Massachusetts

  • May 14, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Nabs Ex-Acting US Attorney For Boston Office

    The former acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts — best known for leading the case against the Boston Marathon bomber — has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, the firm announced.

  • May 14, 2018

    50 Cent Seeks Sanctions Against Concertgoers In Injury Suits

    Hip-hop artist 50 Cent asked a Connecticut bankruptcy judge late Friday to sanction two Massachusetts women for continuing to press on with a pair of personal injury claims, saying the women have already been paid for injuries they say they suffered after the rapper sparked a melee by leaping into a concert crowd.

  • May 11, 2018

    BioChemics Not Covered For SEC Action, Axis Tells 1st Circ.

    Axis Reinsurance Co. on Thursday urged the First Circuit to uphold a Massachusetts federal judge’s ruling that it doesn’t have to cover BioChemics Inc.’s costs to defend against U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenas and an enforcement action, saying the lower court properly found the claim predated the insurer’s policy.

  • May 11, 2018

    Glassdoor Says Beer Vendor Can't Sue Over Bad Reviews

    Glassdoor Inc. asked a Massachusetts federal court Friday to dismiss a suit brought by a craft beer retail company over negative comments posted on the website, which allows workers to review their jobs, saying they are immune under federal communications law.

  • May 11, 2018

    Amazon Device Draws Concerns From Lawmakers, Groups

    A Massachusetts senator and Texas representative wrote to Amazon with questions about privacy issues surrounding its new Echo Dot Kids Edition on Friday, the same day advocacy groups released a statement urging parents not to buy the voice-activated digital assistant device.

  • May 11, 2018

    Scottrade Rips Mass. Official's Bid To Remand Fiduciary Row

    Attorneys for Scottrade Inc. blasted Massachusetts’ top securities official Friday in opposing a bid to litigate an enforcement action at the state level, accusing him of carrying out a personal vendetta of sorts to enforce the U.S. Department of Labor’s upended fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers.

  • May 11, 2018

    Health Hires: Katten, Seyfarth, Holland, Dechert, K&L Gates

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Garfunkel Wild PC, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, Dechert LLP, K&L Gates LLP and Polsinelli PC are among the latest firms to have grown their health and life sciences abilities.

  • May 11, 2018

    Wayfair's Counsel On Keeping State Tax Law Constitutional

    Even for Wayfair counsel George Isaacson, who has decades of experience representing retailers, the South Dakota statute used to challenge the physical presence standard for sales and use tax collection was something new. In this interview, the Brann & Isaacson senior partner describes how the law is unique — and not necessarily in a good way.

  • May 11, 2018

    Boston Firm Dumping, Suing Ex-Client ‘Feels Wrong’: Judge

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday said she was "troubled" by Boston intellectual property law firm Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP dropping a longtime software client so it could represent its rival in a patent suit.

  • May 10, 2018

    Atty Traded Drugs For Sex At Men’s Sober Home: Mass. AG

    A Reading, Massachusetts, attorney who owns a sober home for men fighting substance abuse has been accused in state court of trading legal work, drugs and money for sex, Massachusetts' attorney general said Thursday.

  • May 10, 2018

    Gov't Can't Toss Suit Over Phone Searches At Border

    The government can't shake a suit over U.S. border patrol agents searching travelers' electronic devices without a warrant after a Massachusetts federal court ruled the travelers challenging the policy have plausible claims that their rights to privacy and free speech were curtailed.

  • May 10, 2018

    3 Firms Win 25% Fee Approval For $3.5M Ariad Deal

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday afternoon gave his approval to a $3.5 million class action settlement between a group of investors and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. unit Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc., including a 25 percent cut plus expenses for the three firms that revived the suit and secured the deal.

  • May 10, 2018

    Skadden Steers Gannett In $130M Cash Deal For WordStream

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP steered USA Today publisher Gannett Co. Inc.'s $130 million cash deal to buy WordStream, a Boston-based digital marketing software company represented by Gesmer Updegrove LLP, the media giant said Thursday.

  • May 10, 2018

    Pomerantz, Shapiro Seek $5M Fees For $18M Aveo Stock Deal

    New York-based law firm Pomerantz LLP and Boston firm Shapiro Haber & Urmy LLP asked a Massachusetts federal judge late Wednesday to approve a $5 million fee request after representing investors in a twice-dismissed stock drop suit against Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc. that ended in an $18 million deal.

