Step off, Super Lawyers of Massachusetts, and make way for Boston attorney Arthur F. Licata, who was recently listed in the 2006 "Who's Who in the World."
A tavern owner could not be held liable for the beating and rape suffered by a female patron after she left the bar visibly drunk,
the Appeals Court has ruled.
Plaintiffs' lawyers are making a serious push for legislation that would eliminate the state's $20,000 liability cap on charitable
organizations a move they say would both help obtain fairer results for plaintiffs and reduce litigation.
Can pedestrians who were struck by a car driven by an intoxicated 20-year-old successfully pursue a negligent-supervision claim
against the driver's parents?
It was a grand affair at the Museum of Fine Arts as the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys hosted a cocktail soiree during
the Association of Trial Lawyers of America annual meeting in Boston late last month.
Establishing liability in cases involving alcohol-related deaths and injuries can be a daunting task for plaintiffs' lawyers.
Where (1) the plaintiffs' minor decedent, while a guest at a private party held at the defendant country club, became intoxicated
by consuming drinks purchased by other guests at the defendant's bar and was later killed by a car when she walked onto a
highway, (2) a jury returned a verdict in the plaintiffs' favor on a negligence claim against the defendant and (3) the trial judge
granted the defendant's motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict, we conclude that it was error for the trial judge to enter
judgment for the defendant notwithstanding the verdict, as the evidence was sufficient to support the jury's determination that the
defendant breached its duty to refrain from making alcohol available to the deceased minor.
Where a country club didn't serve drinks to underage guests but knew or should have known that adult guests were giving drinks
to minors, the club was liable for the death of a teenager who became intoxicated at a club function, wandered on to a road and
was struck by a passing car, the Supreme Judicial Court has held.
Arthur F. Licata became interested in the "international arena" when he was a college student. He has since been able to achieve
what so many people find difficult to do: turn an avocation into a profession. As an international business attorney with ties in
Estonia and the Czech Republic, Licata has the unique opportunity to see not only a part of
the world going through an historical transition but also how that reflects upon this country. President Clinton invited Licata to the White House Conference on Trade and Investment in Central and Eastern Europe on
Jan. 12 and 13. Licata spoke to Lawyers Weekly's Dale Seamans about that conference and
the business of doing business in that part of the world.
The Boston, Massachusetts Personal Injury Law firm of Arthur F. Licata, P.C. handles Lawyers Weekly Press for clients throughout Massachusetts
including Suffolk County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County, Middlesex County, Worcester County, and Essex County, and cities such
as Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, Cambridge, Brockton, New Bedford, Fall River, Lynn, and Quincy. Mr. Licata is also admitted to
practice in the state of New York. He routinely takes cases by referral from other attorneys located throughout the New England
region and the United States.
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