglas H. Wilkins, an MBA member and a Superior Court judge, co-wrote an article encouraging attorneys filing summary judgment motions to first confer with opposing counsel, in part to identify any potential disputes of fact.

  • "Class action targets Tom’s of Maine for ‘natural’ product claims," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 27). MBA member Kevin M. McGinty discussed a recently filed class action suit alleging that Tom's of Maine violated Massachusetts and Rhode Island consumer protection law by falsely touting the "natural" ingredients in its toothpaste and deodorant products.

  • "Lecturer helps client discharge student loan debt, sets precedent in Mass. bankruptcy law," Boston University School of Law News (Jan. 24). Boston University School of Law published a profile on bankruptcy lecturer and MBA member Francis C. Morrissey, who recently secured a precedent-setting victory on behalf of a pro bono client by successfully arguing for the discharge of her student loans. Morrissey handled the case as part of the MBA's Student Loan Bankruptcy Assistant Project, which he co-founded and co-chairs.

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