Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020


  • "‘In the dark.’ Suffolk DA Rollins wants more information on troubled Boston officers," The Boston Globe (Sept. 30). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Peter Elikann discussed the release of a database by Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins that lists area officers who have been accused of misconduct.

  • "Experts: SJC policing decisions portend future changes," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 28). MBA member D. Christopher Dearborn commented on two recent Supreme Judicial Court decisions that criminal defense attorneys believe will help to address the issue of racial bias in policing.  

  • "Unions can’t charge non-members for lobbying expenses," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 28). MBA member Dennis M. Coyne discussed a First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which found that a private sector union could not use non-member agency fees to pay for lobbying expenses.

  • "SEC: actual notice is needed to bar broker," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 28). MBA member Michael B. Cosentino discussed a Securities and Exchange Commission ruling, which found that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority needed to show that a broker had actual notice of its request for investigatory information before barring him for life.

  • "Judge takes hatchet to fee request in $27M civil rights case," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 28). MBA member Howard Friedman commented on a U.S. District Court judge's decision to award $443,062 in attorneys' fees and costs, significantly less than the requested amount of nearly $3 million, in a civil rights case that culminated in a $27 million jury verdict for the plaintiff.

  • "Gants has left ‘indelible impression’ on legal landscape," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 28). Hon. Peter W. Agnes Jr. (ret.), an MBA member and the CEO of the Flaschner Judicial Institute, wrote an article honoring late Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and his lasting impact on the state legal community.

  • "Convicted terrorist David Wright to be resentenced in Boston," Boston 25 News (Sept. 27). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Peter Elikann was interviewed about the resentencing of a convicted terrorist after the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned one of the charges against him.

  • "Boston 25 legal analyst talks about Holyoke Soldiers' Home criminal charges," Boston 25 News (Sept. 25). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Peter Elikann was interviewed about the criminal case against two former leaders of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, where 76 veterans died following a COVID-19 outbreak.
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