Stephen Riden Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

A recent issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Stephen Riden in an article titled “Cost of lawyer’s fraud falls on client, not third party.”

The article covers a decision by the Massachusetts Superior Court in Middlesex County concerning the impact of fraudulent conduct by an attorney, and which party must shoulder the burden of the attorney’s misdeeds. The decision was entered in the case titled Artin Service Station, Inc. v. Mitri, Lawyers Weekly No. 12-088-17. 

In the decision, the Middlesex Superior Court explained that attorney for the plaintiff Artin Service Station pocketed settlement proceeds that were supposed to be paid to a third party.  The court ruled that, even though both Artin Service Station and the third party were victims of the lawyer’s misconduct, Artin Service Station had to bear the loss.

The court reasoned that “[t]his result is plainly unsatisfying to Artin, which is a victim of its agent attorney. There is likely little comfort in the fact that Artin’s claims against the disbarred wrongdoer, Levintoff, are compelling. But where neither the principal nor the third person did anything wrong, and both are victims of Levintoff’s wrongdoing, the law requires the principal to bear the risk.”

In the article, Steve Riden is quoted as follows:

Boston attorney Stephen D. Riden said that the message from the decision is that companies and individuals shopping for legal representation need to do their homework and then monitor their lawyer’s activities.

He added that the cautionary tale extends to employers who use “agents,” i.e., their employees, whose wrongful conduct could bind and harm them.

The decision went the right way from a practical perspective, Riden said. If the decision had imposed a duty to investigate possible fraudulent conduct by an agent, it would “inject a huge amount of uncertainty into every business transaction,” potentially bringing those dealings to a halt.

The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Kris Olson.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Steve Riden Supplements Guide to Law of Damages

Steve Riden has written the first supplement to his chapter in the book Damages, Interest, and Attorney Fees in Massachusetts Litigation. The chapter, supplemented in 2017, is titled “General Law of Damages in Massachusetts.”

The book was edited by Tara J. Myslinski, Esq., of O’Connor, Carnathan, and Mack LLC, in Burlington, Massachusetts.

The first chapter provides an overview of the law of damages in Massachusetts. It describes compensatory, nominal, and punitive damages and reviews the different types of injury associated with damages claims. It also describes a series of special rules and doctrines affecting damages, such as mitigation, the collateral source rule, comparative negligence, additur and remittitur, contribution and indemnification, and tax consequences. Included in the chapter is a digest of nearly sixty specific statutory provisions authorizing punitive damages awards.

General Law of Damages in MassachusettsThe book is published by MCLE and is an essential resource for civil litigators seeking to assess the value of their cases and develop effective strategies for litigating damages. The earliest chapters of the book offer a general overview of the law of damages in Massachusetts, guidance on practice and procedure, and a look at settlement options.

The book explores damages issues in major areas of civil litigation in Massachusetts, such as personal injury actions and Chapter 93A cases.

RectangleThe concluding chapters, on interest and attorney fees, provide clear and practical guidance on these important but occasionally overlooked aspects of a plaintiff’s recovery. More information about the book is available here.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Beck Reed Riden LLP Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers in America List

Beck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to announce that two of its lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers.

Stephen Reed and Stephen Riden were named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list in the following categories:

  • Steve Reed, Commercial Litigation, &
    Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Steve Riden, Commercial Litigation

Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries.

Best Lawyers Award BadgeLawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Stephen Riden To Moderate BBA Panel

ridenStephen Riden will moderate a panel at the Boston Bar Association titled “Business Litigation Session: Year In Review.” Stephen is member of the BBA’s Business and Commercial Litigation Section. The panel will be co-moderated by Cynthia M. Guizzetti of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

BBAThe event will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA. More information and registration is available here.

The panel features all four Massachusetts Superior Court Judges who are currently assigned to the Business Litigation Session:

  • Hon. Janet L. Sanders, Superior Court
  • Hon. Kenneth W. Salinger, Superior Court
  • Hon. Mitchell H. Kaplan, Superior Court
  • Hon. Edward P. Leibensperger, Superior Court

The Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court (BLS) provides a forum for business and commercial disputes. The BLS consists of two full time sessions committed to the timely and efficient resolution of commercial disputes and other complex cases. The BLS handles a wide array of cases, including matters involving corporate governance, professional malpractice claims, consumer class actions, trade secret cases, insurance coverage disputes, and variety of commercial contract disputes.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Stephen Riden in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on Ediscovery

The October 8, 2012, issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Stephen Riden in an article about a survey of in-house counsel on ediscovery issues. The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Managing Editor, David E. Frank.

The article focuses on a survey conducted by BTI Consulting Group, in which 350 general counsel and other “legal decision makers” were asked to evaluate their outside attorneys’ management of ediscovery. The survey reveals widespread dissatisfaction with law firms’ handling of the phase of litigation involving the production of electronically stored information.

In the article, Steve Riden acknowledges the frustration felt by in-house counsel and describes the source of aggravation with the ediscovery process:

‘So much of the frustration in-house lawyers are experiencing is inherent in the process,’ said Stephen D. Riden of Beck, Reed, Riden in Boston. ‘Even the best positioned law firm is still going to find itself on the receiving end of complaints about the hassles associated with e-discovery. I don’t see that changing any time soon.’

Riden said he is not surprised by the results, given the time and money that goes into producing electronic data and the lack of experience many practitioners have dealing with e-discovery.

‘There is always going to be tension between what the client wants, which is minimal cost and hassle, and what the courts require, which can often be expensive and onerous,’ he said. ‘That tension isn’t going to go away any time soon. But this survey should be a wake-up call for law firms in Massachusetts and across the country that there is an area of client services that’s badly in need of improvement.’

Steve Riden frequently writes and speaks about commercial litigation issues, including social media and electronic discovery.

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Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Stephen Riden in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on preserving evidence

The February 27, 2012, issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Stephen Riden in an article about a company that was sanctioned after destroying evidence. The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Managing Editor, David E. Frank.

The article focuses on a lawsuit involving dispute over the ownership and management fees of a hedge fund. While the lawsuit was pending, a Superior Court judge in the Business Litigation Session found that the CEO of the defendant company destroyed thousands of pages of evidence. The defendant company, for its part, argued that the destruction was inadvertent and, in any event, the discarded materials were either duplicative or irrelevant.

Nevertheless, the Court found that spoliation had occurred, and ordered the defendant to pay a portion of the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and ruled that an adverse jury instruction would be given at the time of trial.

In the article, Stephen Riden comments that, while there are some appellate decisions in Massachusetts that define the parameters of what is a permissible sanction in this situation, the most comprehensive analysis of spoliation issues is most often found in lower court decisions.

‘By the time it gets to the appellate level, they’re looking at it from an abuse-of-discretion standard, so unless the judge has gone far afield of what an appeals court thinks is reasonable, they’re not going to issue an opinion to the contrary’ he said. ‘These are in-the-trenches discovery battles, and where you’re going to see the most well-developed analysis of the issues is in the trial court.’

Steve Riden frequently writes and speaks about commercial litigation issues, including social media and electronic discovery.

About Us

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

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