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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The First Circuit questioned Wednesday whether a contractor awarded more than $2.8 million for unpaid income from his work for a solar business should get the money or whether he was instead subject to the ebbs and flows of the struggling company’s bottom line.
A venture-backed biotechnology startup and a private equity-backed Louisiana community bank saw shares debut Wednesday after raising a combined $209 million in initial public offerings that priced at the middle of their prospective ranges, kicking off a week with five scheduled IPOs.
A Massachusetts federal court reiterated Wednesday that a pharmacist convicted of 77 counts for manufacturing deadly drugs in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak cannot pursue an acquittal bid while simultaneously appealing the verdict.
Akili Interactive Labs Inc., a prescription digital medicine company that is developing a way to use video games to treat depression, inflammatory diseases and other disorders, on Wednesday said it closed a $55 million Series C funding round led by Singapore's state-run investment firm Temasek.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The top securities regulator in Massachusetts recently issued consent orders halting five initial coin offerings, reminding virtual currency market participants that they must be mindful of state regulators as well. This “sweep” is likely only the tip of the iceberg for ICOs in Massachusetts and in other states, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.
In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.
I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.
A Massachusetts federal court's ruling in U.S. v. Massachusetts General Hospital highlights courts’ continued skepticism about using statistics and other evidence to establish liability under the False Claims Act. The decision is particularly important since it comes from a jurisdiction where the FCA’s pleading standards are relaxed, say attorneys with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
In the absence of federal action, states have generally enjoyed the home-field advantage when it comes to enforcement of student loans, but that could change, say Joseph Cioffi and James Serritella of Davis & Gilbert LLP.