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Massachusetts

  • July 30, 2018

    Ex-Biotech CEO A 'Total Moron' But No Crook, NY Jury Hears

    A former biotech CEO from Massachusetts who once ran a $48 million diagnostics company went before a Manhattan federal jury Monday to try to sink charges of stealing from investors, arguing his efforts in the fight against cancer were real but he was a “total moron” for commingling funds.

  • July 30, 2018

    Mass. Legislators Approve Taxation On Short-Term Rentals

    Massachusetts lawmakers approved legislation Monday that would tax and regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb, sending the measure to the governor's desk. 

  • July 30, 2018

    Jury Awards Hologic $5M For NovaSure Patent Infringement

    A Delaware federal jury on Friday said Minerva Surgical Inc. should pay Hologic Inc. $4.8 million for infringing a patent covering the endometrial ablation treatment NovaSure, but lessened the blow by finding the infringement wasn’t willful.

  • July 30, 2018

    PTAB Nixes CardioNet Unit's Heart Monitor Patent

    Heart monitor maker InfoBionic Inc. has knocked down yet another CardioNet LLC patent that it was accused of infringing, with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board holding Friday that the data transmission technology the patent covered was obvious.

  • July 30, 2018

    Adidas Settlement Paves Way For Closing Of Rockport Sale

    A settlement approved Monday by a Delaware bankruptcy judge among debtor The Rockport Co. LLC, its former owner Adidas AG and Reebok International Ltd. resolved a potential $54 million claim fight between the two parties and will allow Rockport’s $150 million Chapter 11 asset sale to close as soon as Wednesday.

  • July 30, 2018

    States Sue To Block Federal 3D Gun Printing Settlement

    Eight states and Washington, D.C., sued the Trump administration in Washington federal court Monday, seeking to block a recent settlement allowing a defense firm to publicly post 3D printing plans for guns online, saying the deal would wrongly allow “dangerous criminals” to effectively access untraceable weapons.

  • July 30, 2018

    600 Lb Gorillas Duels Mister Cookie Face As Trial Starts

    An almost $4 million breach of contract trial over the butterfat content in ice cream kicked off in a Boston federal court Monday morning with the jury hearing differing accounts over whether ice cream maker Mister Cookie Face LLC was responsible for putting dessert maker 600 lb Gorillas Inc. out of business.

  • July 30, 2018

    States Move Fast To Make Out-Of-State Retailers Collect Tax

    Less than six weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, more than half of states with a sales tax have taken steps toward compelling out-of-state retailers to collect and remit sales and use tax.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    Chief Justice Roberts Concurs With Hard G For 'Gerrymander'

    The U.S. Supreme Court, or at least Chief Justice John Roberts, agrees with a recent push to get the word “gerrymander” to be pronounced with a hard G, as in Gary, rather than a soft G, as in Jerry, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

  • July 27, 2018

    Boston Jury Clears Markforged In 3D Printing Patent Trial

    A federal jury in Boston decided Friday that a local businessman who left the board of one three-dimensional printing company to open a competitor does not rightfully own two patents on printer structures, a verdict that was handed down just four months into litigation.

  • July 27, 2018

    50 Cent Wins Sanctions Bid Against Concertgoers

    A U.S. bankruptcy judge has determined that damages are warranted against two Massachusetts women who continued to pursue a personal injury suit stemming from one of hip-hop artist 50 Cent’s concerts, granting the sanctions bid Friday and asking for an accounting of costs.

  • July 27, 2018

    Ex-Insys Execs Say Feds' Bid To Redo RICO Case Is Futile

    A group of former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday that a recent government bid to clarify the racketeering charges they face for allegedly bribing doctors to prescribe their expensive fentanyl spray comes up short of the legal standard, and another trip to the grand jury will not fix the indictment’s flaws.

  • July 27, 2018

    Necco Plant Shuttered After Ch. 11 Purchaser Sells Co.

    The Massachusetts plant for New England Confectionery Co., which manufactures iconic candies including Necco Wafers and Sweethearts, was abruptly closed this week, less than two months after the investment firm that purchased the company out of bankruptcy decided to resell it.

  • July 27, 2018

    DC Circ. Upholds FERC's Approval Of $971M Pipeline Project

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of an Enbridge Inc. unit's $971 million natural gas pipeline improvement project in the Northeast, rejecting challenges from green groups that said FERC inadequately assessed environmental impacts.

  • July 27, 2018

    Harvard Pans 'Insufficient' Analysis Behind Race Bias Suit

    Harvard University attempted in a Friday court filing to dismantle a headline-grabbing and allegedly self-affirming study that claimed one of the world’s most prestigious institutions has systematically discriminated against Asian-American applicants’ life experiences.

  • July 27, 2018

    EPA Chief Reverses Truck Emissions Rollback Under Pruitt

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Thursday reversed a decision made in the waning hours of former agency head Scott Pruitt’s tenure to cease enforcement of Obama-era emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks.

  • July 26, 2018

    Warren, Sanders Introduce Bill To Ax Puerto Rico Debts

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and three of their Democratic colleagues on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow disaster-torn Puerto Rico to significantly reduce the debilitating debt they say is blocking the U.S. territory’s recovery.

  • July 26, 2018

    $22M BofA Overdraft Deal Gives Uber 'Free Ride,' Court Told

    A group of state attorney general offices has urged a New York federal judge to reject Bank of America Corp.’s $22 million settlement resolving account holder claims that it improperly charged overdraft fees on debit card transactions with Uber, saying that the deal is unfair and gives Uber a “free ride.”

  • July 26, 2018

    Mass. Gov. Signs $41B Budget With Increase In EITC

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a state budget Thursday totaling more than $41 billion with five days to spare in the legislative session, raising the state’s earned income tax credit and its dairy tax credit cap, with no other significant tax-related provisions highlighted by the governor.

Expert Analysis

  • Energy Storage: Are We There Yet?

    Paul Kraske

    2018 has proven to be a turning point for energy storage in the U.S. Affordable, reliable batteries, ambitious state capacity goals and a major policy shift from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have created an ideal environment for energy storage to grow at a fast rate, say Paul Kraske and Zahir Rahman of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Life Sciences Cos. Should Assess Charitable Donations Programs

    Gary Giampetruzzi

    This year, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts has investigated several life sciences companies for their donations to independent copay assistance charities. As the list of investigations grows longer, life sciences companies should reassess their policies, procedures and monitoring regarding donations, say attorneys at Paul Hastings LLP.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Insights From State AG Coordinated Opioid Investigation

    Richard Lawson

    Much ink has been and will be spilled over the merits and complexities of the lawsuits brought against opioid manufacturers by 23 state attorneys general. However, for any company engaged in a consumer-facing industry, the progress of the recent multistate investigation offers lessons on what to expect when subject to this type of inquiry, says Richard Lawson of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Options For Failing Marijuana Cos. And Their Creditors

    Brett Theisen

    In the marijuana industry, there is ambiguity surrounding failing businesses because the product remains illegal under federal law. Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC identifies the credit risks associated with lending to, or working with, a marijuana business and highlights key state law solutions for both debtors and creditors.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.