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Massachusetts

  • May 21, 2018

    Fugitive Atty’s Ex-Wife Avoids Jail For Lying To The FBI

    A Florida woman who lied to federal investigators to help cover the tracks of her ex-husband, a disbarred Hunton & Williams LLP attorney on the lam for 20 years, avoided jail time for the crime on Monday even as a Massachusetts federal judge questioned her level of remorse.

  • May 18, 2018

    CFTC Tells Fraud Suit Judge It Can Regulate Cryptocurrency

    Cryptocurrency is a commodity that can be regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulatory watchdog agency told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday as it fights a cryptocurrency company's bid to dismiss a $6 million fraud suit.

  • May 18, 2018

    Wynn Pays $68M For Chemical Cleanup At Mass. Casino Site

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. has shelled out $68 million to remove roughly 1 million tons of toxic sediment from a former chemical plant site where it’s now building the $2.5 billion Encore Boston Harbor hotel and casino, according to a news report.

  • May 18, 2018

    US Sen. Candidate Ends Free Speech Suit Against Mass. City

    A Massachusetts man challenging Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her U.S. Senate seat has agreed to drop a lawsuit that alleged the city of Cambridge violated his right to free speech when he was told to remove a campaign sign on a bus that read “Only A Real Indian Can Defeat The Fake Indian.”

  • May 18, 2018

    Mass. Pension Plans Part Of $2.1B Tax Fraud, Denmark Says

    The agency tasked with collecting taxes in Denmark filed three suits in Massachusetts federal court on Friday claiming Bay State-based pension plans were part of a massive multinational fraud scheme to dupe the Danish government out of $2.1 billion in reimbursed taxes.

  • May 18, 2018

    Mass. City Says 3M Foam Contamination Suit Should Proceed

    A western Massachusetts city told a federal judge on Friday its lawsuit claiming that a fire suppression foam manufactured by chemical companies including 3M Co., Chemguard Inc. and Tyco Fire Products LP contaminated its water supply should go forward, saying the companies' claims that the suit is improper don't hold up.

  • May 18, 2018

    7 Firms To Guide IPO Lineup Projected To Surpass $1.2B

    Seven firms will guide initial public offerings set to raise more than $1.2 billion during the week of May 21, led by a fintech company that aims to disrupt the consumer loan business, plus three biotechnology firms, a private equity-backed payment processor and two small Chinese deals.

  • May 18, 2018

    Mass. Court Backs School's Sovereign Immunity In Injury Suit

    A Massachusetts appeals court on Friday ruled the state’s long-standing sovereign immunity doctrine protects a public school district from a negligence suit after a varsity field hockey player was seriously injured during a team practice.

  • May 17, 2018

    Harvard Workshop Provides Glimpse Into Int'l Arbitration

    A first-of-its-kind international arbitration workshop at Harvard Law School provided students with an opportunity to not only learn from a diverse group of the leading minds in arbitration but also, in at least one instance, to discuss the topics of the day with them over a beer.

  • May 17, 2018

    Latham, White & Case Rep Retailer BJ’s In IPO Push

    Massachusetts-based BJ's Wholesale Club on Thursday unveiled plans for an initial public offering guided by Latham & Watkins LLP and White & Case LLP in a registration statement the private equity-backed retailer filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • May 17, 2018

    1st Circ. Won't Revive Nurse's Retaliation Lawsuit

    The First Circuit affirmed Wednesday that a nurse who was fired shortly after voicing concerns about a negligent colleague failed to make a cognizable claim of retaliation against the nursing home in Maine where she helped people recover from brain injuries for 17 years.

  • May 17, 2018

    Mass. Doctor's Kickback Convictions Are Fair, Judge Says

    A federal judge in Massachusetts published an order Thursday declining to overrule a jury's verdict that a gynecologist disclosed her patients’ medical information to a Warner Chilcott representative who used the data to target customers for expensive osteoporosis drugs.

