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Massachusetts

  • October 9, 2018

    Scooter Startup, Biotech Firm Launch IPOs Totaling $170M

    Chinese electric scooter maker Niu Technologies Inc. and Massachusetts biotechnology firm LogicBio Therapeutics Inc. on Tuesday set price ranges on initial public offerings expected to raise about $170 million combined, following a flurry of IPO launches announced late on Friday.

  • October 9, 2018

    Doc Guilty Of Insider Trading On Wife's Ariad Drug Info

    The ex-husband of an Ariad executive was found guilty of criminal insider trading Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court, marking a victory for prosecutors who said he saved more than $100,000 in trades based on meetings his wife had with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about an Ariad cancer drug.

  • October 9, 2018

    Harvard, NYU Law Reviews Biased Against White Men: Suit

    The law reviews at Harvard Law School and the New York University School of Law discriminate against white men when selecting their members and which articles they will publish, according to a pair of suits filed in Massachusetts and New York federal courts.

  • October 5, 2018

    Ariad Insider Trading Case Now In Boston Jury’s Hands

    The criminal trial of a Massachusetts doctor accused of insider trading headed into jury deliberations Friday, after prosecutors sought to drive home in closing arguments that he had used nonpublic information from his wife to make trades in stock of the cancer drugmaker Ariad.

  • October 5, 2018

    Prof Tells 1st Circ. Harvard's Tenure Bar Is Higher For Women

    Her colleague warned her, but an anthropology professor had to find out the hard way that Harvard University treats women disparately from men in its closely guarded tenure process, she told the First Circuit on Friday in a bid to revive her discrimination case.

  • October 5, 2018

    Tobacco Warning Labels Ready By 2021 At Earliest, FDA Says

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in court documents Friday the earliest it can finish revamping tobacco warning labels is summer 2021, explaining the government can't rush building an arsenal of research and public input on graphic, full-color warnings that Big Tobacco already once derailed.

  • October 5, 2018

    Cancer Widow Seeks $27M From Tobacco, Auto Parts Cos.

    R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and an auto parts company should pay $27 million in damages for selling cigarettes and asbestos-laden brakes that combined to cause a man’s fatal lung cancer, counsel for the man’s widow told a Boston jury Friday during closing arguments.

  • October 5, 2018

    High Court Asked To Review $3M Disgorgement Post-Trial Win

    The former CEO of a behavioral health company has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the First Circuit’s affirmation that he must repay shareholders $3 million for his role in a merger, saying a district court had no right to order disgorgement after a Massachusetts federal jury had determined there was no economic injury.

  • October 5, 2018

    Female MassDOT Employee Asks For Male Peers' Pay Data

    An African-American woman at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation who says she was paid less than her male counterparts asked a federal judge Friday to force the agency to release comparative pay data for other agency workers.

  • October 5, 2018

    FanDuel, DraftKings Score Win Over Gambling Patent At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has handed a win to sports betting platforms FanDuel and DraftKings, invalidating several claims of a video system patent as obvious over a combination of prior art.

  • October 5, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Salini Impregilo, CannTrust, Civitas

    Salini Impregilo SpA is eyeing a possible deal to buy some or all of Italian construction company Astaldi; CannTrust is discussing a partnership deal in the food, beverage and cosmetics industries; and Civitas Solutions Inc. is exploring a possible sale.

  • October 5, 2018

    Verizon OK'd For Cell Tower, Ending Dispute With Mass. Town

    A Massachusetts federal court approved a settlement sought by Verizon when it overturned a Massachusetts town’s zoning board’s decision to deny the company an application to build a cell tower and gave it a special permit to construct the tower.

  • October 5, 2018

    Holland & Knight Adds Real Estate Finance Pair From Seyfarth

    Holland & Knight LLP has added two former Seyfarth Shaw LLP real estate finance attorneys to the firm's Boston office, picking up negotiators specializing in loans and other financing transactions with experience on major projects across the country.

  • October 5, 2018

    Feds Seek $1.8M From Disbarred Ex-Fugitive Atty Over Fraud

    Federal prosecutors pressed Friday for a disbarred New York attorney, who had been a fugitive for 20 years, to forfeit the nearly $1.8 million he admitted to stealing through two bayfront-development scams in Massachusetts, requesting to draw down his retirement account from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP decades after the firm fired him.

  • October 5, 2018

    Presidents Can Create Offshore Monuments, Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday affirmed that U.S. presidents have authority under the Antiquities Act to designate offshore areas as national monuments where commercial fishing operations could be barred.

  • October 5, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Gibson Dunn, Hogan Lovells

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc. snaps up Core Nutrition LLC for $435 million, Stryker inks a $220M deal for HyperBranch Medical Technology Inc., and Honeywell International Inc. snags German warehouse automation business Transnorm for €425 million ($492 million).

  • October 5, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Hire Brings Gambling Practice To Boston

    One of the world's largest gambling practices has expanded into Boston with Greenberg Traurig LLP's hire of a leading expert in the industry at a moment of massive growth.

  • October 4, 2018

    Facebook Kids' App, Others Violate Privacy Law, FTC Told

    A pair of Democratic senators and several consumer organizations are urging the Federal Trade Commission to take a closer look at the data collection and tracking practices of child-directed apps, with the advocacy groups specifically targeting Facebook's kid-centric messaging service for allegedly violating federal children's privacy rules.

  • October 4, 2018

    Cushman Appeals Attorneys' Fees On Top Of Age Bias Verdict

    Cushman & Wakefield Inc. asked the First Circuit on Thursday to overturn $280,000 in attorneys' fees that a Massachusetts federal judge handed a former employee, adding to the real estate company's appeal of a jury verdict finding the company fired the longtime computer engineer because he was aging and awarding him $1.28 million.

  • October 4, 2018

    Diverse Group Of Harvard Students Can Testify At Bias Trial

    A small, diverse group of Harvard College students and alumni can testify against claims that the prestigious school discriminates against Asian-American undergraduate applicants, receiving the blessing of a Massachusetts federal judge who will preside over the imminent bench trial.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Navigating The New Mass. Noncompete Morass

    Erik Weibust

    Massachusetts' new noncompete law will take effect on Oct. 1. Erik Weibust and Robert Fisher of Seyfarth Shaw LLP address some of its more confusing provisions and how employers can comply without major disruption to how they are currently doing business.

  • Legal Pitfalls To Avoid In Social Cause Marketing Campaigns

    Russell Stein

    In recent years, businesses have increasingly teamed up with charities to promote products or charitable causes. However, if these campaigns are not executed properly, they can lead to civil and criminal penalties, taxes and bad publicity for all parties involved, says Russell Stein of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Signs Of Renewed SEC Interest In Key Performance Indicators

    Brooke Clarkson

    Key performance indicators have been a topic of concern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for some time, but enforcement actions have been less prevalent. Recent actions coupled with statements by commission officials, however, suggest that KPIs may become more of a focus for the current SEC, say Brooke Clarkson and Jessica Matelis of Foley & Lardner LLP. 

  • 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.