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Massachusetts

  • September 20, 2018

    'Boston Med' HIPAA Lapses Spawn $1M In Hospital Payouts

    A trio of prestigious Massachusetts hospitals will collectively pay almost $1 million to resolve allegations they flouted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by disclosing patient information during filming of ABC documentary series “Boston Med,” federal regulators announced Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Enterprise Beats Joint Employer Wage Suit In Mass.

    A Massachusetts federal judge has dismissed without prejudice a suit alleging Enterprise Holdings Inc. jointly employed with its subsidiaries a proposed nationwide class of assistant branch managers who were misclassified as overtime-exempt.

  • September 20, 2018

    Dun & Bradstreet Hit With Securities Suit Over $6.9B Merger

    Shareholders of Dun & Bradstreet on Wednesday filed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court alleging that a proxy statement filed by the company's board in September is "materially incomplete," making shareholders unable to properly assess the fairness and financial implications of its potential $6.9 billion merger with a buying group led by CC Capital.

  • September 20, 2018

    Gas Station Claims Holding Co. Spiked Rent By $65K A Month

    A family-owned gas station less than 30 miles west of Boston asked a federal judge on Thursday to stop holding company Global Cos. LLC from forcing it to pay $65,000 more per month to lease the station, a day after filing a suit claiming the corporation instituted the rate hike to drive the business from the property.

  • September 19, 2018

    AngioDynamics Says Rival Must Stay In $145M Damages Row

    Medical device maker AngioDynamics Inc. pushed back Wednesday against a competitor’s attempt to toss racketeering claims, arguing in Massachusetts federal court that the competitor is culpable in Biolitec AG’s alleged scheme to avoid paying $145 million in a judgment and contempt fines.

  • September 19, 2018

    Mass. Doc Dodges Prison After Giving Patient Info To Drug Co.

    A Massachusetts gynecologist will not spend time behind bars for disclosing her patients’ private medical information to a sales representative at Warner Chilcott, then lying about it to federal agents, a federal judge decided Wednesday after prosecutors recommended she spend nearly two years behind bars.

  • September 19, 2018

    Amazon Accused Of Infringing Patented 'Twisty' Pipe

    The maker of a corkscrew pipe popularly used to smoke marijuana has accused Amazon in Massachusetts federal court of infringing a patent on the glass blunt known as Twisty by enabling third-party merchants to sell knockoff versions on the world's most popular retail website.

  • September 19, 2018

    NJ High Court Disbars Mass. Atty For Pocketing Funds

    New Jersey's highest court has disbarred a Massachusetts-based attorney for pocketing $16,250 that was meant for a man who the lawyer has claimed was his business partner and then spending the entire amount in less than two months on his own personal expenses.

  • September 19, 2018

    No Need To Reconsider Immunity At PTAB, Fed. Circ. Hears

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and other generic-drug companies challenging Allergan PLC patents for dry-eye medication Restasis urged the full Federal Circuit on Tuesday not to reconsider an earlier decision that tribal sovereign immunity doesn’t apply in reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • September 19, 2018

    Keep Haitians' Status Suit, 17 States Tell NY Court

    A group of 17 states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in New York federal court Wednesday backing a legal challenge to a decision by President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to end temporary protected status for Haitians.

  • September 19, 2018

    Labaton, ERISA Attys Reach Tentative Deal In $75M Fee Fight

    The special master appointed to investigate a $75 million attorneys' fee awarded in a $300 million settlement with State Street Corp. has reached a tentative agreement with the lead class counsel, Labaton Sucharow LLP, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawyers involved in the case, according to a filing late Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • September 18, 2018

    Boston Scientific Faces Chancery Suit For Ending $275M Deal

    Medical technology developer Channel Medsystems Inc. sued Boston Scientific late Monday in Delaware's Chancery Court, claiming an unjustified breach of a $275 million agreement to buy Channel and its potential breakthrough device for treating heavy menstrual bleeding.

