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Massachusetts

  • May 31, 2018

    Boston Scientific Enters $608M Transfer Pricing Deal With IRS

    Boston Scientific Corp. will pay $608 million in payments and interest over the next three months in a final stipulated decision resolving transfer pricing issues with the Internal Revenue Service, the company said Thursday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • May 31, 2018

    17 AGs Blast HHS Rollback Of Nursing Home Protections

    A coalition of 17 state attorneys general told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that its potential rollback of regulations for skilled nursing facilities will not only threaten the well-being of their residents, but also impede the investigation and prosecution of suspected crimes.

  • May 31, 2018

    Antitrust Claims Tossed From Boston Cabbies' Uber Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge has dismissed antitrust claims in a putative class action by Boston-area taxi drivers, saying their argument that Uber Technologies Inc. had used predatory pricing to drive the cab companies out of the market and create a monopoly were not specific enough to proceed.

  • May 30, 2018

    3 Firms Accused Of Misconduct In Billable Hours Probe

    A special master appointed in a billing probe found misconduct on the part of the attorneys who led a $300 million class action settlement with State Street Corp. and recommended that a significant chunk of a $75 million fee award be returned, according to details revealed during a contentious hearing Wednesday in a Massachusetts courtroom.

  • May 30, 2018

    Investors Clinch $18M Deal With Aveo, With 30% For Attys

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday granted final approval to an $18 million settlement Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc. reached with investors to close a five-year-old class action stock-drop case that was dismissed twice before it was certified.

  • May 30, 2018

    Ixchel Asks 9th Circ. To Revive Biogen Antitrust Claims

    Ixchel Pharma LLC urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to revive its claims that Biogen Inc. entered an anti-competitive agreement with another company, saying a requirement that Ixchel allege an “independently wrongful act” doesn’t apply because there’s no employment contract involved.

  • May 30, 2018

    Jury Must Hear Wife's Role At Insider Trades Trial, Feds Say

    Federal prosecutors petitioned a judge Wednesday to ensure that, if the wife of a former director at Akebia Therapeutics Inc. refuses to testify against her husband at his insider-trading trial in Boston next month, the government can call an FBI agent to relay statements she has made about the alleged scheme.

  • May 30, 2018

    Investors Spar For Lead In Mass. Bioscience Class Action

    One investor backed by Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP is competing with another represented by Levi & Korsinsky LLP in separate bids filed in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to be named lead plaintiff in a proposed class action accusing a bioscience company of withholding information about the toxicity of its signature muscular dystrophy treatment ahead of its initial public offering.

  • May 30, 2018

    Sens. Ask NLRB Chair To Nix Potential Joint-Employer Regs

    Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., expressed their concern Wednesday to National Labor Relations Board Chairman John Ring that the agency is looking to avoid ethical restrictions on board members by using the regulatory process to overturn the board’s controversial 2015 Browning-Ferris joint-employment decision.

  • May 30, 2018

    Mass. Top Court OKs Extra Benefits For Covert LLC Mergers

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday in a matter of first impression ruled that a minority shareholder in a limited liability company may be entitled to a little something extra if a secret merger takes place over his or her objection that it breaches fiduciary duty, but that remedy may not include calling off the union altogether.

  • May 29, 2018

    Judge Implores State Street's Former Counsel To Testify

    A federal judge in Massachusetts on Tuesday beseeched three former State Street attorneys in Ireland and the Netherlands to testify voluntarily at a fraud trial next week of a former executive at the bank holding company, in a last-ditch effort to avoid questions about the trial's fairness that could be fodder for appeal.

  • May 29, 2018

    Suits Show Conflict Even At BigLaw's Best Places For Women

    Women have been gaining ground at Ogletree Deakins and Morrison & Foerster, but gender discrimination lawsuits against these firms and others suggest that expanding women's representation doesn’t necessarily lead to equal treatment.

  • May 29, 2018

    Reform Or Retreat? UK Firms Eye Next Steps On Pay Data

    U.K. law firms have come up with numerous approaches to a new requirement for disclosing gender pay gap information, and the ensuing PR storm is pushing them in conflicting directions.

  • May 29, 2018

    How Women Are Changing The Law Firms They Lead

    Female law firm leaders have scraped their way to the top. Now they want to pull up other women, too. And this may be their toughest challenge yet.

