Massachusetts

  • June 01, 2020

    DOJ Closes Immigration Courts In 15 Cities Over 'Civil Unrest'

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review announced on Twitter late Sunday and early Monday that it would be closing immigration courts in 15 cities due to what it called "civil unrest" related to the anti-racism protests sweeping the country.

  • June 01, 2020

    2nd Circ. Side-Eyes Vehicle Emissions Penalty Rollback

    A Second Circuit panel appeared skeptical Monday about whether the Trump administration was within its rights to implement a nearly 61% rollback of penalties for violations of motor vehicle average fuel economy standards.

  • June 01, 2020

    'Strange' Times For Mass. Judges As Virus Redefines Court

    As attorneys, firms, law schools and students adjust to their new normal, the judiciary is also trying to figure out what that will look like once the courts ramp back up.

  • June 01, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: Goulston Real Estate Leaders

    In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, two of Goulston & Storrs' real estate leaders discuss the challenges of reopening in Boston and beyond, and note that trouble could be looming later this year for the multifamily sector.

  • June 01, 2020

    High Court Upholds Puerto Rico Financial Oversight Board

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that members of Puerto Rico's Financial Oversight and Management Board do not require U.S. Senate approval because the board's handling of the island's $125 billion bankruptcy is limited to Puerto Rico's fiscal issues and it only exercises local, territorial authority.

  • May 29, 2020

    Rejected College Applicants Can't Sue Over 'Varsity Blues'

    A California federal judge tossed two putative class actions against the mastermind of the "Varsity Blues" admissions cheating scandal and universities tied to the headline-grabbing case, ruling Friday that the rejected college applicant plaintiffs weren't particularly impacted by the scheme.

  • May 29, 2020

    Sens. Join Call For FTC To Probe How TikTok Uses Kids' Data

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Friday stepped up pressure on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether popular video-sharing app TikTok is "blatantly flouting" a deal with the commission that required it to significantly strengthen its children's privacy protections, a push that came just a day after more than a dozen U.S. House Democrats issued a similar call. 

  • May 29, 2020

    Race Co. Can't Escape Suit Over 'Worthless' Insurance

    A Florida federal court struck back at Spartan Race Inc.'s calling it "ill-equipped" to hear a proposed class action accusing it of overcharging racers for "worthless" insurance, rejecting its bid to move or dismiss the suit and finding the company failed to show the fee was not a deceptive or unfair act.

  • May 29, 2020

    Dems Upbeat On Prospects For Stalled Broadband Bills

    House and Senate Democrats have high hopes for passing a bevy of broadband expansion bills, whether or not they're officially rolled into the next coronavirus rescue package, two Hill staffers told Law360 during a virtual panel event on Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    Maine Pay-Per-Channel Law Is Illegal, Comcast Tells 1st Circ.

    Comcast and a coalition of big-name networks called on the First Circuit to shield them from a recent Maine law mandating they let consumers buy individual channels instead of package deals, arguing Friday the mandate undermines their editorial discretion and cuts into their free speech.

  • May 29, 2020

    Lawmakers Say DOI's Trust Decision 'Infringed' On Congress

    The U.S. Department of the Interior exceeded its lawful powers when it revoked trust land from a Massachusetts tribe in March, a bipartisan group of members of Congress have written in an amicus brief filed in D.C. federal court.

  • May 29, 2020

    RI Says 9th Circ. Agrees Climate Suit Belongs In State Court

    Rhode Island told the First Circuit that a pair of recent Ninth Circuit decisions lend support to its argument that a lower court correctly sent back to state court the state's lawsuit seeking to pin climate change-related infrastructure costs on energy giants like Chevron.

  • May 29, 2020

    Facebook Beats AI Startup's Bid To Shield Trade Secrets

    An artificial intelligence startup has failed to prove that its first employee ran off with the company's trade secrets when he took a job at Facebook, a Massachusetts federal judge said, denying the firm's request to block the former worker's ongoing research at the social media giant.

  • May 29, 2020

    1st 'Varsity Blues' Trial Date Remains Firm Despite Pandemic

    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding when and how jury trials will resume in Massachusetts, a federal judge said Friday the first "Varsity Blues" college admissions fraud trial is still slated to begin in late September.

