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Massachusetts

  • October 29, 2018

    Ex-Coach Looks To Escape Gymnast's Abuse Class Action

    A former elite gymnastics coach has asked a Massachusetts federal court to dismiss claims he sexually molested a teenager he was training for the 1980 Olympics, arguing that the statute of limitations on the alleged acts has expired.

  • October 29, 2018

    Doc Must Get Share Of $3B GSK Settlement, NJ Court Says

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Monday revived a doctor’s suit alleging he was cut out of his share of a $3 billion settlement over GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s marketing kickback scheme, ruling that a lower court misconstrued the confidentiality provision in his deal with four former GSK employees who also sued the pharmaceutical giant.

  • October 29, 2018

    Harvard Students, Alumni Testify Race Matters In Admissions

    A diverse group of Harvard students and alumni took center stage Monday in the closely watched affirmative action trial, telling a federal judge how their ethnicity shaped their time at Harvard and discouraging the elimination of a race-conscious admissions policy at the Ivy League school.

  • October 29, 2018

    Boston Police Want 'Duck Tour' License Suit Tossed

    Boston Police Department brass asked a federal judge Monday to toss a businessman's latest suit seeking a license for a "duck tour" company, saying he had failed to allege that the defendant agencies broke any city laws.

  • October 26, 2018

    Yellen No Pro On Harvard Admissions Data, Expert Testifies

    The star expert witness for the group suing Harvard University over its affirmative action admissions policies defended his findings that Asian-American applicants are penalized for their ethnicity despite criticism from fellow economists, including former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, as he testified Friday morning in federal court.

  • October 26, 2018

    Mass. Priest Wants Out Of SEC's $1.3M Short-Selling Suit

    A Greek Orthodox priest who also serves as a social commentator and hedge fund manager asked a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday to toss a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit claiming he raked in $1.3 million by driving down and betting against Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. stock.

  • October 26, 2018

    Dunkin’ Latest Chain To Face No-Poach Class Action

    The attorney suing multiple fast-food chains for no-poaching agreements added Dunkin’ Donuts to the list Thursday in a proposed antitrust class action filed in New York federal court against the company and a number of its franchises in the state.

  • October 26, 2018

    UK Broker's Assets Frozen In SEC Pump-And-Dump Case

    A Massachusetts federal judge ordered an asset freeze Friday on more than 100 accounts in 33 banks around the globe believed to be connected with a British man's alleged $164 million pump-and-dump scheme.

  • October 26, 2018

    New Mass. Committee To Focus On Lawyers' Mental Health

    The highest court in Massachusetts has formed a committee of lawyers and retired judges to address stress, depression and substance-use disorders among attorneys.

  • October 26, 2018

    3 Hot ERISA Issues The High Court May Tackle This Term

    Employers concerned about when and how workers can sue over retirement plan issues and where the burden of proof falls in those suits may get their answer from the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Attorneys say three cases that would answer key questions dogging Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciary-breach suits are ripe for high court review.

  • October 25, 2018

    Putnam To Ask High Court To Resolve Burden-Of-Proof Issue

    Putnam Investments LLC plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its loss in a First Circuit case that accused the company of running its employee retirement plan for its own benefit rather than the benefit of workers, as well as to determine whether workers or companies bear the burden of proving whether retirement investment choices were prudent.

  • October 25, 2018

    Skanska Sells New Boston Office Tower For $455M

    A joint venture of Norway's Norges Bank Real Estate Management and American Realty Advisors has purchased a new office and retail tower in Boston's Seaport district from Skanska USA for roughly $455 million, according to an announcement on Thursday.

  • October 25, 2018

    Harvard Data Reveals Asian 'Penalty,' Expert Testifies

    Asian-Americans face a statistically significant penalty and discriminatory treatment as a result of their race when applying to Harvard University, a star expert witness said Thursday in testimony for the group suing over the prestigious university's affirmative action admissions policies.

  • October 25, 2018

    Calif. Atty Gets 5 Years For Pump-And-Dump Schemes

    A California lawyer convicted of directing two pump-and-dump schemes by selling off millions of shares in shell companies he secretly owned was sentenced to five and a half years in prison Thursday by a Massachusetts federal judge who said the defendant "absolutely perverted your oath as an attorney."

