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Massachusetts

  • July 24, 2018

    Washington Has 'Amnesia' On Bank Reg Rollbacks: Brown

    The top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee said Tuesday that Wall Street is getting its way with recent efforts to relax the post-crisis financial regulatory framework and warned that Washington is in the throes of a “collective amnesia.”

  • July 24, 2018

    Feds Try To Clear Up Ex-Insys Execs’ RICO Charge For Judge

    After a contentious hearing last week, federal prosecutors charging several former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives with conspiring to bribe doctors so they’d prescribe the company’s fentanyl spray tried to explain the racketeering charges to a puzzled Massachusetts federal judge and promised a new, streamlined indictment in a memorandum filed Tuesday morning.

  • July 24, 2018

    Trial Attys Urge High Court To Nix Trucking Co. Arbitration Bid

    Trial lawyers and consumer advocates told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that trucking company New Prime Inc. cannot compel arbitration in a class action alleging it failed to pay independent contractor truck-driver apprentices proper minimum wage, saying Congress meant to exempt all transportation workers from the Federal Arbitration Act.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 23, 2018

    Trump Can't Slip Suit Over Ending Immigration Protections

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday rejected most of the Trump administration’s bid to toss a lawsuit by nonprofits and immigrants alleging ‘racial animus’ fueled its decision to end temporary protected status for Haitian, Salvadoran and Honduran immigrants, clearing the way for the immigrants to continue their bid to block that termination.

  • July 23, 2018

    Bankrupt Power Co. Cleared To Spin Off Plant, Cut $95M Debt

    Talen Energy affiliate New Mach Gen LLC secured confirmation of its prepackaged Chapter 11 without a single short circuit Monday, gaining clearance for a plan to spin off one of its three power plants to a lender and reduce the remaining company’s debt load by $95 million.

  • July 23, 2018

    Donville Kent Can't Dodge Mass. Investors' Fraud Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday ruled that Donville Kent Asset Management Inc. must face investors' claims that the Canadian portfolio manager partnered with an admitted fraudster and allowed him to steal $2.6 million from them in order for the firm to skirt securities regulations and gain American clients.

  • July 23, 2018

    BioChemics Wants More Time To Come Up With SEC’s $17M

    Cash-strapped cosmetics manufacturer BioChemics Inc. opposed receivership over the weekend and asked a Massachusetts federal judge for a few more days to present a better plan to come up with $17 million for misleading investors, which it has owed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for more than three years.

  • July 23, 2018

    Is The Grass Greener On The Solo Side?

    Long hours. Financial stress. Unpredictable clients. These lawyers say they've found their calling.

  • July 23, 2018

    1st Circ. Wonders Why FDA Should Not Decide Eyedrop Suit

    The First Circuit on Monday questioned both sides in a suit involving a group of pharmaceutical companies — including Allergan, Bausch and Lomb, Merck and Pfizer — and a putative class saying the companies should change their eyedrop dispensers' design to make them less wasteful, suggesting guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may help settle the dispute.

  • July 23, 2018

    State AGs Ask Congress For Election Security Fixes

    A bipartisan group of attorneys general from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and 16 other states wrote to congressional lawmakers on Monday to call for increased efforts to protect the integrity of the electoral process and prevent acts such as Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

  • July 23, 2018

    RI AG, US Atty Spar In 1st Circ. Over Privilege Question

    If Rhode Island is forced to cooperate with a grand jury subpoena as part of an investigation by federal prosecutors, it would "obliterate" attorney-client privilege for government employees, the state told the First Circuit on Monday during oral arguments in a matter that could break new ground in the relationship between public employees and government lawyers.

  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Satisfaction Survey: By The Numbers

    Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Least-Stressed Attorneys In A Stressed-Out Profession

    Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking.

  • July 20, 2018

    Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm To Study Possible Misuse

    Facebook Inc. has suspended social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon from using its platform, it announced Friday, saying it would look into whether the company’s work under contracts with federal agencies and a contract with a firm allegedly tied to the Russian government violate its user data policies.

  • July 20, 2018

    State Street Snaps Up Software Co. For $2.6B In Cash

    Boston-based State Street Corp. on Friday said it agreed to buy privately held Charles River Development for $2.6 billion in cash, a deal the bank said will help it provide asset managers and owners with a “global front-to-back platform.”

  • July 20, 2018

    Ex-Nutter Partner Suspended After Funds Misappropriated

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court temporarily suspended a former Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP trusts and estates partner in Cape Cod from practicing law after he copped to misappropriating funds from the law firm and trusts he managed. 

  • July 20, 2018

    Harvard Pilgrim Must Face Mental Health Discrimination Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday allowed a woman to move forward with a proposed class action claiming an insurance plan from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Insurance Co. that covers medical expenses at nursing homes must also cover mental health care at her son's behavior-correcting summer camp.

  • July 20, 2018

    AGs From 9 States Urge FDA To Ban Menthol In Tobacco

    Attorneys general from nine states asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday to ban menthol tobacco products, saying the flavoring serves to attract new smokers.

  • July 20, 2018

    Keryx Trims, But Can’t Scrap Shareholder Stock-Drop Suit

    Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc.’s bid to escape a proposed shareholder class action claiming it inflated its stock price by hiding a drug’s supply chain problems was rejected by a Massachusetts federal judge, who however agreed to trim an allegation based on the company's statements about its financial prospects.

Expert Analysis

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • States Need Realistic Expectations For Sports Betting

    A.G. Burnett

    In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP. 

  • When Defendants Invoke ‘Necessity’ In Pipeline Sabotage

    Robert Hogfoss

    In recent years, a number of anti-pipeline protests involving trespass and vandalism have been prosecuted as criminal acts. Some defendants have raised a “necessity defense” for their actions, and two courts have now allowed that defense to proceed. But these actions themselves present significant risks to human life and health and the environment, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • With States' Crypto Regulation, Problems Multiply

    Jason Gottlieb

    State securities agencies are increasingly regulating the cryptocurrency space through administrative proceedings and summary cease-and-desist orders. But the uncertainties and ambiguities in current cryptocurrency regulation mean that multistate action — even if coordinated — will create a real risk of splintered authority, says Jason Gottlieb of Morrison Cohen LLP.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Out-Of-State Companies Beware Mass. 'Manufacturer' Tag

    Philip Olsen

    As a result of recent cases, non-Massachusetts corporations, which may outsource certain operations and not consider themselves engaged in manufacturing in their home state, could nevertheless be found to be manufacturers in Massachusetts, say Philip Olsen and Michael Penza of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 1st Circ. ADA Decision Turns On 'Essential Function' Doctrine

    John Calhoun

    Initially, the First Circuit’s recent decision in Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants — a case involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act — may seem counterintuitive. But understanding the court's treatment of two features of the ADA’s "essential function" doctrine will help parties navigate the nuances of these types of lawsuits, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.