Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, May 6, 2021


  • "‘Safer’ design is required for products case," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 3). MBA members Alan L. CantorJohn Egan and Cortney Godin commented on a federal judge's decision finding that a woman could not bring a products liability suit against the manufacturer of a vaginal mesh device without alleging the availability of a safer alternative design.

  • "Section 230 of Communications Decency Act doesn’t shield car-share co.," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 5). MBA member Lee T. Gesmer discussed a Supreme Judicial Court decision finding that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act did not shield an interactive service provider from a claim based on its own speech rather than the publication of a third party's content. 
  • "ERISA plaintiffs need not allege individualized damages," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 3). MBA member Alden J. Bianchi commented on a U.S. District Court judge's decision regarding the merits of an ERISA class action alleging that the managers of a 401(k) plan failed to follow prudent investment practices.   

  • As bankruptcy judge prepares to retire, 1st Circuit decides not to fill seat … for now," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 3). MBA member Richard L. Levine was quoted in an article about the impending retirement of U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Melvin S. Hoffman, whose seat will not immediately be filled.

  • "Snap Judgments: Does Chauvin have a viable case for a new trial?" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 3). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member D. Christopher Dearborn and MBA member Leonard H. Kesten discussed whether former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has a realistic chance of securing a new trial following his recent conviction on charges stemming from the death of George Floyd.

  • "Civil business continues in the Superior Court," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 3). Superior Court Chief Justice Judith Fabricant and Judge Mark D Mason, a past MBA president, wrote an article about the state of civil business in the Superior Court.
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