Massachusetts

  • 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.

  • January 17, 2018

    Former Grad School President Agrees To Charity Board Ban

    The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday that the former president of a small graduate school near Cape Cod has been permanently barred from serving on state nonprofit boards as part of a settlement resolving allegations he collected an excessive salary and benefits.

  • January 17, 2018

    Todd & Weld Picks Up Four Partners From Collora

    Boston-based litigation boutique Todd & Weld LLP announced Wednesday it has added four trial partners with expertise in areas ranging from employment law to white collar defense to government investigations from Collora LLP, which was recently acquired by Hogan Lovells.

  • January 17, 2018

    Martha’s Vineyard Exorcist Gets Over 2 Years, $4.2M Penalty

    A prominent East Coast psychic was sentenced on Wednesday to two years and two months in prison and agreed to repay more than $4.2 million of income plus taxes she admitted to concealing over seven years that an elderly Martha's Vineyard woman paid to undergo exorcism routines.

  • January 17, 2018

    J&J Unit Can't Nix FCA Suit Over Hip Implants Yet

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday nixed a bid from Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. to escape a revised version of a suit alleging they indirectly submitted false claims to the government for faulty hip replacement devices.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Natural Gas Market Design May Be Failing Consumers

    Levi McAllister

    Domestic energy producers face challenges in predicting consumer demand for electricity and natural gas, and in responding to daily fluctuations in consumption. A recent academic paper highlights design characteristics of the natural gas market that may contribute to these challenges, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Core Functions And Cooperative Federalism At The EPA

    Dan Jordanger

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released draft strategic plan for 2018-2022 starkly narrows the items on which the EPA will focus its resources and turns the agency’s back on many objectives contained in the previous plan — things that the Trump administration and Administrator Scott Pruitt believe should not be done at all, says Dan Jordanger of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Get Real, But Get It Right

    Dawn Reddy Solowey

    At my first job out of law school, I handled prepublication review of stories for local TV news and newspapers. With little time for legal research, I had to know the rules cold, how to apply them, and how to make judgment calls when the answer was more gray than black or white, says Dawn Reddy Solowey of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • Controlled Group Liability Post-Sun Capital

    Ira Bogner

    A recent complaint filed by Trilantic Capital Partners shows that after Sun Capital, multiemployer pension funds and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. are continuing to assert controlled group liability claims against private investment funds. The complaint also offers insight into how a private investment fund may try to rebut those arguments, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Trump’s Tweets Stymie Trans Military Ban In Lower Courts

    Bryan Jacoutot

    Last week, a D.C. federal judge halted much of President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on transgender military service, which he first announced via Twitter. The use of the president’s own (albeit, unofficial) statements against him marks an emerging theme in litigation challenging the president’s agenda, says Bryan Jacoutot of Taylor English.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.