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Massachusetts

  • January 11, 2019

    GE Says Judge Misunderstood Prohibited Transaction Claim

    General Electric Co. on Friday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to reconsider her decision to allow a claim that GE improperly invested workers' retirement savings in subpar company-affiliated funds, telling the judge she misinterpreted the conditions under which an exemption to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's self-dealing rules apply.

  • January 11, 2019

    Consumers In All 50 States Sue Marriott Over Data Breach

    A total of 176 plaintiffs from all 50 U.S. states have filed suit against Marriott International Inc. in Maryland federal court following its recent announcement that attackers in a 2016 data breach swiped about 5.25 million passport numbers left unencrypted by the Starwood Hotels unit's guest reservation system.

  • January 11, 2019

    Lyft Driver Cannot End Suit To Trigger Appeal, Judge Rules

    A Lyft driver fighting his status as an independent contractor will have to proceed to arbitration, rather than having his case dismissed so he can appeal to the First Circuit, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Friday in agreeing with the ride-sharing company's argument that the former path will resolve the putative class action more quickly.

  • January 11, 2019

    11 AGs Tell NLRB Not To Narrow Joint Employment Standard

    A coalition of attorneys general from 10 states and the District of Columbia urged the National Labor Relations Board on Friday not to revert to its past definition of a "joint employer," saying the move would weaken workers' ability to organize and hold their employers accountable.

  • January 11, 2019

    Del. Judge Refuses Mass. AG's Bid To Kill Starion Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge denied a bid to dismiss the Chapter 11 case of utility provider Starion Energy Inc. on Friday, saying the company filed in good faith and was facing imminent financial distress when it submitted its petitions in November.

  • January 11, 2019

    Bankrupt Brands Can End Trademark Deals, Justices Told

    A trademark owner named Tempnology LLC is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that defunct-brand owners can use bankruptcy to unilaterally revoke a trademark license, warning that a ruling to the contrary would "frustrate" the goals of bankruptcy law.

  • January 11, 2019

    Wayfair Execs Accused Of Inflating Stock, Pulling In $87M

    Executives at Wayfair Inc. raked in more than $87 million by pumping up the company's value during an investor call and then selling off their shares before announcing disappointing results the next quarter, a proposed class action filed Friday in Boston federal court alleges.

  • January 11, 2019

    Boston DA Taps Ex-Goodwin Procter, Weil Atty To Lead Staff

    Boston’s new district attorney, Rachael Rollins, announced Thursday she will bring on as chief of staff a onetime Goodwin Procter LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP litigator who went on to argue a landmark abortion case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 10, 2019

    What All Attorneys Need To Know About The Shutdown

    As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.

  • January 10, 2019

    Disgruntled Tough Mudder Runners Seek Class Action Revival

    A group of Tough Mudder Inc. participants is seeking to revive their class action against the obstacle course event planner over the relocation of one of its events from Massachusetts to Maine, alleging Tough Mudder failed to pay a settlement after an announcement the company is splitting in two.

  • January 10, 2019

    Sewage-Dumping Suit Survives Resort's Motion To Dismiss

    A Boston federal judge on Thursday said he wants to see more evidence before ruling on an environmental group's lawsuit alleging that a Cape Cod resort polluted nearby waterways, denying the resort's motion to dismiss in a case that addresses the scope of the Clean Water Act.

  • January 10, 2019

    Ex-Insys Sales Rep Loses Bid To Split From Upcoming Trial

    A former sales manager for Insys Therapeutics Inc. will have to stand trial at the end of the month with a quartet of company executives charged with bribing doctors to prescribe the company’s fentanyl spray after a Massachusetts federal judge denied her motion for a separate trial Thursday.

  • January 10, 2019

    Ways And Means Chair Introduces Bill To Aid Pension Plans

    In the first bill he introduced as the new chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., proposed creating a new agency under the U.S. Department of the Treasury that could give loans to embattled multiemployer pension plans.

