Massachusetts

  • December 15, 2017

    BREAKING: House-Senate Negotiators Approve GOP Tax Bill

    Republicans on Friday signed off on changes to their $1.5 trillion tax cut bill to settle differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation, even as details of the final bill remain largely hidden.

  • December 14, 2017

    AGs Want High Court To OK Microsoft Overseas Data Access

    A coalition of 35 state attorneys general urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a ruling that the federal government can’t access user data stored overseas by Microsoft, saying the “remarkable” decision gives too much control to private companies, while the European Commission and the U.K. and Irish governments separately weighed in on the dispute.

  • December 14, 2017

    State AGs Sue Over Corinthian Debt Relief Delays

    The attorneys general of New York, California, Illinois and Massachusetts went after the U.S. Department of Education in federal court Thursday, alleging that the agency is shirking its obligations to the victims of Corinthian Colleges Inc. by not discharging their federal student loans and unlawfully trying to collect on the debts.

  • December 14, 2017

    Mass. City Latest To Sue Pharma Cos. Over Opioid Crisis

    The city of Greenfield, Massachusetts, became the latest municipality Thursday to accuse a slew of drug manufacturers and distributors including Purdue Pharma and Amerisourcebergen of deceptively marketing and illegally diverting prescription opioids, fueling a nationwide epidemic.

  • December 14, 2017

    NY, Mass., Wash. To Sue Over Net Neutrality Rollback

    Attorneys general in Massachusetts, New York and Washington state on Thursday announced their intentions to sue the Federal Communications Commission after it moved to undo regulations that protected net neutrality.

  • December 14, 2017

    Broker, Cable Vendor Downsize IPOs Just Before Pricing

    Two companies — commercial real estate broker Newmark Group Inc. and cable vendor Casa Systems Inc. — significantly downsized their expected initial public offerings on Thursday, shortly before their scheduled pricing.

  • December 14, 2017

    FERC Won't Reconsider Atlantic Bridge Pipeline Project OK

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday stood by its approval of the Atlantic Bridge natural gas pipeline project in New York and New England, rejecting arguments from environmentalists and local municipalities saying that its environmental review was flawed.

  • December 14, 2017

    Meningitis Fraudster Says Feds' Push For $133M Must Wait

    A pharmacist convicted of fraud for selling deadly drugs in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak urged a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to uphold its decision not to award the federal government $132.8 million in restitution while he appeals his case to the First Circuit.

  • December 14, 2017

    Final Tax Bill To Allow State Income, Sales Tax Deductions

    The final tax cut bill speeding through Congress will allow a deduction for state and local property taxes as well as income or sales taxes while maintaining a $10,000 cap proposed in earlier versions, according to a Thursday announcement from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

  • December 13, 2017

    Boston Lab Again Fails To Dodge Whistleblower's FCA Suit

    A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has conceded that he previously conflated certain duties belonging to medical laboratories, but that did not mean he should reconsider his decision allowing a whistleblower to sue the Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp. for allegedly overbilling the government.

  • December 13, 2017

    Mattress Firm Sales Employees Launch Overtime Suit

    Mattress Firm Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday by sales employees who allege the company has not properly paid them overtime compensation.

  • December 13, 2017

    Purdue Loses Bid To Fuse Jumble Of OxyContin Patent Suits

    Purdue Pharma LP lost an attempt on Wednesday to squeeze several oxycodone-related patent lawsuits into one trial in Massachusetts federal court, a minor setback in the manufacturer’s claims seeking to guard the legal underpinnings of painkiller OxyContin.

  • December 13, 2017

    Mass. Launches Review Of Massive Hospital Tie-Up

    The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission on Tuesday kicked off a review of a proposed merger between multiple hospital systems that would create the second-largest health care network in the state.

  • December 13, 2017

    Medtronic To Pay $12M To End Deceptive Advertising Suit

    Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc. agreed Wednesday in Massachusetts state court to pay $12 million to end allegations that the company misrepresented the safety of a spinal fusion device.

  • December 13, 2017

    Iron Mountain Taps Equity, Debt To Fund $1.3B Buy

    Information storage and management company Iron Mountain Inc. late Tuesday priced a $536.5 million stock offering, a move that followed an $825 million debt offering, capital raises that will help finance its $1.3 billion acquisition of IO Data Centers LLC.

  • December 12, 2017

    NLRB Member Signals Shift On Grad Students As 'Employees'

    Republican National Labor Relations Board member Bill Emanuel said in an unpublished order on Tuesday that the board should review its 2016 ruling letting graduate student workers at private schools unionize, a day after the board’s new GOP majority issued its first decision overturning an Obama administration ruling.

  • December 12, 2017

    Mass. Vending Co. Owners Sentenced For Illegal Gaming

    The owners of vending machine company Four Star Vending in North Andover pled guilty and were sentenced for running an illegal gaming and money laundering scheme that netted the largest seizure in the history of Massachusetts' money laundering statute, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Appeals Court Says Insurer Can Settle Without Doc's Consent

    A Massachusetts state appellate court declined on Tuesday to revive a doctor’s claims against the insurance company she accused of settling an underlying medical malpractice suit for $3.75 million without her consent.

  • December 12, 2017

    Exxon Agrees To Disclose Climate Change Risks To Investors

    Exxon Mobil Corp. pledged this week to tell investors how international calls to curb global warming could impact the world leader in oil production, bending to shareholders who repeatedly requested information on the resilience of the company's business model.

  • December 12, 2017

    DLA Piper Adds Boston Partner To Transactional Practice

    DLA Piper recently announced it has expanded its corporate practice with the addition of a partner from Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP who will focus on strategic M&A, middle-market M&A, and private equity and venture capital.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • A Review Of Massachusetts' Marijuana Industry In 2017

    William Moorman Jr.

    It's been an exciting year for the marijuana industry in Massachusetts, with cities and towns now determining whether to embrace the new economic development opportunities presented by recreational marijuana. However, investment in the industry remains risky because the cultivation, use, sale and possession of marijuana remains a crime under federal law, say William Moorman and John Ottaviani of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Assessing New Cybersecurity Regs For Defense Contractors

    Theodore Augustinos

    With a new set of cybersecurity compliance requirements for defense contractors and subcontractors becoming effective at the end of this month, now is the time to review and update cybersecurity programs and incident response plans, say Theodore Augustinos and Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Consumer Demand Letter Response Is Key Under Mass. Law

    David Thomas

    The Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act prohibits a business from engaging in unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The law provides a consumer’s counsel significant leverage when litigating and attempting to settle claims — particularly in a class action setting — but also affords a business an opportunity to gain that leverage back and limit exposure to damages, says David Thomas of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • The Intersection Of Arbitration And Choice-Of-Law Clauses

    Rachel Mongiello

    Clients on the verge of litigation with a contractual counterparty often furnish their attorneys with the negotiated contract containing a mandatory arbitration provision and choice-of-law clause. But an often overlooked question is whether the Federal Arbitration Act or the parties’ chosen law governs the arbitration itself, says Rachel Mongiello of Cole Schotz PC.