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Massachusetts

  • June 17, 2014

    DOI Unveils Massive Auction For Mass. Offshore Wind Leases

    The Obama administration said Tuesday that it will auction off wind leasing rights for more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts, nearly doubling the federal offshore acreage for commercial offshore wind energy projects.

  • June 16, 2014

    UMass RNA Patent Row To Go Forward After High Court Snub

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on whether the Federal Circuit correctly ruled that the University of Utah could legally sue the president and other officials at the University of Massachusetts in district court, over control of two genetic treatment patents.

  • June 13, 2014

    With Goldman, Bain Out, PE Players Pressured To Cut Deals

    Bain Capital Partners LLC and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s agreement to pay a combined $121 million to resolve claims they plotted to suppress prices in leveraged buyouts before the financial crisis might drive five other PE heavyweights also accused in the case to the bargaining table ahead of November's trial.

  • June 12, 2014

    Bain, Goldman Settlements A Cautionary Tale For PE Firms

    Bain Capital Partners LLC and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on Wednesday agreed to pay $121 million to resolve claims they teamed up to deflate prices in leveraged buyouts, and while experts say the move won't halt collaborative deal-making, it's a reminder for firms to keep themselves in check.

  • June 12, 2014

    3 Lessons For Regulators From The Mass. Casino Race

    With Massachusetts wrapping up its casino licensing race, Law360 spoke with Goodwin Procter LLP's Abim Thomas, a key legal adviser on the state's gambling legislation that authorized the licenses, about what lessons other state regulators should take from Massachusetts' attempt to allow new casino development.

  • June 12, 2014

    MGM Clears Fee Hurdle To Nab Mass. Casino Resort License

    Massachusetts gambling regulators on Thursday indicated they have finished hashing out an arrangement to put an MGM Resorts Inc. unit in line to nab the state's first casino resort license without having to pay an $85 million non-refundable fee before a gambling law repeal effort plays out.

  • June 11, 2014

    Bain, Goldman Sachs Agree To Pay $121M In Collusion Row

    Bain Capital Partners LLC and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have agreed to pay a total of $121 million to settle a proposed shareholder class action accusing them of conspiring to hold down prices of companies they bought out, according to documents filed in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday.

  • June 11, 2014

    Lack Of Defect Claim No Pass For Automakers: Mass. Court

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday clarified its opinion on how state law would apply to the defense of product liability allegations, finding that auto manufacturers weren’t automatically exempt from defending their dealers if plaintiffs bringing suit failed to allege negligence or design defects.

  • June 11, 2014

    Boston, Jacksonville Harbors Get Fed. Funding For Dredging

    Major harbors in Boston, Jacksonville and Southeast Texas are getting hundreds of millions in federal spending to deepen them and make them ready for large container ships, with President Barack Obama signing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act on Tuesday.

  • June 10, 2014

    Bingham Sanctions Case Exposes Dangers Of Privilege Tactics

    A Massachusetts appeals court’s revival Friday of sanctions efforts claiming Bingham McCutchen LLP improperly relied on the work-product doctrine to conceal evidence from an opponent serves as a stark reminder that lawyers need to play it safe and seek outside guidance when privilege protections are questionable, and avoid attacking an opponent for failing to present evidence that has been withheld.

  • June 10, 2014

    1st Circ. Affirms Dismissal of Abiomed Shareholder Suit

    The First Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive a shareholder class action against heart pump maker Abiomed Inc. over investigations of its marketing practices, saying the lead plaintiff failed to prove that bringing her demands to the company’s executives would have been fruitless.

  • June 10, 2014

    1st Circ. Affirms Raytheon Win In Beryllium Class Action

    The First Circuit on Tuesday upheld a district court ruling rejecting a bid by former Raytheon Co. workers to secure medical monitoring in a proposed class action over exposure to hazardous beryllium, agreeing with the lower court that the plaintiffs' case fails because they haven't proved they suffered subcellular damage.

  • June 10, 2014

    Texas Roadhouse Wants EEOC To Reveal Docs In Ageism Suit

    Texas Roadhouse Inc. on Monday urged a Massachusetts federal court to compel the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to comply with discovery obligations, arguing the agency has been uncooperative with requests in its lawsuit alleging the steakhouse chain discriminated against older job applicants.

  • June 10, 2014

    Senate Confirms Three Judges To Federal Bench

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed three nominees for slots on the federal bench in Massachusetts, Nevada and Virginia, including two magistrate judges elevated to full judgeship and a federal public defender specializing in complex white collar cases.

  • June 9, 2014

    3 Federal Judge Nominees Score Senate's OK

    The U.S. Senate on Monday advanced three nominees for federal judicial positions in Massachusetts, Nevada and Virginia, including a contentious Nevada nominee who serves as a federal public defender for complex white-collar cases.

  • June 9, 2014

    Merck Drops $3.85B On Hep C Drug Co. Idenix

    Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. is set to buy Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. for about $3.85 billion, the companies said Monday, putting Merck in control of a biopharmaceutical company featuring a "promising" portfolio of potential hepatitis C treatments.

  • June 6, 2014

    Bingham May Be Sanctioned For Hiding Docs: Mass. Court

    A Massachusetts appeals court on Friday ruled that a group of investors could seek sanctions against Bingham McCutchen LLP for withholding information in their $8 million suit against Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

  • June 6, 2014

    Bowditch & Dewey Lands Edwards Wildman Employment Pro

    Massachusetts-based firm Bowditch & Dewey recently bolstered its labor and employment bench with the addition of a former Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP partner with experience in the health care, insurance and telecommunications sectors to work out of the firm's offices in Boston and Framingham.

  • June 5, 2014

    Starwood Inks Deal To Brand $158M Boston Hotel Complex

    In yet another major dual-brand development project for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., the hotelier has struck a deal to bring its Aloft and Element flags to a $158 million Boston complex being built by a private equity-backed partnership, it announced Thursday.

  • June 5, 2014

    Sullivan & Worcester Adds Choate Hall Tax Partner In Boston

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP has shored up its Boston office by adding a former Choate Hall & Stewart LLP partner with transactional experience to its tax department, the firm announced Wednesday.