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Massachusetts

  • November 21, 2018

    Kirkland Ends Forced Arbitration After Harvard Group Boycott

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced Wednesday it would no longer require arbitration to settle employment disputes involving associates or summer associates, less than two weeks after a group of Harvard law students urged their peers to boycott the international firm over its use of so-called coercive contracts.

  • November 20, 2018

    Wynn Resorts Seeks To End $1B RICO Suit Over Mass. Casino

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. urged a Massachusetts federal judge to dismiss corruption claims brought by an East Boston racetrack that said it lost out on $1 billion when Wynn beat it to a casino license, arguing the suit was filed too late and that the company is protected by the state’s anti-SLAPP law.

  • November 20, 2018

    Special Master Defends Penalties In State Street Fee Fight

    A special master appointed by a Massachusetts federal judge to investigate the billing practices of law firms that helped secure a $300 million settlement with State Street reiterated his opinion Tuesday that Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP and Thornton Law Firm LLP should pay disgorgement and other penalties.

  • November 20, 2018

    Tokai Investor Marks Underwriters Liable In $10.8M Suit

    A Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc. investor is fighting to keep alive a $10.8 million suit alleging that the company failed to disclose that too few research subjects were left to yield meaningful results in testing of a prostate cancer drug, arguing that the underwriters are liable for misstatements in Tokai investment documents.

  • November 20, 2018

    States, Dem Legislators Back Monument Suits Against Trump

    Democratic lawmakers and several states urged a D.C. federal court Monday to hear out challenges by environmental groups and tribes to President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments in Utah, joining a host of others questioning Trump's authority under the Antiquities Act.

  • November 20, 2018

    Metaswitch Says Rival Telecom Co. Tried To Kill Competition

    Metaswitch Networks Ltd., a telecommunications company, filed an antitrust complaint in New York federal court Tuesday alleging that another telecom intended to eliminate competition among companies that transform landline phone networks through serial acquisitions and exclusionary tactics.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ex-Aveo CFO Found Liable For Misleading Investors

    A Massachusetts federal jury found the former chief financial officer of Aveo Pharmaceuticals liable for civil securities fraud in Boston on Tuesday, saying he misled investors by failing to tell them the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had recommended a second clinical trial for Aveo's flagship kidney cancer drug, Tivo.

  • November 20, 2018

    Saul Ewing Adds IP, Life Sciences Partners In Boston

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP announced it has hired intellectual property and life sciences patent attorneys — both hailing from Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC — with more than 50 years of combined experience to join the firm’s Boston office.

  • November 20, 2018

    Shearman & Sterling Reps Boston Scientific In £3.3B BTG Buy

    Massachusetts-based Boston Scientific Corp., led by Shearman & Sterling LLP, unveiled plans Tuesday to shell out £3.3 billion ($4.2 billion) for U.K.-based BTG PLC, which makes medical devices for the treatment of cancer and vascular disease.

  • November 19, 2018

    Gymnast Says National Orgs Should Face Her Abuse Suit

    Two organizations that oversee competitive gymnastics in the United States had a responsibility to protect a star gymnast from her allegedly abusive coach, the former world champion athlete argued in Boston federal court Friday, saying the groups should not escape liability in her civil suit against the coach.

  • November 19, 2018

    Lack Of Religious Knowledge Doesn’t OK Firing, EEOC Says

    A fired hospital worker’s inability to recite facts about her religion does not make her beliefs any less sincere, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission argued Friday as it fought a Massachusetts hospital’s bid to escape a suit claiming the worker was let go for refusing a flu shot.

  • November 19, 2018

    Narrow 'Sex' Definition Puts Trans People At Risk, AGs Say

    A coalition of 20 attorneys general on Monday urged the U.S. departments of Education and Health and Human Services not to adopt a narrow definition of "sex" that they said would cause transgender and gender nonconforming individuals to be excluded from important federal civil rights protections.

  • November 19, 2018

    Hatsopoulos Bros. Beat Investor Suit Over Energy Co. Merger

    A prominent engineer and his business-minded brother dodged a proposed investor class action on Friday when a Massachusetts federal judge ruled that the shareholders failed to back up their remaining breach of fiduciary duty claims in a suit alleging they were shortchanged in a 2016 merger between the brothers’ energy-technology companies.

  • November 19, 2018

    FDA Was In The Dark About NECC Misconduct, Official Says

    The top drug regulator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration testifying in the trial of a compounding pharmacy's six former employees told a Boston federal jury Monday that the agency did not fully understand the danger posed by the pharmacy, whose contaminated steroids led to a national meningitis outbreak in 2012.

  • November 19, 2018

    Patriots Fans Can't Revive Deflategate Suit Against NFL

    A suit brought by a proposed class of New England Patriots fans upset over the team losing a first round choice in the 2016 NFL draft over the so-called Deflategate saga was sacked Monday by the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

  • November 16, 2018

    NY Says Funding Ban For Sanctuary Locales Unconstitutional

    The state of New York, along with several other jurisdictions, pressed a Manhattan federal judge Friday to issue a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration from cutting off law enforcement funding for so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, arguing new conditions for the funds are unlawful and unconstitutional.

  • November 16, 2018

    SEC Provides ‘Path To Compliance’ For Unregistered ICOs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settled two actions involving initial coin offerings Friday by levying its first fines against unregistered ICOs and requiring the companies to properly register the tokens as securities, outlining what the regulator later referred to as “a path to compliance with the federal securities laws going forward.”

  • November 16, 2018

    Dem AG Gains May Spur State Financial Services Action

    Democrats have strengthened their presence in state-level law enforcement after flipping the attorney general's office in several state in the midterm elections, gains that some financial services experts say could make for a tougher enforcement landscape for banks and other financial services firms.

  • November 16, 2018

    Power Co.’s Bid To Shield Assets From Mass. Put On Hold

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday postponed action on Starion Energy Inc.’s attempt to bar Massachusetts from potentially retaining millions of dollars of its assets as the state pursues a consumer protection action against the company for alleged deceptive marketing practices.

  • November 16, 2018

    12 AGs Call For End Of Policy Slowing Family Reunification

    Attorneys general from 12 states have urged the Trump administration to promptly reverse a policy that has allegedly impeded the release of unaccompanied immigrant children from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services custody to their family members or designated sponsors in the U.S.

Expert Analysis

  • Setting The Odds On Massachusetts Gambling Legislation

    Katherine Guarino

    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, Massachusetts has shown restraint with respect to expanding legalized gambling to include sports betting. However, the state Legislature is likely to seriously consider enacting a bill on sports betting in the 2019-2020 session, say Katherine Guarino and Warren Myers of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • NJ Order Gives Offshore Wind A Firmer Footing

    H. David Gold

    Earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation strengthening the state's offshore wind power goals. Last month, his administration issued the largest offshore wind energy solicitation of any state to date, giving the industry a strong foundation in New Jersey, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Oliveira Arguments Portend A Small Victory Against FAA

    Scott Oswald

    Nothing in Wednesday’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in New Prime v. Oliveira suggested a defanging of the Federal Arbitration Act, which remains a potent tool for employers. But at least we now have evidence that the statute is likely subject to some limits, says Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.