Massachusetts

  • June 16, 2020

    'Varsity Blues' Coach Scolded For Unauthorized Mexico Trip

    A former UCLA men's soccer coach who has agreed to plead guilty in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case received a stern reprimand from a federal judge Tuesday after he made a quick business trip to Mexico without letting the government know.

  • June 16, 2020

    1st Circ. Finds Asylum-Seeker Was Denied Counsel Access

    The First Circuit scolded an immigration judge for giving a Salvadoran asylum-seeker two weeks to find an attorney, saying the judge's conduct "makes no sense" and offering the woman a second shot at fighting her deportation.

  • June 16, 2020

    EEOC Religious Bias Suit Over Hospital Worker Firing Tossed

    A Massachusetts federal judge has tossed a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit accusing a hospital of illegally firing a human resources employee for refusing a flu shot on religious grounds, saying the worker was actually ousted for not consistently wearing a mask after declining the shot.

  • June 16, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    As a civil rights reckoning unfolded across the nation in the form of protests and calls for reform this past week, the COVID-19 pandemic's impact wove itself into the fray. Massachusetts is offering testing for those who attended large gatherings, while a California jobs recovery task force declared the coronavirus crisis an opportunity to reimagine society.

  • June 16, 2020

    Harvard Prof Pleads Not Guilty To Lying About China Ties

    The former chair of Harvard University's chemistry department pled not guilty Tuesday to an indictment claiming he lied to federal authorities about his ties to a Chinese university while reeling in millions of dollars in U.S. grants.

  • June 15, 2020

    Moving Co. Escapes Suit Over Worker's Off-Duty Sex Assault

    A split Massachusetts appellate panel on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a suit seeking to hold a moving company liable for an employee's sexual assault of a woman, saying the off-duty attack was not foreseeable.

  • June 15, 2020

    US, Calif. Asked To Weigh In On 'Navigable Waters' Options

    A California judge wants clarification from the Trump administration and several states battling the federal government over a revision to the Clean Water Act on whether the court should be able to issue a nationwide injunction blocking the change.

  • June 15, 2020

    Yankees To Appeal Rakoff Order Unsealing Sign-Stealing Doc

    The New York Yankees and Major League Baseball said Monday they will appeal U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff's decision to unseal a 2017 letter concerning the league's investigation into alleged sign-stealing, as part of a suit by fantasy baseball contestants claiming they were duped by such cheating scandals.

  • June 15, 2020

    4 Life Sciences Companies Launch IPOs Totaling $588M

    Four life sciences companies, including three U.S. firms developing therapies to treat cancer and other maladies plus a Chinese cancer diagnostics provider, set price ranges Monday for initial public offerings estimated to raise $588 million this week.

  • June 15, 2020

    Ex-EBay Workers Charged With Terrorizing Blogging Couple

    Federal prosecutors have charged a group of former eBay employees with terrorizing a Massachusetts couple through an elaborate stalking campaign over their e-commerce blog's critical coverage of the company, including one post that allegedly prompted then-CEO Devin Wenig to tell another executive to "take down" the blog's editor.

  • June 15, 2020

    Mass. DAs Want ICE Court Arrest Info Since 2017 Trump Order

    Two Boston-area district attorneys suing to bar U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making civil arrests in state courthouses told a federal judge on Monday that they should be able to examine records dating back to a 2017 executive order signed by President Donald Trump.

  • June 15, 2020

    Insurers Sue Yacht Owner To Block US Suit Over Damages

    A group of Lloyd's underwriters have sued a yacht owner in London to stop its lawsuit against a marine surveyor over $6.3 million in repair damages from proceeding in America, saying the vessel owner agreed to settle any claims in the U.K.

  • June 15, 2020

    High Court Won't Hear Drug Price-Fixing Discovery Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from generic-drug makers to review a discovery dispute between them and states attorneys general and drug buyers suing over an alleged industrywide conspiracy to fix generic-drug prices.

  • June 15, 2020

    High Court Passes On Challenge To Boston Gun Restrictions

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a Massachusetts federal judge's ruling that found Boston and Brookline's police departments did not violate the Second Amendment by imposing restrictions on licenses to carry firearms.

  • June 12, 2020

    Social Equity Lags Behind Progress In Pot Industry

    As America's streets have filled with protests over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality against black people, marijuana legalization groups have pointed out that disproportionate enforcement of anti-drug laws is what often makes minorities a police target.

  • June 12, 2020

    Boston U Asks Fed. Circ. To Let It Amend LED Patent Suit

    Boston University is urging the Federal Circuit to let it amend its claims in a patent lawsuit over LED technology, saying that a trio of manufacturers "undermine[d] the integrity and effectiveness" of the case by belatedly raising their defenses after a key deadline.

  • June 12, 2020

    Boston Attys Not Racing Back To Office As Virus Fears Linger

    Even with capacities strictly limited, Bay State lawyers say most of their colleagues are in no rush to get back to the office, leaving firms looking for ways to keep their employees close while physical distancing continues for months to come.

  • June 12, 2020

    Biotech Cos. Flood Public Markets With IPOs Over $900M

    Four biotechnology companies went public on Friday under the guidance of nine law firms, overcoming market turbulence to raise $932 million in mostly upsized initial public offerings that priced at peak range or better.

  • June 12, 2020

    $25M Penny Stock Scam Used COVID-19 Ruse, Feds Say

    A $25 million pump-and-dump stock fraud scheme duped investors with bogus claims that shell companies could make face masks or produce contactless vending machines during the COVID-19 pandemic, federal prosecutors and securities regulators in Massachusetts said.

