Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020


  • "Hanover town manager back on the job after DV arrest," The Patriot Ledger (Oct. 15). MBA President Denise I. Murphy offered an analysis of an employment matter involving Hanover's town manager, who was placed on paid leave following an August arrest and has since returned to work.

  • "Two real estate solos more than hold own in eviction moratorium fight," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 12). MBA Real Estate Law Section Council member Jordana R. Greenman and MBA member Richard D. Vetstein discussed their recent experience of litigating a case in state and federal court on behalf of landlords adversely impacted by Massachusetts' eviction moratorium.

  • "Energy company covered for losses due to town-ordered shutdown," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 12). MBA member Sara Perkins Jones commented on a U.S. District Court judge's decision, which found that an energy company's insurance policy covered revenue lost during a town-ordered shutdown of more than 11,000 solar panels after only 88 of them were damaged in a fire.

  • "Patient can bring implied warranty claim against device maker," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 12). MBA members John Egan and Alan L. Cantor discussed a case of first impression decided the U.S. District Court, where a magistrate judge found that a patient who allegedly suffered an infection because of a defective mesh patch could bring a claim against the manufacturer under the implied warranty of merchantability.

  • "SJC’s ‘Olchowski’ decision to enhance oversight of IOLTA accounts," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 12). The Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled In the Matter of Gregory M. Olchowski that unidentified client funds in IOLTA accounts are not "abandoned property" and should remit to the IOLTA Committee rather than the state treasurer. An article about the SJC decision quoted MBA Executive Management Board member Francis C. Morrissey, who co-authored an amicus brief filed by the MBA and the Boston and Real Estate bar associations; along with Bar Counsel Rodney S. Dowell and attorney James S. Bolan, both MBA members.

  • "USDC’s Rya Zobel recognized for career marked by firsts," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 12). U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel, an MBA member, spoke about her recent selection for the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, the highest honor for a member of the federal judiciary. 

  • "Lexington native elected Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys president," Lexington Minuteman (Oct. 8). MBA Labor & Employment Section Council member Janette A. Ekanem's election as president of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys was announced in her local newspaper. 
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