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Massachusetts

  • May 25, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Why Are All The Partners Still Men?

    Are you looking around your firm and still seeing a lot of men in leadership? On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast we discuss our annual Glass Ceiling report, which reveals little progress for women in the law, and we speak with Kerrie Campbell, an attorney who filed a high-profile gender bias suit against her firm.

  • May 25, 2018

    What Does Gender Parity In The Legal Industry Look Like?

    Law360 asked more than 40 women how we’ll know when the legal industry has achieved true gender parity. Here’s what they had to say.

  • May 25, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the latest Glass Ceiling Report again shows only incremental growth for female lawyers in private practice, some firms are proving that building a more equitable profession is possible. Here are the law firms leading the way.

  • May 25, 2018

    Boston Globe Sues Ex-Staffer Who Made #MeToo Accusation

    The Boston Globe LLC sued a former editor for one of its websites in Massachusetts state court on Friday, seeking a court order to force the woman to provide information about an inappropriate text message she publicly claimed was sent by the venerable paper’s editor.

  • May 25, 2018

    Atty Can't Relitigate Criminal Trial In SEC Stock Scam Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge said Friday that he granted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission summary judgment against an attorney convicted in a $3 million pump-and-dump scheme involving publicly traded shares of a now-shuttered sports ticket broker, rejecting the attorney’s claim that the criminal trial was unfair.

  • May 25, 2018

    Biotechs Lead Wave Of New IPOs Filling June Pipeline

    A wave of venture-backed biotechnology and health care companies are lining up initial public offerings that could price in June, including at least eight that filed plans during the week of May 21, leading more than a dozen IPO prospects set to reignite deal flow in the coming weeks.

  • May 25, 2018

    Kodak Can't Ax Contract Dispute With German Software Co.

    A Massachusetts federal judge declined on Friday to throw out a contract dispute between Kodak Alaris Inc. and a German software firm that supplied a document-recognition program used in one of Kodak's products, saying that the issues should be left to a jury to decide.

  • May 25, 2018

    Mass. Truckers Win Piecemeal Class Cert. In Wage Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge late Thursday surgically parsed a proposed class and collective action brought by truck drivers who say they were not fully compensated by CRST International Inc., granting class and collective certifications to a 15,000-member portion of them, according to class counsel.

  • May 25, 2018

    Mass. Judge In Sex Scandal Resigns Day After Suspension

    A Massachusetts state judge on Friday stepped down a day after the state’s top appellate court suspended him indefinitely for carrying on a secret affair with a court clinician, but he also criticized the woman, with his lawyer saying her “frivolous” harassment suit tainted his client's removal process.

  • May 25, 2018

    Exxon, AGs Clash Over Speed Of Climate Probe Appeal

    ExxonMobil wants the Second Circuit to take off the fast track its appeal of the dismissal of its suit claiming the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts conspired to violate Exxon's free speech rights on climate change issues by investigating the company, a move the prosecutors oppose.

  • May 25, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Davis Polk, Wachtell, Hogan

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Wabtec merged with General Electric’s transportation unit in an $11.1 billion deal, NextEra snapped up Southern Co.'s Florida utilities for $6.48 billion, MB Financial and Fifth Third merged in a $4.7 billion deal, and Adobe acquired Magento for $1.68 billion.

  • May 24, 2018

    Lawmakers Ramp Up Push To Expand Privacy Rules For Kids

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday renewed a long-running push to update the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to extend certain restrictions on the collection and use of personal information to cover children as old as 15 and to place limits on the sale of internet-connected devices marketed to children.

  • May 24, 2018

    Latham, Goodwin Lead 2 Biotech IPOs Raising $227M

    Venture-backed biotechnology companies Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Scholar Rock Holding Corp. debuted in public markets Thursday to strong investor receptions after completing initial public offerings that raised a combined $227 million, represented respectively by Latham & Watkins LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • May 24, 2018

    DraftKings To Launch New Platform After High Court Ruling

    Boston-based fantasy sports platform DraftKings said Thursday it will soon roll out a new sports betting platform as it moves to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision earlier this month legalizing sports gambling.

  • May 24, 2018

    Mass. Police Can't Escape Background Check Racial Bias Suit

    The Massachusetts State Police were denied a quick win Thursday by a federal judge in a suit claiming racial bias led to an African-American man being denied a spot as a trainee after one of its troopers said he lied during a background interview. 

  • May 24, 2018

    Boston Jury Awards Nurse $28M In Hospital Retaliation Suit

    A 70-year-old Haitian-American nurse won a $28 million retaliation jury verdict on Wednesday in a suit against a renowned Boston hospital after claiming the hospital wrongly started investigating her for allegedly poor patient care after she came to the aid of another nurse she believed was being verbally abused.

  • May 24, 2018

    Pfizer Pays $24M To End Medicare Copay Kickback Claims

    Pfizer Inc. will pay $23.8 million to resolve allegations that it used a charitable organization to provide kickbacks to Medicare patients who took certain drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • May 24, 2018

    Power Cos. Press FERC To Nix Mass. Gas Plant Rescue Bid

    A coalition of New England power producers on Wednesday urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject regional grid operator ISO New England's bid to keep an Exelon Corp. gas-fired plant near Boston open, claiming among other things that it would suppress electricity auction prices by as much as $642 million.

  • May 24, 2018

    Massachusetts Top Court Suspends Judge After Sex Scandal

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday suspended state court Judge Thomas Estes indefinitely without pay, paving the way for removal proceedings before the state Legislature and the governor, saying he can no longer command a courtroom after a secret affair with a court clinician.

  • May 23, 2018

    1st Circ. Revives Ecuadorian's Ethnicity-Based Asylum Bid

    The First Circuit on Wednesday sent back to the Board of Immigration Appeals an Ecuadorian man’s asylum claim after holding that the board failed to utilize a standard reserved for children in determining whether he had suffered persecution while growing up in the South American country because of his ethnic background.

Expert Analysis

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Coaltrain Ruling Clarifies FERC’s Enforcement Powers

    Michael Brooks

    A federal district court in Ohio recently upheld some of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s penalties against an energy company and its owners for market manipulation. Although the court’s reasoning generally followed the lead of other courts that have recently opined on the scope of FERC’s enforcement authority, there are a number of elements worth noting, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • Equal Pay Act Is Closing In On Mass. Employers

    Sonia Macias Steele

    Massachusetts' attorney general recently issued helpful guidance on the state's new Equal Pay Act, including some safe harbor defenses against this strict liability law. But to enjoy full protection, employers need to act soon, as the law goes into effect on July 1, says Sonia Macias Steele of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Equifax Cybersecurity Ruling Heightens Risk For Companies

    Heather Egan Sussman

    The Superior Court of Massachusetts' recent Equifax decision — the first-ever court ruling on allegations made by a state attorney general in cybersecurity litigation — is notable for siding with Attorney General Maura Healey on several key issues of concern to all companies that collect personal information, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Mass. Crackdown Reflects Increased State Regulation Of ICOs

    Christopher Conniff

    The top securities regulator in Massachusetts recently issued consent orders halting five initial coin offerings, reminding virtual currency market participants that they must be mindful of state regulators as well. This “sweep” is likely only the tip of the iceberg for ICOs in Massachusetts and in other states, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.