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Massachusetts

  • April 20, 2016

    Senate Dem Decries Committee Delays On Judicial Nominees

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Coons on Wednesday criticized Republican leadership for delays on dozens of federal judicial appointments, speaking out at the first Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on nominees since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February.

  • April 19, 2016

    Celltrion Rips Janssen's Bid to Move Up Biosimilar Trial Date

    Celltrion slammed Janssen Biotech’s recent request for an earlier trial date in its patent infringement dispute over Celltrion’s newly approved biosimilar Inflectra, telling a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday that there’s no reason to change the current schedule.

  • April 19, 2016

    DOI Seeks To Pare Challenge Of Approval Of Mass. Tribe Trust

    The federal government moved Monday toss out a claim that part of the Indian Reorganization Act is unconstitutional in a group of Massachusetts residents’ federal court challenge of a decision to take roughly 321 acres of land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for a $500 million casino project.

  • April 18, 2016

    ConforMIS Investors Fight Bid To Toss Suit Over $140M IPO

    A proposed class of investors in ConforMIS Inc. asked a Massachusetts federal court Friday not to toss their suit claiming the artificial joint maker misled investors about manufacturing issues ahead of its $140 million initial public offering in July, saying a prospectus glossed over clear quality control deficiencies that led to a costly recall.

  • April 18, 2016

    AstraZeneca, Ranbaxy Ask 1st Circ. To Affirm Nexium Win

    AstraZeneca PLC and Ranbaxy Inc. have told the First Circuit that it should affirm a Massachusetts federal court’s ruling that purchasers of AstraZeneca’s blockbuster heartburn drug Nexium couldn’t get a new trial after a jury sided with the drugmakers.

  • April 18, 2016

    Mack-Cali’s Residential Arm Drops $85M On 3 JV Buyouts

    Mack-Cali Realty Corp.’s multifamily division has completed three buyouts of portions of residential and retail properties in New Jersey and Massachusetts in deals worth a combined $85.4 million, according to an announcement on Monday from the Edison, New Jersey-based real estate investment trust.

  • April 18, 2016

    NFL Seeks To Toss Fans' 'Frivolous' Deflategate Suit

    The NFL asked a Massachusetts federal court Friday to toss a "frivolous" suit by a group of self-described New England Patriots fans claiming they were wronged by the league’s handling of the Deflategate scandal, saying their complaint doesn’t meet the bar for federal jurisdiction, let alone advance a reasonable argument.

  • April 14, 2016

    Immigrant Ex-Cons Can Be Held Past 6 Mos., 1st Circ. Says

    The First Circuit ruled Wednesday that there's no hard, six-month deadline to hold a bond hearing for an immigrant who's been detained pending deportation proceedings after serving a criminal sentence, saying courts should individually consider whether the length of a detention is reasonable.

  • April 14, 2016

    Judge Won't Snuff Last Marlboro Healthy Smoker Class Claim

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday kept alive the remaining consumer protection law claim in a class action suit brought by healthy Marlboro smokers seeking to bill tobacco giant Philip Morris for annual health screenings, after the plaintiffs lost the rest of their claims in a jury trial.

  • April 14, 2016

    Court Rulings Put FERC Enforcement Bull's-Eye On Individuals

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's ability to prosecute individuals for alleged energy market manipulation got another thumbs-up from a federal court this week, but a larger legal battle looms over whether their trading activities are actually manipulative, experts say.

  • April 14, 2016

    States Push DC Circ. For More Say In Capital-Raising Rules

    The states of Montana and Massachusetts urged a D.C. Circuit panel to overturn U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules on Regulation A securities, arguing the measures improperly stripped states of their ability to add additional disclosure and other requirements to protect small investors.

  • April 14, 2016

    Panera Says Slogan Trademark Suit 'Should Be' In Mass.

    Panera Bread Co. on Wednesday urged a North Carolina federal court to move to Massachusetts a Montana-based bakery chain's trademark lawsuit alleging Panera's "food as it should be" campaign infringes its slogan "Bread. The way it ought to be," saying the people responsible for the tagline are based near Boston.

  • April 13, 2016

    FedEx Drivers Lose Bid For 1st Circ. Rehearing

    FedEx drivers who claim the company misclassified them as independent contractors lost their bid Tuesday for the full First Circuit to reconsider the court’s finding that one prong of a three-part test to determine contractor status under Massachusetts state law was preempted by federal law.

  • April 13, 2016

    Blackstone Secures $335M Loan For Club Quarters Deal

    A Blackstone Group LP affiliate will pay for the acquisition of four Club Quarters hotels with a $335 million loan financed by global real estate investment manager Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC, Cornerstone said Wednesday.

  • April 13, 2016

    Janssen Seeks Patent Trial To Halt Celltrion Biosimilar

    Janssen Biotech told a Massachusetts federal judge that it has “powerful evidence” showing patent infringement involving Celltrion’s newly approved biosimilar Inflectra and wants a trial later this year to block the drug's debut.

  • April 13, 2016

    Comcast Says NBC Station's Contract Sinks Antitrust Suit

    Comcast Corp. urged a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to dismiss an antitrust and breach-of-contract suit brought by a spurned Boston NBC affiliate, saying the station failed to bargain for extension rights in its contract and now claims rights it’s not entitled to.

  • April 12, 2016

    1st Circ. Won't Review Class Denial In Defective Decks Suit

    The First Circuit on Tuesday declined to review a Massachusetts federal judge’s denial of class certification for a group of consumers alleging their Oasis brand wood-plastic composite decks were defective, saying they hadn't shown the judge’s analysis was sufficiently questionable.

  • April 12, 2016

    CVS Shoppers Ask 1st Circ. To Reverse Vitamin E Label Ruling

    A proposed class accusing CVS of misleading shoppers about the heart health benefits of its vitamin E supplements on Monday urged the First Circuit to reverse a Rhode Island court’s dismissal of the suit, arguing several studies contradict the retailer’s health claims.

  • April 12, 2016

    VC-Backed Biotech, Midsize Bank Boost Growing IPO Pipeline

    Venture-backed gene-editing biotech Intellia Therapeutics Inc. and middle-market bank Midland States Bancorp filed initial public offerings Monday, each seeking to raise $120 million, adding to a growing pipeline of IPO candidates.

  • April 12, 2016

    Skanska Sells Boston Property To Union Investment For $452M

    Swedish developer Skanska AB has sold a Boston office and retail building for $452 million to German real estate firm Union Investment Real Estate GmbH, according to separate announcements from the companies on Tuesday.