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Massachusetts

  • June 30, 2015

    Nexium Buyers Say 3rd Circ.'s Lamictal Ruling Backs New Trial

    Plaintiffs in the Nexium pay-for-delay antitrust class action urged a Massachusetts federal court to grant them a new trial Monday because of the Third Circuit’s recent Lamictal ruling that reverse payments do not need to include cash.

  • June 29, 2015

    Patricia Cornwell Wants Sidley DQ’d In Accounting Firm Row

    Best-selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell and her partner urged a Massachusetts federal judge Friday to disqualify Sidley Austin LLP from representing accounting firm Anchin Block & Anchin LLP in a suit over mismanaged finances, saying Sidley hid that it hired an ex-deputy U.S. attorney general who investigated Cornwell over campaign finances.

  • June 26, 2015

    Bristol-Myers Inks 208K-SF Mass. Lease With REIT Alexandria

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has inked a deal with Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. that will allow the pharmaceutical giant to lease 208,000 square feet at the real estate investment trust's soon-to-be-started development project in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Alexandria announced on Friday.

  • June 26, 2015

    DirecTV Blasts State Tax Decisions In High Court Appeal

    DirecTV and Dish Network Corp. asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review decisions by state courts in Massachusetts and Tennessee upholding taxes on satellite providers, claiming the taxes violate the dormant Commerce Clause because cable companies don’t have to pay them.

  • June 25, 2015

    Mass. Pipeline Too Close To Blasting Zone, FERC Told

    Massachusetts officials asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to pause construction of a natural gas pipeline until the agency reconsiders its approval, saying Tuesday the line runs dangerously close to an active blasting zone.

  • June 25, 2015

    Real Estate Rumor Mill: Castle Rock, HFZ, Samuels

    Castle Rock Equity Group reportedly picked up a luxury Philadelphia apartment building for $112 million, an HFZ Capital Group-led joint venture reportedly plans to inject up to $80 million into a pair of Detroit towers won at auction, and developer Samuels & Associates is buzzed to have an anchor tenant for a Boston office project geared for tech startups.

  • June 24, 2015

    $8M Fee Fight In Audi-VW Sludge MDL Spurs New Suit

    Irwin & Boesen PC’s fee fight with The McNulty Law Firm and Berger & Montague PC stemming from multidistrict litigation over oil sludge in Volkswagen AG and Audi AG engines escalated Tuesday when the firm launched a suit in Massachusetts federal court demanding its share of $8 million in fees.

  • June 24, 2015

    Mass. City Voters Advance $650M Waterfront Casino Plan

    New Bedford, Massachusetts, voters approved on Tuesday a proposed $650 million waterfront casino and an attached $50 million environmental cleanup project by casino developer KG Urban Enterprises LLC, which is expected to team up with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation if the project gets regulatory approval.

  • June 23, 2015

    Real Estate Rumor Mill: Italy, Dune, TripAdvisor

    Italian lawmakers are said to be reviewing measures to help banks cut an approximately $212.8 billion pile of nonperforming loans, while Dune Real Estate Partners is buzzed to have paid $42.3 million for a Miami airport-area hotel and TripAdvisor Inc.'s new Massachusetts headquarters reportedly traded to a U.S. Realty Advisors unit.

  • June 23, 2015

    Novartis Hit With Gleevec Sham Litigation Class Action

    ​Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. conspired to improperly withhold generic versions of Gleevec — a blockbuster leukemia medication — from the consumer market, two employee welfare funds alleged in a proposed class action filed on Monday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • June 23, 2015

    NFL Commissioner Hears Brady's 'Deflategate' Appeal

    National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday heard New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal to his four-game suspension for his role in the so-called Deflategate scandal, in which footballs were found to have been deflated to below the allowed limit under league rules.

  • June 23, 2015

    Allergan Pulled 'Hard Switch' To Block Generics, Unions Say

    Union health groups lodged two proposed class actions in Massachusetts federal court Monday alleging Warner Chilcott Ltd., now of Allergan PLC, pulled an illegal “hard switch” by taking ulcerative colitis drug Asacol off-market to prevent generic competition.

  • June 22, 2015

    Deutsche Unit Found Not To Have Properly Vetted Some RMBS

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday ruled that a Deutsche Bank AG unit hadn't properly vetted one of 10 securitizations at stake in Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s suit accusing it of misleading investors over residential mortgage-backed securities, barring the bank from asserting a due diligence defense for that securitization.

  • June 19, 2015

    SEC's Reg A+ Rules Unlikely To Be Derailed By State Suits

    New capital-raising rules that took effect Friday aimed at easing barriers for small companies are unlikely to be derailed by challenges from two states arguing that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission wrongfully preempted state regulatory powers in adopting so-called Regulation A+ guidelines, corporate attorneys say.

  • June 19, 2015

    Mass. Gaming Chief Cleared In Ethics Probe Over Wynn Casino

    The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission has terminated its investigation into the state’s gambling authority head Stephen Crosby, who had been accused of participating in the selection of a casino operator after recusing himself from the process.

  • June 18, 2015

    Mass. AG Won't Probe New Casino Gaming Regs

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office confirmed Thursday that she will not take action on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s claims that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission violated state gambling laws by recently expanding casino licensing for slot machines and table games for a new casino.

  • June 18, 2015

    Union Calls Out Macy's 'Hyperbole' In 5th Circ. NLRB Row

    Macy's Inc.'s “hyperbolic” claim that the National Labor Relations Board's approval of a unit of cosmetics and fragrance employees will wreak havoc on the retail sector is belied by bargaining history between Macy's and the union tapped to represent those workers, that union told the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday.    

  • June 17, 2015

    Excelitas Stuck In $13M FCA Suit Over Switches For Military

    Defense contractor Excelitas Technologies Inc. still faces a $13 million False Claims Act suit after a Massachusetts federal judge let its former owner, PerkinElmer Inc., slip out of the suit in a Tuesday ruling on motions to dismiss.

  • June 17, 2015

    Insulet Hit With Securities Suit Over Insulin Pump Claims

    Insulet Corp. was hit with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday that claims the medical device maker and its executives misled investors about the success of a new insulin pump, concealing difficulties in production and converting customers to the product.

  • June 17, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: T-Mobile, Tujia.com, EBay

    U.S. cable giant Comcast has reportedly been hit up by Deutsche Telekom to consider buying its T-Mobile US, Chinese short-term rental site Tujia.com is said to have raised $250 million in its latest funding round, and eBay reportedly plans to lock in a buyer for its enterprise unit by next month.