  • June 12, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: Ropes & Gray's Tara Fisher

    In this installment of Coronavirus Q&A, a Ropes & Gray mergers and acquisitions and capital markets partner discusses how she was able to finalize three major transactions in the same week during a once-in-a-century pandemic, and provides insight on what it's like working from home with a husband who's also a lawyer.

  • June 11, 2020

    Mass. Attys Step Up In 'Watershed Moment' For Racial Justice

    As polls show a sharp rise in support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the police killing of George Floyd and the worldwide protests that have followed, Massachusetts attorneys who make social justice their livelihood are seeing an opportunity for deep systemic change.

  • June 11, 2020

    DOI Finds East Coast Wind Projects Could Disrupt Fishing

    The U.S. Department of the Interior's expanded environmental analysis for a proposed wind farm off the coast of Martha's Vineyard found the cumulative impact of offshore wind development could significantly impact commercial fishing, according to a notice set to be published in the Federal Register Friday.

  • June 11, 2020

    Immunity Weighed For Mass. Judge Who Foiled ICE Arrest

    A federal judge wrestled with the scope of judicial immunity and the 10th Amendment as he heard oral arguments Thursday over whether to dismiss an indictment charging a Massachusetts state court judge and her court officer with helping an immigrant give federal agents the slip.

  • June 11, 2020

    Abating Pandemic Keeps 'Varsity Blues' Moms Prison-Bound

    Wielding a pen to rule on a pair of "Varsity Blues" motions, a Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday denied requests by two mothers who pled guilty in the college admissions case to swap their prison sentences for home confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, citing the abating of the public health crisis.

  • June 11, 2020

    Biz Groups Look To Enter Fight Over DOL Joint Employer Rule

    A business coalition led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has urged a New York federal judge to let it join the U.S. Department of Labor in defending the agency's recently finalized joint employer rule from a legal attack from 18 Democratic state attorneys general.

Expert Analysis

  • What It's Like To Move From Army JAG To BigLaw

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    Lawyers who have served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps can provide tremendous value to law firms, but the transition to firm life has its challenges, says former JAG attorney Vinnie Lichvar, now at Snell & Wilmer.

  • How Law Firms Can Maximize COVID-19 Insurance Coverage

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    Law firms struggling due to the pandemic should identify relevant insurance policies and provisions, be mindful of notice requirements that could interfere with coverage, and push back against policy exclusions, say Robin Cohen and James Smith at McKool Smith.

  • Missteps To Avoid In Marketing COVID-19 Antibody Tests

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    With federal guidance on developing COVID-19 antibody tests changing weekly, and with state attorneys general watching closely, companies providing or facilitating such tests should remember that even in this dynamic environment, certain advertising principles stand firm, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • How Some States Are Slowing Commercial Property Evictions

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    Attorneys at McCarter & English take a look at the varying approaches states within the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions have taken regarding commercial property evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Opinion

    States Must Act To Cut Auto Insurance Rates During COVID-19

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    Auto insurers are experiencing a massive windfall due to fewer accidents during the pandemic, without returning a fair portion of those gains to consumers, so state regulators should use their authority to right this wrong, say law professors Da Lin and Daniel Schwarcz.

  • Virtual Caucuses Can Improve The Mediation Process

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    Both during the current crisis and in the future, integrating virtual, private caucuses between the mediator and each party into the mediation timetable would create an overall superior process, says mediator Marc Isserles at JAMS.

  • Legal Risks Facing Retailers Amid Pandemic Market Shifts

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    The COVID-19 crisis is changing the way consumers shop, but retailers that are adapting to stay competitive should consider the state and federal law risks associated with auto-renewals, product giveaways, retail installment contracts, and other currently popular programs, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • What All Attorneys Can Learn From Female Rainmakers

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    Soon lawyers may find an unrecognizable competitive landscape in which most firms will be vulnerable — if they don't rapidly start upgrading their client development tactics to ones like those used by female rainmakers, says marketing consultant Craig Levinson, who recently interviewed Jennifer Trock, Desiree Moore and Debra Fischer about their secrets to success.

  • Fight Over Vehicle Emission Regs Complicates Compliance

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    The Trump administration recently finalized less restrictive standards for vehicle fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions, but with ongoing litigation brought by 24 states and environmental groups, automakers must evaluate numerous scenarios in determining their compliance strategies, say attorneys at Beveridge & Diamond.

  • Promoting Lawyer Well-Being Is More Essential Than Ever

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    As the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly tests the overall well-being of lawyers, firms with behavioral health programs can leverage or adapt many existing resources to respond to the crisis, while firms without formal programs can find little ways to make a big difference, says Krista Larson, director of employee well-being at Morgan Lewis.

  • Adapting 2020 Tax Expectations To COVID-19 Developments

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    Attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson consider unexpected international, federal and state tax developments that have occurred in response to the global pandemic, how they may impact individuals and corporations, and what measures may follow.

  • Remote Depositions Bring Ethics Considerations For Lawyers

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    Utilizing virtual litigation technologies and participating in remote depositions require attorneys to beware of inadvertently violating their ethical obligations, including the principal duty to provide competent representation, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders.

  • Enforcing Restrictive Covenants In The COVID-19 Era

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    Anthony Kraus at Miles & Stockbridge discusses how U.S. courts may assess factors like employee hardship and public interest to determine restrictive covenant enforceability for businesses preparing to hire again post-pandemic.

  • Roundup

    State Of Class Certification

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    In light of recent data revealing record levels of class certification grants from federal courts, attorneys examine the latest offense and defense strategies in Employee Retirement Income Security Act, workplace bias, and wage and hour class suits.

  • Early Pandemic-Related Shifts We're Seeing In Legal Finance

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    As law firms chart their paths forward during these unsettled times, litigation funders are already observing changes in the types of products firms are seeking, such as an increase in one-off case funding requests, says Eric Blinderman at Therium.

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