Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorneys Successfully Quashed Subpoena for the Deposition of an Investigating Attorney in the US District Court of Massachusetts
Recently, MHTL attorneys, Kier Wachterhauser and Kevin Freytag, successfully quashed the deposition of an investigating attorney in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in ongoing employment-related litigation. Given the fact-gathering nature of investigative work, it is not uncommon for attorneys who conduct workplace investigations and internal reviews to be the subject of discovery inquiries in litigation. Nevertheless, the attorney client privilege is not automatically waived. Courts will generally look at the nature of the investigation, the nature of the underlying legal representation, the purpose and need for the underlying discovery inquiry, and the course of discovery to date in assessing whether depositions or similar discovery should be allowed. Careful thought should be given to how investigative reports are presented and to whom, as well as the nature of communications surrounding investigations and how the material is subsequently used. Working with experienced legal counsel is a must.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP is also known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice as well as its extensive business litigation and advising employers on internal reviews and strategic legal approaches when dealing with the government. The firm also has an extensive education law practice representing public, private, and nonprofit educational institutions from pre-K through the college and university level.
The MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) sponsored an eLecture where Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, presented. Alongside Ms. Sowyrda was Daniel Ahearn, Esq., and Marlies Spanjaard from the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), school authorities are required to conduct Manifestation Determination when it comes to discipling a student with disabilities. Their presentation, titled “How to Handle Manifestation Determination Reviews for Students with Disabilities”, focused Read More
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.