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  • July 31, 2018

    SS&C Inks $1.4B All-Cash Deal For Investment Tech Co. Eze

    Financial services software company SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc. on Tuesday said it agreed to buy Boston-based investment technology provider Eze Software from TPG’s private equity arm TPG Capital for $1.45 billion in cash.

  • July 31, 2018

    Praised For Cooperation, Ex-State St. Manager Avoids Jail

    A former State Street Corp. manager who copped to aiding a conspiracy to overcharge some of the banks' biggest clients by more than $21 million avoided prison time Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court thanks to his "unprecedented" level of cooperation with the government.

  • July 31, 2018

    Xcerra Hit With Shareholder Suit Over Planned Cohu Merger

    Xcerra Corp. hasn't given its shareholders enough information about the financial analysis that supports its proposed sale to semiconductor test and inspection company Cohu Inc., according to a proposed class action filed in Massachusetts federal court on Monday.

  • July 30, 2018

    Nike Says Puma Letters Show Willful Breach Of Shoe Patents

    Nike claimed in a Monday court filing that Puma ignored warnings that its sock-like knitted shoes appeared to rip off Nike’s patented design and then stepped up its infringement, saying the existence of notification letters and responses are enough to show Puma willfully offended Nike’s intellectual property.

  • July 30, 2018

    Ivy League Stands By Harvard In Admissions Race Bias Suit

    Harvard’s fellow Ivy League schools sided with the university Monday in arguing that the school’s admissions process isn’t racially discriminatory, and that a suit seeking to do away with weighing applicants’ race in admissions could limit diversity on campus.

  • July 30, 2018

    Moldovan Investors Say Kazakhstan's 1st Circ. Appeal Is Early

    Two Moldovan oil and gas investors embroiled in a multinational legal battle attempting to squeeze a half-billion-dollar arbitration award out of Kazakhstan told the First Circuit on Friday that the country has jumped the gun by appealing a discovery request.

  • July 30, 2018

    Attorneys General Urge High Court To Let EPA Ban HFCs

    A group of state attorneys general have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot force manufacturers to stop using hydrofluorocarbons, saying the decision endangered both the environment and businesses.

  • July 30, 2018

    Ex-Biotech CEO A 'Total Moron' But No Crook, NY Jury Hears

    A former biotech CEO from Massachusetts who once ran a $48 million diagnostics company went before a Manhattan federal jury Monday to try to sink charges of stealing from investors, arguing his efforts in the fight against cancer were real but he was a “total moron” for commingling funds.

  • July 30, 2018

    Mass. Legislators Approve Taxation On Short-Term Rentals

    Massachusetts lawmakers approved legislation Monday that would tax and regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb, sending the measure to the governor's desk. 

  • July 30, 2018

    Jury Awards Hologic $5M For NovaSure Patent Infringement

    A Delaware federal jury on Friday said Minerva Surgical Inc. should pay Hologic Inc. $4.8 million for infringing a patent covering the endometrial ablation treatment NovaSure, but lessened the blow by finding the infringement wasn’t willful.

  • July 30, 2018

    PTAB Nixes CardioNet Unit's Heart Monitor Patent

    Heart monitor maker InfoBionic Inc. has knocked down yet another CardioNet LLC patent that it was accused of infringing, with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board holding Friday that the data transmission technology the patent covered was obvious.

  • July 30, 2018

    Adidas Settlement Paves Way For Closing Of Rockport Sale

    A settlement approved Monday by a Delaware bankruptcy judge among debtor The Rockport Co. LLC, its former owner Adidas AG and Reebok International Ltd. resolved a potential $54 million claim fight between the two parties and will allow Rockport’s $150 million Chapter 11 asset sale to close as soon as Wednesday.

