The Trump administration told a Massachusetts federal court that it had the discretion to reach settlements as it saw fit, pushing to end a suit by environmental advocates that said the U.S. Department of Justice's policy banning environmental improvement projects in enforcement settlements is unlawful.
Mass spectrometry company 908 Devices on Wednesday filed for an initial public offering guided by Goodwin Procter LLP that is preliminarily estimated to bring in about $75 million.
Ahead of the long weekend, when Americans are most known for gathering and traveling, Thanksgiving-minded governors laid down more restrictions as COVID-19 cases continued surging over the past week.
The Boston Bar Association has urged the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hold an upcoming hearing in a criminal case in-person, arguing virtual hearings can cause unconstitutional disparities for low-income communities and people of color.
Lawyers for parents in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case need to be ready for a trial with adequate precautions or else withdraw from the case, a federal judge in Massachusetts said Wednesday, responding sharply to four defendants' request for a seven-month delay amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A private equity firm sued in London over its $3 billion purchase of a General Electric power unit has hit back with its own suit, accusing the conglomerate of making key omissions in financial statements used to evaluate the final price of the deal.
A Massachusetts personal care attendant's wage and hour lawsuit against a state agency and two disability assistance organizations can't proceed because she is employed by her patient, not those entities, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Tuesday.
A Boston-area Teamsters union local violated federal labor law by suggesting members not cross another union's picket outside two DHL facilities, a National Labor Relations Board judge said, calling the refusal to cross it an illegal secondary strike.
A group of states on Monday asked a federal judge to scrap the Trump administration's rule narrowing the scope of the Clean Water Act's jurisdiction, saying the government failed to study how excluding many previously protected waters would harm water quality and step on states' rights.
Goodwin Procter LLP will pay its nonpartner lawyers in the U.S. a one-time bonus — up to $40,000 — in December for their work throughout the year and the pandemic, which will be in addition to their annual bonuses in January, the firm announced Tuesday.
The bankrupt parent company of Boston Sports Clubs has illegally charged fees for unwanted memberships and failed to honor cancellation requests during the coronavirus pandemic, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey alleged in a suit Tuesday.
Tegra Medical LLC agreed to pay $240,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming the company sat idly by as female workers faced lewd comments and unwanted advances, while the operator of Smashburger reached a $70,000 deal to wrap up a racial harassment case, the EEOC said Tuesday.
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP's top officer entered guilty pleas Tuesday on behalf of the company to a three-count felony information detailing Purdue's long conspiracy to defeat federal opioid control programs and anti-kickback statutes, part of a wider $8.3 billion criminal and civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $17.5 million and improve its data security to resolve a multistate investigation into a 2014 breach that exposed the credit card information of 40 million of its customers nationwide.
Labor groups representing over 50,000 Uber drivers urged the First Circuit on Monday to force the ride-hailing company to recognize them as employees and grant them sick leave during the pandemic, dismissing as "pure fiction" the company's arguments that the drivers are fee-paying customers of its matchmaking service.
DeMoulas Super Markets Inc. agreed to cough up $17.5 million to end a proposed class action accusing the Massachusetts-based grocery chain of giving thousands of workers just one "abysmal" choice for investing their retirement savings.
A group of drug buyers and states asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday to reject Teva Pharmaceutical's bid to scrap a bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over civil price-fixing claims to await the outcome of related criminal charges, calling the drugmaker's efforts to keep witnesses from overlapping a "fool's errand."
College admissions slots at the center of the "Varsity Blues" case don't qualify as property for federal wire fraud charges, a Massachusetts federal judge said Monday, applying the U.S. Supreme Court's May decision overturning the Bridgegate convictions to the university officials indicted in the high-profile admissions and testing scandal.
Legal changes and job security concerns have ignited an organizing explosion among non-tenure college professors and graduate student workers, swelling organized labor’s ranks in higher education by tens of thousands over the last several years, new research shows. Here Law360 explores the dynamics of this red-hot sector.
The First Circuit on Friday upheld the insider trading convictions of two biotech employees, saying the pieces of evidence at trial "fit neatly together" to show the friends profited by trading stock based on nonpublic information.
A Massachusetts tire business violated federal labor law when it didn't notify or bargain with a union before contracting out bargaining unit work and implementing and terminating a bonus program, the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday, upholding a National Labor Relations Board decision from last year.
The U.S. Department of Labor should let a Massachusetts man convicted of drug trafficking serve as a union official despite a labor law prohibiting former felons from doing so for 13 years, the man said in a petition in federal court in that state.
Conagra Brands Inc. on Friday slammed a bid by a buyer to amend her proposed class action alleging the company's cooking oils are not "pure and 100% natural" as advertised, saying the motion is "gamesmanship" and comes too late to save her claims.
A Delaware judge ruled Thursday that Indian Harbor Insurance Co. must defend robotic vacuum cleaner maker SharkNinja in a patent infringement and false advertising case brought by rival iRobot Corp., finding that iRobot's suit asserts potential covered personal and advertising injury claims.
The resurgence of COVID-19 in Massachusetts could prompt Gov. Charlie Baker to again impose aggressive restrictions on businesses using a decades-old statute, but legal experts say courts are likely to give him broad deference in combating the public health crisis.
Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.
Attorneys at Ropes & Gray explore four types of high-impact drug pricing initiatives at the state level — pricing transparency, pharmacy benefit manager controls, drug importation and value-based arrangements — examining how the current wave of reforms may affect drug companies' business operations.
As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.
Data privacy is likely to be a key area of legislative and enforcement focus for President-elect Joe Biden, and consumer financial protection is expected to be an immediate priority due to the economic impact of the pandemic, with the most drastic shift likely to occur at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.
As many nonprofits face budget shortfalls due to the pandemic, the one-year anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Lynch v. Crawford reminds board-level volunteers that they could be found personally liable for wage violations, despite qualified immunity provided by federal and state law, say attorneys at Casner & Edwards.
As more states legalize marijuana, financial institutions with marijuana-related business customers should implement robust and nuanced compliance programs, and those that do not want to serve the industry should have policies in place for determining whether existing customers are engaged in marijuana-related activities, say attorneys at Venable.
Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.
Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
Schools facing lawsuits associated with both shutting down and reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic may be able to find relief through their consumer general liability and educators legal liability insurance policies, says Michael Rush at Gilbert.
Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.
U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.
The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.
Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.
Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.
The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.