  • May 29, 2020

    BBQ Chain Managers' Bid For Nationwide Wage Suit Falls Flat

    A Florida federal judge on Friday declined to greenlight a nationwide class of Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill managers accusing the barbecue chain of violating the Fair Labor Standard Act by making managers exempt from overtime pay.

  • May 29, 2020

    Mass. Gun Shops Say Reopening Doesn't Moot Case

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's decision to allow gun shops to reopen during the pandemic following a successful legal challenge by retailers doesn't moot their case, an attorney for the stores told a federal judge Friday, citing the possibility that a second wave of the coronavirus could trigger another shutdown.

  • May 28, 2020

    Palomar Fails To Get Past Alice In Manufacturing Patent Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday threw out Palomar Technologies Inc.'s lawsuit accusing rival MRSI Systems LLC of infringing its manufacturing patent, concluding there is "dramatically less to the claimed invention than meets the eye."

  • May 28, 2020

    Remanding Mass. Exxon Climate Case Clear Call, Judge Says

    A Massachusetts federal judge said Thursday the state attorney general's suit claiming ExxonMobil Corp. lied to investors and the public about climate change-associated risks relies on "mundane theories of fraud" that can be litigated in state court.

  • May 28, 2020

    Ex-GE Engineer Cops To Stealing Trade Secrets

    A research engineer who worked for General Electric Co. for more than eight years admitted Thursday to swiping trade secrets from his previous employer in hopes of using the information to start his own venture.

  • May 28, 2020

    MIT Expands Patent Fight Over Ford Engines

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has geared up for round two of its patent fight with Ford Motor Corp., lodging another lawsuit in Delaware federal court that accuses the auto giant of stealing its technology for fuel-efficient engines.

  • May 28, 2020

    GE, Fund Chided For 'Petty Squabble' Over Pension Arbitrator

    A Kansas federal judge has ended a dispute between General Electric and the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust over who should oversee a $205 million withdrawal liability arbitration, appointing the arbitrator neither side wanted and condemning the parties' "regrettable" and "most unnecessary" "petty squabbling" on Thursday.

  • May 28, 2020

    Cape Cod Resort Settles Groundwater Pollution Suit

    A Cape Cod resort will revamp its sewage disposal system and contribute funds to cleanup efforts to end litigation brought by an environmental group accusing it of illegally emptying dangerous pollutants into local waterways.

  • May 28, 2020

    Macy's Says No Harm, No Suit Over Major Data Breach

    A proposed class of Macy's shoppers cannot show that a 2019 data breach harmed them in any concrete way, the retail giant told a Massachusetts federal judge late Wednesday in a bid to have the case tossed.

  • May 28, 2020

    Pandemic Gives Mass. Law Grads Lesson In 'How To Survive'

    Students must navigate entering the profession during a global health and employment crisis, while law schools themselves face upheaval in the form of new online classrooms and tighter budgets.

  • May 27, 2020

    1st Circ. Affirms Win For Educator In Suit Over Saudi Contract

    A First Circuit panel affirmed a win for online teaching group Fullbridge in a case stemming from whether the business misled investors by saying it had secured a $40 million Saudi Arabian government contract.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • The Challenge Of Measuring Pipelines' GHG Footprints

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is frequently asked to require natural gas pipelines to evaluate effects on greenhouse gas emissions, with implications for project approval, but it is not easy to calculate the climate impact of a given pipeline, says David Harrison at NERA.

  • CCPA Is 1 Of Many Retailer Data Privacy Class Action Worries

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    As class actions targeting the sale of consumer data pose an increasing threat to retailers under the California Consumer Privacy Act and other states’ consumer protection laws, companies must ensure compliance with each statute and assess their vulnerability to deceptive conduct allegations, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • How Courts May Interpret COVID-19 Waivers Of Liability

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    As businesses begin to reopen, they may seek to release themselves from negligence claims for COVID-19 infections through contractual waivers of liability, but whether a waiver is enforceable varies significantly by state, says Jessica Kelly at Sherin and Lodgen.

  • Wis. Executive Power Ruling Has A Downside For Businesses

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    The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision last week invalidating the state's stay-at-home order as going beyond the governor's authority could make future executive orders limiting businesses' tort liability during post-pandemic reopening significantly less likely even in other states, says Brian Hauck at Jenner & Block.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

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