• March 16, 2018

    Alleged Ponzi Promoters Can't Nix $340M SEC Suit In Mass.

    A Massachusetts federal judge denied bids by two alleged former promoters of TelexFree LLC to escape a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit on Friday, saying the government had identified specific statements both had made to members of the state’s Dominican community urging them to invest in a company authorities have called a $340 million pyramid scheme.

  • March 16, 2018

    Pharma Cos. Liable For Generic Labels, Mass. Top Court Says

    Name-brand drugmakers can be held liable for mislabeled generic equivalents under state law in Massachusetts, home of the nation’s largest bio-pharmaceutical hub, the commonwealth’s top court ruled on Friday in a loss for Merck & Co. and the industry groups watching.

  • March 16, 2018

    Optical Co. Says Ex-Biz Partner's IP Suit Too Late

    A Japanese optical manufacturer on Friday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to toss a suit filed by a startup claiming its onetime partner was responsible for a loss in business after it patented technology they both developed, claiming the statute of limitations had run out and the complaint is based on hearsay.

  • March 16, 2018

    Advocates Want Immigration Arrests At Courthouses Blocked

    A group of noncitizens petitioned a Massachusetts state court on Thursday to prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from performing civil immigration arrests at courthouses, arguing that such arrests impede the administration of justice.

  • March 16, 2018

    Harvard To Revise Worker Classification In Wage Suit Deal

    Harvard University has agreed to revise its university-wide worker classification policy to settle a proposed class action alleging it misclassified acupuncturists and massage therapists as independent contractors, according to documents filed Thursday in Massachusetts state court.

  • March 16, 2018

    Hospital Seeks Data On Worker Fired After Skipping Flu Shot

    A Western Massachusetts hospital asked a federal judge Friday to let it inspect the health records of a former employee suing the facility after she was fired for refusing to get a flu shot on religious grounds.

  • March 16, 2018

    Sports Therapist Sues USOC, Exec For Sex Abuse Cover-Up

    A sports psychologist sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and a member of its board in Massachusetts federal court Friday on allegations they covered up the sexual abuse of athletes and then thwarted his efforts to address the problem, with the official defaming him in the process.

  • March 16, 2018

    Aegerion Placed Under Supervision In Misbranding Settlement

    A federal judge on Friday appointed a special master to keep a watchful eye on Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. as it faces court-ordered audits and the payment of $36 million to patients who were unnecessarily prescribed its expensive cholesterol drug and to government health programs that footed the bill.

  • March 16, 2018

    HarbourVest Closes $1.7B Fund Focused On Asia, Europe

    Boston-headquartered HarbourVest Partners has closed its latest fund with $1.7 billion in commitments that will focus on investments in Europe, Asia and emerging markets, the private equity firm said Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • March 16, 2018

    Surging Tax Receipts, Polls Lure States Into Pot Debate

    One of the few things growing faster than tax receipts from legalized marijuana, experts say, is the breadth of state legislation currently being considered that would allow the adult recreational use of cannabis.

  • March 15, 2018

    F-Squared Founder’s Claim To Be Broke Moves Judge

    A Massachusetts federal judge wrestled Thursday with balancing the public’s right to know and the privacy rights of the founder of defunct stock-picking company F-Squared, who faces a multimillion-dollar judgment after a jury found him liable for misrepresenting his flagship investment product.

  • March 15, 2018

    Ex-Manager Testifies Bribes Were ‘Open Secret’ At Georgeson

    A 25-year veteran of Wall Street sat behind a witness stand in Boston on Thursday and told a federal jury that four of his closest co-workers at a leading corporate advisory firm bribed a shareholder representative for confidential data.

  • March 15, 2018

    'Recidivist Offender' Behind $5.8M Ponzi Scheme, Mass. Says

    Massachusetts securities regulators took action against a private investment firm on Thursday for allegedly fleecing investors of about $5.8 million and hiding that its portfolio companies were failing and one of its principals had past run-ins with the law.

  • March 15, 2018

    Bankrupt Laser Co. Hid Assets To Duck Court Judgments: Suit

    Medical device maker AngioDynamics Inc. hit longtime nemesis and German laser maker Biolitec AG and its executives with a RICO suit Thursday in Massachusetts federal court, alleging the company blatantly exploited legal loopholes for years to avoid paying $145 million in damages and contempt fines.

  • March 15, 2018

    Grad Students, Unions Tell Schools To Come To Table

    Graduate students at five schools and leaders of the Service Employees International Union, the United Automobile Workers and other national unions on Wednesday asked the schools’ presidents to negotiate union contracts with their graduate workers. 

  • March 15, 2018

    Abbott Says Ex-Employee Should Pay For Dismissed FCA Suit

    Abbott Laboratories Inc. on Thursday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to send its legal bill to an ex-employee who brought back a previously dismissed False Claims Act lawsuit with claims the pharmaceutical company says were already thrown out.

  • March 15, 2018

    Collaborative Workspace Co. Scores $58M In Global Push

    Collaborative office and laboratory space company Cambridge Innovation Center on Thursday said a European property developer agreed to invest $58 million as the Massachusetts-based firm looks to improve its current spaces and expand globally.

  • March 15, 2018

    Ex-Boston Top Cop Backs Hair Drug Test To Screen Officers

    The former commissioner of the Boston Police Department told a Massachusetts federal judge in a long-running trial Thursday that he believed a drug test using hair samples was a valid means of screening officers, but acknowledged concern about a racial disparity in the results.

  • March 15, 2018

    WB Mason Strikes Back Against Dairy Queen 'Blizzard' Suit

    Office supplier W.B. Mason struck back Thursday at Dairy Queen’s accusation that a "Blizzard" brand of bottled water infringed the fast food chain's trademarks, describing the case as a sneak attack filed “in the midst of active settlement discussions.”

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 3 Lessons From Sinovel's Trade Secret Theft Conviction

    Justus Getty

    One of the key takeaways from a Wisconsin federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Sinovel Wind Group is that the most serious threats to a company’s trade secrets can often be internal rather than external, says Justus Getty of Duane Morris LLP.

  • West Coast 'Super Tort' PCB Suits Have Staying Power

    Gary Smith

    Increasingly, municipalities and states are pursuing public nuisance theories against product manufacturers and distributors. Actions filed by West Coast municipalities and states over the past three years against polychlorinated biphenyl manufacturer Monsanto continue to progress through the courts, say Gary Smith and Casey Clausen of Beveridge & Diamond PC.

  • TCPA Rules For VoIP Demand The Impossible From Cos.

    Eduardo Guzmán

    The Federal Communications Commission's regulatory treatment of voice over internet protocol services appears to clash with standards set by recent court decisions. Given that the use of VoIP services will only increase, the FCC should impose a more consistent and practical rule, says Eduardo R. Guzmán of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Childproof Cannabis Packages Won’t Impress Jeff Sessions

    Neama Rahmani

    A group of cannabis-oriented businesses recently announced standards meant to "protect consumers and demonstrate to regulators, financial institutions and the public that they operate at the highest level of ethics and responsibility." But these measures, including labeling, child-resistant packaging and health warnings, are unlikely to convince the U.S. Justice Department, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.