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Two MHTL Attorneys Appointed as Hearing Officers

Attorneys Alisia St. Florian and Matthew Feeney have been appointed to serve as Hearing Officers for the Board of Bar Overseers for the 2019-2021 Term. During this voluntary three year appointment, hearing officers are called upon to make determinations and recommendations as to alleged attorney misconduct.

Alisia St. Florian is a partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane. Mrs. St. Florian’s primary focus is special education along with general education law.

Matthew Feeney was an Assistant District Attorney for fifteen years in both Essex and Suffolk County. Mr. Feeney is a senior attorney emphasizing in representation of public retirement boards, conducting internal investigations for public and private entities, civil litigation and criminal defense.

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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents “Recent Developments in ERISA”

  Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Partner Katherine Hesse gave a plenary presentation on Recent Developments in ERISA on Friday September 16 to members of the Group Legal Services Association (“GLSA”) at its annual meeting in New Orleans.  Among the topics she emphasized were what employers/plan sponsors need to know in the aftermath of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade and lessons from the Court’s decision in Hughes and other class action litigation as to factors to consider Read More

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MARIJUANA REFORM BILL BECOMES LAW

On August 12, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed S. 3096, “An act relative to equity in the cannabis industry,” (“Act”) into law. The Act reforms Massachusetts’s existing marijuana laws, particularly with respect to host community agreements (“HCAs”), community impact fees (“CIFs”), and social consumption sites (e.g. marijuana cafes). The Act empowers the Cannabis Control Commission (“Commission”), the state regulatory agency, to exert greater control over HCAs and their CIFs. Municipalities levy CIFs on cannabis businesses to account for the costs they impose on the municipality as a result of their operations. Additionally, the Act allows municipalities to permit on-premises social consumption of marijuana at designated sites. Other notable provisions of the Act include the new Social Equity Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”), changes to the tax law regarding cannabis businesses, and various provisions concerning those persons and communities most impacted by the prior illegality of marijuana usage and sale. Governor Baker vetoed only one section of the final bill: the provision calling on the state to conduct a study of medical marijuana usage in schools.

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