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Massachusetts

  • December 20, 2018

    Caribbean Court Sides With Sinovac In Board Dispute

    The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court for Antigua and Barbuda dismissed a claim Wednesday by dissident shareholders in the Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac, keeping in place the longtime directors despite an allegation in Boston federal court that they had illegally issued shares to maintain board control.

  • December 20, 2018

    Faster, Cheaper Arbitration A ‘Myth,’ Mass. Judge Writes

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday poked holes in some of the “myths” of resolving disputes in arbitration as opposed to the courts, issuing a colorful memo in a trade secrets suit between American Tower Corp. and a startup that is now headed to arbitration.

  • December 19, 2018

    Harvard, Law Review Move To Toss White-Male Bias Suit

    Harvard University and Harvard Law Review urged a Massachusetts federal court to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the legal journal is biased against white men in selecting members and the articles published, arguing the complaint doesn't point to a person who suffered discrimination or adequately allege a violation of civil rights laws.

  • December 19, 2018

    HIG, Bain Escape 6 Of 8 Claims In Surgery Center Buy

    Delaware's Chancellor on Wednesday tossed direct claims for breach of fiduciary duty lodged against Surgery Partners Inc., HIG Capital and Bain Capital in an investor suit over the $760 million acquisition of a surgery center while upholding derivative claims for breach of duty against HIG and aiding and abetting claims against Bain.

  • December 19, 2018

    Rockport Ch. 11 Estate Gets Approval For Liquidation Plan

    The Chapter 11 successor of footwear retailer The Rockport Co. LLC received court approval Wednesday in Delaware for a plan of liquidation that will fund claim reserves for payment of administrative expenses and professional fees.

  • December 19, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Altria, BP, GE

    Altria Group Inc. is reportedly close to snapping up a little more than one-third of Juul Labs Inc., BP PLC put onshore assets up for sale in an effort to fund an October deal with BHP, and General Electric is taking its health care unit public.

  • December 19, 2018

    UK Looks Harder At Thermo Fisher $925M Microscope Deal

    The U.K.’s competition watchdog said Wednesday that Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. must address concerns that the company's $925 million planned purchase of Roper Technologies' electron microscopes services business may increase prices for university and other U.K. consumers who use electron microscopes.

  • December 19, 2018

    Lyft Wins Bid to Force Arbitration In Driver Classification Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday granted Lyft Inc.'s bid to compel arbitration in a putative class action brought by one of its drivers claiming the ride-hailing company misclassified him and others as independent contractors, ruling that the driver agreed to Lyft's arbitration terms when he signed up.

  • December 19, 2018

    Verrill Dana Adds Health Care, Privacy Expert In Boston

    New England firm Verrill Dana LLP has bolstered its Boston office by hiring health care and privacy attorney Nadine Peters, who is returning home after a stint in Washington, D.C., at a nonprofit research center, as well as Hogan Lovells and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • December 19, 2018

    Weil Guides SoftBank In $500M Driving Safety Biz Investment

    The SoftBank Vision Fund, working with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, announced on Wednesday an agreement to inject $500 million into Cambridge Mobile Telematics, which developed the DriveWell platform that tracks and improves driver safety and is used by insurers, fleets and wireless carriers, among other entities.

  • December 19, 2018

    Thornton, Lieff Dig In Against Ex-Judge In $75M Fee Fight

    A fight over a $75 million attorneys' fee appears ready to stretch into 2019 — eight years after a class action filing against State Street Corp. over its foreign exchange practices — as Thornton Law Firm and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP on Tuesday tore into the findings of a former judge who said they should disgorge millions.

  • December 19, 2018

    MetLife Will Pay Pension Benefits, $1M Fine After Mass. Probe

    MetLife Inc. will make good on pension payments for hundreds of Massachusetts retirees and pay a $1 million fine to resolve allegations that the insurer wrongly classified the retirees as “presumed dead,” pocketed their benefits and lied to investors, the state announced Wednesday.

  • December 19, 2018

    EPA Suit Over Exxon Terminal Would Be Futile, Parties Agree

    Suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a permit for a Boston-area petroleum storage terminal — an avenue suggested by a federal judge — will prove futile, so an environmental group will press on with its suit against Exxon Mobil Corp., the group and Exxon said Tuesday.

  • December 19, 2018

    Mass. Judge To Hear Expert In $1.75M Acacia Atty Fee Fight

    A Boston federal judge said Wednesday he wants to hear from an expert before deciding a dispute over a $1.75 million attorneys’ fee proposition from Acacia Communications Inc. shareholders, but approved a settlement between the shareholders and the fiber optics company in their insider trading case.

  • December 18, 2018

    DOJ Aims Torpedo At 11 FCA Kickback Suits

    In a striking development, the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to terminate 11 False Claims Act cases involving a new theory that patient assistance services supplied by drugmakers are unlawful kickbacks.

  • December 18, 2018

    Where 5 Top MDLs Stand At The End Of 2018

    The past year was a lively one on the multidistrict litigation docket as major MDLs over the opiate crisis and the Equifax data breach got up and running, while cases concerning a Monsanto weedkiller and a common hospital technology revved for early bellwether trials.

  • December 18, 2018

    Gov't Defends Census Citizenship Question Before High Court

    The Department of Commerce on Monday told the U.S. Supreme Court that a lower court had improperly challenged an agency action by ordering extra-record discovery, including the deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in a suit over the inclusion of a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census.

  • December 18, 2018

    Sen. Warren Wants HHS To Make, Sell Generic Drugs

    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Tuesday introduced a bill that would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make and sell some generic drugs, particularly insulin, in the hopes of making them affordable for consumers.

  • December 18, 2018

    3 Firms Steer Centerbridge's $1.4B Civitas Solutions Buy

    Investment firm Centerbridge Partners will snap up Massachusetts-based Civitas Solutions in a $1.4 billion deal led by Goodwin Procter LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, following a strategic review of the health and human services company.

  • December 18, 2018

    Arent Fox Merging With Boston's Posternak Blankstein In 2019

    Arent Fox LLP will expand into the Boston legal market in 2019, announcing Tuesday it will merge with Hub-based Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP effective New Year’s Day.

Expert Analysis

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • A Year-End Refresher On Laws Banning Pay History Inquiries

    Amy Traub

    A recent wave of state and local legislation aims to correct the disparate impact of a seemingly innocuous interviewing practice — asking a candidate about his or her salary history, say Amy Traub and Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo of BakerHostetler.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • State Net

    Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

    Rich Ehisen

    Thanks to the passage of ballot measures in this month's elections, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan have joined 13 other states that use independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • State Trust Taxes Ripe For Constitutional Challenges

    Toni Ann Kruse

    Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue is the most recent in a series of cases that have used the U.S. Constitution to curtail the ability of states to impose their income taxes on nongrantor irrevocable trusts. Toni Ann Kruse and Melissa Price of McDermott Will & Emery LLP discuss the implications of this trend.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • The Latest On State And Federal Paid Family Leave Programs

    Kathryn Barcroft

    Only four U.S. states currently require paid family leave programs, leaving private employers across most of the country with the decision of whether to provide such leave to their employees, says Kathryn Barcroft of Solomon Law Firm PLLC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.