Massachusetts

  • April 20, 2018

    Alnylam, Dicerna Settle Trade Secrets Case Ahead Of Trial

    With a trial looming, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced Friday it would shell out $15 million and close to a million shares of common stock to end Massachusetts state and federal court litigation with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. in which both sides accused the other of misappropriating trade secrets for technology related to RNA interference.

  • April 20, 2018

    Nestlé, Hershey Say No Room For Child Labor On Labels

    Nestlé and Hershey urged a Massachusetts federal court to toss separate proposed consumer class actions alleging that the companies failed to disclose information about forced child labor in their chocolate supply chains, arguing that the requested disclosures don't belong on every candy label.

  • April 20, 2018

    Cosby Accuser Cites #MeToo In Bid For High Court Review

    Arguing the U.S. Supreme Court should rule that saying "me too" did not make her a public figure, a woman who has accused Bill Cosby of defamation petitioned for high court review Thursday in the case stemming from his claim that she lied about being raped by him.

  • April 20, 2018

    Lawyers Spar Over Bid To DQ Atty In Corruption Case

    An attorney for an indicted former Massachusetts senator slammed a move by federal prosecutors to disqualify his co-counsel or examine his files related to defending the politician, telling a federal judge Friday what the government is asking for is unprecedented.

  • April 20, 2018

    Mass. Atty Appeals Suspension, Gets 6 More Months

    A Massachusetts attorney had his nine-month suspension from practicing law extended to 15 months on Friday after the state's Supreme Judicial Court ruled the counts against him of abuse and misconduct relating to elderly clients' estates warranted harsher penalties given the repeated nature of the acts and his failure to repay excessive fees.

  • April 20, 2018

    Ed Dept. Hiding Ties To For-Profit Colleges, Nonprofit Claims

    The National Consumer Law Center sued the U.S. Department of Education in Massachusetts federal court Thursday, claiming the agency has illegally denied it access to public documents that reveal the for-profit college industry has driven the government to stall new regulations that help student loan borrowers.

  • April 20, 2018

    Ex-Aveo CFO Denied Quick Win In SEC’s Cancer Drug Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday denied a summary judgment bid from the only former Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc. executive still fighting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims that the company misled investors about the likelihood of approval for its premier cancer drug.

  • April 20, 2018

    Biogen Pays Pharma Co. Ionis $1B To Extend Partnership

    Massachusetts based biotechnology company Biogen Inc. on Friday said that it has agreed to pay Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. $1 billion to extend a strategic partnership through a 10-year collaboration to develop drugs that treat neurological diseases.

  • April 20, 2018

    Exxon Takes AG Climate Probe Fight To 2nd Circ.

    Oil giant ExxonMobil said Friday it will appeal to the Second Circuit a New York federal judge's dismissal of its suit claiming the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts conspired to violate its free speech rights on climate change issues by investigating the company.

  • April 20, 2018

    Boeing Passenger Wins $1.5M Verdict In Midair Hole Trial

    A Costa Rican woman won a $1.5 million jury verdict for emotional and physical injuries she said she suffered after a harrowing 2010 flight during which a two-foot hole opened up in a Boeing plane at 32,000 feet, according to a judgment entered late Thursday in Massachusetts federal court. 

  • April 19, 2018

    Judge Unseals $2 Million Fee Request In Adderall Patent Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday unsealed a request from Shire PLC to bill a generic competitor $2 million after winning a patent infringement suit over its hit hyperactivity treatment Adderall XR.

  • April 19, 2018

    3 IPOs Tap Markets For $841M With Mixed Results

    A private equity-backed steel products company and two biotechnology firms completed initial public offerings that raised a combined $841 million after pricing deals at varying ends of the price spectrum, kicking off a busy week for IPOs with mixed results on Thursday.

  • April 19, 2018

    Mass. Official Says SEC Proposals Shortchange Investors

    Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin blasted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new standards for brokers on Thursday, saying the revised rules would benefit the broker-dealer industry, not investors.

