Massachusetts

  • 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.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Assessing New Cybersecurity Regs For Defense Contractors

    Theodore Augustinos

    With a new set of cybersecurity compliance requirements for defense contractors and subcontractors becoming effective at the end of this month, now is the time to review and update cybersecurity programs and incident response plans, say Theodore Augustinos and Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Consumer Demand Letter Response Is Key Under Mass. Law

    David Thomas

    The Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act prohibits a business from engaging in unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The law provides a consumer’s counsel significant leverage when litigating and attempting to settle claims — particularly in a class action setting — but also affords a business an opportunity to gain that leverage back and limit exposure to damages, says David Thomas of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • The Intersection Of Arbitration And Choice-Of-Law Clauses

    Rachel Mongiello

    Clients on the verge of litigation with a contractual counterparty often furnish their attorneys with the negotiated contract containing a mandatory arbitration provision and choice-of-law clause. But an often overlooked question is whether the Federal Arbitration Act or the parties’ chosen law governs the arbitration itself, says Rachel Mongiello of Cole Schotz PC.

  • A Critical Review Of The 1st Drone Preemption Case

    Stephen Migala

    There is an objective and fundamental flaw in the recent Singer v. Newton opinion, which involved a city law restricting drones and related questions of federal preemption. The Massachusetts federal court's decision was based in large part on a miscodifed part of the U.S. Code that is not actually the law, says Stephen Migala of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Why Asking About Salary History Is Risky Anywhere

    Joseph Kroeger

    Recently there has been significant attention around new laws and ordinances that prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history in various U.S. states and cities. But are employers outside of these jurisdictions free to ask for salary history information of applicants without risk? Hardly, say Joseph Kroeger and Audrey Roberts of Snell & Wilmer LLP.