Massachusetts

  • February 2, 2018

    Removal Of 50 Indonesian Christian Immigrants Put On Hold

    A Massachusetts federal judge Thursday blocked immigration officials from deporting a proposed class of 50 Indonesian Christians living in New Hampshire under a now-defunct humanitarian program, saying they’re entitled to stay in the U.S. while the government decides whether they should be deported based on their fears of torture and persecution.

  • February 1, 2018

    Wynn Settlement Kept Secret, Mass. Gaming Regulator Says

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has pledged to investigate Steve Wynn, the casino mogul facing allegations of serial sexual misconduct, and why a $7.5 million settlement paid to one employee after she reported him was not disclosed when his company was seeking a license for a $2.4 billion casino resort currently under construction in Everett.

  • February 1, 2018

    Gymgoers Say They're Being Cheated On 'All Access' Passes

    The parent company behind regional gyms New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs and Philadelphia Sports Clubs got hit Thursday in New York state court with a proposed class action claiming it deceives consumers by denying “all access” pass members the use of its so-called elite gyms.

  • February 1, 2018

    Boston Herald Boosts Worker Focus In Ch. 11 Sale Plan

    A bankrupt and up-for-sale Boston Herald on Thursday rejected its contract with the Communications Workers of America but secured Delaware bankruptcy court approval for a reworked sale process requiring part or all of any bid to include terms or cash that help cover displaced worker claims.

  • February 1, 2018

    Football Fights: A Year In NFL Trademark Battles

    With Super Bowl LII set to kick off in Minnesota on Sunday, here's a quick recap of the National Football League's busy year at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board since the last "big game," featuring collegiate "Buccaneers," Las Vegas-related movie quotes and, as always, "The 12th Man."

  • February 1, 2018

    As Super Bowl Nears, Odds On Sports Betting Look Bright

    The professional sports leagues have already started to soften their stance on legalizing sports betting as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue, but the $4.8 billion that's estimated to be bet on Sunday's Super Bowl — nearly all of it illegally — could hasten their desire for legalization.

  • January 31, 2018

    Renal Clinics Will Pay $4M To Settle Investors' Fraud Claims

    Private equity-backed American Renal Associates Holdings Inc. on Wednesday agreed to pay $4 million to a class of shareholders who claimed in Massachusetts federal court that the dialysis clinic operator artificially inflated its stock price and misled investors by making false statements related to allegations of insurance fraud around the time of its 2016 initial public offering.

  • January 31, 2018

    AGs Critical Of Proposed Offshore Drilling Safety Changes

    A coalition of attorneys general from Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Maine, Maryland and North Carolina objected this week to a proposal by the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling to tweak Obama-era safety regulations enacted in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.

  • January 31, 2018

    Ex-Morgan Stanley Advisers Cop To Fraud Charges

    Two Boston-area former Morgan Stanley financial advisers were charged and quickly agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to using client money to fund their own investments and to pay personal expenses, on the same day the Securities and Exchange Commission launched an enforcement action against the duo.

  • January 31, 2018

    Mass. Cybercrime Prosecutor Joins Holland & Knight

    An assistant U.S. attorney and the chief of the Cybercrime Unit for the District of Massachusetts has joined Holland & Knight LLP as a partner in the firm’s Boston office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2018

    Man Cannot Nix 1970 Marijuana Tax Conviction, Court Says

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday denied a man’s attempt to vacate his 1970 conviction for not paying taxes on the transfer of marijuana, rejecting the claim that he received ineffective assistance of counsel when he pled guilty because he did not meet his burden of proof.

  • January 31, 2018

    Pharmacist Gets 8 Years For Making Meningitis-Linked Drugs

    The second pharmacist convicted of racketeering and fraud that led to a deadly meningitis outbreak will spend eight years in prison — one year less than his boss, a federal judge in Massachusetts decided Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2018

    ACA Risk Rules Aren't Arbitrary, Judge Finds In Insurer Suit

    A struggling Massachusetts health insurer failed to show that the Affordable Care Act’s risk-adjustment program is unreasonable, a federal judge said Tuesday, finding that the federal government considered enough alternative options on its way to developing the program.

