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Bar Counsel v. Farber (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-062-13)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108-1750;  (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us     SJC‑11171   BAR COUNSEL  vs.  PETER S. FARBER.       Suffolk.     December 4, 2012.  ‑  April 9, 2013. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.       Attorney at Law, Disciplinary proceeding.  Board of Bar Overseers.  Immunity from Suit.  Words, “Board.”       Civil action commenced in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk on December 13, 2011.   The case was reported by Spina, J.     Constance V. Vecchione, Bar Counsel. Peter S. Farber, pro se.       BOTSFORD, J.  Attorney Peter S. Farber filed a civil action against G. Russell Damon in the Superior Court in October of 2011, asserting claims of defamation, “wrongful instigation of civil proceedings,” and violation of G. L. c. 93A.  Each claim was based on allegedly false statements made in a complaint and follow-up communications that Damon had previously filed with bar counsel, and in testimony Damon gave in a public hearing before a hearing committee of the Board of Bar Overseers (board).  Bar counsel thereafter filed this action for declaratory judgment in the county court.  At the heart of the declaratory judgment action are questions concerning the scope of immunity from civil liability afforded to bar discipline complainants by S.J.C. Rule 4:01, § 9 (§ 9), as appearing in 425 Mass. 1312 (1997).   Background.  The pertinent underlying facts are essentially undisputed.  Damon is a licensed real estate broker who works on Cape Cod.  In the fall of 2008, he filed identical complaints with bar counsel and the division of professional licensure, claiming that Farber, an attorney admitted to the Massachusetts bar and a real estate broker, made misrepresentations to induce Damon to split a $ 13,000 real estate commission with him.  The gist of Damon’s complaint was that Farber fraudulently misrepresented certain facts to Damon in connection with a real estate purchase in which Farber was involved on behalf of the actual purchasers, leading Damon to give Farber one-half of the real estate commission he received from the sellers in connection with the sale.  On November 25, 2009, bar counsel filed a petition for discipline against Farber; one of the counts was based on Damon’s complaint and concerned Farber’s conduct in connection with Damon.  A hearing committee of the board heard the matter in May, 2010, and Damon testified as a witness […]

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