Massachusetts

  • January 30, 2018

    Gaming Group Says $4.8B To Be Illegally Bet On Super Bowl

    Americans are expected to bet $4.76 billion on the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, but almost every dollar will be wagered illegally, according to a report released Tuesday blasting federal sports betting restrictions.

  • January 30, 2018

    Advocates Push Facebook To Nix Messenger Kids App

    A coalition of more than 100 privacy and public health advocates urged Facebook to disable the Messenger Kids app targeted at young children, saying in a Tuesday letter that the harms associated with early exposure to social media and the risks associated with collecting children’s data cannot be ignored.

  • January 29, 2018

    Lockheed Wins $150M Navy Laser Weapons Contract

    Lockheed Martin has won a $150 million contract to make a laser weapon system for the U.S. Navy, with the possibility for the deal to grow to $942.8 million through contract options, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Friday.

  • January 29, 2018

    Unused Sick Time Doesn't Count As Wages: Mass. High Court

    Massachusetts’ top court held Monday that accrued, unused sick time does not count as wages under a state employment law, dealing a blow to a former Massachusetts Port Authority electrician who alleged the agency had taken too long to give him his sick time payout.

  • January 29, 2018

    Anti-Abortion Group Booted From Birth Control Coverage Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday refused to let a Christian college and an anti-abortion group intervene in the commonwealth’s suit against Trump administration rules that dialed back the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate by allowing employers to claim religious or moral objections.

  • January 29, 2018

    Forest Beats Final Cases In Celexa, Lexapro MDL

    Forest Laboratories Inc. prevailed on Monday against claims by a health and benefit fund and a pair of mothers that it fraudulently promoted Celexa and Lexapro for pediatric depression, putting long-running Massachusetts multidistrict litigation against the company to rest.

  • January 29, 2018

    Pharmacist Should Pay Meningitis Victims $82M, Gov't Says

    The United States urged a Massachusetts federal judge Friday to order a former New England Compounding Center pharmacist to pay $82 million in restitution to victims of a 2012 deadly meningitis outbreak tied to the pharmacy.

  • January 29, 2018

    Lehman Whistleblower Says She Was Fired For Refusing To Lie

    A former Lehman Brothers employee wants another chance to prove she was fired and harassed for trying to blow the whistle on the company's prebankruptcy conduct, telling the First Circuit that a lower court was wrong to dismiss her suit on narrow procedural grounds.

  • January 29, 2018

    CPA Charged With Aiding Ex-Mass. Lawmaker's Tax Fraud

    A Massachusetts accountant charged with helping a state senator file false tax returns could spend five years in prison if convicted, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • January 29, 2018

    Novartis Blasts Attempt To Revive Pay-For-Delay Suit

    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. on Friday urged the First Circuit to nix allegations it used a sham litigation to extend its monopoly over the leukemia drug Gleevec, saying a lower court correctly found a group of buyers had not shown the company’s efforts to enforce the patent at issue were baseless.

  • January 26, 2018

    1st Circ. Says Homophobic Slurs Back Gender-Based Claim

    Woman-hating attacks that were often homophobic amounted to gender discrimination for one tormented fire lieutenant forced out of her department, the First Circuit has ruled in a decision loosely tying sexual orientation to sex discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.

  • January 26, 2018

    Abercrombie Shells Out $25M To End Worker Clothing Suits

    Abercrombie & Fitch Co. agreed to pay $25 million to settle claims by nearly a quarter of a million employees in California, Florida, New York and Massachusetts alleging the retailer forced hourly workers to buy the clothes they were being paid to sell, according to a proposal filed Friday.

  • January 26, 2018

    Boston Herald Unions Fight To Keep CBAs Ahead Of Sale

    Four unions representing various employees at the bankrupt Boston Herald have objected to the debtor's bid to kill their collective bargaining agreements ahead of a two-bidder sale process in Delaware bankruptcy court, calling the request one-sided, unfair and premature.

  • January 26, 2018

    Health Hires: Frost Brown, EBG, McDermott, Dykema Cox

    Frost Brown Todd LLC, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Epstein Becker Green, Dykema Cox Smith and Michelman & Robinson LLP have all expanded their health care and life sciences capabilities with attorneys coming from major insurers, medical device companies, BigLaw and elsewhere.

  • January 26, 2018

    Exec Who Did In Aegis Fund Gets 3 Years, Must Pay $15M

    A woman who copped to fraud charges for her role in a scheme that brought down Aegis Capital Fund LLC was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $15.6 million in restitution by a Brooklyn federal judge Thursday.

  • January 26, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Weil, Proskauer, Debevoise

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Sanofi snapped up Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, Celgene bought Juno for $9 billion, and AIG acquired Validus for $5.56 billion.

  • January 26, 2018

    CBRE Director Sees 'Frantic Rush' As Biotech Space Evolves

    Biotech firms have historically operated out of large suburban campuses, but as companies now need massive amounts of space in urban biotech hubs, real estate investors and developers are closely watching the sector, which comes with a unique set of advantages and challenges, CBRE Director of Research and Analysis Ian Anderson told Law360 in a recent interview.

  • January 25, 2018

    Medicis Falls Short In Bid To Escape Pay-For-Delay Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday shot down acne-drug maker Medicis' attempt to escape allegations it participated in a pay-for-delay scheme to keep competing generics out of the market, saying a jury must decide numerous disputes of fact in the case.

  • January 25, 2018

    Mass. Commission Rethinks Narrowing Workers' Health Plans

    The commission that administers health insurance for Massachusetts employees and retirees, as well as their dependents and survivors, announced on Thursday that it plans to rethink a recent decision to scale back health plan offerings.

  • January 25, 2018

    $1.6B Hydro Power Line Wins Mass. Clean Energy Contract

    Massachusetts on Thursday awarded a massive clean energy power purchase agreement to a proposed $1.6 billion transmission line crossing the U.S.-Canada border that would move hydroelectric power from Quebec to New Hampshire, but opponents are crying foul over the influence of New England utility giant and project co-owner Eversource Energy.

Expert Analysis

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

    Kristi Kung

    As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service to a value-based health care system, telemedicine is viewed by many as the solution for achieving access to care and cost-efficiency. Kristi Kung and Matthew Shatzkes of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP look back on some of the telemedicine-related legal and regulatory changes that occurred in 2017 and discuss potential areas of interest in 2018.

  • How Not To File A Successful Rule 29 Motion

    Daniel Wenner

    A defendant in a federal prosecution who argues that he or she did what the government says, but that the actions weren't a crime, may then be able to pursue a motion under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29. But a recent case in the First Circuit underscores the difficulty of this strategy, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • A Review Of Massachusetts' Marijuana Industry In 2017

    William Moorman Jr.

    It's been an exciting year for the marijuana industry in Massachusetts, with cities and towns now determining whether to embrace the new economic development opportunities presented by recreational marijuana. However, investment in the industry remains risky because the cultivation, use, sale and possession of marijuana remains a crime under federal law, say William Moorman and John Ottaviani of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.