  • May 10, 2018

    RBS Says US Deal Opens Way To Dividends, Gov't Stock Sales

    The Royal Bank of Scotland said Thursday its $4.9 billion misconduct settlement with U.S. authorities clears the way for the U.K. government to begin selling off its RBS stock holding and raises hopes that the bank will resume paying a dividend after a 10-year hiatus.

  • May 9, 2018

    Man Stole Friend's Warhol Prints, Sold Fakes, Feds Say

    Federal agents on Wednesday arrested a Massachusetts resident they believe stole several pieces of acclaimed artwork from a friend in South Korea, including two Andy Warhol silkscreen prints, then copied and sold them in a heist that culminated in one count of wire fraud in Massachusetts federal court.

  • May 9, 2018

    Shire Defends $2.4M Fee Request In Adderall Generic Row

    Adderall XR maker Shire PLC defended a request for nearly $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees on Wednesday, saying the bill was due solely to misconduct by the generic competitor it trounced in a patent bench trial last year.

  • May 9, 2018

    RBS, DOJ Near $4.9B Deal Over Potential RMBS Civil Claims

    The Royal Bank of Scotland has reached a tentative deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, reportedly worth $4.9 billion, to settle potential civil claims over the bank’s structuring and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis, the agency confirmed Wednesday.

  • May 9, 2018

    Late Patriots Star's Ex-Wife Appeals For Survivor Benefits

    The ex-wife of a late New England Patriots player asked the First Circuit on Tuesday to reverse a lower court decision that the National Football League's retirement board properly denied her claim for survivor benefits.

  • May 9, 2018

    Judge To Move Fast On Suit Over Census Citizenship Query

    A Manhattan federal judge said Wednesday he will move quickly to resolve a challenge by a coalition of states to the Trump administration's controversial decision to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census, noting the approaching population count and the high likelihood of appellate review.

Expert Analysis

  • Interpreting The Stop-Time Rule In Pereira V. Sessions

    Denyse Sabagh

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Pereira v. Sessions, an immigration case that questions the clarity (or lack thereof) of the Immigration and Nationality Act's "stop-time" rule. A key practical issue seemed to be on the mind of many of the justices ― immigration courts are notoriously backlogged, say attorneys with Duane Morris LLP.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Why Garick V. Mercedes-Benz Stayed In Federal Court

    Allison Semaya

    Last month, a district court in Massachusetts ruled that a putative class action against Mercedes-Benz USA should remain in federal court. The case is a reminder that, though the defendant bears the burden of showing the amount-in-controversy requirement for removal has been met, determining that amount early in a lawsuit is not an exact science, says Allison Semaya of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    State AGs Must Fill The CFPB Void, But That's Not Enough

    Karl Racine

    With Mick Mulvaney gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the burden of standing up to giant, deep-pocketed financial institutions falls more heavily on state attorneys general. But in the end, such efforts can’t replace the power the CFPB has to protect consumers across all states equally, says District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine.

  • Pleading A Personal Jurisdiction Defense Late In The Game

    James Beck

    Personal jurisdiction defenses are waivable and should be pleaded at the outset of litigation. Still, suppose a defendant, not recognizing the impacts of the Bauman and Bristol-Myers Squibb rulings, did not previously plead a personal jurisdiction defense, but now wants to do so. It’s not a good situation to be in, but it’s not hopeless, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Momentum Builds For US Offshore Wind Energy

    Raya Treiser

    The first quarter of 2018 has left little doubt that the momentum for U.S. offshore wind projects is increasing. The combination of federal and state policy support, and the Trump administration's commitment to streamlined federal permitting, presents an important opportunity for offshore wind developers, say members of WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • The Carbon Tax Could Come Soon To A State Near You

    Ryan Maness

    Despite recent setbacks in state legislatures, this year's carbon tax push has been the most successful in American history, demonstrating that the idea has carved a place in our political landscape, says Ryan Maness, tax counsel at government relations services firm MultiState Associates Inc.

  • Proactive Pay Equity Studies Can Shield Mass. Employers

    Catherine Alford

    Recent updates to Massachusetts' law requiring gender equity in pay make it among the strongest of such laws in the U.S. However, the ability of companies to conduct proactive pay audits as an affirmative defense under the Massachusetts statute may offer employers the opportunity to substantially reduce the risk of future litigation, say consultants at Analysis Group Inc.

  • State Electric Generator Subsidies Challenge FERC Markets

    Richard Drom

    In recent weeks, regional transmission organizations have attempted to amend their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tariffs to protect their energy and capacity markets from state subsidies for certain types of power generation. Such subsidies challenge FERC’s authority to effectively operate competitive wholesale markets, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.