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Massachusetts

  • 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.

  • December 18, 2018

    States Plan Regional Pact To Slash Transportation Emissions

    Nine eastern U.S. states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday announced plans to develop a regional cap-and-invest system aimed at slashing carbon emissions from the transportation sector, echoing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that uses cap-and-trade to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

  • December 18, 2018

    Harvard Prof Wants Boston Pentagon Paper Records Released

    A Harvard University professor on Monday asked a federal judge to authorize the release of records from two Boston grand jury investigations into the leaks of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, saying they would fill an important historical gap and contribute to conversations about national security and freedom of the press.

  • December 18, 2018

    Buyers Sue Over Trader Joe's Sugar-Sweetened Honey Cereal

    Trader Joe’s Co. was hit with a putative class action by a Massachusetts woman seeking to represent millions who claim they paid a premium to buy the store’s Honey Nut O’s cereal only to find that sugar, not honey, is the primary sweetener, according to a complaint filed Tuesday.

  • December 18, 2018

    The Moments That Mattered Most For Legal Ethics In 2018

    Anyone who thinks that legal ethics is a sleepy area of the law didn't live through 2018. The year saw major decisions about conflict waivers and defunct firm clawbacks, among other meaty topics, and enough head-shaking news springing from the special counsel probe into the presidential election to make one dizzy. Here, Law360 highlights some of the biggest ethics and professional conduct stories of 2018.

  • December 18, 2018

    Cooley Adds Financial Regulation Atty To Boston Office

    A former partner at White & Case LLP with experience representing financial institutions and helping them navigate regulatory hurdles has joined Cooley LLP’s financial services regulatory practice as a partner in its Boston office.

  • December 18, 2018

    Both Sides In Insys Case Violated Media Rules, Judge Says

    A Boston federal judge issued a stern warning to lawyers on both sides of the Insys Therapeutics opioid kickback case on Monday, saying the U.S. Attorney's Office for Massachusetts and a defense attorney for Insys founder John Kapoor have each run afoul of court rules about talking to the media.

  • December 18, 2018

    The Year #MeToo Rocked In-House Law Departments

    General counsel from various industries were forced into the spotlight and held publicly accountable this year — either because they allegedly behaved inappropriately or were accused of handling internal situations poorly — as the #MeToo movement swept through corporate America and its in-house law departments.

  • December 17, 2018

    Starion Loses Bid To Bar Mass. AG's $30M Fund Attachment

    Bankrupt electricity retailer Starion Energy Inc. lost its bid for a Chapter 11 injunction against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Monday after a Delaware judge said the debtor was not in danger of suffering irreparable harm if the state’s attachment of $30 million owed to Starion were allowed to stand.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Lessons From FERC Staff Reversal In Footprint Power

    Todd Mullins

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement staff recently recommended that FERC drop a case against Footprint Power LLC. This may be an effort to address criticism that the enforcement process has become a guaranteed win for the commission, say Todd Mullins and Christopher McEachran of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • A Post-Election Survey Of The Health Care Ecosystem

    Andrew Bab

    Health care featured prominently in the 2018 midterm election campaign. Here, attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offer thoughts on what the election results and a divided Congress mean for different sectors of the health care industry.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Pharmaceutical Warnings: A Changing Landscape

    Chris Essig

    Pharmaceutical warnings and the way they are regulated and litigated are evolving. Brand-name manufacturers face failure-to-warn suits for generic versions of their products, while generic companies may soon have to update warnings on drugs for which there are no longer brand-name versions, say Chris Essig and Schuyler Ferguson of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mass. Court Ruling Reinforces 2 Keys To Pollution Coverage

    Alexander Bandza

    The Massachusetts federal district court's decision in Plainstow Project v. Ace Property & Casualty Insurance illustrates a recent pro-policyholder outcome as to the interplay of a policy's pollution exclusion and the viability of its “sudden and accidental” exception, say Alexander Bandza and Brian Scarbrough of Jenner & Block LLP.