Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021

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  • "Judge boots suit by pedestrian hit by postal truck," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 1). MBA Past President Jeffrey N. Catalano and MBA members James A. Swartz and E. Steven Coren commented on a U.S. magistrate judge's decision that a pedestrian hit by a mail truck while crossing the street could not pursue a negligence claim against the federal government due to a lack of evidence that his injuries would not have occurred "but for" the driver's breach of a duty of care.

  • "Auto insurer subject to IDV damages," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 1). MBA Civil Litigation Section Council member Thomas R. Murphy and MBA member Kathleen M. O’Donnell discussed a Supreme Judicial Court decision that auto insurers can be required to pay inherent diminished value damages to third parties whose vehicles were damaged by policyholders.

  • "Appeals Court rules ‘extortion’ not petitioning activity," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 1). MBA member David I. Brody commented on an Appeals Court decision that an employer's attempt to use property seized pursuant to a default judgment to demand that an employee drop a discrimination claim constituted unlawful retaliation.

  • "SJC Chief Justice Kimberly Budd reflects on pandemic, racial injustice in first State of the Judiciary speech," The Boston Globe (Oct. 29). MBA President Thomas M. Bond was mentioned as a speaker at the MBA-sponsored 2021 State of the Judiciary Address, the first by Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Kimberly S. Budd.
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