Differences on a tough new drunken driving bill, passed in different forms by the House and Senate, should be ironed out to allow a new law to take effect
before the Christmas and New Year holidays, leaders of a legislative conference committee agreed yesterday.
A person, although not injured in a car accident, may still collect auto insurance money based on the injuries of a spouse or parent, the Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday.
The meeting of the governor's advisory committee on medical malpractice had barely begun last month when one of the lawyers in the group
wondered aloud what all the fuss was about.
People who serve alcohol to guests who are clearly drunk were put on notice yesterday by the state's highest court that they could be held liable for
injuries those guests cause in motor vehicle accidents.
Police officers cannot legally arrest a drunk driver outside their territories unless they are in "hot pursuit" of the offenders from their own jurisdiction,
the state's highest court ruled yesterday.
A motorist who had several beers at a friend's home injures a pedestrian while driving home.
According to Arthur F. Licata, member and legal adviser of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving state coordinating committee, and strong proponent of
social-host liability, while hosts should continue to take as many precautions as possible in serving liquor at parties, they need not become distraught
over the liability decision
Reopening a controversi al environmental case, a federal court yesterday ordered new hearings to determine if Beatrice Foods Co. and its lawyers
"knowingly or intentionally" failed to disclose evidence in a trial.
At first, Licata said he preferred the House version, saying that while the Senate version had many good points, it contained "serious risks" because it
exempts many drivers from having their licenses suspended if their blood alcohol level is above a certain figure.
When the Suffolk Superior Court jury delivered a verdict of not guilty in his assault and battery case yesterday, defendant Cedric Cundiff heaved a
sigh of surprise.
"For the people in this delegation, live free or die has a real and poignant meaning," said Arthur F. Licata, a Boston lawyer accompanying the
"I have a Saudi businessman looking for gas masks," said Arthur Licata, a Boston lawyer and partner in ARDCOM, an international import and export
business. "I got a call over the weekend and he wants them A.S.A.P."
A jury has awarded a West Roxbury family $510, 000 in a civil suit stemming from the 1987 death of a West Roxbury teen-ager who was served
alcohol at a country club before she was killed by a car on Route 1. The suit, decided early in the summer, may set a precedent and redefine legal
contours regarding the responsibility of alcohol- serving establishments to bar minors from drinking, said Arthur Licata, who argued the case on
behalf of the family of Julie Tobin in Suffolk Superior Court. Tobin, who was 17, was served drinks by her adult cousins during a family reunion at the
Norwood Country Club on Route 1 in Norwood, Licata said.
Arthur F. Licata, who represented the Tobin family, said the decision shields minors and the public from harm and ensures that restaurants and
bartenders take steps to prevent alcohol-related tragedies
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