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Massachusetts

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Mass. Gov. Seeks Judge's Removal Amid Immigration Probe

    A Massachusetts judge who allegedly helped an undocumented immigrant escape out the back door of a state courthouse earlier this year and avoid detention should be removed from the bench while federal authorities investigate her actions, the state’s governor suggested Monday.

  • December 4, 2018

    6 NECC Workers Had Role In Drug Fraud, Feds Say In Closing

    Prosecutors on Tuesday urged a jury after seven weeks of testimony to convict six former employees of the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose steroids sparked a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012, saying they participated in a scheme to defraud federal regulators and ship out unsafe drugs to medical facilities around the country.

  • December 4, 2018

    Nissan Drivers Seek Class Cert. In Engine Defect Suit

    Car consumers asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to certify five classes in a putative class action against Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its American arm, Nissan North America Inc., alleging that the automaker violated consumer protection and breach-of-warranty laws by concealing dangerous engine defects.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Split FERC OKs Grid Operator's Market Changes

    A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday approved ISO New England's temporary revision of its wholesale electricity market rules to address regional fuel security concerns caused by potential power plant closures, but commissioners warned the regional grid operator that the changes aren't an adequate long-term solution.

  • December 4, 2018

    1st Circ. Focuses On Extortion Benefit In Boston Aides' Case

    The First Circuit on Tuesday peppered attorneys for both the government and a pair of Boston City Hall aides on whether prosecutors need to show that someone accused of extortion personally benefits from the alleged act, during a hearing seeking to revive indictments against the mayor’s lieutenants.

  • December 3, 2018

    Trade Group Slams Mass. Defense Of Cable Rate Regs

    A cable and internet trade group pushed back against Massachusetts' argument for keeping telecom giant Charter under state-imposed rate regulations amid rising competition from online TV streaming companies, telling the Federal Communications Commission in a letter posted Monday that the state is misreading agency rules.

  • December 3, 2018

    Atty Fighting Sanctions Says Lies Ignored In Insys Case

    An attorney for the billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics filed documents in Boston federal court Monday to suggest that prosecutors believed a then-suspect who is now cooperating with prosecutors in the company's bribery case was lying to them in a 2016 proffer, but chose not to prosecute him for the lies.

  • December 3, 2018

    Marriott Hit With Multiple Suits After Massive Data Breach

    Marriott International Inc. has been hit with at least a dozen putative class actions in U.S. federal and Canadian courts by customers who said their privacy was violated by a massive data breach affecting 500 million guests and by a shareholder who alleged the company falsely inflated its cybersecurity bona fides.

  • December 3, 2018

    Mass. Power Retailer Asks For $6M In Ch. 11 Financing

    A Massachusetts power retailer sought permission Monday to borrow $6 million on a post-petition basis in Delaware bankruptcy court to fund the administration of its case while it seeks the release of about $4 million in withheld funds.

  • December 3, 2018

    Harvard's Single-Gender Group Sanctions Hurt Women: Suit

    Harvard University was hit with a pair of lawsuits Monday claiming the Ivy League school’s new policy sanctioning students for joining single-gender organizations like sororities and fraternities unfairly discriminates against women.

  • December 3, 2018

    Mass. Justices Say Atty's Fee Dispute Suit Too Late

    Justices on Massachusetts' highest court told an attorney Monday that he could have taken legal action against his former employee sooner if he wanted to collect on an agreement before the statute of limitations expired.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 3, 2018

    Enviros Can’t Use CWA In Sewage Dumping Suit, Resort Says

    A New England resort has told a Massachusetts federal judge that its sewage disposal system isn’t subject to the Clean Water Act, slamming an environmental group’s suit over alleged pollution of Cape Cod’s waterways as an “unprecedented” attempt to expand federal control over septic systems.

  • December 3, 2018

    7 Firms Steer GSK's £3B India Unit Sale, $5B Oncology Buy

    GlaxoSmithKline on Monday said it will sell its Indian consumer health unit and holdings in other Asian markets to Unilever in a £3.1 billion ($3.9 billion) deal, and at the same time announced an agreement to acquire Massachusetts-based oncology biopharmaceutical firm Tesaro Inc. for $5.1 billion, with seven firms total guiding the buyers and sellers on the tie-ups.  

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    Exxon, Enviro Group Should Sue EPA, Mass. Judge Says

    Exxon Mobil Corp. and an environmental group suing the energy giant over its Boston-area petroleum storage terminal should bring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency into the case to see whether the 2011 permit for the terminal is still valid, a Massachusetts federal judge suggested at a hearing Friday.

  • November 30, 2018

    8 Firms To Guide 4 IPOs Led By $500M Biotech Deal

    Eight firms are slated to guide four initial public offerings that could raise $689 million during the week of Dec. 3, led by an estimated $500 million IPO by drug developer Moderna Inc. in what is considered the largest biotechnology IPO in history.

  • November 30, 2018

    Fed. Judge Who Struck Down Defense Of Marriage Act Dies

    U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro, who sat on the bench in Boston for more than 40 years and was the first federal judge to rule that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, died Friday morning at the age of 87.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Lessons From FERC Staff Reversal In Footprint Power

    Todd Mullins

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement staff recently recommended that FERC drop a case against Footprint Power LLC. This may be an effort to address criticism that the enforcement process has become a guaranteed win for the commission, say Todd Mullins and Christopher McEachran of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • A Post-Election Survey Of The Health Care Ecosystem

    Andrew Bab

    Health care featured prominently in the 2018 midterm election campaign. Here, attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offer thoughts on what the election results and a divided Congress mean for different sectors of the health care industry.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Pharmaceutical Warnings: A Changing Landscape

    Chris Essig

    Pharmaceutical warnings and the way they are regulated and litigated are evolving. Brand-name manufacturers face failure-to-warn suits for generic versions of their products, while generic companies may soon have to update warnings on drugs for which there are no longer brand-name versions, say Chris Essig and Schuyler Ferguson of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mass. Court Ruling Reinforces 2 Keys To Pollution Coverage

    Alexander Bandza

    The Massachusetts federal district court's decision in Plainstow Project v. Ace Property & Casualty Insurance illustrates a recent pro-policyholder outcome as to the interplay of a policy's pollution exclusion and the viability of its “sudden and accidental” exception, say Alexander Bandza and Brian Scarbrough of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.