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Massachusetts

  • October 15, 2018

    Labaton State Street Atty Fee Accord Not Yet A Done Deal

    A proposed settlement between Labaton Sucharow LLP and the special master appointed to investigate alleged improprieties in a $75 million attorneys' fee award in the State Street Corp. swindling case was met with some resistance from the judge presiding over the case and fellow co-counsel during a hearing Monday in a Boston federal courthouse.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t.

  • October 15, 2018

    RJ Reynolds Hit With $43M Verdict In Lung Cancer Trial

    A Boston jury has awarded $43.1 million in damages after finding that the blame for a man’s fatal lung cancer lay with R.J. Reynolds but not with rival tobacco company Philip Morris or an auto parts firm accused of selling asbestos-laden brakes.

  • October 15, 2018

    Boston Aides Tell 1st Circ. Gov't Attacking 'Straw Man'

    Two Boston mayoral aides accused of leaning on a concert organizer to secure work for a local union urged the First Circuit on Friday to uphold a decision tossing their case, saying the government is aiming at a "straw man" in its appeal.

  • October 15, 2018

    Ex-NECC Workers Blame Boss In Fraud Case

    ​Attorneys for six former New England Compounding Center employees accused of misleading regulators about the workings of the facility whose tainted drugs caused a deadly meningitis outbreak placed the blame on the workers' boss​ in statements to a Boston federal jury Monday.

  • October 15, 2018

    Mass. Restaurant Owner Gets 1 Year For False Tax Returns

    The owner of a counter-service restaurant in Salem, Massachusetts, was sentenced to a year and a day behind bars in federal court Monday after pleading guilty in July to failing to report almost $1 million in income to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes.

  • October 15, 2018

    Landmark Harvard Admissions Trial Begins In Boston

    A group of Asian American applicants rejected by Harvard University said the school’s admissions process has a statistically significant “Asian penalty” that benefits other racial groups, while the university insisted its process is fair, thorough and in line with U.S. Supreme Court precedent, as a closely watched bench trial began Monday in Boston.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled?

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men.

  • October 12, 2018

    Boston Globe Sues To Access 'Secret Court' Docs

    Massachusetts residents deserve access to records from the "secret courts" that determine whether criminal cases will be brought, The Boston Globe said Thursday in a petition urging the state's highest court to look into the question.

  • October 12, 2018

    Dispute Over Kuwaiti Family's Fortune Reaches Mass. Court

    A wealthy Kuwaiti man on Friday blasted his brother's attempt to compel discovery in Massachusetts federal court in a fight over their respective holding companies’ control of tens of millions of dollars in offshore wealth.

  • October 12, 2018

    11 Firms To Lead IPOs Raising $1.8B Amid Market Volatility

    Eleven firms are scheduled to guide nine initial public offerings projected to raise more than $1.8 billion during the week of Oct. 15, steering a lineup led by information technology and gambling companies that are going public under renewed market volatility.

  • October 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sears, SoftBank, Athenahealth

    Sears Holdings Corp. reportedly plans to close as many as 150 of its stores as part of its restructuring plan, Nomura and Goldman Sachs are among the banks SoftBank has tapped related to the public offering for its Japanese wireless business, and upward of five would-be buyers are eyeing Athenahealth.

  • October 12, 2018

    Biz, Defense Groups Back Exxon Fight Against Climate Probe

    Business and defense attorney advocacy groups on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant Exxon Mobil Corp.’s request that it end the Massachusetts attorney general’s long-running investigation into the company’s climate change statements.

  • October 12, 2018

    Manning Gross, Kurowski Shultz To Join Forces In January

    National litigation firms Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP and Kurowski Shultz LLC have announced they will join forces starting next year.

  • October 12, 2018

    Ranbaxy Abused 'First-To-File' For Heartburn Treatment: Suit

    Defunct Indian pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. lied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and unfairly blocked other generic forms of the heartburn treatment Nexium in order to gain "first-to-file" exclusivity, according to a proposed class action filed Thursday in Massachusetts federal court by supermarket chain Meijer Inc.

  • October 12, 2018

    2 Fraud-Convicted Pharma Analysts Denied Acquittal Bids

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday rejected a plea for acquittal and a new trial by two pharmaceutical statisticians awaiting sentencing for securities fraud, denying their argument that prosecutors improperly presented evidence of two separate stock tip conspiracies to a jury after saying they would present just one.

  • October 11, 2018

    Fidelity Asks 1st Circ. To End Decade-Old Whistleblower Case

    Fidelity Investments has asked the First Circuit to uphold a jury verdict absolving the company of terminating a finance director who won whistleblower protections from the U.S. Supreme Court then lost her claims of retaliation at trial, calling for the end of the former employee’s decade-old lawsuit.

  • October 11, 2018

    Lieff Cabraser Balks At Paying More In State Street Fee Fight

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP told a Massachusetts federal judge late Thursday it should not have to continue paying for a multimillion-dollar probe into a $75 million attorney fee awarded following a settlement with State Street Corp., arguing much of the money has been spent looking into conduct tied to its fellow class counsel, Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • October 11, 2018

    Ex-NECC Owner’s Income Fair Game At Meningitis Trial

    Federal prosecutors can tell a Boston jury about the income of a former part-owner and director of the shuttered New England Compounding Center linked to a fatal outbreak of fungal meningitis, a judge ruled Thursday, denying his motion that argued the information would appeal to jurors’ class bias in the trial of six NECC employees that begins Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Energy Storage: Ready For Takeoff

    Stuart Solsky

    Energy storage has been called the “Swiss army knife” of the electric grid because of the many services it can perform, enhancing both traditional and renewable electric generation. Recent federal and state regulatory developments mean that energy storage is poised to be a major game changer in electric power markets, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.

  • Try Using Neutrals For State Court ESI Disputes

    Robert Wilkins

    According to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, cooperating with opposing counsel to resolve electronically stored information disputes is not required in litigation that is not designated as complex, unless provided for by an individual judge or in certain circuits. But mandated or not, this is a best practice in any state court action, says Robert Wilkins of Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs PA.

  • F-Squared And The Lingering Impact Of Kokesh

    Benjamin Mundel

    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year in Kokesh, a number of companies have tried to challenge government agencies' authority to seek disgorgement absent express statutory authority. While courts have not directly addressed the open question, a recent decision in the F-Squared bankruptcy litigation came close, say Benjamin Mundel and Mackenzi Siebert of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 3 Key Employment Law Issues To Keep An Eye On

    Lovita Tandy

    Employment lawyers dare not turn away from their news feeds lest they miss the next critical case law update. Lovita Tandy of Tandy Legal and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC review the latest on sexual orientation discrimination, employee arbitration agreements and joint employer liability.

  • SEC Fires Warning Shot Against 'Short And Distort' Schemes

    Perrie Weiner

    Unscrupulous short sellers who post false or distorted news have gone largely unchecked — until now. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently filed case against a Massachusetts hedge fund adviser opens the way for civil claims, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Navigating The New Mass. Noncompete Morass

    Erik Weibust

    Massachusetts' new noncompete law will take effect on Oct. 1. Erik Weibust and Robert Fisher of Seyfarth Shaw LLP address some of its more confusing provisions and how employers can comply without major disruption to how they are currently doing business.

  • Legal Pitfalls To Avoid In Social Cause Marketing Campaigns

    Russell Stein

    In recent years, businesses have increasingly teamed up with charities to promote products or charitable causes. However, if these campaigns are not executed properly, they can lead to civil and criminal penalties, taxes and bad publicity for all parties involved, says Russell Stein of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.