Massachusetts

  • January 23, 2014

    TripAdvisor Nails Down $85M Loan To Build Mass. HQ

    Mortgage banking firm HFF LP has arranged an $85 million construction loan to go toward the building of TripAdvisor Inc.'s corporate headquarters in Needham, Mass., it said Thursday.

  • January 23, 2014

    Mass. High Court Ruling Could Tangle Land Tax Standards

    Local tax assessors and environmentalists are closely watching an upcoming Massachusetts high court ruling that could support local municipalities that try to tax conservation lands held by green groups accused of limiting public access to the properties.

  • January 22, 2014

    Mass. Budget Would Tax Candy, Soda, Online Travel Cos.

    The state budget proposed Wednesday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick includes tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue thanks to a tax on candy and soda, along with a measure that would prevent online travel websites from bypassing hotel taxes.

  • January 22, 2014

    Pfizer Escapes Whistleblower Suit Over Lipitor Marketing

    Health Support Awareness Inc. is dropping its whistleblower suit in Massachusetts federal court against Pfizer Inc. over the pharmaceutical giant’s marketing of its cholesterol drug Lipitor after the U.S. government declined to intervene in the case, the U.S. attorney's office announced Wednesday.

  • January 22, 2014

    Mass. Illegally Brokered Wind Power Deal, Suit Says

    The town of Barnstable, Mass., and other opponents of a large wind farm filed suit Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court against administrators at the state's Department of Public Utilities, alleging they illegally pressured a utility company to buy power from a controversial wind farm project. 

  • January 21, 2014

    Apple Faces Consumer ZIP Code Collection Class Action

    Apple Inc. was recently hit with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court by consumers who allege the company violates customer privacy by collecting ZIP codes during purchases.

  • January 17, 2014

    1st Circ. Finds Crocs Not Liable For Escalator Injury

    The First Circuit on Friday upheld a victory for Crocs Inc. in a lawsuit over foot injuries sustained by a nine-year-old girl whose sandal got stuck in an escalator, ruling that her mother had not shown the footwear posed a special risk.

  • January 16, 2014

    Apple, Microsoft Among 25 Cos. To Settle BU Patent Suits

    The trustees of Boston University have agreed to settle lawsuits with a firm representing 25 companies, including Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc., over their use of a patented semiconductor, the university said Thursday.

  • January 16, 2014

    Aegerion Hit With Shareholder Suit Over Juxtapid Labeling

    Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday accusing the biopharmaceutical company of misleading shareholders about off-label marketing of its flagship cholesterol drug Juxtapid.

  • January 16, 2014

    Houghton Mifflin Gets Claims Tossed In Photo Co.'s IP Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge kept a copyright infringement suit against Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. alive on Thursday but cut breach of contract claims, ruling that the plaintiff did not show copies of its license agreements to back up the claims. 

  • January 16, 2014

    Activist Rejects CommonWealth Deal, Pushes For New Board

    Activist hedge fund Corvex Management LP on Thursday brushed off a compromise that would have ended a long-running standoff with CommonWealth REIT, opting instead to spearhead a complete overhaul of the office property owner's board of trustees.

  • January 16, 2014

    China Conditionally OKs Thermo Fisher's $14B Life Tech Buy

    China's competition regulator announced on Thursday that it has signed off on Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.'s $13.6 billion acquisition of California-based Life Technologies Corp. after the purchaser agreed to divest its cell culture and gene modulation businesses.

  • January 15, 2014

    Mass. Commits $50M To Climate Change Readiness

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled a $50 million climate change preparedness plan Tuesday, pledging funds for infrastructure improvements and a municipal resilience grant program to better protect the state from climate risks to energy sources and public health.

  • January 14, 2014

    Honda Dealer's Dress Policy Unlawful, NLRB Judge Says

    A National Labor Relations Board judge said Monday that a dress code provision in a Massachusetts Honda dealer's employee handbook violated federal labor law, and also deemed previous handbook policies covering social media and other topics unlawful, even though they had been rescinded. 

  • January 14, 2014

    AstraZeneca Can't Duck Pharmacies' Claims In Nexium MDL

    AstraZeneca PLC couldn’t convince a Massachusetts federal judge to shave several chain pharmacies' claims from multidistrict litigation alleging the company delayed the entry of generic Nexium, with the court on Monday rejecting AstraZeneca's argument that the retailers couldn’t prove they suffered any injury.

  • January 13, 2014

    Boston OKs Status For $1B Casino After Relocation

    After weeks of crying foul on Suffolk Downs and Mohegan Sun's proposed relocation of a $1 billion casino just beyond Boston's borders, city officials on Monday agreed to negotiate a new deal as a surrounding community if host community status is unattainable, according to Massachusetts Gaming Commission documents.

  • January 13, 2014

    Ropes & Gray Reps Genzyme In $700M Deal For Alnylam Stake

    Genzyme Corp. will shell out $700 million for a 12 percent stake in biotechnology firm Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. and greater rights to emerging products for rare diseases, the Massachusetts companies announced Monday.

  • January 13, 2014

    Pfizer Faces Whistleblower Suit Over Lipitor Marketing

    Health Support Awareness Inc. hit Pfizer Inc. with a whistleblower suit accusing the pharmaceutical giant of misbranding and promoting its statin, Lipitor, in deceptive ways that led customers to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and others, according to a lawsuit unsealed in Massachusetts federal court Friday.

  • January 13, 2014

    Forest Can't Nix Mo. Class In Antidepressant Marketing MDL

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday certified a class of Missouri parents accusing Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. of misleading them into buying antidepressants for their children that were only approved for adults, but he refused to approve similar proposed classes of New York and Illinois consumers.

  • January 10, 2014

    5 Online Gambling Initiatives To Watch

    In the wake of New Jersey's successful bid to expand its casino industry to include online gambling, a host of federal and state lawmakers across the U.S. are now eagerly pushing forward with their own bills. Here are the top five initiatives gaming attorneys expect to make headway this year.