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Massachusetts

  • September 11, 2015

    US Says 2nd Circ. Ruling Hurts Sovereign In $234M Tax Row

    A recent decision in the Second Circuit hamstrings Sovereign Bancorp’s argument that it should not owe the government some $234 million in taxes, interest and penalties on an international securities transaction, the U.S. told a Massachusetts federal court Thursday.

  • September 10, 2015

    Prograf Maker Says Class Cert. Doesn't Clear 1st Circ.'s Bar

    Astellas Pharma US LLC urged the First Circuit Wednesday to overturn class certification granted to indirect purchasers who claim the drugmaker delayed generic competition to Prograf, saying the judge shouldn't have allowed a narrow antitrust violation class when so many of its members couldn't show they overpaid.

  • September 9, 2015

    Insurer Moves To Duck Counterclaims In $2.2M Oil Spill Suit

    The insurer for a Boston boat repair company moved to ax counterclaims against it from a General Dynamics unit in a Massachusetts federal court Monday, saying the company and the U.S. Navy had no insurance protection against the costs of a $2.2 million oil spill.

  • September 9, 2015

    Mass. Atty Says Golf Pal's Conviction Shouldn't Give SEC Win

    A Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer who was sentenced to home confinement for trading on inside information from a golf buddy said Wednesday that his tipper’s conviction had “little, if any, impact” on a related civil case by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • September 8, 2015

    Top Mass. Court Questions Finnegan Patent Malpractice Claim

    The justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday questioned whether an inventor can plausibly accuse Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP of malpractice for prosecuting similar eyeglass patents for both him and a competitor, noting that he got the patents he sought.

  • September 4, 2015

    Artificial Joint Co. Hid Issues Before $121M IPO, Suit Claims

    Private equity-backed artificial joint maker ConforMIS Inc. hid problems with its knee joint replacement systems in advance of its $121 million initial public offering, failing to disclose the manufacturing defect until it issued a recall months later, shareholders have claimed in a proposed class action.

  • September 4, 2015

    Workers' Comp Row Belongs Before Agency, Mass. Court Says

    A Massachusetts appeals court on Thursday ruled that a lower court properly dismissed an insolvent insurer's suit over reimbursement for workers' compensation payments in favor of a hearing before the state Department of Industrial Accidents, saying that courts must defer to administrative agencies' expertise.

  • September 4, 2015

    Mass. Man Ran $3.4M 'Holy Spirit' Stock Scam, Feds Say

    U.S. prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with conning investors out of $3.4 million through a day-trading system that he claimed was revealed to him by the "Holy Spirit."

  • September 4, 2015

    SEC's Oxfam Loss May Open Floodgates To Deadline Suits

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may end up paying a price for blowing the tight deadlines Congress gave it for passing rules out of the Dodd-Frank Act and other laws after a federal court on Wednesday ordered the agency to hurry up on finalizing disclosure requirements on public oil, gas and mining companies.

  • September 3, 2015

    VisionAid Asks Mass. High Court About Atty Conflict Claim

    VisionAid Inc. requested on Wednesday that the First Circuit seek guidance from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to determine whether an attorney hired by its insurer suffers from a conflict of interest in handling VisionAid's claim that a fired executive stole $400,000.

  • September 3, 2015

    Golf Ball Cos. Say Acushnet IP Suit Hits Jurisdiction Trap

    Three golf ball sellers said Wednesday that Acushnet Co., the company behind the Titleist golf brand, can’t make them face patent infringement claims in Massachusetts federal court over golf ball aerodynamics, arguing they never did enough business in the state to justify being sued there.

  • September 2, 2015

    SEC Ordered To Speed Up Foreign-Energy-Payments Rule

    A federal judge ordered the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday to stop dragging its heels on a rule outlined under the Dodd-Frank Act that will force oil, gas and minerals extractors to report when they make payments to foreign governments.

  • September 1, 2015

    Old Republic Beats Landowners' Suit In Mass. Appeals Court

    A Massachusetts appellate court on Tuesday upheld Old Republic National Title Insurance Co.'s defeat of a lawsuit alleging that it wrongfully denied landowners their claim for allegedly diminished property value after they discovered the use of their property was restricted, saying that the alleged restrictions didn't affect the title.

  • August 31, 2015

    Alice Doesn't Nix Patent Win, App Security Co. Tells Court

    Mobile app security company Veracode Inc. urged a Massachusetts federal court on Friday to reject Appthority Inc.’s patentable subject matter defense under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision, a year after a jury returned a verdict of willful infringement of one of Veracode's patents.

  • August 31, 2015

    MAC Cosmetics Settles ZIP Code Privacy Suit With Gift Cards

    MAC Cosmetics Inc. has agreed to pay up to $365,000 to end a proposed class action accusing the company of illegally obtaining personal customer information by acquiring their ZIP codes at checkout, according to a filing in Massachusetts federal court.

  • August 31, 2015

    Nexium Pay-For-Delay Plaintiffs To Appeal Loss To 1st Circ.

    The plaintiffs in the Nexium pay-for-delay multidistrict litigation against AstraZeneca PLC and generic-drug maker Ranbaxy Inc. on Friday appealed to the First Circuit a Massachusetts federal judge’s refusal in July to grant them a new trial.

  • August 28, 2015

    IP Firms Back Finnegan In Malpractice Fight Over Patent Work

    Lawyers shouldn’t be barred from representing multiple clients with similar inventions, major law firms in the IP realm like Morrison & Foerster LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP have told Massachusetts’ highest court, arguing it would be harmful to both firms and inventors.

  • August 28, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Baxalta, Worldpay, Qihoo 360

    Baxalta Inc. is in talks to buy Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc., Ingenico Group has joined a growing list of bidders for Worldpay Ltd., and the group that offered to buy Chinese Internet security company Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. for $9 billion might drop its bid.

  • August 27, 2015

    GAO Rejects Protest Over $51M In DLA Supply Contracts

    The Government Accountability Office denied a protest over two maintenance supply contract awards worth $51 million from the Defense Logistics Agency, saying in a decision released Wednesday that the agency had properly evaluated the losing bidder’s reference contracts.

  • August 26, 2015

    Janssen, Celltrion Brawl Over Fed. Circ. Biosimilar Ruling

    Janssen Biotech Inc. and Celltrion Inc. are squaring off in Massachusetts federal court with competing views of a recent Federal Circuit interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, debating whether it made advance-notice of biosimilar marketing mandatory in all circumstances.