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Massachusetts

  • April 11, 2016

    Foley Hoag Nabs Capital Markets Pro From Locke Lord

    Foley Hoag LLP added a former Locke Lord LLP practice leader with expertise steering capital markets and other transactions for life sciences companies in an effort to further grow its strength in the securities and mergers and acquisitions spaces, the firm said.

  • April 11, 2016

    Philip Morris Urges Quick Ruling In Healthy Smoker Trial

    Philip Morris pressed a Massachusetts federal judge Monday for judgment on the remaining consumer protection law claim in a class action suit brought by healthy smokers seeking to bill the tobacco giant for annual health screenings, saying the judge can’t ignore a jury’s previous conclusion that its cigarettes weren’t defective.  

  • April 11, 2016

    Mass. Bumps Net Metering Cap To Spur Solar Projects

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed into law a bill raising the state’s net metering caps, allowing more electric customers with their own solar panels to take advantage of rate incentives to sell power back to the grid.

  • April 11, 2016

    Pats Fans Lose Bid To Restore Draft Pick In Deflategate Fight

    The New England Patriots will not be returned the first-round pick they were docked in Deflategate before the 2016 NFL Draft later this month after a Massachusetts federal judge said Friday a suit claiming the team and league breached an implied contract with fans over their handling of the scandal is doomed to fail.

  • April 8, 2016

    Apple Told To Aid Phone Probe In Mass., Unsealed Docs Show

    A Massachusetts federal judge recently ordered Apple to help the government unlock an iPhone seized from a suspected gang member, according to a docket unsealed Friday at the insistence of a privacy group that called the action vital in light of the rash of similar cases pending around the country.

  • April 7, 2016

    Court Backs English Liability Ruling Sought By Notre Dame

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday confirmed an expert’s liability determination under an international arbitration convention against two companies accused by the University of Notre Dame (USA) in England of botching the renovation of student housing in London, and awarded the college a $7.2 million attachment.

  • April 7, 2016

    FERC-DOJ Teamwork Sets Stage For Increased Enforcement

    The recent, unprecedented guilty plea by Massachusetts power plant operators to charges they made false statements to a regional grid operator reveals a tight relationship between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement unit that could yield more criminal prosecutions from the former and more civil enforcement cases from the latter, experts say.

  • April 7, 2016

    Advent, Bain Trim Worldpay Stake In $1B Share Offering

    Advent International and Bain Capital sold nearly 14 percent of their investment vehicle’s stake in London-listed payments processing company Worldpay, a former RBS unit that went public in October, for £740 million ($1.05 billion) in an upsized share offering, according to a Thursday regulatory filing.

  • April 6, 2016

    BioPharma Services Provider InVentiv Files $100M IPO

    InVentiv Group Holdings Inc. a private-equity-backed owner of a business that provides services to biopharmaceutical companies, filed for a $100 million initial public offering Tuesday, marking the third filing in April and adding life to an IPO pipeline that has produced little action this year.

  • April 5, 2016

    Ex-State Street Execs Indicted Over Secret Commissions

    U.S. prosecutors revealed criminal charges against two former executives of State Street Global Markets LLC on Tuesday, alleging the pair secretly charged clients in Europe, the Middle East and Asia excess fees on services to move or liquidate large securities portfolios.

  • April 5, 2016

    Health Network Wants Bellwethers Paused In Meningitis MDL

    A Tennessee health network is fighting for a delay in bellwether trials stemming from a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak, saying July-slated civil trials shouldn't start until after criminal trials scheduled for the fall have played out.

  • April 5, 2016

    Patriots Fans Sue Over Draft Pick Lost In ‘Deflategate’

    A group of New England Patriots fans asked a Massachusetts federal court on Monday to issue a temporary restraining order that would save a first-round draft pick revoked by the NFL in connection to the Deflategate scandal, saying the punishment is unfair and discriminates against Pats fans.

  • April 4, 2016

    Fabric Co. Says Sacked Consultant Must Arbitrate In London

    A supplier of fabrics to high-end apparel makers like Patagonia and North Face asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to make a sales consultant who claims he was unjustly fired end his lawsuit in Spain and arbitrate in London.

  • April 4, 2016

    Dunkin' Donuts Franchisee Fights Consolidation Of OT Suit

    A Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee and two former managers suing it for allegedly misclassifying them as overtime exempt continued to spar in Massachusetts federal court Monday, with the company asking a judge not to consolidate the matter with another overtime suit naming the franchisee.

  • April 1, 2016

    CSX, Amtrak Say Fed Law Preempts Mass. Sick Time Regs

    CSX Transportation Inc. and Amtrak asked a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday to declare them exempt from the state's new paid sick time law, arguing the federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act expressly bars states from foisting their own statutory sickness benefits requirements on railroads.

  • March 31, 2016

    Smokers Try To Keep Last Claim Against Philip Morris Alive

    A class of currently healthy smokers seeking to force Philip Morris to pay for their annual health screenings urged a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday to rule in their favor on a consumer protection law claim after jurors rejected the rest of their case.

  • March 31, 2016

    USPTO Chief Says Patent Abuse Not Limited To Trolls

    The director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denounced the use of abusive patent litigation Thursday, not just from so-called patent trolls looking to score a quick settlement but also from well-financed defendants who needlessly drag out the litigation.

  • March 31, 2016

    1st Circ. Says Ex-Telecom Head Can't Escape IRS Summonses

    The First Circuit unanimously rejected arguments from the former head of a defunct telecommunications company to quash summonses from the Internal Revenue Service, ruling Wednesday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision did not materially change the law applied to his case.

  • March 31, 2016

    Power Cos. Will Cop To Air Pollution Crimes, Pay $7.25M

    The companies running a Massachusetts power plant have agreed to plead guilty to felony Clean Air Act criminal offenses and cough up $7.25 million to resolve a case that includes the first-ever criminal charge for false statements to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • March 30, 2016

    Barclays Settles MassMutual Suit Over $175M RMBS Buy

    Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. and a Barclays unit said they have reached a deal to resolve the insurer's claims against the lender in a suit alleging widespread lies about the quality of $175 million worth of residential mortgage-backed securities.