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Massachusetts

  • September 9, 2016

    11 State AGs Tell Mass. To Back Off Exxon Probe

    Eleven state attorneys general on Thursday sought leave to file an amicus brief supporting Exxon Mobil Corp. in the company’s bid to halt the Massachusetts attorney general from moving forward with an investigation into the energy giant’s public statements about climate change.

  • September 9, 2016

    QBE Settles Mass. Force-Placed Insurance Probe

    QBE Insurance Corp. has agreed to refund consumers and pay the commonwealth of Massachusetts $375,000 to resolve allegations that it issued force-placed insurance policies for homeowners who didn't need them.

  • September 8, 2016

    Neovasc Fights Injunction Request In $70M IP Verdict

    Medical device maker Neovasc urged a federal court Thursday to deny an injunction request by a rival that won $70 million from it in a trade-secrets trial, arguing there is no justification for the measure.

  • September 8, 2016

    Mass. Insurance Fund Looks To Duck Workers' Comp Claims

    The Massachusetts fund that covers claims for insolvent insurers should be able to recoup money it pays out for workers’ compensation claims at high-net-worth insureds like banks, the fund told the state's high court Thursday.

  • September 7, 2016

    1st Circ. Panel Wary Of FCA Suit Against Medtronic Unit

    A former sales rep for what is now a Medtronic subsidiary faced a seemingly skeptical panel of First Circuit judges Wednesday in his bid to revive a False Claims Act suit accusing the device maker of off-label marketing and defrauding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

  • September 7, 2016

    Dentsply Urges Mass. High Court To Uphold Fraud Win

    A Dentsply International Inc. subsidiary urged Massachusetts' highest court Wednesday to leave intact the dental equipment maker's final courtroom victory against a company that failed to disclose it was under threat of patent litigation during contract negotiations for a $71 million buyout nearly 10 years ago.

  • September 7, 2016

    Depositions Repetitive In Celexa, Lexapro MDL, Forest Says

    Forest Laboratories Inc. on Tuesday asked a Massachusetts federal court not to make six former employees sit for depositions in multidistrict litigation accusing the company of misleading consumers about the efficacy of its drugs Celexa and Lexapro, arguing discovery has been extensive enough and most of them have already been questioned.

  • September 7, 2016

    Sidley Aids PE-Backed Microbiology Co. In Accuratus Lab Buy

    Private equity-backed Microbiology Research Associates has agreed to acquire Accuratus Lab Services from Avista Pharma Solutions Inc., the companies said on Wednesday, in a deal that was guided by Sidley Austin LLP and bolsters MRA’s ability to provide services to developers, manufacturers and users of anti-microbial products.

  • September 6, 2016

    3 Cos. Hone IPOs Totaling $440M As Dealmaking Resumes

    Three companies, including two banks and a venture-backed technology firm, set terms Monday on initial public offerings estimated to total $440 million, immediately restarting an IPO pipeline that is expected to pick up after a long, late-summer break.

  • September 6, 2016

    Au Pair Biz Challenges Mass. Domestic Workers Law

    An au pair company has sued to block a Massachusetts domestic workers law from applying to a federal exchange program under which au pairs enter on J-1 visas, arguing the program is intended as a “cultural exchange" for foreigners, not to employ them.

  • September 6, 2016

    Hospital Chain Shouldn't Face Antitrust Claims, Judge Says

    A Massachusetts federal magistrate recommended Friday that Southcoast Health System Inc. be found immune from antitrust claims over an allegedly anti-competitive lawsuit it brought against rival Steward Health Care System LLC in state court, citing a doctrine that shields petitioners to the government from antitrust liability.

  • September 6, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Choate’s Andrew Hickey

    You never know where business is going to come from, and because of that, you are always auditioning. Focus on building deep relationships with your counterparts at the client, doing your job extremely well, being incredibly responsive and reliable, and playing nice in the sandbox because your future clients are likely watching you, says Andrew Hickey, partner at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • September 2, 2016

    Gannett Can't Escape Privacy Suit Over USA Today App

    A Massachusetts federal judge won't let USA Today parent company Gannett Co. off the hook for allegedly collecting app users' video viewing data and sharing it with another company, ruling on Friday that disclosing personally identifiable information could indeed cause users harm.

  • September 2, 2016

    Alice, Mayo Nix Some TB Test Patent Claims, Keep Others

    A Massachusetts federal magistrate judge has recommended that certain patent infringement claims Oxford Immunotec Ltd. brought against Qiagen Inc. and others relating to a method for diagnosing tuberculosis should move forward while others should be dismissed, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Mayo and Alice rulings.

  • September 2, 2016

    Tribe Says Its Bid To Join Trust Land Fight Isn't A Ploy

    The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Thursday blasted a group of Massachusetts residents’ contention that it made a calculated move by waiting to ask to join a lawsuit until after a federal judge ruled the U.S. Department of the Interior was wrong to take land into trust for the tribe's planned casino.

  • September 2, 2016

    DraftKings, FanDuel Master Complaint Lands In Mass. Court

    Daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. were hit Thursday in Massachusetts federal court with an updated, streamlined master complaint in a suit involving angry players’ accusations that the sites lied to users when assuring them the sites were legal and could offer free bonus money.

  • September 2, 2016

    CardiAQ Says $23M Is Minimum Fair Boost To $70M IP Verdict

    After winning a $70 million trade secrets verdict against medical device maker Neovasc, rival CardiAQ told a federal court on Thursday that the verdict should be enhanced by at least $23.3 million.

  • September 2, 2016

    Acclarent Execs Say Their Convictions Violate 1st Amendment

    Two former Acclarent Inc. executives urged a federal judge in Boston to overturn their misdemeanor convictions for flouting medical device safety law, arguing that the charges violate their rights to free speech and a fair trial.

  • September 2, 2016

    GM Suit Needs Rethink After 1st Circ. TM Ruling, Cue Says

    High-end tabletop radio maker Cue Inc. said Thursday that a new appellate ruling on a trademark’s likelihood of confusion undermines a decision to toss Cue's allegations over a GM touch-screen interface in Cadillac vehicles with a name similar to Cue's mark.

  • September 2, 2016

    Northeast Leading The Pack On Offshore Wind Development

    The recent completion of the United States' first offshore wind energy project in Rhode Island shows that the Ocean State and its northeastern neighbors are leading the pack when it comes to harnessing offshore wind energy and blazing a trail for other regions that want to make the most of wind power.