  • April 19, 2018

    State AGs Tell Congress Not To Exclude Attys From FDCPA

    The New York, California and Massachusetts attorneys general joined 17 of their counterparts in urging Congress on Thursday to reject a bill that would shield law firms and attorneys involved in debt-collection litigation from the reaches of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, saying the move would strip away critical safeguards.

  • April 19, 2018

    Abbott Must Give Docs To Alere Investors In Stock-Drop Suit

    Abbott Laboratories must relay four months' worth of merger discussions to a proposed class of Alere Inc. investors suing Alere over a dip in its stock price while the companies were negotiating a $5.3 billion merger in 2016, a federal magistrate judge ruled on Thursday in a Boston courtroom.

  • April 19, 2018

    1st Circ. Upholds $2.7M Payment From Bankrupt Railroad

    Despite not being sold on their reasoning, the First Circuit on Wednesday upheld two lower court rulings that found the Federal Railroad Administration had properly distributed $2.7 million from a bankrupt freight railroad to an Ohio-based railway company that had furnished the troubled carrier a line of credit.

  • April 18, 2018

    Golf-Course Stock Tipper Gets Supervised Release Slashed

    A former stone salesman who spent about a year in prison for passing around nonpublic stock tips during rounds of golf can get out of a second year of supervised release to pursue a new career in Florida real estate, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Wednesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    Exxon Climate Probes Greenlighted By Courts: What's Next

    Now that state and federal courts have slammed the door on efforts by Exxon Mobil to block climate change probes launched by attorneys general from New York and Massachusetts, experts say the battleground for prosecutors and the oil giant will shift to exactly what information Exxon has to turn over and whether that information is enough to justify formal litigation. Here's an overview of where the investigations stand and where they could go from here.

  • April 18, 2018

    Cape Codders Sue Tyco, 3M Over Foam-Contaminated Water

    A group of Cape Cod residents filed a putative class action Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court against 3M Co., Chemguard Inc. and Tyco Fire Products LP, claiming a fire-suppression foam manufactured by the chemical companies contaminated soil and groundwater, hurting property values and causing adverse health effects.

  • April 18, 2018

    Momenta, Sandoz Ask To Appeal Antitrust Claims Mid-Suit

    Generic-drug companies Sandoz Inc. and Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. asked a federal judge for permission Tuesday to appeal mid-suit his decision to let another generic-drug maker sue them for allegedly telling regulators white lies to gain an advantage in a race to sell an alternative to brand-name blood thinner Lovenox.

Expert Analysis

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Coaltrain Ruling Clarifies FERC’s Enforcement Powers

    Michael Brooks

    A federal district court in Ohio recently upheld some of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s penalties against an energy company and its owners for market manipulation. Although the court’s reasoning generally followed the lead of other courts that have recently opined on the scope of FERC’s enforcement authority, there are a number of elements worth noting, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • Equal Pay Act Is Closing In On Mass. Employers

    Sonia Macias Steele

    Massachusetts' attorney general recently issued helpful guidance on the state's new Equal Pay Act, including some safe harbor defenses against this strict liability law. But to enjoy full protection, employers need to act soon, as the law goes into effect on July 1, says Sonia Macias Steele of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Equifax Cybersecurity Ruling Heightens Risk For Companies

    Heather Egan Sussman

    The Superior Court of Massachusetts' recent Equifax decision — the first-ever court ruling on allegations made by a state attorney general in cybersecurity litigation — is notable for siding with Attorney General Maura Healey on several key issues of concern to all companies that collect personal information, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Mass. Crackdown Reflects Increased State Regulation Of ICOs

    Christopher Conniff

    The top securities regulator in Massachusetts recently issued consent orders halting five initial coin offerings, reminding virtual currency market participants that they must be mindful of state regulators as well. This “sweep” is likely only the tip of the iceberg for ICOs in Massachusetts and in other states, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.