Massachusetts

  • June 19, 2020

    4 Life Sciences Companies Price IPOs Totaling $854M

    Four life sciences companies debuted in public markets on Friday after raising $854 million combined in initial public offerings, most of which were upsized and priced at the top or above their ranges, further energizing a resurgent IPO market.

  • June 19, 2020

    Mass. Carpenter Who Cut Off Own Thumb Can't Go To Trial

    A Massachusetts appellate panel on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing a homeowner of causing a carpenter to sever his own thumb with a table saw due to an overcrowded workplace, saying the homeowner had no control over the workplace.

  • June 19, 2020

    'Varsity Blues' Defendants Say Bridgegate Ruling Closes Case

    Five "Varsity Blues" defendants say the U.S. Supreme Court's rationale in overturning wire fraud convictions in the Bridgegate scandal eviscerates prosecutors' foundational arguments that college officials can be held responsible for stolen admissions slots at elite schools.

  • June 19, 2020

    Power Station Owner Can Tap Into $15M Of Ch. 11 Loans

    The owner of two gas-fired electricity generating stations received approval Friday in Delaware to borrow up to $15 million in post-petition financing to help fund its Chapter 11 case in pursuit of a debt restructuring.

  • June 19, 2020

    Vaccine Co. Must Face Claim It Illegally Refused Job Applicant

    Seqirus Inc. must face a lawsuit by a financial analyst who claims the flu vaccine company violated federal anti-discrimination law by refusing to hire him because he was 60 years old at the time, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled.

  • June 19, 2020

    Boston Police Commish Defends Barr Meeting Amid Backlash

    Boston Police Commissioner William Gross has offered a passionate defense of his decision to meet with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, even as civil rights legal advocates in the city complained Friday that they do not have the same access to the commissioner.

  • June 19, 2020

    Maine Bashes Cable Biz Stance In Channel Bundling Fight

    The state of Maine has urged the First Circuit to knock down the cable industry's argument that a new law requiring providers to sell channels a la carte runs afoul of the First Amendment, saying it doesn't interfere with content.

  • June 19, 2020

    Mass. Gyms Flex On Gov. With COVID-19 Shutdown Suit

    A chain of Massachusetts gyms is suing Gov. Charlie Baker in federal court for delaying their reopening until the third phase of the state's plan, saying the "unconstitutional" closure orders could force them into bankruptcy.

  • June 18, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    Princess Cruise Lines wants out of a negligence suit brought by passengers, consumers seeking refunds of ski trips and flights canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic want to consolidate a growing number of similar cases, and a D.C. federal judge says the U.S. Department of the Treasury can't hold back $679 million in COVID-19 relief funds from tribal governments.

  • June 18, 2020

    Outback Steakhouse Settles Manager Overtime Suit

    Outback Steakhouse has settled on undisclosed terms a proposed collective action alleging the chain restaurant unfairly denied its front-of-house managers overtime, according to a notice filed Thursday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • June 18, 2020

    T-Mobile Comes Out On Top In Fight Over Steeple Antenna

    The sounds of the choir may not be the only thing filling the steeple of a coastal Massachusetts church, after T-Mobile scored a win in its battle with a town over plans to place coverage-boosting equipment inside the church's peak.

  • June 18, 2020

    Largest US Mutual Bank Unveils $1.5B Go-Public Plans

    Eastern Bank, which bills itself as the largest and oldest mutual bank in the U.S., said Thursday it's looking to convert to a public company with a $1.5 billion offering guided by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • June 18, 2020

    Judge Will Fight Lieff Cabraser In 1st Circ. Atty Fee Appeal

    A Massachusetts federal judge said he will hire a lawyer to defend his order reducing a class action fee by $15 million following a $300 million State Street Corp. settlement, after Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP appealed part of the ruling.

  • June 18, 2020

    Power Station Owner Hits Ch. 11 For Third Time In A Decade

    The owner of two gas-fired power generating stations filed for Chapter 11 on Thursday in Delaware, saying decreasing energy demands and dwindling gas prices have hurt its bottom line and forced the company into its third bankruptcy since 2014.

  • June 18, 2020

    Liberty Mutual Wins Fight Over Workers' Comp Premiums

    A Massachusetts federal judge has tossed a suit claiming Liberty Mutual Group Inc. charged thousands of employers too much for workers' compensation coverage, rejecting an ex-policyholder's argument that the insurer improperly withheld information about third-party reimbursements it got for payouts.

  • June 18, 2020

    Facebook Hedging In Trade Secrets Defense, Startup Says

    Facebook and one of its top engineers are seeking "to have their cake and eat it too" in arguments to scale back claims from a trade secrets lawsuit, a Massachusetts startup told a federal judge Thursday.

  • June 18, 2020

    FBC, Fenwick Guide IT Biz In Securing Up To $53M In Funding

    Information technology company Zerto said Thursday it raised $33 million in equity and up to $20 million in additional credit financing to expand its data protection platform, deals put together with guidance from Israeli law firm FBC & Co. and Fenwick & West LLP.

