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Massachusetts

  • March 8, 2016

    Hinckley Allen Adds Real Estate Partner From Morgan Lewis

    A lawyer with experience handling real estate, environmental, and land use matters on both the transactional and litigation side has joined Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP as a partner in the firm’s Boston office.

  • March 7, 2016

    2nd Workers' Comp Insurer Must Also Pay, Mass. Justices Say

    When two policies for workers’ compensation cover the same loss, and the policyholder reports the claim to only one insurer, the other is still on the hook for a portion of coverage, the Massachusetts Supreme Court decided on Monday in a question certified from the First Circuit.

  • March 7, 2016

    1st Circuit Upholds Removal In 'Stop-Time' Rule Case

    The First Circuit on Saturday determined that because a Guatemalan man who illegally crossed into the U.S. in 1994 was almost immediately apprehended and served with papers detailing his deportation charges, the "stop-time" rule holds he cannot validly argue he now qualifies for a suspension of the proceedings.

  • March 4, 2016

    'House Of Cards' Casino Games, Merch Infringe TM, Suit Says

    An intellectual property holding company filed a trademark infringement suit in Massachusetts federal court Thursday accusing the producer of popular TV show “House of Cards” of infringing its registered trademark with branded merchandise and unlawfully licensing the mark to casino game maker IGT.

  • March 4, 2016

    Fresenius Requests Stay In Dialysis MDL To Ink Settlement

    Fresenius Medical Care and plaintiffs with whom they reached a $250 million settlement in principle to end multidistrict litigation over the alleged side effects of the dialysis drugs GranuFlo and NaturaLyte have asked a Massachusetts federal judge to stay proceedings and push back trial dates while they finalize the agreement.

  • March 3, 2016

    2nd Circ.'s New Focus In Deflategate Spells Trouble For Brady

    The Second Circuit's focus Thursday on the destruction of Tom Brady's cellphone prior to a hearing on the Deflategate scandal instead of on a lower court’s jurisdiction over league matters may spell trouble for the quarterback, attorneys said.

  • March 3, 2016

    Latham's Boston Office Mourns Associate Killed In SUV Crash

    Latham & Watkins LLP on Wednesday mourned the loss of a securities litigation and trial associate who was killed when an SUV crashed into a Newton, Massachusetts, pizzeria, knocking down a wall, injuring several people and killing at least one other person.

  • March 3, 2016

    2nd Circ. Tackles Brady Phone Destruction In Deflategate

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had the authority to uphold a four-game suspension for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after the star signal caller failed to cooperate in the Deflategate scandal investigation, the league's lawyer told the Second Circuit at oral arguments in Manhattan on Thursday.

  • March 1, 2016

    NFL Deflategate Appeal To Test Deference To Arbitrators

    The Second Circuit is set to question lawyers for the NFL and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Thursday afternoon as the Deflategate case continues, and labor law experts say the case will likely hinge on whether the appellate court finds grounds to meddle in league arbitration matters.

  • March 1, 2016

    44 Ex-Novak Druce Attys Join 4 Polsinelli Offices

    Polsinelli PC said Tuesday it now has one of the largest intellectual property practices in the country after snagging 44 attorneys from struggling IP boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP in a mass lateral hire that was approved less than two weeks ago.

  • February 29, 2016

    Forest Fights Class Claims In Antidepressant Marketing MDL

    Forest Laboratories on Friday struck back in multidistrict litigation alleging it misled consumers about the efficacy of its drugs Celexa and Lexapro in treating pediatric depression, telling a Massachusetts federal court the class claims of a pair of consumers are too individualized to be decided classwide.

  • February 29, 2016

    Real Estate Rumors: China Vanke, Prudential, Kronos

    A China Vanke venture has reportedly dropped $116 million on a New York development site, Prudential Mortgage Capital and Freddie Mac are said to have loaned $49.5 million for a New York residential property and Kronos is reportedly moving to Lowell, Massachusetts, and spending $40 million on its new headquarters.

  • February 29, 2016

    Trial Pros: Proskauer's Steve Bauer

    I had technical problems with the PowerPoint during the opening of a trial. When I got up for closing, I reminded the jury of these problems, and promised we had tested everything and it would work now. It didn't. And when we finally got the PowerPoint fixed, the poster board I had been using in the meantime fell on the court reporter, says Steve Bauer, co-chairman of Proskauer's nationwide litigation department and co-head of the firm's patent litigation group.

  • February 26, 2016

    Union Didn't Flout Antitrust Laws, 1st Circ. Says

    The First Circuit on Thursday upheld a verdict that several nonunion steel contractors should be awarded damages for conduct by a local Teamsters union that purportedly cost them project contracts, but that the union didn’t violate federal antitrust laws by allegedly conspiring to undermine the nonunion companies' project bids.

  • February 26, 2016

    Maine Gov. Urges FERC To OK Kinder Morgan's $5B Pipeline

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage has urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to speedily approve Kinder Morgan's proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline in the Northeast, saying in a letter published by the commission Wednesday that the project would deliver much-needed gas supplies to the region.

  • February 24, 2016

    PE Investor Wants Emails Out Of Insider Trading Case

    A private equity investor facing insider trading charges asked a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday to suppress evidence he says prosecutors gained from an illegal fishing expedition through the entirety of his email account.

  • February 24, 2016

    Verizon Settles Cell Tower Row With Mass. Town

    Verizon’s Massachusetts unit settled and dismissed Tuesday its allegations that a Massachusetts town illegally denied its application to place a cell tower in the township, according to a Massachusetts federal court filing.

  • February 22, 2016

    1st Circ. Revives FedEx Driver Suit Over Contractor Status

    The First Circuit revived a putative class action brought by FedEx drivers who claimed they were misclassified as contractors, ruling on Monday that one prong of a three-part test to determine contractor status under Massachusetts state law was preempted by federal law but didn’t warrant an outright dismissal.

  • February 22, 2016

    GSK Wants To Know If MDL Plaintiffs Took Generic Zofran

    GlaxoSmithKline urged a Massachusetts’ federal court on Monday to require all plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation over anti-nausea drug Zofran to identify whether they used the brand-name drug or its generic equivalent, saying that doing so will allow the court to assess the viability of individual cases.

  • February 19, 2016

    Philip Morris Hit With $4.9M Judgment In Mass. False Ad Trial

    A Massachusetts state judge awarded $4.9 million Friday to a class of nearly 200,000 smokers alleging Philip Morris USA Inc. falsely advertised that Marlboro Lights cigarettes delivered less tar and nicotine to users, saying the tobacco giant's deceptive practices caused consumers to pay too much for the cigarettes.