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Massachusetts

  • September 24, 2018

    PR Firm Ex-CFO Admits Skimming But Disputes By How Much

    The former chief financial officer for an international marketing and public relations firm pled guilty to an embezzlement scheme that prosecutors say cost the four companies he worked for more than $3.8 million, even as he took issue with many of the specific allegations laid out during a hearing Monday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • September 24, 2018

    Latham, Choate Steer PE Sale Of $1.8B Brazilian Data Co.

    Boston-based private equity firm Great Hill Partners said Monday it has agreed to sell its controlling stake in Brazilian provider of data center and fiber infrastructure services Ascenty Holdings LLC to a subsidiary of Digital Realty Trust Inc. in a deal that values the company at more than $1.8 billion and was guided by Latham & Watkins LLP and Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • September 24, 2018

    Ex-Akebia Analyst Jailed For Ignoring Probation Calls

    A former biostatistician at Akebia Therapeutics Inc. will await sentencing for an insider trading conviction from behind bars after a fed-up Massachusetts federal judge ordered him jailed Monday for ignoring repeated calls from probation, even as he frequently chatted with his co-conspirator.

  • September 24, 2018

    B2B Co. Claims Computer Biz 'Stole' Records To Get Ahead

    Business-to-business company DiscoverOrg LLC sued computer service provider Timlin Enterprises Inc. on Monday for copyright infringement, claiming Timlin gained unauthorized access to and then “stole” from DiscoverOrg's trove of sales and marketing records in order to target new customers.

  • September 21, 2018

    June DHS Memo Can't Justify Ending DACA, 2nd Circ. Hears

    A coalition of states challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program urged the Second Circuit Thursday to uphold their equal protection and procedural claims, asserting that the government’s arguments to the contrary improperly rely on a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo.

  • September 21, 2018

    Harvard Asks 1st Circ. To Uphold Win In Tenure Bias Suit

    Harvard University asked the First Circuit on Friday to affirm that a former associate anthropology professor failed to prove the prestigious school denied her application for tenure because she is a woman and had voiced support for sexual assault victims.

  • September 21, 2018

    15 Firms To Lead IPOs Exceeding $1.1B Amid Peak Season

    Fifteen law firms will guide initial public offerings from 13 companies that are expected to raise more than $1.1 billion during the week of Sept. 24, a busy lineup dominated by technology and life sciences firms going public during a sweet spot on the annual IPO calendar.

  • September 21, 2018

    Massachusetts Man Sues Toyota After Rodents Ate His Car

    A Massachusetts driver says Toyota has for years been outfitting vehicles with cost-saving, environmentally friendly electrical insulation that "uniquely attracted" rodents, causing an infestation and extensive damage to his vehicle, which is the subject of a lawsuit in Boston.

  • September 21, 2018

    Brand Battles: Red Sox Aim To Strike Out 'Green Monstah' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Boston Red Sox talk about New England accents in an effort to shut down a reference to Fenway Park, Discovery Channel picks a fight with Alibaba, and Anheuser-Busch targets a "Bud" mark.

  • September 21, 2018

    Sentencing Delay In $1.6M Pump-And-Dump Frustrates Judge

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday vented her frustration as a man who copped to arranging a $1.6 million pump-and-dump scheme told her hours before he was set to be sentenced that he would not be flying up to Boston for the hearing because he wants to stay in Florida to be with his dying father.

  • September 21, 2018

    Goodwin's PropTech Group Eyes A Burgeoning Sector

    Goodwin Procter LLP says it's the first major law firm in the U.S. to set up a practice group devoted to the intersection of real estate and technology, and co-leaders of Goodwin's so-called PropTech group recently told Law360 their firm is ideally suited to tackle the complex multibillion-dollar intersection of the two practice areas.

  • September 20, 2018

    Counsel Needs 'Backup' For Payment In $4.75M Vertex Deal

    A Massachusetts federal magistrate judge has told Anderson & Wanca and Swartz & Swartz PC that they failed to submit sufficient evidence of the firms' expenses that went into striking a $4.75 million deal with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. to end class action allegations of unsolicited faxes.

  • September 20, 2018

    Reality Show HIPAA Lapses Spawn $1M In Hospital Payouts

    A trio of prestigious Massachusetts hospitals will collectively pay almost $1 million to resolve allegations they flouted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by disclosing patient information during filming of an ABC documentary series, federal regulators announced Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Enterprise Beats Joint Employer Wage Suit For Now

    A Massachusetts federal judge has thrown out a proposed class action alleging that Enterprise Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries jointly employed assistant branch managers who were misclassified as overtime-exempt.  

