Massachusetts

  • May 2, 2018

    Prosecutor Of Boston Marathon Bomber Joins Snell & Wilmer

    A former federal prosecutor who was responsible for trying the Boston Marathon bombing case and has a background in investigation and white collar crimes has joined Snell & Wilmer LLP from the U.S. Department of Justice, the firm said Tuesday. 

  • May 2, 2018

    Public Entity Can Ax Deal To Save Cash, Mass. Justices Say

    Massachusetts’ top appellate court said Wednesday that a public entity such as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority can terminate a procurement contract for the sole purpose of saving money, breaking with federal precedent and setting a new one for the commonwealth.

  • May 2, 2018

    LPL Financial To Pay States $26M, Buy Back Unlisted Stock

    LPL Financial agreed Wednesday to pay U.S. states and territories about $500,000 each for an expected total of $26 million after state securities regulators found evidence the major broker-dealer has for 12 years been selling stock that was never properly listed with government watchdogs.

  • May 2, 2018

    Opioid Cos. Sued Over Ballooning Health Insurance Costs

    Opioid makers and distributors, including Purdue Pharma and McKesson Corp., were slapped with first-of-their-kind proposed class actions in five federal courts Wednesday alleging that by fueling the nation’s opioid crisis, they have made health care costs go up and health insurance premiums skyrocket.

  • May 1, 2018

    PharMerica Beats Final Claims In 2007 Kickback Lawsuit

    Nursing home pharmacy chain PharMerica Corp. escaped a False Claims Act case unblemished on Tuesday, joining two other companies that settled without admitting culpability in the 11-year-old whistleblower suit that once sought $421 million in Massachusetts federal court.

  • May 1, 2018

    Calif. Fires First Shot In EPA Fuel Economy Rollback Fight

    With 16 other states at its side, California on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to revisit Obama-era greenhouse gas vehicle emission standards in what attorneys say is the opening salvo in a potentially lengthy, bitter war between states and the Trump administration over the future regulation of auto emissions.

  • May 1, 2018

    Married Couples Seek Cert. In Immigrant Spouse Challenge

    Several married couples who allege the government is unlawfully trying to detain and deport immigrant spouses who are seeking permanent residency and are married to U.S. citizens asked Monday that a Massachusetts federal court certify a class and temporarily bar the practice.

  • May 1, 2018

    1st Circ. Backs Burger King Franchise's Quick ADA Suit Win

    A First Circuit panel on Monday backed a Puerto Rico federal court’s decision that a former Burger King assistant manager who developed post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after being attacked while trying to make a bank deposit wasn’t a “qualified individual” under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • May 1, 2018

    Sen. Calls For Probe Of Proposed T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

    Lawmakers must probe whether T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp.’s proposed $59 billion merger will lift pressure on mobile carriers to offer wireless services at affordable rates, according to a prominent Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees communications regulatory matters.

  • May 1, 2018

    Asbestos Co. Can’t Escape ‘Alter Ego’ ERISA Suit

    A New Hampshire-based asbestos abatement company will not be able to dodge a lawsuit claiming it violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 when it allegedly created an “alter ego” company in order to avoid paying benefits, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • May 1, 2018

    Mass. Judge Tries To Duck Part Of Sex Scandal Suit

    A Massachusetts state judge on Tuesday asked a federal court to toss part of a suit brought by a former court clinician who says the judge forced her to perform sexual favors in the courthouse, arguing that her Title VII claims are barred because she did not work for the judge.

  • May 1, 2018

    Ex-Biotech Exec To Admit Lying To SEC, Skip Fraud Retrial

    A small-time biotechnology entrepreneur will plead guilty to lying to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and forgo a retrial on fraud charges after a jury deadlocked on whether he misled investors in a pump-and-dump scheme, his counsel and a prosecutor said Tuesday in a Boston court hearing.

  • April 30, 2018

    Mass. Man Owes $1.3M For Med. Marijuana Stock Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission nabbed a $1.26 million default judgment on Monday in Massachusetts federal court against a resident accused of orchestrating a two-part plot to secretly seize control of a medical marijuana marketing company and sell millions of its public shares that were restricted by securities laws.

  • April 30, 2018

    Corporate Advisers Argue Retrial Barred By Double Jeopardy

    Three corporate advisers urged a Massachusetts federal judge Friday to find that prosecutors cannot retry them on charges of bribing a shareholder representative for voting data, arguing that the government forced a mistrial and a new trial is therefore barred by double jeopardy.

  • April 30, 2018

    Berkeley Defends Bid To Overrule PTAB In CRISPR Row

    Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Vienna fended off pointed questioning Monday from a Federal Circuit panel on their effort to nix a patent for gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, held by the Massachusetts-based Broad Institute.

  • April 30, 2018

    CFPB Got 22K Complaints About Equifax After Breach: Report

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau received nearly 22,000 complaints about Equifax in the six months after the credit reporting agency disclosed its data breach last year, which is close to double the number of complaints received in the six months before the disclosure, according to a report released Monday by three Democratic senators.

  • April 30, 2018

    Mass. Mental Health Facilities Must Face FCA Suit

    A federal judge told a Massachusetts mental health group in court on Monday that it will not escape an allegation that the company has for eight years been overbilling state and federal health insurance programs for treatments conducted at clinics allegedly run by unlicensed, untrained and unsupervised personnel.

  • April 30, 2018

    Jury Convicts Mass. Doc Of Giving Patient Info To Drug Co.

    A federal jury in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday convicted a gynecologist of disclosing her patients’ private medical information to a sales representative at Warner Chilcott and then lying about it to federal agents during an investigation into a doctor-kickback scheme the company admitted in 2015.

  • April 30, 2018

    Mass. Man Gets 3.5 Years For $1M Loan Fraud Scheme

    A Massachusetts man was sentenced Monday to nearly three and a half years in federal prison for stealing more than $1 million from small business owners by collecting deposits that were supposedly needed to secure loans when he was actually just gambling the money away.

  • April 30, 2018

    Ex-NECC Employees Don't Want Jury To Hear Of Drug Harms

    New England Compounding Center pharmacists and other former employees facing mail fraud charges as a result of the infamous 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak told a Massachusetts federal judge Monday that the jury at their upcoming trial should not hear about the harm caused by the center's tainted drugs, arguing it would lead the panel to act on emotion.

Expert Analysis

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 3

    Michael Littenberg

    As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 2

    Michael Littenberg

    Increasingly, corporate social responsibility must be on the radar screen of in-house counsel. Investors are paying more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, and a growing number of shareholder proposals on these subjects should be expected, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 1

    Michael Littenberg

    2018 may be the year that corporate social responsibility compliance becomes a core duty of in-house legal departments. Not only have legal requirements proliferated in recent years, but new disclosure requirements and more regulation are on the horizon, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Condo Developers Must Understand Building Defect Claims

    Johanna Schneider

    Massachusetts courts have shown a desire to ensure that owners of newly constructed condominiums have the ability to pursue the same construction defect and warranty claims as new single-family home owners. Just as real estate developers should be cognizant of their duties concerning alleged building defects, condominium developers should be as well, say attorneys with Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • How State AGs Can Fight Student Loan Crisis The Right Way

    Douglas Gansler

    For both consumer protection and political reasons, state attorneys general desperately want to assist constituents who have taken out federal student loans and are now struggling with repayment. However, state AGs will undoubtedly fail in the courtroom if they attempt to do so through litigation, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.