  • June 18, 2020

    ICE's 'Off The Wall' Stance Opposing COVID-19 Bail Irks Judge

    A federal judge sharply criticized the government Thursday for an "off the wall" argument in opposition to bailing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees from a Massachusetts jail to reduce the facility's population during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • June 17, 2020

    1st Circ. Says Court Can't Suppress Footage Under Carpenter

    The First Circuit has ruled that a lower court erred in suppressing evidence obtained by a pole-mounted surveillance camera, finding that the trial court's decision violated U.S. Supreme Court precedent and misinterpreted the Constitution.

  • June 17, 2020

    Mass. AG Deal Ends Fight Over Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Cleanup

    The Massachusetts attorney general and the new owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth announced a settlement Wednesday to resolve a drawn-out legal fight over the decommissioning and cleanup of the site, with new guidelines on how a $1 billion trust fund will be used.

  • June 17, 2020

    Trump Has No Power To Rescind Fishing Ban, Greens Say

    President Donald Trump illegally claimed power that is reserved for Congress when he rescinded a fishing ban in a New England marine monument that was established by former President Barack Obama, environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • June 17, 2020

    Mass. MDL Over Car Seat Safety Expands With Calif. Suit

    A California suit was added Wednesday to a newly consolidated Massachusetts multidistrict case claiming Evenflo Co. Inc. falsely advertised its car seats as safe for children under 40 pounds, allegedly placing kids in "grave danger" in the event of a crash.

  • June 16, 2020

    Apple, Google Urged To Ax COVID-19 Apps With No Gov't Ties

    Attorneys general from nearly 40 U.S. states and territories are pressing Google and Apple to ensure that their app stores are only offering mechanisms to track the spread of COVID-19 that are affiliated with public health authorities and that all contact tracing apps are taken down once the public health crisis has ended.

  • June 16, 2020

    Candy Giants Prevail In Child Labor Warning Suits At 1st Circ.

    The First Circuit refused Tuesday to revive several proposed class actions accusing Hershey, Mars and Nestle of failing to disclose on candy wrappers that they source cocoa beans from farms that may use child labor, ruling that the suits failed to state claims under Massachusetts consumer protection law.

  • June 16, 2020

    Google Shopper Claims Deception In Germ-Killing Cleaner Ad

    A Massachusetts woman has accused Google and parent company Alphabet Inc. of advertising a Pine-Sol cleaning product with false claims about its germ-killing abilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in Boston federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • How Courts May Interpret COVID-19 Waivers Of Liability

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    As businesses begin to reopen, they may seek to release themselves from negligence claims for COVID-19 infections through contractual waivers of liability, but whether a waiver is enforceable varies significantly by state, says Jessica Kelly at Sherin and Lodgen.

  • Wis. Executive Power Ruling Has A Downside For Businesses

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    The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision last week invalidating the state's stay-at-home order as going beyond the governor's authority could make future executive orders limiting businesses' tort liability during post-pandemic reopening significantly less likely even in other states, says Brian Hauck at Jenner & Block.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Inside The First Paycheck Protection Program Fraud Charges

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    The first three criminal actions against individuals for alleged schemes to defraud the Paycheck Protection Program send a strong message about the rigor with which the U.S. Department of Justice will proceed in order to root out abuse of the CARES Act relief programs, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Remote Notarization Is A New Virtual Frontier For Mass.

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    Massachusetts' new law allowing for online execution of notarized documents leaves several unanswered questions regarding its requirement for all participating parties to be located within the state, potentially setting up for future litigation, says Katie Von Kohorn at Casner & Edwards.

  • Trade Secret Rulings May Guide On Disclosure In Litigation

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    Recent federal court decisions offer important lessons on when identification of a trade secret must occur in litigation, what level of particularity is required, and whether the disclosure can later be amended, even though those issues are far from settled under state or federal law, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Major Trends In COVID-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits

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    A look at the business interruption insurance lawsuits filed across the country in connection with COVID-19 losses reveals three ways policyholders are arguing for coverage, as well as a variety of approaches to the issue of virus exclusions, say Lee Siegel and Ryan Maxwell at Hurwitz & Fine.

  • 10 Tips For Virtual Hearings Before Regulatory Agencies

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    A virtual regulatory hearing may involve unfamiliar and glitchy technology — and without the benefit of interpersonal contact with the judge, commissioners or staff, it can feel like talking to an empty room. Tara Kaushik at Holland & Knight offers keys to better online hearings, culled from her own recent experience.

  • 8 Tips For Retaining An Expert During COVID-19 And Beyond

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    Caroline Crump at Exponent and Natalie Baker Reis at Medical Research Consultants outline some strategies for creating a successful attorney-expert team, including unique considerations for pandemic-related closures and economic uncertainties.

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