Massachusetts

  • February 28, 2008

    $20M Securities Scam Results In 18-Year Jail Term

    A Massachusetts man who defrauded 250 investors of more than $20 million was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison by a federal judge in Boston.

  • July 28, 2008

    Legal And Regulatory Calendar

    Our daily calendar of events lists conferences and hearings scheduled to take place in the next four weeks.

  • February 25, 2008

    Nigerian State Drops $23B Tobacco Suit

    One of three Nigerian states to challenge the tobacco industry's marketing tactics has reportedly withdrawn its multibillion-dollar lawsuit.

  • February 19, 2008

    Kansas Bill To Build Coal-Fired Plants Advances

    The Kansas House of Representatives passed an energy bill Tuesday that would allow Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build two coal-fired power plants in the southwestern portion of the state.

  • February 12, 2008

    Lerach Sentence Not Good News For Weiss, Firm

    The sentencing of plaintiffs lawyer William S. Lerach to two years in prison may be a bad sign for Melvyn Weiss and his Milberg Weiss LLP firm, which, unlike Lerach, did not plead guilty in the matter, according to law experts who have been following the case.

  • February 8, 2008

    Lawmakers Subpoena EPA's Documents On Emissions

    Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D.-Calif.) has subpoenaed documents related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision in December to reject the state of California's request to adopt strict greenhouse gas emissions standards for automobiles.

  • February 6, 2008

    In Global Warming Cases, Suing Plants May Not Work

    Across the country, dozens of existing or proposed coal plants are being challenged in court in attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. But some legal experts say attacking the plants directly is not as successful a method of achieving climate change action as pursuing government agencies under the National Environmental Policy Act or the Clean Air Act.

  • January 1, 2008

    Energy Cases To Watch In 2008

    From the district courts all the way to the Supreme Court, 2008 promises trials whose outcomes will affect precedent as well as billions of dollars. Here's a quick look at five of the cases that the energy industry and energy lawyers will be watching over the next year.

  • December 13, 2007

    Software Firm Must Hand Over Info In Facebook Spat

    Social networking site Facebook Inc. has won a bid to compel a software contractor — hired by rival ConnectU LLC to access Facebook contacts — to turn over information about the Internet addresses the company used to obtain the data.

  • December 12, 2007

    Judge Sides With Calif. Over Car Emissions Limits

    A federal court has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the auto industry challenging California's power to curb vehicle emissions, clearing a major obstacle to the state's proposed landmark legislation.

  • December 7, 2007

    San Francisco Jumps Into Fight Over Power Plant

    A federal judge has granted the city of San Francisco's bid to intervene in a lawsuit alleging that a proposed combustion turbine power plant will place an environmental burden on residents of a low-income neighborhood and bump up greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.

  • December 3, 2007

    Facebook Fails In Bid To Sanction ConnectU

    A federal judge has shot down Facebook Inc.’s bid to impose sanctions against ConnectU LLC after finding that Facebook had failed to show that its rival social networking site made any materially false discovery responses or representations.

  • November 20, 2007

    Judge Considers Fate Of Emissions Law

    Auto makers and the state of California could find out as soon as next week whether a judge will throw out a state law regarding vehicle emissions standards following a related Supreme Court decision earlier this year.

  • November 20, 2007

    Abbott Ordered To Produce Redacted LifeScan Deal

    Dealing a blow to Abbott Laboratories, a federal judge is forcing the pharmaceutical company to turn over portions of its settlement agreement with LifeScan Inc. to the defendants in Abbott’s patent infringement case over glucose testing technology.

  • November 9, 2007

    DOJ Backs Microsoft In Opposing Consent Decree

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that there was no legal basis for extending an antitrust consent decree against Microsoft Corp., even though several states have argued otherwise.

  • November 8, 2007

    Consumers Allowed To Push Claims Vs. Chip Makers

    A California federal judge has allowed graphics processing unit consumers who are accusing chip makers of price-fixing to file amended complaints that overcome heightened pleading standards from the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Twombly decision.

  • November 2, 2007

    Joint Makers Paid More Than $200M In Kickback Probe

    The five major makers of artificial joints revealed that they have paid more than $200 million so far this year to doctors and hospitals as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • October 31, 2007

    Judge Extends Oversight Of Microsoft For 3 Months

    A federal judge has extended the court’s oversight of Microsoft Corp. until late January as she reviews motions for the court to continue to keep an eye on the software giant for another five years.

  • October 22, 2007

    California Readies To Sue EPA This Week

    After threatening for months to take action, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office has revealed that California intends to sue the Environmental Protection Agency this week as the state continues its quest for a waiver that would allow it to curb greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

  • October 22, 2007

    DOJ, AGs Clash Over Microsoft Oversight Extension

    The states that moved last week for five-year extensions of their 2002 final judgments against Microsoft Corp. are frustrated with what they call the Department of Justice's waffling on the motions. They asked the court Monday to restrict the regulator's amicus-filing privileges.