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  • August 2, 2018

    NYC Calls DOJ's Sanctuary City Fund Ban Unconstitutional

    An attorney for New York City on Thursday ripped the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to cut off law enforcement funding to so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that don't cooperate with certain directives from federal officials seeking to deport jailed immigrants, calling it unconstitutional.

  • August 1, 2018

    Mass. Lawmakers Send Noncompete Overhaul To Gov. Baker

    Massachusetts employers that enforce noncompete agreements would be required to continue paying certain workers for a year after they quit under a bill that legislators passed Wednesday largely aimed at curtailing the provisions.

  • August 1, 2018

    Ark. Lawmakers Probe Labaton's $4M 'Referral Fee' To Atty

    A Massachusetts federal judge who has questioned the links between Labaton Sucharow LLP, an Arkansas public pension fund and a lawyer who was paid at least $4.1 million for making an introduction revealed on Wednesday that the Arkansas Legislature is investigating and has sought access to sealed documents.

  • August 1, 2018

    Raytheon Denied Protest Over Deal Despite Army Mistakes

    The U.S. Army made several mistakes when assessing Raytheon Co.’s $1.36 billion bid for a maintenance contract, but its $100 million price premium over Lockheed Martin Corp.’s bid meant it wouldn’t have won the deal even without those errors, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision released Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    Insider Trader Can't Get Passport Back Ahead Of Sentencing

    Convicted insider trader Schultz “Jason” Chan, whom prosecutors last year accused of trying to flee to China, can’t get his passport back in connection with an effort to renew his driver’s license, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    RMR, Portnoy Launch $306M Office-Focused RE Fund

    RMR Group Inc. said Wednesday it will contribute $100 million to a new fund focused on mid-market office properties, teaming up with its majority owner, ABP Trust, which will pitch in $206 million in properties it already owns to the new entity.

  • August 1, 2018

    TelexFree Promoter Settles SEC Pyramid Scheme Suit For $1M

    A Massachusetts resident the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has implicated in a multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme agreed on Wednesday to end the government's claims by paying $1.1 million and acknowledging he promoted the telecommunications scam TelexFree LLC to the Bay State’s Dominican communities.

  • August 1, 2018

    Equity Residential Utility Outage Suit Stays In Fed. Court

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday said a class of tenants suing an Equity Residential affiliate over its alleged failure to provide heat and hot water cannot send the suit back to state court, finding the residents’ own expert damages report dooms their bid.

  • July 31, 2018

    Janssen Loses Remicade Patent Case To Pfizer, Celltrion

    A recipe related to Janssen Biotech Inc.’s blockbuster immunosuppressant Remicade was too obvious for any competitor to have legally infringed a patent on it, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday, allowing Pfizer Inc. to rest easy about the validity of its new-to-market equivalent to treat arthritis and psoriasis among other common conditions. 

  • July 31, 2018

    Mass. Court Affirms $32.5M Award For Forgotten Medical Note

    The Massachusetts Appeals Court on Tuesday affirmed a $32.5 million medical malpractice award that Atrius Health Inc. must pay the family of a patient who was paralyzed after her primary care doctor forgot to note a dangerous condition in her medical file.

  • July 31, 2018

    OvaScience Can't Escape Investor IVF Treatment Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge has refused to toss a shareholder suit alleging OvaScience Inc. misrepresented the success of its in vitro fertilization treatment, saying Tuesday she was unconvinced by the company’s rebuttals to investors' allegations that certain company statements were misleading.

  • July 31, 2018

    TSA Tracking Program Inspires Ire From Groups, Lawmakers

    Advocacy groups and lawmakers spoke out on Monday about a secret Transportation Security Administration passenger tracking program that came to light in a recent Boston Globe story, saying the surveillance efforts raise serious privacy and constitutional concerns.

  • July 31, 2018

    DC Circ. Upholds Auction Exemption For Renewables In NE

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a renewable energy exemption from a price floor rule in New England wholesale electricity auctions, saying FERC reasonably concluded that the exemption produced just and reasonable rates.

  • July 31, 2018

    SS&C Inks $1.4B All-Cash Deal For Investment Tech Co. Eze

    Financial services software company SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc. on Tuesday said it agreed to buy Boston-based investment technology provider Eze Software from TPG’s private equity arm TPG Capital for $1.45 billion in cash.

  • July 31, 2018

    Praised For Cooperation, Ex-State St. Manager Avoids Jail

    A former State Street Corp. manager who copped to aiding a conspiracy to overcharge some of the banks' biggest clients by more than $21 million avoided prison time Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court thanks to his "unprecedented" level of cooperation with the government.

  • July 31, 2018

    Xcerra Hit With Shareholder Suit Over Planned Cohu Merger

    Xcerra Corp. hasn't given its shareholders enough information about the financial analysis that supports its proposed sale to semiconductor test and inspection company Cohu Inc., according to a proposed class action filed in Massachusetts federal court on Monday.

  • July 30, 2018

    Nike Says Puma Letters Show Willful Breach Of Shoe Patents

    Nike claimed in a Monday court filing that Puma ignored warnings that its sock-like knitted shoes appeared to rip off Nike’s patented design and then stepped up its infringement, saying the existence of notification letters and responses are enough to show Puma willfully offended Nike’s intellectual property.

  • July 30, 2018

    Ivy League Stands By Harvard In Admissions Race Bias Suit

    Harvard’s fellow Ivy League schools sided with the university Monday in arguing that the school’s admissions process isn’t racially discriminatory, and that a suit seeking to do away with weighing applicants’ race in admissions could limit diversity on campus.

  • July 30, 2018

    Moldovan Investors Say Kazakhstan's 1st Circ. Appeal Is Early

    Two Moldovan oil and gas investors embroiled in a multinational legal battle attempting to squeeze a half-billion-dollar arbitration award out of Kazakhstan told the First Circuit on Friday that the country has jumped the gun by appealing a discovery request.

  • July 30, 2018

    Attorneys General Urge High Court To Let EPA Ban HFCs

    A group of state attorneys general have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot force manufacturers to stop using hydrofluorocarbons, saying the decision endangered both the environment and businesses.

Expert Analysis

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Mass. Companies Have Little To Fear From Baker's Budget Bill

    Douglas Stransky

    Gov. Charlie Baker's newly proposed budget bill addresses hot tax topics such as foreign income provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. in a business-friendly way, say attorneys at Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

  • A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

    Joe Jacquot

    While appealing to voters this election season, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with promises of using their state enforcement powers. AGs are also increasingly defining themselves publicly by reacting to the federal government, whether by filing a lawsuit against the president or opposing congressional acts, says Joe Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • A Cloud On The Horizon: Trade Secret Theft In The Cloud

    Amy Van Zant

    Although courts and companies have at times struggled to keep pace with the rapidly evolving challenges surrounding the use of cloud-based software, some best practices have emerged from the body of case law addressing claims of cloud-based appropriation of trade secrets, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    Mass. Bill Would Shift Too Much Control To Condo Boards

    Angel Kozeli Mozina

    Massachusetts' House Bill No. 4325 attempts to vitiate any prerequisite unit owner consent in any and all contexts and essentially throws the baby out with the bathwater. The bill will have a chilling effect on residential condominium developments and the broader need to address housing shortages, says Angel Mozina of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster PC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • A Win For Immigrants And Cloud Over Chevron At High Court

    Rachel Rosenbloom

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Pereira v. Sessions hands a victory to immigrants at a time when the executive branch is aggressively seeking to dismantle existing protections within immigration law. It also includes intriguing hints about the court’s waning affection for Chevron deference, says professor Rachel Rosenbloom of Northeastern University.