A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday dismissed a proposed class action against Toyota Motor Sales USA and Colonial Imports Corp., ruling that the buyer failed to show he was harmed when he purchased three tires, which he claims were deceptively marked up, in order to get the fourth tire for one dollar.
A company that operates several mental health centers in Massachusetts has agreed to pay $4 million to settle accusations that it improperly billed the state Medicaid program for services provided by unlicensed, unqualified and unsupervised employees, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday.
A trio of congressional representatives Thursday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request by General Electric for local disposal of contaminated soil dredged from the Housatonic River after an agency appeal board threw that section of the cleanup plan into question.
A federal magistrate judge in Boston on Friday ordered the former chief medical officer at Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc. to pay a $50,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, one-third of what the agency sought, to end claims that he misled investors in a 2012 conference call.
Yahoo has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide what should happen to our email accounts when we die, arguing that a ruling by Massachusetts’ top court “effectively eliminates personal privacy in email content after death” and needs to be corrected.
A provision of Massachusetts' overtime law that exempts employees of state-licensed charter bus operators from extra pay applies even if those workers also provide school bus service, which is typically not exempt from overtime requirements, the state's Supreme Judicial Court said Thursday.
Counsel for a fired pharmacy executive argued before the First Circuit on Thursday that health care providers that establish contracts through anti-competitive practices should be held liable for false claims charged to government insurance programs under those agreements.
The First Circuit on Wednesday revived a man’s lawsuit accusing Omni Hotels of negligence in connection with an assault he suffered in the lobby of one of its properties in Rhode Island, finding he had backed up his allegations.
The former co-head of a venture capital fund on Wednesday filed suit against the fund’s former law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, alleging that the firm helped his partner go behind his back to take over the company and saying that the firm’s efforts to cover its tracks only exacerbated the problem.
The First Circuit on Wednesday denied a new trial to a former Rhode Island municipal social worker who alleged she was fired because of a disability, rejecting her argument that the district judge confused the jury by instructing them on the federal courts’ burden-shifting framework for proving bias claims.
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts is on a mission to identify the former justice in an oil painting hanging outside the office of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants.
First Circuit judges in Boston on Wednesday considered whether an AIG insurer should have to help Bill Cosby fight lawsuits from women who say he defamed them after they accused him of sexual abuse.
A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday trimmed a False Claims Act lawsuit against Universal Health Services Inc. and ordered "full steam ahead" on the case that was bogged down in appellate disputes for years.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday found that a formerly licensed physician who pled guilty last March to billing Medicare and other health insurance agencies for services he never performed is competent to face sentencing.
Prosecutors on Wednesday added to a charge in a case against a former executive at State Street Corp., saying he duped a U.S. insurer into paying a hidden commission on fixed income trades just as he had overseas clients.
The First Circuit on Tuesday said it would not rethink its conclusion that the government did not have to get a property owner’s permission before removing 25 trees on his land as part of an effort to stop an infestation of beetles.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Wednesday it will “aggressively” continue investigating why a $7.5 million settlement paid to a Wynn Resorts employee alleging Steve Wynn forced her to have sex was not divulged when a subsidiary sought a license for a $2.4 billion casino resort, regardless of the founder's resignation.
Vistaprint on Wednesday resolved a recently married Australian gay couple’s lawsuit after it said it accidentally swapped their order of wedding programs with a pamphlet warning that “Satan entices your flesh with evil desires,” apologizing and promising to donate to LGBTQ groups.
In the final case in multidistrict litigation over a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak, a Maryland surgery center must face negligence claims from the estate of a deceased woman, but can’t be held liable for punitive damages, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday considered giving pharmacists new legal obligations in the wake of a young woman's death from seizure complications while her epilepsy medication was caught in administrative limbo.
Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.
With challenges to the president’s pick for acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the federal courts, opposing contingents of state attorneys general have weighed in with filings as amici curiae. The controversies have centered largely on whether the Consumer Financial Protection Act or the Federal Vacancies Reform Act controls the appointment, say Stephen Piepgrass and Robert Claiborne Jr. of Troutman Sanders LLP.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.
While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.
2017 ended, as it began, with much uncertainty for renewable energy, as the Trump administration continued to move against the Clean Power Plan. But key renewable energy objectives advanced at the state level, and tax reform left the production tax credit for wind energy and the investment tax credit for solar developers intact, says Brook Detterman of Beveridge & Diamond PC.
With new Massachusetts statutes addressing pay equity and pregnant workers taking effect this year, companies in the state should take extra care to ensure that all guidelines, policies and procedures are not only established and documented, but also clearly communicated to and understood by all employees, says Paul Holtzman of Krokidas & Bluestein LLP.
As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision triggered a spate of litigation over how to apply the materiality standard in False Claims Act cases. Throughout 2017, the lower courts built upon the standard, but we expect courts to continue to grapple with the issue through 2018, say Laurence Freedman and Jordan Cohen of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
In a long-anticipated move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that it will allow states to implement Medicaid work requirements, representing a major shift in the agency's policy. However, the move will only impact a small percentage of the Medicaid population, say Caroline Brown and Philip Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.
Last year, courts issued numerous health care-related decisions interpreting the legal standards under the False Claims Act and assessing the viability of a multitude of FCA liability theories. These decisions will affect the prosecution and defense of FCA cases for years to come, says Brian Dunphy of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of the Cole memo does not change federal law, negative response to the rescission across the cannabis sector and political landscape was strong, swift and bipartisan, which may lead to congressional action in the future, say Jonathan Robbins and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.