Divorce Mediation Blog

“Reconstituted” Majority Nixes Panel Consensus, Again

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Well, maybe we were wrong about this happening infrequently, and we just woke up to it. Or maybe it is a new trend.

On the heels of Pfannenstiehl, in which a “reconstituted majority” vetoed the 2-judge majority who heard the case, AT v. CR is a new decision in which Justices Meade and Blake’s consensus failed, when other non-panel justices rallied with Justice Hanlon to nullify the panel majority. It is not a family law case, but, rather, a juvenile harassment case.

Again, the majority became dissenters, with Justice Blake (a veteran divorce lawyer and former Probate and Family Court Judge) writing a crisp dissent, joined by Justice Meade. Perhaps coincidentally, Justice Berry, whose minority panel view ultimately prevailed in Pfannenstiehl, voted in the rump majority that carried the day, here.

What’s going on up there at the Appeals Court?

Get e-mail notifications of new blog posts! Enter email address below.:

Delivered by FeedBurner

other articles

recent posts


Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Cohabitation arbitration Uniform Arbitration Act Boston COLA Child Support Guidelines LDRC traditional negotiations med-arb pre-ARA alimony divorce process Alimony Reform Act family law mediation high-risk methodology divorce mediators alimony statute Massachusetts alimony and child support MLB labor agreement separation annulment Self-adjusting alimony orders litigation divorce arbitration facilitated negotiations lawyers divorce litigation General term alimony alimony reform legislation disputes Massachusetts divorce lawyers divorce lawyers Divorce family law DOMA alimony Baseball Arbitration divorce judgment Divorce Agreements alimony law how baseball arbitration works Baseball med/arb Family Law Arbitration Same Sex Marriage SJC arbitrator rehabilitative alimony child support Levine Dispute Resolutions special master divorce and family law arbitrators Baseball Players Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act family mediation resolve disputes family and probate law disputes medical benefits divorce mediations divorce mediation The Seven Sins of Alimony lawyer Levine Dispute Resolution Defense of Marriage Act family support mediator Levine Dispute Resolution Center mediations Massachusetts alimony divorce agreement family law arbitrators Chouteau Levine Levine Dispute Resolution Center LLC divorce arbitrator health insurance divorce arbitrators self-adjusting alimony Obamacare divorced dispute resolution alimony orders Major League Baseball Arbitration divorce mediator mediators fraud conciliation Matrimonial Arbitration support orders mediation divorce and family law mediators Act Reforming Alimony in the Commonwealth Massachusetts lawyers lawyer-attended mediation private dispute resolution health coverage family law arbitrator Massachusetts divorce mediators Massachusetts IRC §2704