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  • September 17, 2018

    TelexFree Admits Massive Telecom Scam, Securities Abuses

    The scam corporations behind one of the world's largest pyramid schemes, TelexFree Inc. and TelexFree LLC, admitted Monday to securities fraud that federal agents believe swindled more than 1 million people, a move signaling the end of criminal charges and a lawsuit that halted the massive scheme in its tracks in 2014.

  • September 17, 2018

    UNH Law Hit With $5.3M Due Process Suit By Ex-Student

    The University of New Hampshire School of Law was hit with a $5.3 million lawsuit on Friday in federal court by a former student from Massachusetts who claims the school denied him a chance to be heard on an alleged code of conduct violation, costing him admission to two other law schools.

  • September 14, 2018

    The Privacy Fight For Digital Data Warrants Is Just Starting

    Lower courts are already grappling with the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling in Carpenter v. U.S. telling authorities to get a warrant for cellphone location data, which privacy lawyers say is just the tip of the iceberg as disputes loom about other types of digital data that can reveal intimate details about someone's life.

  • September 14, 2018

    Supreme Court Cases Enviro Lawyers Should Watch This Fall

    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider in its latest term a diverse group of environmental law cases that address questions about whether the Clean Water Act permits the regulation of groundwater and how much power Congress intended to give the executive branch in a law that allows federal agencies to bypass environmental statutes in the name of border protection. Here, Law360 previews some of the biggest environmental law cases to watch in the new term.

  • September 14, 2018

    1st Circ. Affirms US Jurisdiction In American-German TM Row

    The First Circuit ruled that a federal long-arm statute can provide American plaintiffs with specific personal jurisdiction against foreign corporations without offending the companys' due process rights, allowing trademark infringement claims against a German corporation to continue in United States federal courts.

  • September 14, 2018

    Day Pitney Guides MassMutual On $110M Queens Loan

    Day Pitney LLP represented Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. in connection with its $110 million loan to Brause Realty Inc. for an apartment building in Long Island City, Queens, according to records made public in New York on Friday.

  • September 14, 2018

    BNY Mellon Trust Beneficiaries Win Class Cert. In Fees Suit

    A group of trust beneficiaries accusing Bank of New York Mellon NA of charging excessive and undisclosed fees on tax returns was granted class certification by a Massachusetts federal judge Friday, who also kept on the lead plaintiff despite a history of disagreements between her and lead class counsel.

  • September 14, 2018

    Tribes Face Rougher Road For Land-Into-Trust Bids

    The U.S. Department of the Interior’s rejection this month of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's application to have its Massachusetts land held in trust puts the tribe’s planned casino project in jeopardy and could signal that the Trump administration intends to make it more difficult for recently recognized tribes to pursue their land-into-trust requests, experts say.

  • September 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Rehear Blackbird Win In Lighting IP Row

    The Federal Circuit has refused a request for rehearing en banc over its decision to revive a suit brought by Blackbird Technologies, a Boston patent litigation company founded by former BigLaw partners, over a patent related to energy-efficient lighting.

  • September 14, 2018

    Kirkland, Skadden Advise On Staples' $996M Essendant Buy

    Staples on Friday inked a $996 million acquisition of national distributor of workplace supplies Essendant Inc., usurping the latter's previously announced merger agreement with the office products unit of Genuine Parts Co., in a deal steered by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • September 14, 2018

    EPA’s Expert ‘Purge’ May Not Be Radical Idea, Judge Says

    A directive by the Environmental Protection Agency barring scientists who receive EPA grants from serving on the agency’s advisory committee does not seem like a “radical” position, a Massachusetts federal judge said Friday as he heard arguments on whether to dismiss the case.

  • September 13, 2018

    Insurer On Hook For $3M Cleanup Of Laundromat Suds Spills

    Ace Property and Casualty Insurance Co. must cover $3 million that a defunct laundromat owes a real estate holding company for polluting a site straddling the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border with dry-cleaning chemicals, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • September 13, 2018

    HIG, Bain Say Investor Chancery Claims Not Backed By Facts

    Attorneys representing Surgery Partners Inc. and private equity investors HIG Capital and Bain Capital Investors LLC told a Delaware Chancery Court judge Thursday that an investor suit provided no factual support for its claims that the parties acted unfairly in a complex $760 million acquisition of another surgery center, and it should be dismissed.

