Massachusetts

  • January 23, 2018

    Revere Sues Pharma Cos. Over Opioids, Boston Might Follow

    Revere on Monday joined a growing chorus of Massachusetts cities to accuse several drug manufacturers and distributors of deceptively marketing and illegally diverting prescription opioids, while Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced that the city is considering bringing its own such litigation.

  • January 23, 2018

    Chinese Woman Admits Immigration Fraud In Exam Trade

    A Chinese woman pled guilty Tuesday to using fake immigration documents to take a college entrance exam for another Chinese national in the latest admission in Massachusetts federal court involving the selling of exam scores to international students.

  • January 23, 2018

    Mass. State Senator Proposes Daily Fantasy Sports Tax

    A Massachusetts state senator introduced legislation Tuesday that would make the online games known as daily fantasy sports permanently legal and subject to a 15 percent tax.

  • January 22, 2018

    1st Circ. Tosses Unions' Challenge To RI Pension Changes

    The First Circuit on Monday nixed a lawsuit in which unions representing firefighters and police officers employed by the city of Cranston, Rhode Island, challenged modifications to state-run pension plans for government employees on the grounds that they rescinded their members’ contractually owed retirement benefits.

  • January 22, 2018

    Attorneys Squabble Over Cut Of $785M Pfizer FCA Deal

    Attorneys who were fired less than halfway into a whistleblower case against a Pfizer subsidiary went to trial Monday to bicker over who should get credit for resolving the False Claims Act lawsuit and $21 million in outstanding attorneys’ fees that go with its $785 million settlement.

  • January 22, 2018

    1st Circ. To Rehear Ex-Maine Speaker's Suit Against Gov.

    The full First Circuit said Friday it will reconsider the dismissal of former Democratic Maine House Speaker Mark Eves’ lawsuit accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage of threatening to withhold state funding from a nonprofit that operates a school for at-risk children after the nonprofit hired Eves as its president.

  • January 22, 2018

    Exxon Climate Speech Claims Are Empty, AGs Say

    ExxonMobil has provided no plausible evidence that climate change probes launched by the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts amount to a politically motivated conspiracy to deprive the oil giant of its free speech rights on climate issues, the prosecutors told a New York federal judge Friday.

  • January 22, 2018

    Sanofi Buys Hemophilia Drugmaker In $11.6B Deal

    Sanofi has agreed to buy Bioverativ, a biopharmaceutical business focused on developing treatments for hemophilia and other rare blood disorders, for about $11.6 billion, the companies announced Monday.

  • January 19, 2018

    Ex-Mass. Authority Worker Awarded $1.2M For Wrongful Firing

    Massachusetts jurors have awarded $1.2 million in damages to a former state worker they decided was wrongfully terminated for taking medical leave and planning to use it again to remove painful nerve tumors from both of his feet.

  • January 19, 2018

    Mass. Justices Revive Condo Owners' Hazardous Waste Suit

    Massachusetts’ highest court on Friday gave the owners of some units at the Grand Manor Condominium Association in Lowell another shot at their bid to make the city pay them millions of dollars for damaging their property by releasing hazardous materials like lead and arsenic when operating it as a dump.

  • January 19, 2018

    Whole Foods Recalls Cheesecake Bars In New England

    Whole Foods Market Inc. said Thursday that nine of its stores in three New England states were voluntarily recalling cheesecake bars that might contain almond flour, even though that ingredient was not listed on their labels.

  • January 19, 2018

    Strong Case Outweighed ‘Improper’ Closing, Says 1st Circ.

    The First Circuit has decided a Massachusetts federal judge was right to deny a retrial for a man convicted of lying to score $110 million in government contracts because, despite a stinging personal rebuke in closing arguments, the man was not even close to winning the case.

  • January 19, 2018

    Lincoln Financial Drops $3.3B On Liberty Life Assurance

    Insurance and investments firm Lincoln Financial Group said Friday it has acquired Boston-based Liberty Life Assurance Co. from Liberty Mutual Insurance Group for $3.3 billion.

  • January 19, 2018

    1st Circ. Urged To Revive Conagra ‘Natural’ Labeling Suit

    A consumer alleging Conagra Brands Inc.’s Wesson brand cooking oils are misrepresented as "natural" urged the First Circuit on Thursday to revive her proposed class action in Massachusetts, arguing the labeling does in fact mislead a reasonable consumer.

  • January 18, 2018

    GSK Says Families Too Late To Amend Zofran MDL

    GlaxoSmithKline attorneys on Thursday blasted an attempt by hundreds of families who blame the company's widely prescribed antiemetic for unexpected birth defects to amend their lawsuits and loop in federal investigative materials produced during a year of discovery.

  • January 18, 2018

    Senators Push NHTSA For Details On Recent Air Bag Warning

    Two Democratic senators on Thursday called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get to the bottom of what made Takata air bags in certain 2006 Ford Rangers so dangerous that owners of those vehicles had to be warned last week to stop driving them right away.

  • January 18, 2018

    Prosecutor Flustered By Surprise Motions At Insys Hearing

    Former executives at Insys Therapeutics Inc. charged with plotting to bribe fentanyl prescribers notched a quick win on evidence access Thursday at a Boston hearing that grew tense after defense counsel surprised a leading federal prosecutor with last-minute motions.

  • January 18, 2018

    CSX Insists Entire Mass. Sick Time Law Preempted

    Railroad giant CSX Transportation Inc. asked a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday to conclude that the state’s entire earned sick time law is preempted by the federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act and cannot be enforced against railroads, arguing for the expansion of a previous circuit court ruling.

  • January 18, 2018

    Enviro Group Beats Auto Recycler's Counterclaims For Now

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday threw out an auto salvage company’s claims that nonprofit environmental group Clean Water Action had filed a frivolous lawsuit against it, but gave the company one more chance to fix its allegations against the organization.

  • January 18, 2018

    Ex-Mass. RMV Clerk Gets 15 Months For Fake ID Scheme

    One of four former Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles clerks accused of participating in a scheme to produce fake identification documents for undocumented immigrants was sentenced by a federal judge on Wednesday to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways Retailers Can Avoid Holiday Employment Headaches

    John Richards

    During the holiday season, employees are more likely to request time off or call in sick. For retailers, however, this time of year typically means increased customer demand, staffing challenges and potential for more wage and hour exposure. Given these issues, attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP offer a few tips for retailers to keep in mind.

  • Simple Steps Can Help Cos. Avoid Costly FMLA Verdicts

    Vanessa Kelly

    In Boadi v. Center for Human Development, a jury recently awarded the company's former employee four years of back pay and benefits, and the Massachusetts federal court awarded additional liquidated damages, doubling the jury’s damages award. The employer may have avoided all of this if it had trained its management staff on the requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act, says Vanessa Kelly of Clark Hill PLC.

  • Proving Ratification Of A Supervisor's Retaliatory Motive

    John Calhoun

    When are employers themselves legally liable for acting on a supervisor’s illegally motivated recommendations? Recently, the First Circuit, in Saunders v. Town of Hull, offered much-needed clarification about when a government entity runs afoul of the law in this way, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Justice and Empathy

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Hidden Dangers Of The Fluctuating Workweek Method

    Jeffrey Cadle

    A recently approved multimillion-dollar settlement agreement in Acevedo v. BrightView Landscapes, a hybrid collective/class action covering 27 states, illustrates the limitations of fluctuating workweek plans, and potential pitfalls for employers who utilize this payment method, says Jeffrey Cadle of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.