Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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  • "Legality of bridge cameras before Supreme Judicial Court," Cape Cod Times and Worcester Telegram & Gazette (July 9). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted about the Supreme Judicial Court's call for amicus briefs in a case involving the legality of plate-reading cameras on the Sagamore and Bourne bridges. Healy also discussed the topic in a radio interview with WGBH.

  • "Here’s what legal experts are saying about the Kevin Spacey sexual assault case," The Boston Globe (July 9). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann and MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member D. Christopher Dearborn discussed actor Kevin Spacey's latest hearing in Nantucket District Court, where the man accusing him of sexual assault invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify.
  • "Is the case against Kevin Spacey still viable?" Boston 25 News (July 9). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann was interviewed about the strength of the sexual assault case against actor Kevin Spacey now that his accuser has declined to testify.

  • "Spacey case Q&A with Boston 25 News legal analyst Peter Elikann," Boston 25 News (July 8). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann discussed a dramatic day of testimony in the sexual assault case against actor Kevin Spacey.

  • "Liability insurer not obligated to pay 93A attorneys’ fees," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 8). MBA members John G. O’Neill, Julie R. Bryan and Ian J. Pinta were quoted about an Appeals Court decision, which found that a liability insurer was not required to pay attorneys’ fees awarded under Chapter 93A to a homeowner accusing his contractor of substandard workmanship.

  • "Dismissal of manufacturer’s product liability claim vs. supplier reversed," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 8). MBA member David B. Mack was quoted about a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which found that a manufacturer did not have to prove that a product defect was foreseeable to sustain its claim for breach of implied warranty. 

  • "‘Fair settlement value’ expert unnecessary for legal-mal case," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 8). MBA member Alan E. Brown was quoted about an Appeals Court decision, which found that a client who allegedly accepted an unreasonably low injury settlement on the advice of his attorneys should not have been required to provide expert testimony on fair settlement value in subsequent legal action.

  • "In Massachusetts environmental law, PFAS coming to the fore," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 8). MBA member David K. McCay was quoted in a Hearsay  article about the growing concern over chemicals known as PFAS, particularly as it relates to the practice of environmental law in Massachusetts.

  • "Appellate bench-bar: working toward greater transparency," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 8). Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and Appeals Court Chief Justice Mark V. Green, both MBA members, wrote a recap of last December's appellate bench-bar conference and outlined efforts underway in both courts to promote greater transparency.

  • "Hearing in Kevin Spacey criminal case set for Monday," Boston 25 News (July 7). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann previewed Kevin Spacey's pretrial hearing in Nantucket District Court, where the actor is charged with sexual assault.

  • "Former Probation Department officials sue retired judge for $2.85 million," The Boston Globe (July 1). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted about a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by two former Probation Department officials against the retired chief justice of the Trial Court.

  • "Investor’s suit against foreign bank revived," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 1). MBA Business Law Section Chair Jonathan D. Plaut and MBA members Stephen D. Riden and Paul M. Kessimian were quoted about an Appeals Court decision, which found that a prima facie case had been made in an investor's Massachusetts suit filed against a Swiss bank and its alleged agent.

  • “Tewksbury law firm endures cybersecurity ‘nightmare,’” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 1). MBA member Ellen A. Wright discussed the cybersecurity breach that Wright Family Law Group suffered earlier this year, when a hacker gained control of the Tewksbury firm’s website and email account.

  • "What does that even mean?" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 1). Hon. Douglas H. Wilkins, an MBA member who sits on the Superior Court, co-wrote a column encouraging lawyers and judges to use plain language for the benefit of jurors.

  • "New council pitches Boston as hub for international arbitration," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 1). MBA Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council member Jared L. Hubbard was quoted in a Hearsay article about his role as president of the recently launched Boston International Arbitration Council.

  • "As mediation evolves, the procedure is changing," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 1). MBA member Thomas I. Elkind wrote an article summarizing recent developments in mediation. 
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