A Pennsylvania distributor was sentenced to a year and a day behind bars in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday after pleading guilty to helping a Bay State wholesaler avoid paying more than $9.6 million in taxes on massive shipments of tobacco products.
Conagra Brands Inc. asked the First Circuit on Tuesday to uphold the dismissal of a proposed class action alleging its Wesson brand cooking oils are misrepresented as "natural," arguing the labeling is in fact consistent with decades-old federal policy about the use of the term.
Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling used his ceremonial oath of office on Wednesday to distance himself slightly from the White House and Justice Department that backed his nomination last year.
A First Circuit panel on Wednesday upheld a Massachusetts federal judge’s decision to grant Fidelity Management Trust Company an early win in a proposed class action that accused the company of violating Employee Retirement Income Security Act duties by mismanaging an employee benefit pension fund, saying the workers’ arguments make “little sense.”
A Massachusetts appellate court ruled Wednesday that a lower court was correct to toss a medical malpractice suit accusing a doctor of botching a woman’s colon removal surgery, finding that the patient was made aware of her injuries more than three years before filing suit.
A former guitarist for the band Boston urged the First Circuit on Tuesday to revive his breach of contract and abuse of process allegations against the band’s founder, as well as his bid for hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs and attorneys' fees, in their protracted dispute over use of the band's name, among other things.
A Connecticut-based energy consulting firm sued a former Boston sales associate who allegedly made off with handwritten lists of the company’s current clients and “hot prospects,” all so-called trade secrets, after his abrupt resignation last month.
The Massachusetts attorney general told a federal judge Tuesday that certain sections of a state law providing earned sick-time for employees aren’t preempted by the federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act and that enforcing them against railroads won’t interfere with interstate commerce.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday rejected a logistics company’s bid to duck a claim involving the theft of a truck containing lobster worth $318,000, but said she'd consider arguments in favor of nixing two others.
A high-profile complaint filed by Massachusetts' top securities cop against Scottrade for allegedly violating conflict-of-interest laws is a sign that state regulators will be stepping in to fill a perceived void in federal policing of retirement account advisers, legal experts said Tuesday.
A federal judge in Massachusetts on Tuesday kept alive, but transferred to Texas, a small storage facility’s claim that misleading website URLs undercut state and federal antitrust and trademark laws for an edge in Google search results.
Taxing carbon products and emissions is a long-cherished goal of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and he has proposals to do so again this year. This time, however, he is far from alone as 10 states have released bills to combat climate change and raise revenue by using the tax system.
The Second Circuit’s recent decision that the First Amendment does not shield social welfare organizations from disclosing their donors should also undermine Exxon Mobil Corp.’s free speech claims against state climate change probes, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office told a federal judge Friday.
A Massachusetts legislator is pushing a bill to ban agreements that prevent victims of harassment or discrimination from speaking out about their allegations and end the process of forced arbitration to settle claims.
An Enbridge Inc. unit told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that Massachusetts' environmental regulator missed the deadline for acting on its application for an air permit for a proposed natural gas compression station in Weymouth, which is part of its controversial Atlantic Bridge pipeline project.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday ruled that biopharmaceutical company Chiasma Inc. must face a proposed class action alleging investors in its 2015 initial public offering were misled about the prospects for regulatory approval of its product candidate Mycapssa, an oral treatment for a rare hormonal disorder known as acromegaly.
An attorney for 16 wealthy investors conned by an admitted securities fraudster and his sham hedge fund asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Friday to let them continue to pursue claims against Canadian portfolio managers who handled their money on the fraudster’s behalf.
Two Village Market companies have asked a Minnesota federal court to conditionally certify a class of 51 grocers in the Boston area in antitrust multidistrict litigation claiming that Supervalu and C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. agreed not to compete with each other for customers in certain states.
A former laborer for companies that provide services to industrial and marine contractors asked a Massachusetts federal court Friday for conditional certification of a collective class in litigation alleging the companies have failed to properly pay overtime to laborers, many of whom are recent immigrants to the U.S.
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP has added three attorneys from Pepper Hamilton LLP who have worked together throughout their careers and have experience in-house at General Dynamics and Micron Technology to its government contracts team.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a finding of spoliation requires both the negligent and intentional loss or destruction of evidence, and awareness at the time that the evidence could help resolve a dispute. This strict interpretation of the doctrine of spoliation follows a trend in Massachusetts litigation, says Alexander Zodikoff of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.
Any cannabis business that is holding its breath waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to start registering cannabis-related trademarks should give up. But those located in states that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal cannabis should immediately seek state trademark registration where available, says Joshua Cohen, leader of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP's intellectual property group.
Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.
After the recent submission of three bids in response to Massachusetts electric distribution companies' request for proposals for offshore wind energy projects, the stage is set for 2018 to be a breakthrough year in U.S. offshore wind development, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.
Until the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up the issue of Title VII and sexual orientation discrimination, employers should take note that decisions like the First Circuit’s recent ruling in Franchina v. Providence Fire Department demonstrate that the issues of sex and sexual orientation are intrinsically intertwined, says Daniel Pasternak of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.
Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.
In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit.
In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire. You can use this as an opportunity to identify your worst jurors and get them removed from the panel — by previewing your case weaknesses and withholding your strengths, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.
When states and municipalities rebuild permanent infrastructure following disasters, they may be able to reduce the damages caused by eminent domain by planning carefully. In particular, examining preventative solutions allows more time for planning and designing projects to reduce future damages to owners, says Briggs Stahl of RGL Forensics.