  • October 25, 2018

    1st Circ. Revives Honda Faulty Loan Notice Case

    The First Circuit has revived a consumer’s proposed class action claiming American Honda Finance Corp. violated Massachusetts consumer protection laws by sending her inadequate loan-deficiency notifications after she fell behind on her car loan payments.

  • October 25, 2018

    Private Equity Investor Says Partner Tricked Him Into Quitting

    The co-founder of a health care venture fund that teamed up with a Harvard teaching hospital says his partner double-crossed him by falsely suggesting a major foreign investment was contingent on his resignation, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • October 25, 2018

    Veteran Litigator Joins Goulston & Storrs In Boston

    Goulston & Storrs PC has added a former Massachusetts assistant U.S. attorney with more than 40 years of experience to its litigation group as counsel in Boston, the firm has announced.

  • October 24, 2018

    Judge Queries Bias Data As Ex-Harvard Researcher Testifies

    The federal judge tasked with deciding whether Harvard University intentionally discriminates against Asian-American applicants questioned a university researcher on whether a 2013 internal report showed a negative effect for being Asian in the Ivy League school's admissions process, as the potentially wide-ranging affirmative action trial continued Wednesday.

  • October 24, 2018

    Ex-NFL Agent Wants Antitrust Suit Against League Revived

    A former player agent for the National Football League urged a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday to reconsider its dismissal of his suit alleging the league and the NFL Players Association unfairly enforce and deny appeal for a rule requiring agents to sign one player every three years, arguing the court did not fully consider his allegations and misinterpreted his complaint.

  • October 24, 2018

    State St. Row Shows Flip Side Of ABA's Special Masters Push

    An ongoing squabble about an eight-figure bill for a special master who put under a microscope a $75 million class action fee award comes as the American Bar Association mulls new guidelines that encourage courts to use masters more often, largely as a cost-saving measure.

Expert Analysis

  • Energy Storage: Ready For Takeoff

    Stuart Solsky

    Energy storage has been called the “Swiss army knife” of the electric grid because of the many services it can perform, enhancing both traditional and renewable electric generation. Recent federal and state regulatory developments mean that energy storage is poised to be a major game changer in electric power markets, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.

  • Try Using Neutrals For State Court ESI Disputes

    Robert Wilkins

    According to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, cooperating with opposing counsel to resolve electronically stored information disputes is not required in litigation that is not designated as complex, unless provided for by an individual judge or in certain circuits. But mandated or not, this is a best practice in any state court action, says Robert Wilkins of Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs PA.

  • F-Squared And The Lingering Impact Of Kokesh

    Benjamin Mundel

    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year in Kokesh, a number of companies have tried to challenge government agencies' authority to seek disgorgement absent express statutory authority. While courts have not directly addressed the open question, a recent decision in the F-Squared bankruptcy litigation came close, say Benjamin Mundel and Mackenzi Siebert of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 3 Key Employment Law Issues To Keep An Eye On

    Lovita Tandy

    Employment lawyers dare not turn away from their news feeds lest they miss the next critical case law update. Lovita Tandy of Tandy Legal and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC review the latest on sexual orientation discrimination, employee arbitration agreements and joint employer liability.

  • SEC Fires Warning Shot Against 'Short And Distort' Schemes

    Perrie Weiner

    Unscrupulous short sellers who post false or distorted news have gone largely unchecked — until now. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently filed case against a Massachusetts hedge fund adviser opens the way for civil claims, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Navigating The New Mass. Noncompete Morass

    Erik Weibust

    Massachusetts' new noncompete law will take effect on Oct. 1. Erik Weibust and Robert Fisher of Seyfarth Shaw LLP address some of its more confusing provisions and how employers can comply without major disruption to how they are currently doing business.

  • Legal Pitfalls To Avoid In Social Cause Marketing Campaigns

    Russell Stein

    In recent years, businesses have increasingly teamed up with charities to promote products or charitable causes. However, if these campaigns are not executed properly, they can lead to civil and criminal penalties, taxes and bad publicity for all parties involved, says Russell Stein of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.