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  • 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.

  • April 27, 2018

    Biogen Must Face FCA Suit Minus 17 State-Level Claims

    Biogen Idec Inc. must face a False Claims Act lawsuit in Massachusetts after a federal judge on Friday ruled two former employees adequately alleged that the Cambridge-based company paid kickbacks in 2009 and 2010 to doctors who prescribed its multiple sclerosis medications.

  • April 27, 2018

    6 Firms Will Steer IPOs Totaling About $693M To Start May

    Six firms will guide seven issuers scheduled to price initial public offerings projected to raise $693 million during the week beginning April 30, kicking off May with a busy slate of small to midsize deals from the construction, technology, energy and life sciences industries.

  • April 27, 2018

    SEC Can Monitor Mass. Medical Co. Amid Fraud Charges

    A Massachusetts federal judge declined Friday to unfreeze the assets of a cancer-diagnostics company and ordered the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to continue monitoring the business' transactions while its founder faces criminal charges that he lied to investors and used their money to pay his own bills and support his fiancee's restaurant.

  • April 27, 2018

    Warren Asks About Lobbyist Influence On CFPB's Mulvaney

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday asked Consumer Financial Protection Bureau acting Director Mick Mulvaney for information about how lobbyists’ contributions to his previous congressional campaigns are factoring into his decisions at the agency.

  • April 27, 2018

    NY Leads Group Opposing EPA's Clean Power Plan Repeal

    New York and other state and local governments objected Thursday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan for fighting climate change, arguing the EPA must set limits on carbon pollution.

  • April 27, 2018

    DePuy Wins Infringement Damages Cap For Missing IP Marks

    A patent holder lost more than a decade’s worth of possible payout in an infringement suit against DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. over a bone-joining device when a Wisconsin federal judge on Wednesday limited damages to the last four years, citing a lesser-invoked rule about marking patented products.

  • April 27, 2018

    'Van Gogh Of Woodworking' Wants PBS To Halt Slogan Use

    An ex-television host described by his former employer as the "Van Gogh of Woodworking" asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Friday to stop a Boston Public Broadcasting Service affiliate from using his slogan and likeness in promoting its TV show after the station dropped him after seven years on the air.

  • April 27, 2018

    Seafood Refiner Co-Owner Gets 2 Years For $1M Tax Evasion

    The co-owner of a major Gloucester, Massachusetts, seafood processing plant will spend two years in federal prison after being sentenced for evading more than $1 million in taxes at an emotional hearing Friday in a Boston courthouse.

  • April 27, 2018

    Actis Scoops Up Mexican Oil & Gas Portfolio Valued At $1.26B

    London-based private equity firm Actis Capital LLP has acquired the Mexican portfolio of Massachusetts-based power generation firm InterGen for an enterprise value of $1.26 billion, the company said Friday.

  • April 27, 2018

    Senate Democrats Float Bill To Curb Noncompete Agreements

    Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and two other Senate Democrats on Thursday unveiled legislation that would prohibit employers from locking workers into noncompete agreements and put violators on the hook for federal fines or private lawsuits.

  • April 26, 2018

    ICE, US Atty Stand By Rare Immigration Arrest At Courthouse

    Federal immigration officials and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts on Thursday stood by the attendance of two agents at an asylum-seeking international student’s sentencing so they could arrest her immediately after she left, a move that enraged the presiding judge.

  • April 26, 2018

    1st Circ. Orders NH Post Office To Explain Job Changes

    The First Circuit on Thursday backed the National Labor Relations Board and required a Nashua, New Hampshire, branch of the United States Postal Service to explain, as it has since its workers’ union launched the action, why it eliminated the role of dedicated mail sorters in 2016.

  • April 26, 2018

    Disbarred Mass. Atty Gets Nearly 5 Years For Investor Scams

    A disbarred Massachusetts attorney described by one of his victims as an “incorrigible criminal” was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison Thursday after being convicted in two separate trials for swindling would-be investors — including a nurse caring for the lawyer’s ailing wife — out of more than $360,000.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

    Ashley Taylor

    Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • A Guide To Anti-Trafficking Compliance For Food Cos.

    Markus Funk

    Despite the 2016 dismissal of federal human rights cases against food companies in California, a similar class action — Tomasella v. Hershey Co. — was recently filed in Massachusetts federal court, and it’s one that companies in the sector should watch closely, says Markus Funk of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.