Eleven states and the District of Columbia challenged the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule on association health plans in a lawsuit filed Thursday in D.C. federal court, saying the rule unlawfully expands the agency's interpretation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's definition of "employer" and flouts the Affordable Care Act and Administrative Procedure Act.
Massachusetts’ attorney general and the junior senator from Rhode Island, who is also a former Ocean State attorney general and U.S. attorney, each told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that trucking company New Prime Inc. should not be able to compel arbitration in a class action brought by independent contractor truck-driver apprentices who say they were denied proper minimum wage.
A Boston federal judge disqualified intellectual property law firm Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP from representing a long-term software development client in a patent dispute with a former Sunstein Kann client, saying Thursday that the firm still represented both parties when the dispute arose.
Dessert company 600 lb Gorillas Inc. cannot add a New Jersey state law claim to its suit against ice cream supplier Mister Cookie Face LLC, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday, hours before a Boston trial was set to commence in their contract dispute.
Two statisticians convicted of swapping confidential stock tips about their pharma employers' test-stage drugs asked a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to replace their insider trading convictions with judgments of acquittal, saying the evidence shown to the jury diverged from federal prosecutors' charges.
The Federal Circuit overturned a nearly $14 million infringement verdict against three LED manufacturers on Wednesday, finding that the claim in Boston University's patent that they allegedly infringed describes something physically impossible, making it ineligible for patent protection.
Bluebird Bio Inc. put up for sale nearly 3.4 million more shares of common stock this week at $162.50 per share in a public offering from the longtime member of the bio-pharma hub in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dessert maker Mister Cookie Face LLC cried foul on a bid by its former customer 600 lb. Gorillas Inc. to amend its complaint only days before a trial between the two over the butterfat content in ice cream by adding a claim under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, according to an opposition filed Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court.
In a coordinated action with the French government, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has slapped sanctions on a group of electronics companies and affiliated people after determining they helped Syria build up its chemical weapons program, the department said Wednesday.
A New Yorker who skied into a snow-covered pole in New Hampshire asked the First Circuit on Wednesday to hold Mount Sunapee Resort responsible for his injuries, challenging the legality of a small-print liability release on the back of his lift ticket.
Prolific copyright plaintiffs counsel Liebowitz Law Firm PLLC hit The Boston Globe with an infringement suit in New York federal court Tuesday, alleging the newspaper's website published without permission a photograph of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez's pregnant former fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.
A California federal judge invalidated several claims of four Nevro Corp. patents covering spinal cord stimulation technology Tuesday and ruled that Boston Scientific Corp. didn’t infringe the remaining claims with its own technology.
Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.
Online and mobile food-ordering and delivery service Grubhub Inc. said Wednesday it has agreed to buy Boston-based private equity-backed mobile dining engagement and payment solutions company LevelUp for $390 million in cash, in a deal that was guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Prison phone operators Securus Technologies Inc. and Inmate Calling Solutions LLC have fired back at opponents of a proposed merger between the companies, telling the Federal Communications Commission that critics have misstated the facts about the impact of the deal on the market for inmate phone service.
The First Circuit on Wednesday denied an emergency request by Labaton Sucharow LLP seeking to have the federal judge overseeing a messy $75 million attorneys' fee fight removed, saying the firm did not meet the high bar necessary for such a step.
The First Circuit grilled a lawyer for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care on Wednesday over why it denied a young woman's claim for payment for inpatient mental health services she said she was entitled to under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
Textron Systems Corp. must turn over documents surrounding legal advice it received 14 years ago that could shed light on whether the last U.S. company to have manufactured cluster bombs was justified in cutting a Saudi consultant out of a $1 billion deal, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday defended the legitimacy of a conspiracy and fraud conviction of a former State Street executive, arguing against the broker-dealer’s bid for a judge to overrule a jury’s decision and acquit him.
Just when it seemed that the so-called Deflategate case involving New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was history, the New York federal judge who sided with the quarterback and players union filed a letter in the case docket saying he stands by his decision while respectfully declining a fan’s request for his autograph.
Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.
As the data shows, the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision last year marked a major milestone in addressing extreme forum selection in patent law, and to some extent the threat of nonpracticing entity litigation abuse faced by startups. But other NPE problems need fixing, say Rachel Wolbers of Engine and Jonathan Stroud of Unified Patents Inc.
Since the White House’s “call to action” for state restrictive covenant reform, over a dozen states have proposed and enacted laws reforming their use by employers. As more and more states answer the “call” and alter an already inconsistent legal landscape, employers that use these types of agreements should review them to ensure compliance, say Kevin Burns and Brian Ellixson of Fisher Phillips.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
A recent survey of companies in the consumer products space reveals caseloads and issues of concern, the growing influence of the Federal Trade Commission, and trends in corporate legal departments’ budgeting, say Erin Bosman and Julie Park of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Running a successful consumer products company has never been easy. Rapidly evolving technologies, an uncertain economy and changing government regulations appear primed to complicate the already challenging task of navigating legal issues, say Erin Bosman and Julie Park of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
Climate resiliency measures to abate future disasters in coastal cities like Boston need to be taken now to avoid disasters and save hundreds of billions of dollars in the future. But climate change needs a master plan; it cannot be left to thousands of cities to coordinate efforts — that is what our federal system is for, says Michael Parker of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster.
Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
As renewable energy and energy storage drive electricity prices down, generation revenues should further decline, which should lower the valuation of coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants. Yet assessments of fossil fuel generation assets have generally remained steady, suggesting they are being significantly overvalued, says Mark Lansing of Dickinson Wright PLLC.