  • September 18, 2018

    Harvard Eyes Affirmative Action Opponent Behind Bias Suit

    Harvard University said Tuesday its lawyers were considering calling a high-profile affirmative action opponent to testify “in a trial he himself orchestrated” that could ask a Boston federal jury whether the Ivy League school discriminates against Asian-American undergraduate applicants to raise up people of other races.

  • September 18, 2018

    Dunkin' Donuts Wants 'Fake Blueberry' Doughnut Suit Tossed

    Dunkin' Donuts on Monday asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a suit alleging that the chain misled customers about its artificially flavored blueberry doughnuts, saying the customer leading the suit can't prove he overpaid for his sweet treat.

  • September 18, 2018

    Mass. Utility Hit With $50M Suit After Deadly Gas Explosions

    Antiquated infrastructure and a lack of leak prevention and safety practices led to last week’s gas explosions in three communities north of Boston, killing one person and displacing thousands, according to a $50 million proposed class action filed Tuesday in Massachusetts state court seeking to hold the utility company responsible.

  • September 18, 2018

    Six Cos. Launch IPOs Totaling $465M Led By Biotech Firms

    Six companies set price ranges this week on initial public offerings estimated to raise $465 million combined, led by four biotechnology firms plus a medical device company and a Maryland bank, adding to a growing lineup of issuers expected to price IPOs in the coming days.

  • September 18, 2018

    Mass. Hospital Rips FCA Claims Med Students Not Supervised

    Massachusetts General Hospital argued Monday that a former anesthesiologist’s False Claims Act lawsuit citing specific bills fails to properly show that the renowned teaching hospital overbilled government health programs for time patients spent in the care of unsupervised doctors-in-training or waiting on overbooked surgery units.

  • September 18, 2018

    Sens. Want NLRB Member Off Case For Littler Mendelson Ties

    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., told the National Labor Relations Board that member William Emanuel shouldn't participate in a case that could overturn an earlier board decision allowing workers to use their employers' email systems for union business, arguing that the former Littler Mendelson PC partner had a conflict of interest.

  • September 18, 2018

    Wynn Resorts Hit With $1B RICO Suit Over Mass. Casino

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. conspired to beat an East Boston racetrack for a Massachusetts Gaming Commission casino license through lies, threats, improper conversations with the agency and illegal campaign contributions, according to a multibillion-dollar Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit filed in federal court.

  • September 18, 2018

    Smith & Nephew To Pay $10.5M To Settle Knee Implant IP Row

    Smith & Nephew Inc. will shell out $10.5 million to Conformis Inc. to resolve all pending patent disputes between the two medical equipment manufacturers, Conformis said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • When Athlete’s Name Is 'Advertising Idea' Without Trademark

    Gregory May

    The Massachusetts high court recently found that a shoe manufacturer’s use of a runner’s name potentially triggered advertising injury insurance coverage, even though the name had not acquired secondary meaning or trademark status. The Holyoke v. Vibram decision is notable because of the court's focus on the intent of the athlete's family business, says Gregory May of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Why State Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws Need Reform

    Ian Stewart

    Because current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving lack an objective impairment standard, only those who clearly demonstrate impaired driving are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, says Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • Opinion

    1st Circ. Eye Drop Decision Gets Preemption Right

    James Beck

    A Massachusetts federal court ruled last year in Gustavsen v. Alcon Laboratories that the plaintiffs’ attacks on the size of eye drops were a challenge to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approved dose of that product. Last week, the First Circuit affirmed — proving that weak, lawyer-driven litigation can still produce good decisions on preemption, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Will High Court Resolve Circuit Split On Arbitration Issues?

    Cary Sullivan

    This fall, in New Prime v. Dominic Oliveira, the U.S. Supreme Court will be presented with two important questions related to the Federal Arbitration Act’s Section 1 exemption. The ruling could have major ramifications for the transportation industry, where arbitration provisions are often included in employment or independent contractor agreements, says Cary Sullivan of Jones Day.