Massachusetts

  • April 5, 2007

    Car Makers' Case Against Vermont Moves On

    A judge has decided not to throw out a lawsuit challenging Vermont’s new environmental restrictions, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent order allowing states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

  • March 16, 2007

    AG Probes Subprime, College Loan Markets

    New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday said his office has launched its own investigation into the subprime loan market and wrapped up a separate probe into college-loan program kickbacks.

  • March 5, 2007

    FedEx Bid To Dismiss Discrimination Case Fails

    Arab-American drivers who were allegedly called “terrorists” while working at FedEx Ground Package System Inc. have received the green light to sue the company under Massachusetts' anti-discrimination law.

  • March 13, 2007

    Townsend Welcomes Patent Attorney Back

    After moving to the East Coast for 10 years, a patent lawyer has made his way back home to Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP in Southern California where he began his career.

  • February 20, 2007

    Serono Agrees To $24M Settlement Over AIDS Drug

    Drug maker EMD Serono Inc. has agreed to shell out $24 million to settle a cluster of class action lawsuits alleging the company illegally promoted a popular AIDS drug and paid doctors to prescribe it.

  • January 17, 2007

    Judge Postpones Trial Over CA Auto-Emission Law

    A federal judge has pushed off a trial date for a suit aiming to prevent a California law that would put in place the world’s most stringent auto-emission standards.

  • January 3, 2007

    Showalter Steps Up As Baker Botts IP Chair

    As the new chair of the intellectual property group at Baker Botts LLP, Bart Showalter’s plan is simple: stay the course and keep growing.

  • December 20, 2006

    Companies Tangle Over Laser Technology

    Two companies have squared off in a Texas court over three patents related to laser and pulsed-light skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction, marking the latest development in a series of legal battles over light-based cosmetic treatments.

  • November 22, 2006

    Class Of 51,273 Workers Decertified In Wal-Mart Lawsuit

    In a resounding victory for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a Massachusetts state judge has decertified a class of 51,273 current and former Wal-Mart employees in a class action lawsuit alleging that the retail giant did not give its employees work breaks.

  • October 23, 2006

    Organized Labor Fires Back At NLRB Ruling

    The AFL-CIO is launching a legal campaign in the wake of a recent National Labor Relations Board decision that full-time "charge nurses" should be considered supervisors, and therefore ineligible for union protection under federal law.

  • October 5, 2006

    Incensed, Nurses Slam Landmark NLRB Ruling

    Registered nurses and labor activists vowed to strike if employers attempted to take advantage of the National Labor Relations Board’s decision Tuesday that full-time "charge nurses" should be considered supervisors, rendering them ineligible for union protections under federal law.

  • September 27, 2006

    Workers Can't Sue Wal-Mart For Missed Meals

    Dealing a blow to thousands of employees in the unpaid wages class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a judge has ruled that the workers cannot sue over missed meal breaks.

  • September 21, 2006

    Fueled By IP, U.S. Still Biotech Leader: Study

    Despite growing fears that the United States may lose its edge in the worldwide tech race, the nation remains the global biotech powerhouse for the moment, according to a new study by the Milken Institute.

  • September 19, 2006

    Wineries Uncork Lawsuit Over "Wholesaler Cartel"

    A group of family-owned and operated wineries in Napa Valley, Calif. are drunk with anger at the state of Massachusetts for prohibiting residents from purchasing wine directly from the vineyards.

  • August 31, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Quinn Emanuel

    Imagine a law firm where hundreds of professionals function like bees in a hive—sharing clients, asking and answering each other’s questions, cooperating instead of competing—and you’ll have Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP.

  • June 27, 2006

    Medical Device Maker Sues Rival Over Screw Patent

    A German medical and orthopedic technology producer has stuck a California medical device company with an infringement suit over a patent dealing with screws used to treat spine disorders.

  • June 8, 2006

    Xilinx Sued Over Alleged Options Backdating

    Add semiconductor maker Xilinx Inc. to the long list of companies facing legal troubles over alleged stock-options backdating: a shareholder has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that certain company directors and officers breached their fiduciary duties by authorizing or allowing backdating and that Xilinx issued misleading proxy statements.

  • May 25, 2006

    SEC Probe Nets Another Suspect In Connetics Case

    Hoping to add another defendant to the roster, The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission is seeking to amend its insider trading complaint against a Connetics Corp. executive to include a former neighbor after both allegedly traded on non-public information related to the company’s acne drug, Velac Gel.

  • May 23, 2006

    Investigation Into Stock Options Scandal Widens

    More companies are finding themselves caught in the spotlight as prosecutors, regulators and corporate board committees have become increasingly scrupulous in recent months in their investigations into stock-options backdating.

  • May 19, 2006

    Bush Nominates IP Law Prof To Federal Circuit

    U.S. President George W. Bush has nominated law professor and prolific IP author Kimberly Ann Moore to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, foregoing the chance to put a trial judge on the panel.