  • January 31, 2018

    NE Pipeline Foes Tell DC Circ. FERC Ignored Enviro Risks

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unlawfully skimped on its environmental and safety review of the Atlantic Bridge natural gas pipeline project, and its approval of the Enbridge Inc. unit's project in New York and New England should be wiped out, opponents told the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2018

    SEC Settles With Portfolio Manager Over $1.9M Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday to enter a final judgment resolving claims against a former Eaton Vance Corp. portfolio manager who’s now serving an 18-month prison sentence after copping to a $1.9 million scheme involving matched options trades.

  • January 30, 2018

    Nationstar Settles Mass. Loan Mod Claims With Relief Deal

    Nationstar Mortgage LLC has agreed to a deal to settle claims from Massachusetts that the mortgage servicer put homeowners at a higher foreclosure risk through a loan adjustment program, the state said Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says PTAB Erred In Axing Part Of Surgical Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed part of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that many claims of a Smith & Nephew Inc. surgical tool patent are invalid, but held that the board wrongly invalidated some claims based on an earlier patent that is not related to surgery.

  • January 30, 2018

    Aegerion Sentenced To Pay Patients In Twist On $36M Plea

    Patients harmed by a specialty cholesterol drug they were unnecessarily prescribed will get a slice of a $36 million forfeiture from Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. instead of the government, a Massachusetts federal judge decided Tuesday in a criminal sentencing.

  • January 30, 2018

    Mass. AG’s Medicaid Fraud Dept. Got $45M Back In 2017

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office announced Tuesday that its Medicaid fraud division recovered more than $45 million for the state’s Medicaid program throughout 2017, mostly as the result of settlements with doctors, pharmacies, home health care companies and other entities.

  • January 30, 2018

    Trucking Co. Must Face Drivers' Wage Suit In Mass., Not Iowa

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday rejected CRST International Inc.’s attempt to toss or transfer a proposed class and collective action accusing it of failing to fully compensate its truck drivers.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Massachusetts Marijuana Regulatory Scheme Takes Shape

    Robert Munnelly Jr.

    Massachusetts' emerging regulatory program for both recreational and medical use marijuana, supervised by its new Cannabis Control Commission, will serve as a national model for cannabis industry players and regulators, say Robert Munnelly Jr. and Shawn McCormack of Davis Malm & D'Agostine PC.

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    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 4 Ways Tax Reform May Affect The Sports World

    Michael Rueda

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local income, sales and property taxes up to $10,000 per year. This new limitation may provide certain sports teams, particularly those in states like Texas and Florida, an advantage in attracting and signing talent, say Michael Rueda and David Lehn of Withers Bergman LLP.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • The Most Important State And Local Tax Cases Of 2017

    Jeffrey Friedman

    This year, states and taxpayers sought guidance from state courts on some of the most contentious state tax issues, including attacks on the physical presence nexus requirement, aggressive application of economic nexus principles and continued uncertainty around related-party addback exceptions and retroactive tax legislation, say Jeffrey Friedman and Stephanie Do of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • The 10 Most Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions Of 2017

    Randy Maniloff

    For the 17th consecutive year, Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP takes a look at this year's most notable insurance coverage decisions, based primarily on the cases' potential to influence other courts nationally, and discusses the potential impacts of these important cases.

  • SEC's F-Squared Trial Win Offers A Cautionary Tale

    Ian Roffman

    After more than three years of litigation and a four-week trial, a federal court in Boston is expected to enter final judgment for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its high-profile case against F-Squared founder Howard Present. As the dust begins to settle, there are some lessons to be learned from the saga, says Ian Roffman of Nutter McClennen and Fish LLP.