Massachusetts

  • 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.

  • May 9, 2018

    Trump's TPS Cancellation For Hondurans Challenged In Court

    A group of immigrants and nonprofits challenged the Trump administration's recent decision to cancel temporary protected status for Honduran immigrants living in the U.S., arguing in an amended complaint filed on Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court that the termination is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

  • May 9, 2018

    Enbridge Sells Natural Gas Biz To ArcLight Unit For $1.12B

    Energy infrastructure company Enbridge Inc. on Wednesday said its indirect subsidiary agreed to sell a natural gas business to an affiliate of Boston-based private equity firm ArcLight Capital Partners for $1.12 billion in a cash deal steered by Norton Rose Fulbright and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, respectively.

  • May 9, 2018

    CEO Asks 1st Circ. To Nix $3M 'Little Red Hen' Payout

    The former CEO of a behavioral health company on Wednesday asked the First Circuit to reverse an “unprecedented” $3 million award to a class of shareholders by a federal judge citing an old folk tale, even after a jury had found the shareholders were not harmed.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Coaltrain Ruling Clarifies FERC’s Enforcement Powers

    Michael Brooks

    A federal district court in Ohio recently upheld some of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s penalties against an energy company and its owners for market manipulation. Although the court’s reasoning generally followed the lead of other courts that have recently opined on the scope of FERC’s enforcement authority, there are a number of elements worth noting, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • Equal Pay Act Is Closing In On Mass. Employers

    Sonia Macias Steele

    Massachusetts' attorney general recently issued helpful guidance on the state's new Equal Pay Act, including some safe harbor defenses against this strict liability law. But to enjoy full protection, employers need to act soon, as the law goes into effect on July 1, says Sonia Macias Steele of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Equifax Cybersecurity Ruling Heightens Risk For Companies

    Heather Egan Sussman

    The Superior Court of Massachusetts' recent Equifax decision — the first-ever court ruling on allegations made by a state attorney general in cybersecurity litigation — is notable for siding with Attorney General Maura Healey on several key issues of concern to all companies that collect personal information, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.