  • September 13, 2018

    Sidley, Debevoise Guide $950M Insurance Co. Acquisition

    Attorneys at Sidley Austin LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP hammered out the details of a $950 million deal announced Thursday that will see China Reinsurance Corp. acquire the international specialty insurance businesses that make up Chaucer Insurance Group PLC from Massachusetts-based The Hanover Insurance Group.

  • September 13, 2018

    Mass. AG Says Ch. 7 Won't Save For-Profit School From Suit

    The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday that federal protections in Education Management Corp.'s Chapter 7 should not prevent the state from proceeding with a lawsuit against one of its for-profit schools seeking damages on behalf of students.

  • September 13, 2018

    Boston Joins In Suing Purdue, Others Over Opioid Epidemic

    The city of Boston joined dozens of other cities and towns in Massachusetts on Thursday, hitting Purdue Pharma LP, Insys Therapeutics Inc. and more than a dozen other drugmakers and distributors with a lawsuit in state court as a result of the opioid epidemic.

  • September 13, 2018

    FDA Never Saw Birth-Defect Tests On GSK Drug, Families Say

    Families suing GlaxoSmithKline who claim the anti-nausea medication Zofran led to birth defects argued Thursday in Massachusetts federal court that crucial tests were not shown to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when it rejected a correlation between the drug and defects as the families tried to beat the company's motion for summary judgment.

  • September 12, 2018

    SEC Claims Mass. Broker Lied To Short Drug Co. By $1.3M

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday sued a Massachusetts hedge fund adviser who allegedly drove down the price of San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. and bet against its stock to reap more than $1.3 million.

  • September 12, 2018

    Beef Up Cybersecurity, Bipartisan Senators Urge State Dept.

    A bipartisan group of senators from states including Massachusetts and Kentucky chastised the State Department for failing to implement basic cybersecurity measures required under federal standards, asserting that the agency must act to protect sensitive information with steps that include requiring multi-factor authentication in all the department’ information systems.

  • September 12, 2018

    Eversource, Avangrid Beat $3.6B Price Manipulation Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday that New England electricity consumers cannot sue Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc. over allegations that the companies manipulated natural gas supplies and drove up prices to a tune of $3.6 billion.

Expert Analysis

  • New Bill Addresses Systemic Risk In Cannabis Banking

    Lance Boldrey

    The newly introduced STATES Act would alleviate most of the issues that financial institutions face in providing services to marijuana-related businesses, say attorneys with Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • Get Your Mass. Brownfields Tax Credits For 5 More Years

    Ned Abelson

    With the finalization of the Massachusetts housing bond bill at the end of last month, the brownfield tax credit is now available for an additional five years to certain taxpayers who clean up qualifying sites. This article, from attorneys at Goulston & Storrs, provides a brief summary of the Massachusetts brownfields tax credit and the requirements to obtain it.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Massachusetts Patent Litigation Is Speeding Up

    Aaron Jacobs

    The District of Massachusetts recently issued an updated rule for scheduling and procedures in patent infringement cases, to make the district a more convenient venue. Perhaps the most important change is the newly accelerated litigation timeline, says Aaron Jacobs of Prince Lobel Tye LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Is It Time For A Challenge To Chevron Deference?

    Joseph Diedrich

    In a recent concurring opinion, outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed some skepticism over the scope of the "Chevron deference" doctrine, which requires federal courts to defer to an administrative agency’s "reasonable" interpretation of an ambiguous statute. Overturning or limiting Chevron could have a profound effect on the power of federal agencies, says Joseph Diedrich of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Mass. Companies Have Little To Fear From Baker's Budget Bill

    Douglas Stransky

    Gov. Charlie Baker's newly proposed budget bill addresses hot tax topics such as foreign income provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. in a business-friendly way, say attorneys at Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

  • A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

    Joe Jacquot

    While appealing to voters this election season, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with promises of using their state enforcement powers. AGs are also increasingly defining themselves publicly by reacting to the federal government, whether by filing a lawsuit against the president or opposing congressional acts, says Joe Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.