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Massachusetts

  • May 26, 2015

    Pfizer MDL Plaintiffs Blast Bernstein Liebhard's Fee Bid

    The plaintiffs’ steering committee in the multidistrict litigation against Pfizer over its alleged illegal marketing of Neurontin for off-label use told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday that Bernstein Liebhard is seeking more money than it legally deserves.

  • May 21, 2015

    Astellas Gets OK For $98M Deal In Prograf Antitrust MDL

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday signed off on a $98 million deal between buyers of organ transplant anti-rejection drug Prograf and Astellas Pharma US Inc., ending allegations Astellas delayed entry of a generic form of the immunosuppressant, while also approving a request from the buyers' lawyers for $34 million in fees and expenses.

  • May 20, 2015

    Former Mass. AG Martha Coakley Joins Foley Hoag

    Foley Hoag LLP has hired former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley as of counsel in its litigation department, four months after the end of her eight-year tenure as the state's top lawyer.

  • May 19, 2015

    Deutsche Bank, Others End Some Claims In $5.9B MBS Suit

    Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. and UBS Securities LLC have settled claims over mortgage-backed securities certificates in Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s suit accusing them of misleading it into buying $5.9 billion in MBS that later faltered.

  • May 19, 2015

    NECC's Ch. 11 Plan With $200M Meningitis Payouts Approved

    A Massachusetts bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc.’s Chapter 11 plan, which provides up to $200 million in payouts to those affected by a 2010 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people and drove the company into bankruptcy.

  • May 19, 2015

    Greenberg Traurig Hooks Cadwalader's FERC Pro For Partner

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has welcomed a former Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP partner with extensive experience before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state utilities commissions to its Washington, D.C., and Boston offices, the firm said Monday.

  • May 18, 2015

    1st Circ. Revives Challenge To $2.6B Offshore Wind Farm

    The First Circuit on Monday revived a suit seeking to block the construction of a $2.6 billion offshore project known as Cape Wind, ruling that a lower court wrongly dismissed plaintiffs’ claims and that they were neither moot nor unripe.

  • May 18, 2015

    Beveridge & Diamond Snags Former MassDEP GC

    The former general counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has returned to private practice, accepting a position at Beveridge & Diamond PC, the firm said Monday.

  • May 15, 2015

    ICE Seeks Toss Of ACLU's Suit Over Immigration Docs

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday asked a Massachusetts federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging ICE violated the Freedom of Information Act by not handing over immigration-related documents, saying it never received the ACLU's request.

  • May 15, 2015

    Mass. Tribe Says Casino Regulations Violate State Law

    The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has urged Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to investigate alleged violations of the state’s gambling rules, claiming that regulations allowing a new casino to operate additional gaming positions and table games could cause the tribe lose upwards of $30 million a year.

  • May 15, 2015

    Ponzi Schemer Pleads Guilty Over Spending Spree

    A Massachusetts man serving a 10- to 12-year prison sentence for running a Ponzi scheme pled guilty Thursday to federal contempt charges for racking up thousands of dollars in credit card bills, taking out a loan and selling a truck without putting the funds into a court-ordered escrow account.

  • May 15, 2015

    Tariff Limits Utility's Liability In MIT Fire Coverage Row

    The Massachusetts Supreme Court held Thursday that two insurers can't recover business interruption losses from NSTAR Electric Co. in connection with a fire allegedly caused by NSTAR employees at a building owned by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ruling that a tariff the utility filed with a state regulator limited its liability.

  • May 15, 2015

    Ocean Spray Antitrust Suit Proceeds With One Fewer Claim

    A suit by a proposed class of cranberry growers accusing Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. of predatory pricing will proceed without a monopolization claim, as the growers are neither competitors nor customers of the cooperative and do not have antitrust standing in the handler-consumer market, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • May 15, 2015

    Newman Doesn't Doom Insider Trading Suit, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a federal judge Thursday that its case against two golfing buddies accused of insider trading has been strengthened by an order that the Second Circuit’s landmark Newman decision does not apply in a related criminal proceeding against the men.

  • May 14, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Avon, Advent, Standard Chartered

    The SEC is looking into an apparent sham takeover offer made for cosmetics company Avon, while Advent International has plans to back its acquisition of Dutch conveyor belt company Ammeraal Beltech with leveraged loans totaling about $343 million.

  • May 14, 2015

    KG Urban Closing In On Funding For $650M Mass. Casino

    KG Urban Enterprises LLC told Massachusetts gaming regulators at a hearing Thursday that Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc.'s backing of a proposed $650 million casino project may be secured as early as next week, prompting the regulators to let the team move forward in the license bidding process.

  • May 14, 2015

    Patent Litigator Says Mediation With Cooley Won't Be Fair

    A prolific patent litigant and attorney seeking to boot Cooley LLP from representing a health club franchisor in an exercise machine patent row told a Massachusetts federal court that Cooley’s continued use of confidential information from a past client has made fair mediation in the suit impossible.

  • May 13, 2015

    REIT Monogram Buys Stakes From JV Partner For $225M

    Monogram Residential Trust Inc. has purchased its joint venture partner PGGM’s stakes in six multifamily properties and a single mezzanine loan for $224.6 million, the Plano, Texas-based real estate investment trust announced on Wednesday.

  • May 13, 2015

    'Golfing Buddy' Lawyer Cops Plea After Newman Motion Nixed

    A Massachusetts lawyer pled guilty Tuesday to an insider trading scheme involving a group of loose-lipped golfing buddies, after a judge rejected a defense motion to dismiss the case in light of the Second Circuit's decision in U.S. v. Newman.

  • May 13, 2015

    NLRB Judge Says Several Macy's Handbook Rules Unlawful

    The Macy’s Inc. employee handbook’s restrictions on sharing employee information and other activities violate the National Labor Relations Act, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Tuesday in a charge brought by a United Food and Commercial Workers Union local in Massachusetts.