Arbitrator: Granby wrong to suspend ex-fire chief John Mitchell; hearing on propriety of firing yet to come

From Jim Russell | Special to The Republican November 9, 2020 GRANBY – An arbitrator on Wednesday determined the Selectboard lacked justification to suspend, without pay, the town’s former fire chief, John Mitchell, while he was still an employee earlier this year. The Selectboard’s office has not responded to a request for comment. “The Town is hereby ordered to immediately rescind the suspension, remove all

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RJA Attorneys John Vigliotti And Andy Gambaccini Again Selected As Super Lawyers

The Worcester, Massachusetts law firm of Reardon, Joyce & Akerson, P.C. announces that attorneys John Vigliotti and Andy Gambaccini again have been selected as Super Lawyers for 2020 by Super Lawyers Magazine. John Vigliotti receives the award for the sixth time, one for each year he has been eligible. Prior to being named a Super Lawyer, Vigliotti twice was named a Rising Star by Super

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Lawyers brace to defend thin blue line in troubled times

From masslawyersweekly.com By: Pat Murphy October 22, 2020 Lawyers who defend police accused of misconduct are alert to the potential impact that the death of George Floyd and other alleged cases of officers using excessive force against minorities could have on their own clients’ cases. “You are always concerned about the public climate and how it affects any case,” says Leonard H. Kesten, a Boston litigator who

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Attorney Austin Joyce Named as a 2020 Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that Austin Joyce has been selected to the 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected

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Article By RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini Published In Boston Bar Journal

A recent edition of the Boston Bar Journal features an article written by RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini entitled Reid v. City of Boston:  Extending the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act’s Interpretive Complexity.  The article discusses the historical difficulties associated with the legislative and judicial shaping of the concept of governmental immunity in Massachusetts, including how those long-existing problems continue to impact the development of the law

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Dalton police chief’s exit package worth $141K

Dalton police chief’s exit package worth $141K By: Larry Parnass | The Berkshire Eagle DALTON — The cost of resolving a dispute with its former police chief cost Dalton $141,339. And 60 cents. The amount represents the time left on Chief Jeffrey E. Coe’s contract, which ran to June 30, 2021, as well as nearly $30,000 in accrued vacation and unused sick time and a

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Dalton Chief Jeffrey E. Coe takes settlement, bows out amid review of conduct

Dalton Chief Jeffrey E. Coe takes settlement, bows out amid review of conduct By: Larry Parnass | The Berkshire Eagle DALTON — Dalton’s police chief is out but will pocket what his attorney characterizes as a sizable severance payment, after town officials conceded they did not have grounds to carry through with a disciplinary action. Chief Jeffrey E. Coe and the town’s Select Board reached

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Granby fire chief suspended over reckless behavior, online comments

Granby fire chief suspended over reckless behavior, online comments By: MICHAEL CONNORS | Daily Hampshire Gazette GRANBY — Fire Chief John Mitchell, who has been suspended without pay for the month of June due to accusations of speeding and recklessness while driving town cars, will continue his suspension into July after coming under fire for questionable Facebook comments. Mitchell was placed on unpaid leave after

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Protesters outside hearing call for Dalton chief’s firing, next hearing June 18

Protesters outside hearing call for Dalton chief’s firing, next hearing June 18 By: Larry Parnass | The Berkshire Eagle DALTON — Whether Dalton’s police chief helped or hindered the career of a former rank-and-file officer lies at the heart of an investigation into his eight-year management of the department. A hearing that began Friday into Chief Jeffrey E. Coe’s conduct in office ran for three

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Article By RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini Published In Boston Bar Journal

In the Winter 2020 edition of the Boston Bar Journal, RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini published a case focus article entitled Reid v. City of Boston:  Extending the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act’s Interpretive Complexity.  The article discusses the historical difficulties associated with the legislative and judicial shaping of the concept of governmental immunity in Massachusetts, including how those long-existing problems continue to impact the development of

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