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Massachusetts

  • December 17, 2018

    Elder Gaffey CPA Denies Panama Papers Fraud, Tax Charges

    An Elder Gaffey & Paine PC accountant charged with tax evasion, fraud and money laundering in connection with the leak of documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm referred to as the Panama Papers pled not guilty in Manhattan federal court on Monday.

  • December 17, 2018

    Stock Fraudster Finally Appears In Court After 5 No-Shows

    A man who pled guilty to a $1.6 million fraud scheme and then failed to show up five times for sentencing finally appeared in Boston federal court Monday, albeit in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit after he was arrested in North Carolina last month.

  • December 17, 2018

    Records In OxyContin Suit Are Public, Ky. Appeals Court Says

    The Boston Globe's health care publication STAT is entitled to access certain sealed documents leading up to Kentucky's $24 million settlement with Purdue Pharma LP over OxyContin's role in the opioid crisis, a Kentucky appeals court has affirmed.

  • December 17, 2018

    Faxes Requesting Top Doctors' Details Aren't Ads, FCC Told

    A medical benefits company that publishes listings of top-ranked doctors urged the Federal Communications Commission to rule that its faxed requests for doctors’ contact details aren’t advertisements, hoping to quash a proposed class action alleging the unsolicited faxes violate federal law.

  • December 17, 2018

    Boston Firm Dodges Chobani Consulting Fee Suit

    The Boston-based Sassoon & Cymrot LLP has shaken all claims in a suit in New York federal court brought by the former boyfriend of the ex-wife of Chobani's founder, who accused the firm of cutting him out of a consulting fee in her case over ownership of the yogurt company.

  • December 17, 2018

    Apparel Retailer J. Jill Says Investor Suit Lacks Substance

    Investors have no grounds to bring three consolidated suits against women's apparel company J. Jill, the retailer argued Monday in Boston federal court, suggesting they were reading too much into a conference call statement by the company's chief financial officer in an attempt to say he failed to disclose warning signs of a downturn after an initial public offering.

  • December 17, 2018

    GE Must Face Bulk Of ERISA Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge cut one claim from a proposed class action alleging that General Electric Co. wrongly invested its retirement plan participants' savings in subpar affiliated funds, but allowed the rest of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit to go forward.

  • December 17, 2018

    The Biggest Noncompete Developments Of 2018

    This year saw courts continue to look skeptically on broad noncompete agreements, while Massachusetts passed first-of-its-kind legislation limiting what businesses can block their ex-workers from doing. Here, Law360 looks at four developments from 2018 that lawyers who handle restrictive covenants need to know about.

  • December 17, 2018

    GE Says US Is No Place For Fukushima Meltdown Suit

    General Electric Co. told a federal judge Monday that a proposed class action brought by as many as 150,000 Japanese residents and businesses impacted by the 2011 nuclear plant meltdown in Fukushima can and should be handled in Japan, not on the other side of the world in Massachusetts.

  • December 14, 2018

    Feds Fight To Keep Insys Grand Jury Instructions Secret

    Massachusetts federal prosecutors on Thursday fought a bid by Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives embroiled in an alleged conspiracy to bribe doctors into prescribing fentanyl-based drugs to disclose grand jury instructions, arguing the government did not wrongly explain the conspiracy charges.

  • December 14, 2018

    $4.9M State Street Settlement Gets Initial OK From Judge

    A Massachusetts federal judge Friday granted preliminary approval of a $4.9 million settlement in a proposed class action filed by shareholders against State Street Corp., in which they claimed the bank overcharged clients and blew up revenue and profits in its financial statements.

  • December 14, 2018

    Lyft Driver Says He Can Sue Because He Declined Arbitration

    A Lyft Inc. driver looking to bring a class action against the ride-hailing company for classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees said in a Boston federal court filing Friday that Lyft's attempt to send the dispute to arbitration should be denied because he opted out of an agreement earlier this year.

  • December 14, 2018

    Without Experts, Mass. Fatality Suit Doomed, Toyota Says

    Toyota Motor Corp. told a federal judge Friday it should escape a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a deceased Massachusetts man because the family has failed to show, through expert testimony, that the 2016 Tacoma he was in the day he died was defective.

  • December 14, 2018

    Investors Accuse Calif. Company Of Concealing Crypto Focus

    Investors in Sacramento, California-based Sunstock Inc. filed suit against the company Thursday in Boston federal court, saying it told the public it had a retail store, residential properties and a stockpile of silver when actually it was putting resources into crypto tokens.

  • December 14, 2018

    Feds Reap Record $405M For Mass. Offshore Wind Leases

    Three offshore wind developers ponied up a record $405 million to secure federal leases to build wind farms off the Massachusetts coast, the U.S. Department of the Interior said Friday, a development that validates project attorneys' belief that the industry is poised for a major leap forward.  

  • December 14, 2018

    The 6 Biggest Law Firm Mergers Of 2018

    The legal sector was rocked by announcements of six massive law firm mergers in 2018, adding to a string of behemoth combinations over the past decade that many believe are leading to the consolidation of the industry into a handful of giants.

  • December 13, 2018

    1st Circ. OKs 30-Day Auto Stay Limit For Repeat Ch. 13 Filers

    Debtors who find themselves in Chapter 13 bankruptcy twice within a year only get the benefits of the litigation-blocking automatic stay for 30 days on the second go-around, after which it terminates completely, the First Circuit ruled Wednesday, affirming two lower courts’ decisions.

  • December 13, 2018

    Senate Dems Call For Deutsche Bank Probe After AML Raid

    Two Senate Democrats called for a bipartisan investigation into Deutsche Bank AG's compliance with federal anti-money laundering laws and its correspondent banking operations in a letter to their colleagues in the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday, citing German authorities' recent raid on the bank and its "history of regulatory problems."

  • December 13, 2018

    6 Things That Rocked The Legal Industry In 2018

    From a pitched battle over a U.S. Supreme Court nomination to a sea change in the way that legal employers consider their attorneys' mental health and well-being, these were some of the most significant events and trends to hit the legal industry in 2018.

  • December 13, 2018

    Mass. Appeals Court Cuts Oil Spill Payment In Half

    A Massachusetts appeals court on Thursday said an oil and heating company was entitled to save more than $131,000 in a jury verdict over an oil spill, ruling half the payment for a negligence judgment is offset by money the oil company’s insurer already paid to fix the damaged property.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Opinion

    AGs Are Now The 1st Round Draft Picks Of American Politics

    Joshua Spivak

    Given their recent track record and growing policy power, state attorneys general should be the group everyone is watching on Election Day. Chances are the winners of these races will move to higher offices soon enough, says Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.

  • Appraising Property Taken By Eminent Domain In Mass.

    John Bowen

    When the government seizes property by eminent domain, Massachusetts compensation rules are favorable to property owners, but appraisal will require consideration of many hypothetical factors, as well as all three time frames — the past, the present and the reasonably foreseeable future, says John Bowen of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster PC.

  • How FERC Aims To Change Transmission Rate Setting

    James Hoecker

    Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission set out a new proposed methodology for setting electricity transmission rates. The commission is asking diverse stakeholders to vet the new methodology, which may avert the pitfalls of its previous approach, say James Hoecker and Sylvia Bartell of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • State Anti-SLAPP In Federal Court: An Update From Texas

    April Farris

    Can litigants use the powerful Texas Citizens Participation Act in the Fifth Circuit? The upcoming decision in Klocke v. Watson is likely to resolve this question, but that answer could be short-lived if the U.S. Supreme Court resolves the circuit split over state anti-SLAPP applicability, say April Farris and Matthew Zorn of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.