  • May 17, 2018

    Kirkland Picks Up Ex-Bain Capital Deputy GC In Boston

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has boosted its private equity team with the hiring of a former Bain Capital deputy general counsel, who joined the firm’s Boston office after a decade working in-house for the investment firm.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Lewis Brisbois Lands Appellate Pro In Atlanta Office

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has nabbed an appellate litigator with two decades of experience who says he was lured by the firm's active Atlanta office and the opportunity to take on work in his native Boston.

  • May 17, 2018

    GSK, Zofran Users To Pick 16 Potential MDL Bellwether Cases

    GlaxoSmithKline and the families who claim its anti-nausea medication Zofran caused various birth defects will each select eight cases to probe and possibly bring to trial in the multidistrict litigation’s final discovery phase, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • May 17, 2018

    China Approves $18B Sale Of Toshiba's Memory Unit

    Chinese antitrust regulators have cleared the way for Toshiba Corp. to sell off its memory business to an investment group led by Bain Capital Private Equity LLP for 2 trillion yen ($18.06 billion), the parties said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2018

    Biolitec Counsel Can't Dodge Sanction For Stonewalling

    A federal judge in Massachusetts on Wednesday refused to reconsider a sanction he imposed against specialty laser firm Biolitec AG for what the judge has called the company’s “ethically dubious” tactics and “shameless stonewalling” in its decadelong fight against liability for a subsidiary’s multimillion-dollar patent infringement settlement.

  • May 16, 2018

    Ex-State Street VP Loses Bid To Invoke Evidence Treaties

    A federal judge in Massachusetts on Tuesday declined to trigger a foreign treaty to help a former State Street executive access documents and depositions from co-workers and clients he allegedly swindled that could aid his defense against securities fraud charges, but expressed concern that the government can access evidence abroad.

  • May 16, 2018

    Boston Cabbie Fights Uber’s Bid To Escape Antitrust Claims

    A Boston cab driver alleging Uber monopolized the market by helping its drivers circumvent local taxi rules asked a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to preserve his antitrust claims, saying the ride-hailing giant is trying to hold his proposed class action to an “unrealistic and legally unsupportable higher pleading standard.”

Expert Analysis

  • Is Excessive Fee Litigation Headed For Its Dudenhoeffer?

    Mark Bieter

    Recent signs show that the nationwide deluge of class actions challenging fees and services in large corporate 401(k) plans are starting to even out. This is a development warmly welcomed by plan sponsors and the financial industry, as for the past decade there’s generally been one hand winning, and it wasn’t theirs, says Mark Bieter of Groom Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Rum, Cannabis And The 4th Amendment: A History Lesson

    Collin Wedel

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently made his first move against legal marijuana by reversing the U.S. Justice Department’s policy of not enforcing federal cannabis laws in states that had legalized it. Sessions might be wise to study how a crackdown on contraband rum helped incite the American Revolution and influenced the U.S. Constitution, says Collin Wedel of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Innovator Liability: A Pandora’s Box For Pharma Cos.?

    Monee Hanna

    A number of state high courts have recently held brand-name prescription drug manufacturers liable for inadequate labeling claims brought by patients who took generic equivalents. While only a few states have endorsed this doctrine, the trend may be growing, say Monee Hanna and Nicholas Janizeh of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Single Factor Income Apportionment: Inconsistent Standard

    Glenn Newman

    A majority of states claim that in-state sales are sufficient nexus to collect corporate income tax from businesses physically located across state lines, but income apportionment methods are inconsistent. Companies need to be prepared for the day one state seeks to collect a share of income tax that's already been paid to another, says Glenn Newman of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Importance Of Attorney Etiquette In The Courtroom

    Christina Marinakis

    It’s difficult to say whether an attorney’s social etiquette has any impact on the verdict outcome, but the fact that jurors continually tell us about counsel’s irksome behaviors suggests that, at the very least, these behaviors distract jurors from the issues on which they should be concentrating, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 4

    Michael Littenberg

    Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 3

    Michael Littenberg

    As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.