  • July 30, 2018

    States Sue To Block Federal 3D Gun Printing Settlement

    Eight states and Washington, D.C., sued the Trump administration in Washington federal court Monday, seeking to block a recent settlement allowing a defense firm to publicly post 3D printing plans for guns online, saying the deal would wrongly allow “dangerous criminals” to effectively access untraceable weapons.

  • July 30, 2018

    600 Lb Gorillas Duels Mister Cookie Face As Trial Starts

    An almost $4 million breach of contract trial over the butterfat content in ice cream kicked off in a Boston federal court Monday morning with the jury hearing differing accounts over whether ice cream maker Mister Cookie Face LLC was responsible for putting dessert maker 600 lb Gorillas Inc. out of business.

  • July 30, 2018

    States Move Fast To Make Out-Of-State Retailers Collect Tax

    Less than six weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, more than half of states with a sales tax have taken steps toward compelling out-of-state retailers to collect and remit sales and use tax.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    Chief Justice Roberts Concurs With Hard G For 'Gerrymander'

    The U.S. Supreme Court, or at least Chief Justice John Roberts, agrees with a recent push to get the word “gerrymander” to be pronounced with a hard G, as in Gary, rather than a soft G, as in Jerry, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

  • July 27, 2018

    Boston Jury Clears Markforged In 3D Printing Patent Trial

    A federal jury in Boston decided Friday that a local businessman who left the board of one three-dimensional printing company to open a competitor does not rightfully own two patents on printer structures, a verdict that was handed down just four months into litigation.

  • July 27, 2018

    50 Cent Wins Sanctions Bid Against Concertgoers

    A U.S. bankruptcy judge has determined that damages are warranted against two Massachusetts women who continued to pursue a personal injury suit stemming from one of hip-hop artist 50 Cent’s concerts, granting the sanctions bid Friday and asking for an accounting of costs.

  • July 27, 2018

    Ex-Insys Execs Say Feds' Bid To Redo RICO Case Is Futile

    A group of former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday that a recent government bid to clarify the racketeering charges they face for allegedly bribing doctors to prescribe their expensive fentanyl spray comes up short of the legal standard, and another trip to the grand jury will not fix the indictment’s flaws.

Expert Analysis

  • Mass. Companies Have Little To Fear From Baker's Budget Bill

    Douglas Stransky

    Gov. Charlie Baker's newly proposed budget bill addresses hot tax topics such as foreign income provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. in a business-friendly way, say attorneys at Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

  • A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

    Joe Jacquot

    While appealing to voters this election season, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with promises of using their state enforcement powers. AGs are also increasingly defining themselves publicly by reacting to the federal government, whether by filing a lawsuit against the president or opposing congressional acts, says Joe Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • A Cloud On The Horizon: Trade Secret Theft In The Cloud

    Amy Van Zant

    Although courts and companies have at times struggled to keep pace with the rapidly evolving challenges surrounding the use of cloud-based software, some best practices have emerged from the body of case law addressing claims of cloud-based appropriation of trade secrets, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    Mass. Bill Would Shift Too Much Control To Condo Boards

    Angel Kozeli Mozina

    Massachusetts' House Bill No. 4325 attempts to vitiate any prerequisite unit owner consent in any and all contexts and essentially throws the baby out with the bathwater. The bill will have a chilling effect on residential condominium developments and the broader need to address housing shortages, says Angel Mozina of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster PC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • A Win For Immigrants And Cloud Over Chevron At High Court

    Rachel Rosenbloom

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Pereira v. Sessions hands a victory to immigrants at a time when the executive branch is aggressively seeking to dismantle existing protections within immigration law. It also includes intriguing hints about the court’s waning affection for Chevron deference, says professor Rachel Rosenbloom of Northeastern University.

  • Energy Storage: Are We There Yet?

    Paul Kraske

    2018 has proven to be a turning point for energy storage in the U.S. Affordable, reliable batteries, ambitious state capacity goals and a major policy shift from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have created an ideal environment for energy storage to grow at a fast rate, say Paul Kraske and Zahir Rahman of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.