Massachusetts

  • September 12, 2007

    Auto Giants Receive Blow In Emissions Battle

    In a landmark ruling, a Vermont district judge has knocked down top auto makers' attempts to derail a state's efforts to significantly curb carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks, handing environmental groups another big win in their crusade against global warming.

  • September 11, 2007

    States Want Extended Antitrust Oversight Of Microsoft

    Citing concerns over Microsoft's still dominant position in the software market, California and six other states asked a federal judge on Tuesday to extend antitrust oversight of the software giant to 2012, five years past the original Nov. 12 expiration date.

  • August 31, 2007

    DOJ, States Disagree On Microsoft Settlement

    The Department of Justice declared victory on Thursday in its antitrust enforcement efforts against Microsoft. But a group of state attorneys general were less enthusiastic about the agency’s assessment.

  • August 24, 2007

    Abbott Fights Order Allowing Shared Discovery

    Abbott Laboratories Inc. has lashed out at a judge's order allowing a plaintiff in the average wholesale price litigation to share discovery from other state cases against the drug maker with government prosecutors, arguing that the information has “nothing to do with the claims” in the multidistrict action.

  • August 3, 2007

    Court Extinguishes Smokers' Advertising Suit

    A day after a key U.S. Senate panel voted to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more power to regulate tobacco, the California Supreme Court has sided against a pack of smokers that accused a handful of tobacco giants of attempting to target children with misleading cigarette advertisements.

  • July 18, 2007

    Abbott Bids To Toss New Government Claims

    Abbott Laboratories, one of a slew of pharmaceutical makers involved in a massive antitrust class action alleging the companies defrauded consumers by artificially inflating the prices for various prescription drugs, has moved to dismiss fresh claims brought by government authorities.

  • July 13, 2007

    Bill Unveiled To Force EPA To Rule On Emissions

    Two U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to decide on California's request to regulate greenhouse gas emissions by Sept. 30.

  • June 22, 2007

    EPA To Rule On California Emissions By End Of Year

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issue a decision by the end of the year over whether California should be granted a waiver allowing it to impose greenhouse gas emission reductions, it said in a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • June 20, 2007

    Antitrust Leader Ditches MoFo

    The former co-chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP's antitrust group has left for a smaller firm, citing the challenge of building a group and the desire to take interesting cases with less regard for the bottom line.

  • June 12, 2007

    Bristol-Myers Bids To Exclude Evidence

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has filed a slew of motions to exclude certain evidence from being presented at an upcoming jury trial over allegations that it and other major pharmaceutical companies inflated average wholesale drug prices.

  • June 7, 2007

    Lawmakers Decry Plan Blocking State Emissions Laws

    As the battle over how best to regulate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions heats up, lawmakers on Thursday indicated their intention to try to block a congressional energy plan that would limit states' regulatory powers on the issue.

  • June 5, 2007

    Abbott Accused Of Inflating Drug Prices By 1000%

    Drug maker Abbott Laboratories inflated its published pharmaceutical prices by up to 1000% to scam Medicare and boost sales of its drugs, U.S. health officials claimed in a lawsuit.

  • June 4, 2007

    Abbott Accuses Health Officials In Medicare Suit

    Abbott Laboratories has accused California health authorities in a Medicare fraud case of “inflammatory rhetoric,” arguing the allegations against it were barred by the government's own negligence.

  • May 31, 2007

    California Drops Claims Against Bristol-Myers

    The state of California on Wednesday voluntarily dismissed claims against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. accusing the health care giant of inflating average wholesale drug prices.

  • May 25, 2007

    Seyfarth Shaw Launches Boston IP Practice

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP has raided two law firms to launch an intellectual practice in New England with significant experience in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and electronics industries.

  • June 4, 2007

    Climate Change Heats Up Courtrooms

    Plaintiffs lawyers are hoping climate change will usher in a wave of mass-torts litigation against companies responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases. Don't hold your breath, defense lawyers say.

  • May 17, 2007

    Invitrogen Sues Harvard Over Cloning Patent

    A California life sciences company has hit the president and fellows of Harvard College with an intellectual property lawsuit, accusing the university’s top guardians of wrongly laying claim to a molecular cloning patent.

  • May 11, 2007

    AAA Insurer Sues Rival Over Trade Secrets

    A California insurer affiliated with the American Automobile Association has sped into a head-on legal collision with a rival auto insurance company which allegedly stole trade secrets by hiring its employees.

  • April 26, 2007

    Banks To Take TJX To Court Over Data Breach

    The Massachusetts Bankers Association is gearing up to file suit against retailer TJX Companies Inc. on behalf of hundreds of banks that are upset over a security breach that allegedly enabled criminals to steal 45 million credit and debit card numbers from the company’s computers.

  • April 17, 2007

    Maryland Backs Down In “Wal-Mart Law” Fight

    Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler on Monday said the state will not challenge a court ruling invalidating the state’s so-called “Wal-Mart law” because an appeal would likely fail, bringing to an end its legal battle to require large employers to provide health insurance to their employees.