  • January 10, 2019

    Boston Man Gets 10 Years For Hospital Cyberattacks

    A man convicted of using cyberattacks to cripple operating systems at two Boston-area hospitals was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison Thursday, getting a tongue-lashing from prosecutors, hospital executives and a Massachusetts federal judge as he maintained he was simply trying to help a teenage girl in peril.

  • January 10, 2019

    Biotech CEO Rips Prosecutors, Gets 27 Mos. For Fraud, Lies

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced Patrick Muraca, a former biotech CEO from Massachusetts, to 27 months in prison Thursday for squandering most of the $1.2 million he raised from cancer research investors and lying to investigators, after Muraca tearfully ripped the government’s case against him as “disgusting.”

  • January 10, 2019

    Boston Globe Defends Birth Records Bid To Mass. Justices

    The Boston Globe told the the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday that its request for millions of state birth and marriage records was not an invasion of privacy, as justices wondered whether the disclosure could compromise even more private information such as whether a child is adopted or changes gender.

  • January 9, 2019

    Mass. AG Says Starion Misrepresented Distress In Ch. 11

    The Massachusetts attorney general told a Delaware bankruptcy court judge late Tuesday that utility provider Starion Energy Inc. misrepresented its financial distress when filing for Chapter 11 protection and that its petition was made in bad faith, requiring its dismissal.

  • January 9, 2019

    Feds Say Suit Seeking 'Apprentice' Tapes Must Be Stayed

    The federal government moved Wednesday to stay a lawsuit by nonprofit groups and immigrants who say “racial animus” fueled the Trump administration’s decisions to end temporary protected status for Haitians, Salvadorans and Hondurans, citing a lack of funding and authorization to work on the case due to the government shutdown.

  • January 9, 2019

    Labaton's Fee Deal With Atty Was A One-Off, Ex-Judge Says

    A retired judge hired by Labaton Sucharow LLP to look into the $4 million the firm paid lawyer Damon Chargois in "referral fees" in cases where he did no work concluded in a report filed Tuesday that the deal was "unique and aberrational," a finding Labaton praised.

  • January 9, 2019

    Ex-Insys CEO Pleads Guilty, May Testify In Bribery Trial

    In an eleventh-hour move, former Insys Therapeutics Inc. CEO Michael Babich admitted to taking part in a scheme to bribe doctors into prescribing the company’s pricey fentanyl spray in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday and will cooperate as the criminal trial of his former co-workers kicks off later this month.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • Top 10 SALT Stories Of 2018: Part 3

    Chuck Jones

    In part three of this four-part series, Grant Thornton LLP attorneys continue discussing important recent SALT developments, including challenges to Michigan's and Texas' attempts to limit allowable deductions from their tax base, the continued uncertainty surrounding state sales factor sourcing and how some municipalities fared in efforts to levy tax to fund special initiatives.

  • Top 10 SALT Stories Of 2018: Part 2

    Lori Stolly

    Last year saw implementation of 2017's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a significant overhaul of the federal income tax system. In part two of this four-part series, attorneys at Grant Thornton LLP take a look at how states have been reacting to the changes.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • Top 10 SALT Stories Of 2018: Part 1

    Jamie Yesnowitz

    After a year in which state and local tax professionals experienced a veritable Super Bowl and Olympics in the form of South Dakota v. Wayfair and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is a good time to reflect on how much things have changed, say attorneys at Grant Thornton LLP.

  • Watch These ERISA Cases In 2019

    Karen Handorf

    Last year, rulings by multiple federal courts reduced fiduciaries' accountability to retirement plan participants. But litigation and regulatory developments in the coming year may ensure that participants harmed by fiduciary misconduct find fewer hurdles to recovery, say Karen Handorf and Daniel Sutter of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2018: Part 1

    Randall Kahnke

    This year brought significant developments in U.S. trade secret law, including further guidance on the Defend Trade Secrets Act and varied court interpretations of customer lists as trade secrets, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • Mass. Cos. With Tipped Employees Face New Wage Laws

    Matt Horvitz

    As a result of new legislation that takes effect in January, Massachusetts companies with tipped employees should revisit how they calculate wages — or risk getting swept into the next onslaught of class actions, says Matt Horvitz of Goulston & Storrs PC​​​​​​​.