  • September 20, 2018

    Dun & Bradstreet Hit With Securities Suit Over $6.9B Merger

    Shareholders of Dun & Bradstreet on Wednesday filed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court alleging that a proxy statement filed by the company's board in September is "materially incomplete," making shareholders unable to properly assess the fairness and financial implications of its potential $6.9 billion merger with a buying group led by CC Capital.

  • September 20, 2018

    Gas Station Claims Holding Co. Spiked Rent By $65K A Month

    A family-owned gas station less than 30 miles west of Boston asked a federal judge on Thursday to stop holding company Global Cos. LLC from forcing it to pay $65,000 more per month to lease the station, a day after filing a suit claiming the corporation instituted the rate hike to drive the business from the property.

  • September 19, 2018

    AngioDynamics Says Rival Must Stay In $145M Damages Row

    Medical device maker AngioDynamics Inc. pushed back Wednesday against a competitor’s attempt to toss racketeering claims, arguing in Massachusetts federal court that the competitor is culpable in Biolitec AG’s alleged scheme to avoid paying $145 million in a judgment and contempt fines.

  • September 19, 2018

    Mass. Doc Dodges Prison After Giving Patient Info To Drug Co.

    A Massachusetts gynecologist will not spend time behind bars for disclosing her patients’ private medical information to a sales representative at Warner Chilcott, then lying about it to federal agents, a federal judge decided Wednesday after prosecutors recommended she spend nearly two years behind bars.

  • September 19, 2018

    Amazon Accused Of Infringing Patented 'Twisty' Pipe

    The maker of a corkscrew pipe popularly used to smoke marijuana has accused Amazon in Massachusetts federal court of infringing a patent on the glass blunt known as Twisty by enabling third-party merchants to sell knockoff versions on the world's most popular retail website.

  • September 19, 2018

    NJ High Court Disbars Mass. Atty For Pocketing Funds

    New Jersey's highest court has disbarred a Massachusetts-based attorney for pocketing $16,250 that was meant for a man who the lawyer has claimed was his business partner and then spending the entire amount in less than two months on his own personal expenses.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Federal Inaction And State Activity: Student Loan Edition

    David Gettings

    As a result of waning federal involvement, states have increased their roles in the regulation and litigation of private student loans, and servicers and lenders now confront an amorphous environment policed by a diverse cast. And with student loan defaults rising, state enforcement activities may not be the only increase in litigation the industry sees, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • 1st Circ.'s Uber Ruling Imposes Burdens On App Design

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Courts have generally recognized that online contracts can be enforced like any other agreements, but a June decision from the First Circuit invalidates an arbitration clause in an electronic contract simply because the link provided was in the wrong font and color. This decision fundamentally misunderstands the nature of internet commerce, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Website Accessibility Suits Threaten Omnichannel Sales

    Alan Behr

    Retailers and others with consumer websites that support physical sales facilities are being hit with lawsuits claiming that their websites exclude the visually impaired in violation of federal law. But thus far, federal courts have disagreed on whether a website is a “place of public accommodation,” say Alan Behr and Rachel Bandli at Phillips Nizer LLP.

  • States Responding To SALT Cap, Carried Interest Provisions

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    A number of states have recently proposed or passed new laws targeting carried interest loopholes and the cap on state and local tax deductibility. Some of these efforts are taxpayer-friendly and some are expected to impose additional tax burdens, say Jeremy Naylor and Kimberly Ann Condoulis of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Connecticut's 'Kill Quill' Bet Seems To Pay Off

    Marc Finer

    Connecticut recently passed sales tax legislation requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect Connecticut sales tax. This law, which would have been unconstitutional had the Supreme Court upheld Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, is likely valid after the court eliminated the physical presence standard in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., says Marc Finer of Murtha Cullina LLP.

  • It's Not Too Early To Prep For New Mass. Employment Laws

    Sean O’Connor

    Courtesy of the “grand bargain” legislation, significant changes are coming to Massachusetts employment law. Among other new requirements, employers should prepare for increases in the state minimum wage rates, revisions to tipped employees’ wages, and a new state-administered paid family and medical leave program, says Sean O’Connor of Morgan Brown & Joy LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.