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Massachusetts

  • December 14, 2018

    Feds Fight To Keep Insys Grand Jury Instructions Secret

    Massachusetts federal prosecutors on Thursday fought a bid by Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives embroiled in an alleged conspiracy to bribe doctors into prescribing fentanyl-based drugs to disclose grand jury instructions, arguing the government did not wrongly explain the conspiracy charges.

  • December 14, 2018

    $4.9M State Street Settlement Gets Initial OK From Judge

    A Massachusetts federal judge Friday granted preliminary approval of a $4.9 million settlement in a proposed class action filed by shareholders against State Street Corp., in which they claimed the bank overcharged clients and blew up revenue and profits in its financial statements.

  • December 14, 2018

    Lyft Driver Says He Can Sue Because He Declined Arbitration

    A Lyft Inc. driver looking to bring a class action against the ride-hailing company for classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees said in a Boston federal court filing Friday that Lyft's attempt to send the dispute to arbitration should be denied because he opted out of an agreement earlier this year.

  • December 14, 2018

    Without Experts, Mass. Fatality Suit Doomed, Toyota Says

    Toyota Motor Corp. told a federal judge Friday it should escape a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a deceased Massachusetts man because the family has failed to show, through expert testimony, that the 2016 Tacoma he was in the day he died was defective.

  • December 14, 2018

    Investors Accuse Calif. Company Of Concealing Crypto Focus

    Investors in Sacramento, California-based Sunstock Inc. filed suit against the company Thursday in Boston federal court, saying it told the public it had a retail store, residential properties and a stockpile of silver when actually it was putting resources into crypto tokens.

  • December 14, 2018

    Feds Reap Record $405M For Mass. Offshore Wind Leases

    Three offshore wind developers ponied up a record $405 million to secure federal leases to build wind farms off the Massachusetts coast, the U.S. Department of the Interior said Friday, a development that validates project attorneys' belief that the industry is poised for a major leap forward.  

  • December 13, 2018

    1st Circ. OKs 30-Day Auto Stay Limit For Repeat Ch. 13 Filers

    Debtors who find themselves in Chapter 13 bankruptcy twice within a year only get the benefits of the litigation-blocking automatic stay for 30 days on the second go-around, after which it terminates completely, the First Circuit ruled Wednesday, affirming two lower courts’ decisions.

  • December 13, 2018

    Senate Dems Call For Deutsche Bank Probe After AML Raid

    Two Senate Democrats called for a bipartisan investigation into Deutsche Bank AG's compliance with federal anti-money laundering laws and its correspondent banking operations in a letter to their colleagues in the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday, citing German authorities' recent raid on the bank and its "history of regulatory problems."

  • December 13, 2018

    Mass. Appeals Court Cuts Oil Spill Payment In Half

    A Massachusetts appeals court on Thursday said an oil and heating company was entitled to save more than $131,000 in a jury verdict over an oil spill, ruling half the payment for a negligence judgment is offset by money the oil company’s insurer already paid to fix the damaged property.

  • December 13, 2018

    Top 10 Trademark Rulings Of 2018

    From Beyonce to "Honey Badger" to Converse's Chuck Taylor, 2018 was chock-full of major court rulings on trademark law. Here are the 10 biggest you need to remember, plus four more that didn't make the cut.

  • December 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Long-Running Raytheon FCA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has refused to revive a long-running whistleblower suit that accuses Raytheon of bilking the federal government on a satellite sensor contract, saying the relator had failed to provide sufficient information about the company’s alleged False Claims Act violations despite six attempts to do so.

  • December 13, 2018

    5 Of 6 NECC Defendants Guilty In Latest Trial

    A jury found five of six former New England Compounding Center employees guilty Thursday morning after a week of deliberations in Boston federal court in the third criminal trial related to the Framingham, Massachusetts, facility, whose contaminated steroids killed 64 and infected almost 800 others in a nationwide meningitis outbreak in 2012.

  • December 13, 2018

    'Boilerplate' Defense Can't Spare Transit Unit In Assault Suit

    A “boilerplate” defense by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in a suit involving a bus driver who allegedly attacked a passenger lacked the specificity necessary to kill a negligence claim against the state agency, the Bay State’s top appellate court ruled Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2018

    2018 State And Local Tax Policy: Year-In-Review

    This year may have been dominated by federal tax reform, but state and local policy practitioners were plenty busy, too, with issues such as the continued growth of the regulated marijuana industry and the uptake of local opportunity zones. Here, Law360 highlights some of the biggest state and local tax policy moves of 2018.

  • December 12, 2018

    Pa. Man Admits to Conspiring to Collect Bogus SEC Fees

    A Pennsylvania man charged with conspiring with others to shake down investors by pretending to be U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission officials pled guilty Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court to his part in the scheme.

  • December 12, 2018

    Boston Scientific Wins $35M Verdict In Heart Valve Patent Suit

    A Delaware federal jury found Tuesday that Edwards Lifesciences Corp. damaged Boston Scientific SciMed Inc. to the tune of $35.4 million by infringing a heart valve patent, while rejecting claims that Boston Scientific infringed three Edwards patents.

  • December 12, 2018

    Ch. 11 Doesn't Cancel TM Contract, Clothier Tells High Court

    Apparel retailer Mission Product Holdings has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a First Circuit decision in its breach of contract suit against Tempnology LLC, arguing that Tempnology's bankruptcy filing should not allow the fabric maker to rescind its licensing contract.

  • December 12, 2018

    USOC Says Time, Safe Sport Act Bar Ex-Gymnast's Abuse Suit

    The United States Olympic Committee told a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday that it can't be held accountable for a former coach's alleged abuse of a onetime world champion gymnast, arguing she has misinterpreted the Safe Sport Act and that her remaining claims are time-barred.

  • December 12, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Fights 'Frivolous' Sanctions Bid In Home Build Suit

    A former New England Patriots linebacker urged a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to ditch a bid for sanctions against him and his wife by a company accused of failing to build his dream house, saying the motion is a "frivolous" attempt to block testimony from key players in the breach-of-contract and copyright case.

  • December 12, 2018

    FanDuel's Hidden Arbitration Pact Preserves MDL, Users Say

    A user agreement was not conspicuous enough to compel FanDuel Inc. users to arbitration to settle multidistrict fraud claims, a Massachusetts federal judge was told Wednesday during a hearing over a suit saying FanDuel and DraftKings Inc. falsely told consumers their games could be won by average players.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    New Year, New Opportunities For State Governments

    Lou Cannon

    While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Climate Change Forecasts Trouble For The Insurance Industry

    Jeffrey Gordon

    The greater frequency and severity of weather-related catastrophes in areas with increasing property values present significant challenges for the insurance industry, especially in cities like Boston that are particularly susceptible to rising sea levels, says Jeffrey Gordon of Zelle LLP.