Marc Laredo authored a case comment entitled The Applicability of Chapter 93A to Intra-enterprise Disputes in the Wake of Governo Law Firm LLC v. Bergeron- Where Do We Go From Here?. that appeared in the February 2022 edition of the Massachusetts Law Review. In the comment, Marc discusses the Supreme Judicial Court’s 2021 opinion in Governo Law Firm LLC v. Bergeron, which potentially expands the applicability of chapter 93A (the Massachusetts unfair trade practices statute) to certain intra-enterprise disputes. Marc provides a brief history of chapter 93A, explaining how the courts, in a series of cases, had previously held that chapter 93A did not apply to employer-employee, shareholder, and other internal disputes before analyzing the Governo ruling and its implications for future disputes. Please read Marc’s case comment: Mass Law Review February 2022
Jessica Conklin completed the ATIXA certification program for Title IX Hearing Advisors. ATIXA is an independent not-for-profit corporation that serves as a professional association for school and college Title IX coordinators, investigators, and administrators that explores best practices, establishes industry standards, shares resources and advanced the worthy goal of gender equity in education. This ATIXA certification establishes the important understanding of Title IX resolution procedures.
Jessica’s experience includes establishing expectations surrounding both investigations and hearings, uncovering bias and conflict of interest concerns surrounding allegations of Title IX, as well as the full scope of cross-examinations and appropriate interactions with the hearing chair during this tenuous scenario.
Marc Laredo authored a case comment for the Massachusetts Law Review’s August 2021 issue. The comment is entitled, “The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine in the Context of an Internal Investigation: Attorney General v Facebook, Inc., 487 Mass.109 (2021).”
In this comment, Marc covers when the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine allows an entity to shield information gathered in the course of the entity’s attorney-led internal investigations from discovery. The comment discusses the underlying facts and procedural history of the case, presents an overview of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine, reviews and analyzes the decision, and examines its practical implications for practitioners.
Laredo & Smith senior counsel attorney Jessica Conklin authored and published an article in the prestigious Boston Bar Journal covering the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Act. The act made sweeping changes in the areas of bail, juvenile justice, diversion from prosecution, and reentry services and established a statutory right to medical parole for all eligible inmates. The article covers the aspects of the Act and the current status of its use to date. We invite you to read the article in its entirety.
Law360 featured partner, Payal Salsburg, in an article showcasing how lawyers are volunteering their time to helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic. When not practicing law, Payal is at Mass General Hospital administering to those in need during their most desperate times. We invite you to read the full article, entitled: How Attorneys Are Fighting COVID-19 On The Front Lines – Law360.
Matthew Kane and Payal Salsburg co-authored a recent article for the Massachusetts Bar Association publication. The Civil Litigation Section Review is titled, “The Diminished Utility of Anti-SLAPP Motions.” In the article, they discuss the constitutional puzzle presented by the state’s anti-SLAPP statute.
Matt Kane and Payal Salsburg co-authored an article entitled, “Massachusetts Appeals Court Declines to Extend Prohibition Against Contingent Fee Agreements with Expert Witnesses.” The article appeared in the September 20th issue of the MassBar’s eJournal.
We invite you to download the Kane and Salsburg Article.
Marc Laredo published an article for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s publication Massachusetts Law Review, Volume 99, No. 3. The article is entitled: “Shareholder Duties and Disputes in Closely-Held Corporations in Massachusetts Revisited.” Marc discusses recent changes applied to long-time principles in this area of law. He states, “over the past decade, while the fundamental principles have remained the same, Massachusetts courts have refined and built upon principals and addressed previously unresolved issues.”
We invite you to download the full article: Massachusetts Law Review Volume 99, No. 3.
Marc Laredo served as the program chair for a recent CLE at the Massachusetts Bar Association on January 25, 2017. The CLE was titled, “Disputes Among the Owners of Closely Held-Service Businesses.” It covered how disputes among the owners of closely-held service businesses threaten the daily operations and future viability of professional service firms. The distinguished panel discussed the duties of owners to each other and the entity, as well as the accounting perspective both for planning and breaking up service businesses. Finally, the panel discussed remedies for resolving disputes when they do arise, with a particular focus on the benefits of mediation.
Marc Laredo served as the program chair for the recent Mass Bar Association CLE program entitled, “It’s Confidential– Privilege Law in Massachusetts”. The program focused on a variety of privileges, including the attorney-client, spousal, parent-child, peer review, doctor-patient, common interest and joint defense privileges. The panel explained the concept of each privilege, providing practical tips for successfully asserting and defeating privilege claims.
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