Major legal publication makes front page story of NPH’s Meghan Cooper

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NPH Attorney Meghan C. Cooper appeared on the front page of this week’s edition of Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly, in connection with the newspaper’s coverage of her significant Appeals Court victory earlier this month. The digital version of the article is below in PDF format – just click to read it in full.

In related news, Lawyer’s Weekly has named Meghan one of twenty-five recipients of its 2015 Excellence in the Law Award for Up and Coming Lawyers. We are so proud of her for receiving this prestigious honor, although not a bit surprised. We are very lucky that Meghan has chosen to dedicate her remarkable skill set to the representation of the thousands of hard working men and women who make up the NPH labor family. We will post more on the award when it is published in April.

Cop can’t be fired for refusing to testify at civil service hearing | Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

NPH WINS MAJOR CIVIL SERVICE CASE AT APPEALS COURT – NEW RULE OF LAW CREATED

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NPH Attorney Meghan Cooper has won a major victory for civil service employees across Massachusetts.  In a case of first impression, the Appeals Court ruled that a municipality may not discipline employees for failing to testify at local appointing authority hearings that are held – as the Court found – for the benefit of the employee and not for the benefit of the City.  To that end, the Court held that employees may not be ordered to testify at such hearings.  This decision will greatly aid civil service employees in determining how to defend themselves through the multi-layered appeals process available to public employees.

In this particular case, Meghan represented NEPBA Local 911, the Worcester Police Patrolman’s Union.  After the officer was fired by the City Manager for failing to testify at Continue reading

NPH REAL ESTATE AND WILLS – PRICING DISCOUNTS

With end of the year tax filing and New Years’ resolutions, we have been receiving many calls, as we do each year at this time, inquiring about union discounts for estate planning and mortgage refinancing, etc. To make things easier, attached is some basic pricing and process information that hopefully is helpful. Any inquires, please email or call Atty. Jim Harrington who will take good care of you.

CLICK BELOW FOR UNION DISCOUNTED FEE SCHEDULE:

DISCOUNTED NPH FEES FOR UNION MEMBER CLIENTS.docx

Civil Service Commission’s Residency Decision Upheld by Superior Court

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The 10-mile residency requirement of the Civil Service statute, GL c. 31, Sec. 58, caused much concern over the past year.  In Town of Rockland, the Commission required that the Appointing Authority examine its Fire Department roster to determine whether it was in compliance with the law; the Commission several months later heard evidence and determined that — at the time of the hearing — the Town was in compliance.  The complaining officer Continue reading

NPH Lawyers Win Vacation Benefits Case: Labor Board relies on recent NH Supreme Court precedent in case also won by NPH

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On December 23, 2014, the NH Public Employee Relations Board ruled in favor of the Goffstown Police Union, NEPBA Local 24, in a case litigated by NPH Attorneys Peter Perroni and Meghan Cooper.  The dispute involved the Town’s refusal to pay additional vacation due officers, based on additional years of service; the Town claimed that because the parties were in the hiatus period between contracts, it had no obligation to pay the Continue reading

NPH Attorneys win Serious Discipline Case for Veteran Middlesex Sheriff’s Officer: Case Highlights Challenges of Understaffed Officers in a Severely Overcrowded Jail

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NPH attorneys Gary Nolan and Meghan Cooper won a significant arbitration victory for a 30-year employee of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, NEPBA Local 500, in a case that brought sharp focus onto the issue of prison overcrowding, while highlighting the difficulty faced by a consistently shrinking compliment of officers. The Award of the arbitrator, rendered on Christmas Eve, overturned entirely the Sheriff’s heavy-handed discipline of a veteran, well-respected officer with an impeccable record of service.

In 2012, the Cambridge Jail, designed to hold 160 pretrial detainees, had swelled to a population of more than 400; meanwhile, officer staffing had drastically decreased. With Continue reading

NPH Lawyers Win Excessive Force Trial On Behalf of New Hampshire Police Sergeant: Prosecution’s case was based primarily on helmet camera video evidence.

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On December 11, 2014, after a contentious three-day trial in Strafford County Superior Court, Nolan Perroni Harrington, LLP lawyers Peter Perroni and Meghan Cooper successfully obtained a Not Guilty verdict on behalf of a Farmington, NH (NEPBA Local 212) Police Sergeant accused of assault during the arrest of an individual in June 2013. The trial involved so-called “helmet cam” video evidence of the encounter between police and the suspect, who was being taken into custody for a felony reckless conduct charge. After striking the officer with his motor vehicle and then fleeing the scene, the suspect was apprehended outside of his home. During a time of unprecedented scrutiny of police use of force, Attorneys Perroni and Cooper convinced the Court that the force used by the Sergeant was reasonable in the circumstances and necessary to effectuate the arrest of the individual.

Both the New Hampshire Union Leader and Foster Daily Democrat covered the story extensively. Links to coverage are below.

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20141212/GJNEWS_01/141219722/0/SEARCH

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20141211/GJNEWS_01/141219795/0/SEARCH

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20141211/NEWS03/141219741

http://www.nh1.com/videoplayer/?video_id=1131&categories=

http://www.nh1.com/news/farmington-police-officers-accused-of-assault-during-arrest-found-not-guilty/

NPH Attorney’s Win Important Labor Decision at NH Supreme Court

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After a long legal battle on behalf of NEPBA Local 295, attorneys at Nolan Perroni Harrington have won an important labor decision from New Hampshire’s Supreme Court. Last week, the Court upheld a decision by the Public Employee Labor Relations Board finding that the Strafford County Sheriff wrongfully imposed new work rules on the heels of his Deputies’ petition to unionize. In Appeal of Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, the Court found that the Sheriff had committed various Unfair Labor Practices by unilaterally Continue reading

NPH Battling for Lowell Police Lt – Member of NEPBA Local 10

Lowell Sun is closely following our defense of Lt. Siopes in the cell block death case.  A lot of the information and videos of testimony can be viewed online on the Sun’s website.

Click the link below for an article in today’s edition of the newspaper – it reveals a very significant development in the case, and raises some real interesting questions.

 

http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_26314684/lowell-officer-siopes-i-didnt-get-copy-policy?source=most_viewed

NPH Wins Longevity Arbitration for Chelmsford Police Sergeants

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NPH Attorney Meghan Cooper won an important arbitration victory for the members of NEPBA Local 20, the Chelmsford Police Sergeants.  Attorney Cooper overcame several challenging provisions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement to demonstrate that the Town had been short-changing the Sergeants when calculating their overtime rate.  The Town did not include longevity pay in the OT calculation, and the arbitrator ordered that, from the date of the grievance forward, the Town increase the overtime calculation to included longevity pay.  In addition, due to evidence and arguments presented by Attorney Cooper relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Arbitrator suggested that the Town may also be failing to include several other required compensation items in its overtime calculation.  Given the evidence and the arbitration decision, those issues may now be addressed at the bargaining table, or in future litigation.

To read the full decision, just click the link below.

Chelmsford Longevity Arbitration