  • May 29, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Our latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that women remain underrepresented in the legal profession, particularly at the top levels of most — but not all — law firms. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers, our annual ranking of the firms with the most women in the equity tier.

  • May 29, 2018

    Medical Debt Collector Hit With Class Action In Mass.

    A Massachusetts woman who was contacted by an allegedly unregistered debt collector about a clinical laboratory payment filed a class action lawsuit against the collector on Tuesday, claiming the company lacked proper licensure to try to seek payments from several thousand Bay State patients with outstanding medical bills.

  • May 29, 2018

    Power Plant Co. Warned Not To Cash $140M Iberdrola Credit

    A New York judge told a Massachusetts power plant developer Tuesday that he was inclined to halt its effort to redeem a $140 million letter of credit and let a unit of Spanish builder Iberdrola SA move forward with a related arbitration, saying the parties’ frequent trips to the courthouse looked like “wasted effort.”

  • May 29, 2018

    FERC Defends NE Pipeline, Compressor Approval At DC Circ.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday asked the D.C. Circuit to shoot down bids to review its approval of an Enbridge Inc. unit’s natural gas pipeline project, saying its environmental review of the project and a Massachusetts compressor station were proper.

  • May 29, 2018

    Generator Maker Says Rival Misinterpreted EPA Rule

    A generator maker told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday that it should escape a competitor's suit that claims it has been selling the engines without a certificate required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because the certificate is not, in reality, an EPA mandate.

  • May 25, 2018

    Law360's Glass Ceiling Report, By The Numbers

    Our latest survey of the largest U.S. law firms again paints a bleak picture for female attorneys. Here’s our breakdown of the data from this year’s Glass Ceiling Report.

Expert Analysis

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Why Garick V. Mercedes-Benz Stayed In Federal Court

    Allison Semaya

    Last month, a district court in Massachusetts ruled that a putative class action against Mercedes-Benz USA should remain in federal court. The case is a reminder that, though the defendant bears the burden of showing the amount-in-controversy requirement for removal has been met, determining that amount early in a lawsuit is not an exact science, says Allison Semaya of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    State AGs Must Fill The CFPB Void, But That's Not Enough

    Karl Racine

    With Mick Mulvaney gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the burden of standing up to giant, deep-pocketed financial institutions falls more heavily on state attorneys general. But in the end, such efforts can’t replace the power the CFPB has to protect consumers across all states equally, says District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine.

  • Pleading A Personal Jurisdiction Defense Late In The Game

    James Beck

    Personal jurisdiction defenses are waivable and should be pleaded at the outset of litigation. Still, suppose a defendant, not recognizing the impacts of the Bauman and Bristol-Myers Squibb rulings, did not previously plead a personal jurisdiction defense, but now wants to do so. It’s not a good situation to be in, but it’s not hopeless, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Momentum Builds For US Offshore Wind Energy

    Raya Treiser

    The first quarter of 2018 has left little doubt that the momentum for U.S. offshore wind projects is increasing. The combination of federal and state policy support, and the Trump administration's commitment to streamlined federal permitting, presents an important opportunity for offshore wind developers, say members of WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • The Carbon Tax Could Come Soon To A State Near You

    Ryan Maness

    Despite recent setbacks in state legislatures, this year's carbon tax push has been the most successful in American history, demonstrating that the idea has carved a place in our political landscape, says Ryan Maness, tax counsel at government relations services firm MultiState Associates Inc.

  • Proactive Pay Equity Studies Can Shield Mass. Employers

    Catherine Alford

    Recent updates to Massachusetts' law requiring gender equity in pay make it among the strongest of such laws in the U.S. However, the ability of companies to conduct proactive pay audits as an affirmative defense under the Massachusetts statute may offer employers the opportunity to substantially reduce the risk of future litigation, say consultants at Analysis Group Inc.

  • State Electric Generator Subsidies Challenge FERC Markets

    Richard Drom

    In recent weeks, regional transmission organizations have attempted to amend their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tariffs to protect their energy and capacity markets from state subsidies for certain types of power generation. Such subsidies challenge FERC’s authority to effectively operate competitive wholesale markets, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.